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ASU Hires Guitarist Jiyeon Kim to Faculty

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Frank Koonce will retire this May after four decades of teaching at the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Mr. Koonce joined ASU faculty in 1978. His many accomplishments include his various publications of Bach transcriptions, including the complete Lute Suites, his recording of Platero y Yo, and the building of one of the nation’s long-standing classical guitar programs.

 

ASU will welcome Jiyeon “Jiji” Kim as assistant professor of guitar in the strings program, beginning in August 2018. “After becoming acquainted with ASU School of Music's vision and the mission of ASU’s innovative agenda, I was drawn to the research in new music and different collaborations from both the faculty and the student body,” said Kim. “I conscientiously pursue artistic endeavors in performance as well as education, so there was an immediate connection to the Herberger Institute.”

Kim, a self-described adventurous artist who is known professionally on both acoustic and electric guitar as “Jiji”, plays an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation.  Her impeccable musicianship, compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned her First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

 

Kim holds bachelors degrees in guitar performance from the National University of Arts in Korea, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music; and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music.  A passionate advocate for commissioning and performing contemporary works, she premiered Talking Guitars by renowned composer Paul Lansky, with a subsequent studio recording with Chinese guitarist Hao Yang to be released on Bridge Records. She previously premiered works by emerging composers including Gabriella Smith, Riho Maimets, Krists Auznieks, Gulli Björnsson, Andrew McIntosh, and Farnood Haghani Pour.  In addition, the New York Youth Symphony and the American Composers Orchestra commissioned two concertos for her, both premiering at Carnegie Hall in the 2018-19 concert season.


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NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Hi Everyone, It's official. Through the hard work of the NAfME Guitar Council, we are going to have the first All-National Honor Guitar Ensemble which will meet and perform in Orlando, FL November 25-28 of this year. Dr. Michael Quantz has been named the conductor of this group and I have accepted the role of ensemble manager. The audition music went online this past Friday. Here's the link: https://nafme.org/programs/all-national-honor-ensembles/ All of the details may be found at the above link. In theory, every state may send one or two students. In reality, some states may not send any and we will need more students from states with strong guitar programs. For now, the goal is to get the word out to high school guitar programs.

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Milwaukee Guitar Festival

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 13, 2017
Latino Arts Mission is the core of what any community needs to build a strong foundation. Children are the future and we must provide the opportunities for them to grow and experience life in a way that was not perhaps possible with any of us. The Guitar Festival brings joy and pride to them and the city of Milwaukee! 

http://www.latinoartsinc.org/Strings/GuitarFestival.htm

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Alexander Frauchi International Guitar Competition Results, Moscow

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 13, 2017

Winners of the fifth annual international guitar competition:

1. Tengyue Zhang (China) (GFA Rose Augustine Grand Prize winner 2017)

2. Marco Piperno (Italy)

3. Giulia Ballare (Italy)

Diploma: Nikita Nedelko (Russia)

Diploma: Bogdan Mihailescu (Romania)

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GFA Seeks New Prodigies Editor

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 13, 2017
GFA is seeking an editor for Prodigies, the four-page GFA publication for elementary school age guitarists.  There are four issues published annually.  The content of the magazine includes games, simple music instruction, biographies of guitarists and composers, and pictures of young guitarists. Applicant should have a familiarity with relevant music education methods for young musicians.  The editor will be paid a stipend of $500/year. Interested candidates should send a resume by December 1, 2018 to Connie Sheu, General Manager, at csheu@guitarfoundation.org.

Tasks include:
• Creating a theme and a clear narrative for every issue
• Generating ideas, selecting articles for issues, and planning publication content
• Communicating with contributors and Art Director
• Delivery of content to Art Director on a timely production schedule
• Rewriting, editing, and proofreading content to ensure it is ready to print
• Ensuring that all feature articles comply with ethical codes of practice and legal guidelines

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Noted Guitar Historian Dies: Harvey Turnbull (1936-2017)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Article courtesy of Classical Guitar Magazine. Read the whole article here: http://classicalguitarmagazine.com/noted-guitar-historian-dies-harvey-turnbull-1936-2017/

Noted Guitar Historian Dies: Harvey Turnbull (1936-2017)
OCTOBER 31, 2017
An Appreciation by Graham Wade

Many guitarists around the world will be sad to hear that Harvey Turnbull, author of The Guitar from the Renaissance to the Present Day (published in 1974) and a co-contributor of the entry about the guitar in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, died on October 14, 2017.

The Guitar from the Renaissance to the Present Day followed the publication of various informative books on guitar history, such as Frederic V. Grunfeld’s The Art and Times of the Guitar (1969) and Alexander Bellow’s The Illustrated History of the Guitar (1970). Unlike Grunfeld and Bellow, however, Turnbull decided to begin his history of the guitar with “the Renaissance as a starting point, as it is only at this period that one can consider the guitar in relation to its music.” His aim, he wrote, was to ensure that “the guitar will cease to be regarded with surprise or wonder and finally become accepted as playing a normal part in the world of music.”

Turnbull’s approach was innovative, presenting a book with precise scholarly intent and no frills. He concentrated his research on period instruments in museums which could be literally measured and evaluated. This was then matched with appropriate commentary on the music available for those instruments. Thus, The Guitar from the Renaissance to the Present Day opened the way to a more objective approach to guitar scholarship, a methodology which set a precedent to enable subsequent scholars to explore the entirety of guitar history in astonishing detail.

