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Manuel de Falla Conservatory YouTube Channel

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In celebration of its centennial, the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music, directed by Professor Marcos Puente Olivera, launched the Manuel de Falla Conservatory YouTube Channel, offering students, as well as the community at large, a series of tutorials.  These tutorials provide a guide to faithfully perform the works that are included in the different programs of study.  The first set of tutorials in the series corresponds to first year program of Guitar Study at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory.  

 

Click on the link to SUBSCRIBE to the Manuel de Falla Tutorials YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/Tutoriales_CSMMF 

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Lead Guitar

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Grab your guitar and get ready to play in the Lead Guitar World-wide Virtual Showcase Concert. Practice with the play along videos from our instructor team lead by Denis Azabagic and follow the easy instructions for submitting your performance video. 

If you play guitar - even a little bit - go to this link, follow the directions and, using the scrolling sheet music, have a blast practicing music by J.S. Bach, Tito Puente, Beethoven and Bob Marley with the entire LG teaching staff until you’re ready to record your part to add to the mass ensemble. Deadline for the video submission is April 20th 2020.

Then, on Saturday, April 25th at 12pm CST US, tune in for the live FB event at: https://www.facebook.com/leadguitareducation/

We’ll be inviting guitarists around the world to play along live to the premiere of the mass ensemble video featuring Lead Guitar students and hopefully, you! Sponsored by GSI and Cordoba, hosted by LG’s own Denis Azabagic and featuring some fabulous guest artists, it’s an opportunity for us to lift each other up with community music making and give some deserving students an opportunity to shine on a big stage of a different kind.

Lead Guitar  is a not-for-profit that builds free, sustainable classical guitar programs in schools with low arts access and more than 80% of students eligible for free/reduced lunch. With help from our partners atGuitar Salon International andCordoba Guitars we are making music accessible to students stuck at home by providing at-home access to learning materials and by giving up to 100 Cordoba XX guitars to students stuck at home without an instrument.

Normally in April and May, Lead Guitar students in L.A., Chicago, Arizona, Oklahoma and Colorado would be performing in Showcase Concerts hosted by our partners like The University of Arizona, The Aspen Music Festival, The University of Denver and Roosevelt University. These are opportunities for our students, many of whom might be visiting a university campus for the first time, to perform for and celebrate with their friends and families in world class concert facilities.

Due to Covid-19, Lead Guitar has, of course, cancelled those Showcase Concerts for Spring 2020, but we are excited to announce a National Virtual Lead Guitar Showcase. We’re hoping you might play along. Current Lead Guitar students, will be joined by LG graduates, instructors and guitar players from around the world in playing and videoing themselves playing as part of a mass ensemble.

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Professional Development for Classical Guitar Teachers

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Thursday, January 16, 2020
A brand new professional development qualification for classical guitar teachers launches in Summer 2020 with the European String Teachers Association - ESTA. The PG Cert is designed for teachers who want to enhance their approach to teaching through a programme of study that is both academic and practical. Successful completion represents one third of a Master’s degree, accredited by the University of Chichester. Leading the course is Helen Sanderson, Head of Guitar Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a passionate educator from the grass-roots upwards. Known to many of you also as the Artistic Director of the World Youth Guitar Festival and the National Youth Guitar Ensemble (UK), Helen writes to tell us more …

“The introduction of a plucked-string PG Cert to ESTA’s portfolio is a hugely important step to support guitar teachers in the UK and internationally and represents an opportunity for us to join a vibrant community of music educators. The Bowed Strings and Piano PG Certs are well established, and having visited them this summer I saw first-hand what this course offers – a deep enrichment of our skills as educators with an instrument-specific curriculum , time to reflect on our own teaching and importantly, a unique opportunity to share knowledge and skills. To be able to draw on that wealth of knowledge and have that formally recognised in a qualification at Masters level is a hugely positive addition to our own professional development. The course offers a blend of face-to-face and online learning, making it ideal for teachers looking to combine these studies with their existing teaching career.”

