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2015 Los Angeles Regional Symposium

10/17/2015
When: 10/17/2015
Where: Ramon C. Cortines High School for the Visual and Performing Arts
450 N. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, California  90012
United States
Contact: Lynn McGrath

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GUITAR FOUNDATION OF AMERICA PRESENTS THE
2015 LOS ANGELES REGIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, October 17th, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (download flyer)
 
Registration Deadlines:
Audition Registration (see details below): Friday, October 9th, 2015
General Registration: October 13th, 2015 (with proof of GFA membership, on-site registration on the day of the event is possible)
 
Hosted By the Ramon C. Cortines High School for the Visual and Performing Arts.
 
All events will take place at the
Ramon C. Cortines High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, 450 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE FOR GFA MEMBERS!
Teachers, students, aficionados, young players, mature players – there’s a spot for you at the Los Angeles Regional Symposium!
Featuring: 
  • Auditions - Perform for feedback from our judges and for a chance to perform solo in the Evening Showcase Concert (see guidelines below).
  • Symposium Guitar Orchestras for all participants, led by Scott Tennant and Lynn McGrath.
  • College Guitar Ensemble Showcase - Hear some of the top college guitar chamber ensembles in the nation.
  • Workshops with Felix Bullock and Miroslav Tadic
  • Evening Concert - featuring selected performers and the Symposium Guitar Orchestras.
  • All events are FREE for GFA members. Advance registration is required for daytime events. If you are not a GFA member: Join GFA by clicking here, then return to this page to register for the Symposium.
We encourage all participants to participate in the Symposium Orchestras and two groups have been created to accommodate as many students as possible. On the registration page, please indicate if you will participate in the orchestra. Parts will be distributed by email or by your director (please remember to include the name of your current guitar teacher, if applicable).
 
Schedule for the day:
10am-12pm: Auditions
10am-10:50am: Workshop with Felix Bullock
11:00am-11:50am: Workshop with Miroslav Tadic
12:30-2:00pm: College Ensemble Showcase
2:30-5:30pm: Guitar Orchestra Rehearsals
7:00-8:15pm: Evening Concert, Featuring Guitar Orchestra and those selected from morning Auditions
 
GFA Regional Symposium Audition Information
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 9th, 2015
 
Audition Guidelines:
The following time limits are all-inclusive, including any time between pieces, if applicable:
Ages 10 and Under: 3 minutes
Ages 11-14: 5 minutes
Ages 15-18: 7 minutes
Pre-College Ensemble: 6 minutes
College/Pre-Professional: 10 minutes
Adult Amateur/Hobbyist (solo or in ensemble): 5 minutes

 

You need not fill the entire time provided, this is a maximum performance time.  This is especially true for younger students.  We encourage you to participate even if you only have one short piece ready- this is about enjoying the experience!  Repertoire played in the morning audition is eligible to be selected for performance on the evening Showcase Concert.  As far as suitability of repertoire, we encourage you to select what you feel represents you best, in consultation with your private teacher.  There are no specific requirements.
 
Important On Site Details For All Divisions:
The Audition schedule will be provided approximately 5 days prior to the Symposium, via email, along with an Audition Form. You will ill out and print three copies of your completed form with you to the event. (We will have blank forms available on-site, if needed). Please check in at the registration table no later than 30 minutes prior to your performance time, even if you’re on site earlier.  This is important, so we know where to find you when it’s your time to play.  You’ll then be taken to a warm up room, which may or may not be private, depending on how many people we have there at the moment.  Late arrivals may not be accommodated as the schedule is full. Please be on time! 
 
10 and under and 11-14 age Divisions:
These auditions will be held open to the public, and run like a recital.  This is designed to keep the pressure a bit lighter, and to allow teachers and parents to observe.  Applause will be permitted and encouraged at the end of your set, but not in between pieces (if applicable).  All audition times are approximate, you should be ready to go up to 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time in case we run ahead.
 
An appropriate chair and music stand will be provided, though players are welcome to bring their own chair if that helps with height requirements.  All players should bring their own footstool/guitar support.  One parent/guardian/teacher may assist these young students in setting up as they enter, and in carrying things out as they exit.  If using a stand, please be sure that it is placed slightly to the left side of the player, so as not to block the view of the judges, as they will be trying to write feedback for each student, and seeing the hands is important.  You do not need to provide copies of the scores for the jury; and playing from memory is optional.
 
Finally, we would like to request that each student introduce him/herself to the jury, and introduce the titles of the pieces they will play.  We recommend that you talk with your teachers about this, and the general format of the day, in advance to make sure that all students feel comfortable with what will be expected of them that morning. 
 
Students may choose to watch auditions, or to stay in the warm up room and come in right before they play. Just be sure the monitor knows where you are to avoid delays in the program. Parents/teachers may watch the entire program, or enter/exit quietly in between players. Please, no young children in the room- we want to allow these young students the best chance for feeling focused.
 
The jury will select one student from each age division to perform on the evening concert.  The announcement will be made at the conclusion of the College Ensemble Showcase Concert.  Written feedback can be picked up in the concert hall lobby immediately following the announcement.
 
15-18, College/Pre-Professional Divisions and Adult Amateur/Hobbyist:
These auditions will be run like "real” auditions, not open to the public.  Parents/friends will be asked to wait outside.  All audition times are approximate; you should be ready to go up to 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time in case we run ahead.
 
You do not need to provide copies of the scores for the jury; and playing from memory is optional.  We would like to request that each student introduce him/herself to the jury, and introduce the titles of the pieces they will play. 
The jury will select one student from each age division to perform on the evening concert.  The announcement will be made at the conclusion of the College Ensemble Showcase Concert.  Written feedback can be picked up in the concert hall lobby immediately following the announcement.

 

GFA Regional Symposium Orchestra Information

We are expecting a very high number of registrants for this event and in the past have had to limit the number of participants due to space on stage. This year, we will have 2 Symposium Orchestras so that we can accommodate as many performers as possible. The music level will be Intermediate to Advanced in both groups. Music will be distributed by email prior to the event and soon after you have registered so that you can begin to work on your part, and that letter will include more information about the Orchestra. Please remember to bring a copy of your part and a pencil. We also ask that you bring an electronic tuner and a portable music stand, if you own these items. 

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