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Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 6, 2017
Austin Classical Guitar is pleased to announce the 12th annual Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition. The goal of this contest is to encourage high quality new music for young and preprofessional guitar ensembles. The competition is open to composers of all ages who reside in the United States. The award is $500 and the selected piece will be performed by approximately 100 guitarists at the ACG Fest in Austin, TX on April 28, 2018 1. Prize - $500 and premiere of the winning work at ACG’s annual ensemble festival in April 2. Eligibility • US-based composers only • No age restrictions • Composers may submit multiple works (Additional fee for each entry) 3. Guidelines • In 4 parts for standard 6-string classical guitar (Divisi is acceptable) • Approximately 4-6 minutes in duration - multiple movements allowed • Standard tuning and scordatura of 6th string to D acceptable • Work must be unpublished and not previously performed in public • Work must be playable by beginning/intermediate level ensembles - We are searching for pieces for young and/or pre-professional groups that balance musical integrity and technical demands. -For reference: recent winning entries were: November Blues by Mark Anthony Cruz www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ctGkIu598 Fugata Y Danza by Carlos Rios www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPs4BzMaZvU 4. Application Fee - $25 per submission - make checks payable to: ACG or pay online at: www.austinclassicalguitar.org/online-payment-form 5. What to Submit • (1) cover letter including: Name, address, telephone, and email address • (1) CD recording of the entry (emailed MP3 and midi-generated recordings acceptable) • (1) copy of full score and each part (4) (may be emailed as PDF) -Scores and parts must be anonymous; they may not contain anything allowing identification of the composer. 6. Application Deadline – Postmarked by January 10, 2018 Email materials to Info@AustinClassicalGuitar.org or mail physical applications to: Austin Classical Guitar 5900 Balcones Dr., Ste 240 Austin, TX 78731 Entries will be judged anonymously by Austin Classical Guitar with consideration not only of compositional integrity but playability and practicality of performance. The winner will be announced by email to all contestants by January 31st, 2018. The winning entry will be premiered at the finale of the ACG Fest in Austin, TX on April 28th, 2018. The work will be performed by all of the participants in the festival (approximately 100 guitarists). The composer of the winning composition is encouraged to be present at ACG Fest to receive a $500 prize following the premiere of the work at the finale. The prize will not be divided. The decision of Austin Classical Guitar will be final. Austin Classical Guitar makes no claims on any of the entered compositions beyond the right to premiere the winning composition, and to make non-commercial audio/visual recordings for archival and publicity purposes. Scores and recordings will not be returned. Submission of an application to participate in the competition confirms that the contestants unconditionally accept all the rules as established in this announcement.

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Indiana Guitar Competition Results

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 30, 2017

Open Division:

1st Prize: Steve Lerman

2nd Prize: Henry Johnston

3rd Prize: Austin Wahl

4th Prize: Augustin Rosado


Senior Youth Division:

1st Prize: Nolan Harvel

2nd Prize: Brandon Walker

3rd Prize: Liam Hedrick

4th Prize: Nikola Dimitrijevic


Junior Youth Division:

1st Prize: Jack Davisson

2nd Prize: Penelope Shvartz

3rd Prize: Ian Tubbs

4th Prize: Elle Davisson


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Home - Andrew York Kickstarter

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 30, 2017
The feeling of "Home." Years on the road, now back Home for a vinyl + digital recording of my newest music for guitar, by Andrew York. Help support this new recording project by visiting the kickstart campaign below. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andrewyork/home-andrew-york

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The 30 th Italian Guitar Convention

Posted By Emma Markham, Sunday, October 29, 2017

The first Convention of this type took place in 1933 in the Italian city of Modena as this was the seat of its originator, Romolo Ferrari. Usually it takes place every year in an Italian city but there have been exceptions such as 1957 and 1958 when it took place in Germany and in 1962, Tokyo. The war years of course form a hiatus and also between 1962 and 2009 there were no conventions simply because of lack of an organizing board.

Fortunately as of 2009, the scientific committee consisting of luminaries Giuliano Balestra, Simona Boni, Giovanni Indulti, Vincenzo Pocci and Enrico Tagliavini the yearly convention became uninterrupted. On October 14 th , 2017 it took place in Modena, as it did already eight times before. This convention contained lectures and recitals. With a good balance between the speeches and the music, this was a most interesting and enjoyable day. First Paolo Cherici played music from the times of the vihuela on the real instrument. Then a wonderful duo of the Spanish soprano Pilar Moral and accompanying guitarist Nicola Jappelli sang a series of seguidillas by Fernando Sor as well as the Italian arietta from Sor’s method. For me the high note of the program. Alberto Mesirca told us about the discovery of an original guitar manuscript in a San Francisco library. He illustrated it with musical examples. I had earlier heard his English version in a convention of the Guitar Foundation of America. Then it was my turn to talk about the Italian correspondence I located at IGRA – letters written in the twentieth century to Vahdah Olcott-Bickford. Some great names are represented in that collection: Miguel Ablóniz, Teresa de Rogatis, Maria Rita Brondi, Romolo Ferrari, Nilo Peraldo Bert, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the painter/guitar collector Piero Sansalvadore and some others presented with interesting visual support. Followed a recital by tenor Leonardo De Lisi accompanied by guitarist Luca Trabucchi. They performed four German songs from the cycle Vogelweide by Castelnuovo-Tedesco and music by Ettore Desderi. Massimo Felice then spoke about the Segovia repertoire. Music was announced but probably cut short for timing restrictions. After lunch, a homage to Ida Presti was played and recounted by Cinzia Milani (photo). She played several pieces from her recent CD ‘A tribute to Ida Presti’. A lecture-recital with music of Toru Takemitsu was presented by Andrea Dieci. The richest variety of sounds that you have ever heard coming from a guitar were played by Ganesh Del Vescovo in a number of his original compositions. Journalist-guitarist Filippo Michelangeli spoke about the task of the media including internet to document guitaristic phenomena. This was an excellent one-day convention in the medieval center of beautiful Modena. I am looking forward to next year’s activity… Jan de Kloe

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