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New Jersey Honors Guitars Ensemble

Posted By Erin Young, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Dear NJ Guitar Educators,

NJMEA Honors Guitar has been approved!  I am pleased to announce that the 2015-16 school year will be the first time that a NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble will exist for NJ guitar students in grades 9-12.   See the links below and attachments to prep your students for the audition.  There are detailed instructions.  It is important to please spread the word to the teachers who you know in NJ and mark your calendars for April 16, 2016 as this will be the NJMEA Guitar Festival at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ which will feature the chosen students as well as featured guest artist for performance and master class by the Atlantic Guitar Quartet from Baltimore.

 We need to have student and teacher participation on many levels.  Students will need to be sponsored by their K-12 music teacher who should be a member of NJMEA so communication with these educators is important.  Please consider volunteering your time to help as an adjudicator, sectional coach, and other festival duties. Otherwise this will be unsuccessful!  Twelve students will be awarded the title through an audition process that is modelled after what the Virginia Music Education Association and their All State Guitar Ensemble guidelines are. There will also be showcase performance opportunities for other school ensemble groups and soloists, concerts, workshops and master classes at the festival.  It is important to spread the word to as many guitar educators and students as possible. A special note to students auditioning, teachers and parents:  This is a commitment and 100% participation is required on all dates.  If this cannot be honored please do not audition. In this issue you will find the appropriate sign up forms and audition requirements.

2016 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble

February 20, 2016 at The College of New Jersey (music dept), 2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628 Ewing, NJ 9am-1pm (snow date Feb. 27 @ Bergen Academy  9am-1pm)

Audition Requirements for students in grades 9-12
Study #1 in C Major by FRANCISCO TARREGA  Revised and Fingered by Matthew S. Ablan which can be found in this issue and on the link below
Scale Requirement:  E Melodic Minor Found in link below
Ensemble Excerpt:  see attached .pdf
Sight Reading at the audition.

Students will be judged on a point system for correct notes and rhythms, tone quality, musicality: dynamics, phrasing, interpretation and overall quality of preparation for prepared piece, ensemble excerpt, scale and sight reading.

Rehearsal 1
March 19 @ Bergen County Academies, 200 Hackensack Ave,
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601 9am-12pm (snow date March 21@ BCA 5pm-8pm)

Rehearsal 2
April 9 @ Rowan University 201 Mullica Hill Road • Glassboro, New Jersey 08028  9am-12pm(snow date April 10 @BCA 9am-12pm)

April 16 @ TCNJ (no snow date)
arrive at 2pm for warm up/running
ensemble performance 3:00pm
student showcase 3:30pm
guest artist 4:00pm

Audition Fee for NJMEA : $10 (non-refund)   see form in this issue of Tempo

                Participation Fee (if selected):  $60 and 5 tickets for concert)

Michael Lemma, Conductor   Bergen Academy
NJMEA Guitar Festival Directors: Keith Calmes & Thomas Amoriello

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Results for the 48th Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, September 28, 2015

Results for the 48th Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition:

First Prize: Rovshan Mamedkuliev

Second Prize: Andrea De Vitis

Third Prize: Daniel Egielman

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Peter Croton's Performing Baroque Music on the Classical guitar: a practical handbook based on historical sources is now available

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, September 28, 2015

As we go further into the 21st century, more and more classical guitarists wish to play baroque and galant music in a manner reflecting stylistic understanding of those eras. We will never know precisely how the music was played then, but can come closer to understanding the priorities of the time. The common denominator of music in our chosen period is rhetorical expression. Historical Performance Practice, by bringing us closer to the essence of the music, gives us not only more understanding but - above all - more possibilities for moving our listeners. While striving to play in a stylistic manner, we must never forget the goal of performance: to communicate passions and elevate the lives of our listeners. It is with this in mind that the present book has been written.


Paul Galbraith writes: “… we're treated here to a guided tour through a wealth of selected historical quotations and information, under the experienced supervision of Peter Croton, who offers his considered opinion at every step. A highly stimulating, provocative and educational read!”

Pablo Márquez writes: “I think the new book by Peter Croton is a wonderful tool for guitarists to become freer in negotiating Early Music's vast territory.”

Author Peter Croton is an active performer and recording artist on various lutes and romantic guitar. He teaches lute and continuo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, as well as lute, historical performance practice and guitar continuo at the Conservatories of Basel and Bern. He won first prize at the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music in Cambridge MA (1984) and has also won prizes at other international competitions. He has recorded numerous CDs and appeared on television and radio as soloist and chamber musician. His instruction manual Figured Bass on the Classical Guitar: a practical approach based on historical principles was published by Amadeus Verlag (2005). Six of his compositions for lute and voice were published by the German Lute Society (1999), and four new settings of texts by William Shakespeare for lute and voice by Tree Edition (2009).

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Green Room Arts International Tour

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, September 18, 2015

The Green Room Arts Co. is currently forming its 2015-16 Touring Guitar Ensembles in preparation for an international concert tour of Bulgaria & Greece in the Summer of 2016!


If you are a guitar player with some experience, and performing and traveling is your passion, we would love to have you on board!!


This summer, our school took 2 student guitar ensembles on a 17 day 6 concert tour of Bulgaria, exploring the south and east Black Sea coast of this amazing country. In addition to playing professional concerts in a variety of venues, our students had a chance to interact with local musicians and receive classes from some of the top European guitar maestros!  Portion of the closing concert was featured on Bulgarian National Television.


We are in the planning stages of this upcoming tour. Enrollment for the 2015-16 year touring ensembles is now open and rehearsals/repertoire and part assignments will start in October.


Don‘t miss on this life-changing career-building opportunity!


We would like to invite you to attend an informational meeting/open house and learn more about this exciting opportunity, and how you/your child guitarist can become a part of this concert tour. Feel free to contact us if you or anyone you know might be interested in this!!



Open House info:

            Date/Time: Saturday September 19th, 2015 @ 530-730pm.                           Refreshments will be provided.


Address:    Green Room Arts Co.

                  813 N. Main St.

                  Santa Ana Ca, 91702


School Website:


Contact Info:




In the meantime, check out the 2015 tour vids on YouTube:


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The Green Room Arts Team

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Indiana University International Guitar Competition

Posted By Erin Young, Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Indiana University International Guitar Competition
On Saturday and Sunday, October 24–25, 2015, the sixth Annual Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition will be held at the Jacobs School of Music on the main campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The competitions include a Junior Youth Division for ages 14 and under, a Senior Youth Division for ages 14 to 18, and an Open Division for ages 19 to 35. Guest artists during the festival will be Rene Izquierdo of Cuba and Jorge Caballero of Peru. All events are free and open to the public. 

Saturday, October 24 
Registration on Saturday goes from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in Ford-Crawford Hall, followed by the Preliminary Round, which runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, also in Ford-Crawford Hall. Rene Izquierdo performs in concert at 8:00 pm in Auer Hall. 

Sunday, October 25  

The Semifinal Round takes place from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ford-Crawford Hall; the Youth Competition from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Sweeney Hall. Jorge Caballero will conduct a masterclass in Sweeney Hall from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The Open Division Final Round takes place from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Auer Hall. Jorge Caballero winds up the festival with a performance at 8:00 pm in Auer Hall. Fees and prizes for contestants are as follows:

Entry fee $75; 1st Prize: $3,500; 2nd Prize: $1,500; 3rd Prize: $600; 4th Prize: $300

Entry fee $75; 1st Prize: $3,500; 2nd Prize: $1,500; 3rd Prize: $600; 4th Prize: $300


Entry fee $50; Non-monetary prize  package for all  participants.

For competition rules and registration form, visit For more information about the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition, contact Petar Jankovic at or (812) 345-0680.

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Classical Mandolin Society of America presents The Poised Guitarist - led by René Izquierdo

Posted By Erin Young, Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Classical Mandolin Society of America announces a pre-convention classical guitar workshop - The Poised Guitarist - led by René Izquierdo, full-time faculty member of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  René is known for preparing professional guitarists and music educators for several years now. In addition to teaching, he has been bringing world-class guitarists to his local community as well as continuing a performing career- both as a soloist and a chamber musician in the U.S. and Internationally.
The Classical Mandolin Society of America's convention runs from October 14-18 in Austin, TX, with a pre-convention workshops beginning the evening of October 13 and throughout the day on October 14th. During subsequent days, workshops include a guitar track among other interesting topic areas.
The biggest draw for the convention is the En Masse Orchestra - a group of 100+ musicians performing on guitar, bass and various mandolin family instruments. Truly a unique opportunity for ensemble players. Other opportunities include Open-Mic performances, late night jamming and concerts including our featured performers - René Izquierdo on guitar, Elina Chekan on guitar, Carlo Aonzo on mandolin, Paul Glasse on jazz mandolin.
For more information about the 2015 Classical Mandolin Society of America, its convention and registration, see our website:

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International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini & Festival Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Thursday, September 03, 2015
From January 14 - 17, 2016 the International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini (cciMB) & Festival will be held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM - 50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Organized to promote the musical career of talented young guitarists, the cciMB alternates biennially between centers of great musical tradition: Bologna, Italy (2011), Basel, Switzerland (2013) and San Francisco, USA. The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of $ 12’000, an invitation to perform a recital in Switzerland (Rising Stars series of the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel, 2017/2018) as well as other concerts in Italy (Bologna) and France (Festival International de Guitare de Paris, 2016). Through an online video audition procedure, 12 semifinalists will be selected by an international Jury of renowned guitarists and musicians: David Tanenbaum (USA), Stephan Schmidt (CH), Gérard Abiton (F), Marco Vinicio Carnicelli, Alberto Martelli and Walter Zanetti (I). In the final round the three finalists will play a guitar concerto accompanied by orchestra and premiere the commissioned composition by Sergio Assad, Imbricatta. The deadline of application isSeptember 30th , 2015.

Along with the competition we are proud to present an exciting concert program (Artistic Director, David Tanenbaum):

Thursday, January 14:    Opening concert with New Music Ensemble (Nicole Paiement, conductor; Marc Teicholz and Cristobal Selame soloists)  and Conservatory Guitar Ensemble (David Tanenbaum, conductor)

Friday, January 15:        Solo recital by 2013 cciMB winner Emanuele Buono

Saturday, January 16:    Concert by the cciMB 2016 jurors Gérard Abiton, Marco Vinicio Carnicelli, Stephan Schmidt and Walter Zanetti

Sunday, January 17:      Final round with orchestra directed by Scott Sandmeier. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music will provide the life transmission of the concert in direct streaming.

For any further information or questions please consult our website (www. or contact the cciMB coordinator Marianne van Buuren at

Nadia Guth Biasini                                                                       David Tanenbaum
President                                                                                      Director
Association cciMB                                                                       SFCM - Guitar Department

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Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts announces a call for works

Posted By Erin Young, Thursday, September 03, 2015
American Classical Guitar Miniatures:
Acoustic, Electroacoustic and Electronic Music
Jorge Gomez Abrante, guitar
American Classical Guitar Miniatures project aims to enrich the
contemporary repertoire by women composers from the North, Central and
South Americas. The compositions can be written for either classical
guitar solo, guitar with fixed media or fixed medium solo (must involve a
guitar sample by Jorge Gomez Abrante).
American Classical Guitar Miniatures is a part of the 2016 Foundation for
Emerging Technologies and Arts’ initiative to celebrate female artists,
composers, technologists and performers, expanding awareness about music
and digital arts from diverse cultural backgrounds in the Americas. The
women composers from all American countries are invited to submit a
proposal for up to 2 works. The maximum duration of each proposed work
will be 1 minute. Out of the selected submissions, a concert-length
program will be constructed and premiered in June 2016 in Miami, FL.
Future performances around the US and abroad will also be organized.
1.      Classical guitar.
2.      Fixed Electronics in raw audio format.
3.      Visuals in a form of a digital projection are also welcome.
4.      Theatrical gestures, acting, speaking, singing and objects/sound
implementation are possible.
5.      Graphic notations, video scores, text scores as well as
traditional score formats are acceptable.
1.      Up to 2 proposals in a form of a text (150 to 200 words), each
proposal detailing the conceptual and technical aspects of the possible
Proposals can be submitted in English and/or Spanish.
2.      Short bio (150 words maximum) in English. Please include the
nationality statement and country of current residence.
3.      A link to 1 sample work.
Send all the application materials in a single email to
There is no application fee.
September 30, 2015: deadline for proposals.
October 10, 2015: selected composers are announced.
January 1, 2016: completed pieces are submitted.
June, 15, 2016: premiere of the program in Miami, FL.
With the support of the FETA Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation, Harold Golen Gallery and Miami-Dade County Department of
Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County
Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Jorge Gomez Abrante composer and guitarist

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Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, August 13, 2015

The 2016 Miami International GuitART Festival welcomes vendors to register for the 2016 MIGF Luthiers Expo at the Florida International University, where the luthiers and guitar shops will present their guitars, music, and other related products to the festival participants who will be coming from all around the world.

The Luthiers Expo will be held in the Frost Art Museum Café area located next to the FIU School of Music. The museum will also be having a special exhibition "The Shakespeare's First Folio" during the festival and will be attracting even more people to the Expo. 

More info can be found at

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Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The 2016 Miami International GuitART Festival Composition Competition invites composers to submit new works written for solo guitar or two guitars or three guitars by December 15, 2015.
The competition is open to composers of all nationalities in two age categories: Emerging Composers (between the ages of 18 and 30) and Young Composers (from the age of 17 or younger). Multiple works may be submitted.
More info and complete competition guidelines can be found at

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