GFA members are eligible for a special ‘membership discount’ rate on the course and full details can be found at:https://estaeducation.co.uk/pg-cert/plucked/

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Jérémy Jouve appointed to the faculty in the Paris Conservatory.

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Jérémy Jouve has been appointed to the faculty in the Paris Conservatory - CRR, succeeding to Gérard Abiton starting January 2020.
He will teach at Pole Superior of Paris Boulogne Billancourt - PSPBB“  for graduate studies, as well as Paris - CRR for pre-professional program.
 
Application for next next year in PSPBB are due January 10th, 2020.
Check the link below:
 
Entrance exam will be in March 2020, total 20 minutes maximum of music including:
- Set piece: Prélude from Suite Compostelana by Frederick Mompou (Berben editions)
- 2 free pieces in different style.
 
Any questions, please contact Jérémy Jouve at: jouveguitar@gmail.com
 

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Jeff LaQuatra

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Thursday, December 19, 2019
Colorado State University has appointed Jeff LaQuatra M.M. as the professor of their newly-developed guitar program. Located in Northern Colorado, CSU offers Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in performance or music therapy, Music Minor, Bachelor of Arts, as well as a minor in Arts Management. Scholarships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships available. For more information, visit https://music.colostate.edu or www.jefflaquatra.com

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Thibaut Garcia has been appointed best young instrumentalist of the year 2019!

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Thibaut Garcia has been appointed best young instrumentalist of the year at the French Victoires de la Musique Classique 2019!

The young guitarist, born in Toulouse and graduated from the Paris Conservatory, is 1st Prize winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and is currently a BBC new generation artist.

In the upcoming months he will notably play with the BBC Orchestra of Wales, in the United States (New York, Nashville, Baltimore), in Moscow, in Nice, in Toulouse, Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nagoya) and in Brussels. His latest album on ERATO / Warner Classic "Bach Inspirations" has been acclaimed by the public and critics. 
 
"Elegance of the sound, emotional strength, stunning virtuosity, guitarist Thibaut Garcia moves and carries the listener by a finesse that can be seen even in the most subtle nuances." (Classic Guitar Magazine)

La Catedral

Aranjuez - Adagio

Acceptance Speech

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MANDOLIN AND GUITAR CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP WITH KEITH HARRIS

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Monday, December 10, 2018
An Activity of The Mandolin Academy in Venice
 
WHEN:
February 21 – 25, 2019
Thursday evening through Monday morning
WHERE:
Hungry Monk Music
Charleston, SC
WORKSHOP FEE:
$350 [includes personal internet coaching prior
to the workshop]
REGISTRATION/LOGISTICS:
Please register by January 11, 2019, as space is
limited. Additional information is available at
MUSIC:
Players of all standard instruments in a plucked string ensemble
/ mandolin orchestra are welcome. If you feel nervous about
whether you meet the technical level required, please talk to us
about adapting music. Keith firmly believes it’s more enjoyable
to play fewer notes but play them nicely. On the other hand,
nobody should be afraid of being under-challenged. The
workshop is a special opportunity for anybody, and especially so
for classical guitarists seeking ensemble experience. 
Please feel free to contact Keith directly at
keith.harris@mandolin.academy for any issues related to the
workshop music. 
Bob Hammond
Former Vice President
Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA)
mandobobh@gmail.com
 

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Travel with Classical Guitar magazine and experience the music and history of Spain as visitors rarely do!

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Tuesday, December 4, 2018
With its lively markets, world-renowned museums, brightly colored gardens, flavorful cuisine, and architecture from centuries gone by, Spain strikes the perfect balance between old and new, traditional and modern, urban jungle and green parks. And, for the musician or music lover, the word Spain is practically synonymous with the word guitar.
 
Our friends at Classical Guitar magazine have arranged a special, music-focused journey through southern Spain. Accompanied by local guides and Thérèse Wassily Saba, guitarist and long-time editor at Classical Guitar magazine, you can explore the music, culture, history, and heritage of Spain on a 10-day, 11-night sojourn. With personal, behind-the-scenes access to artists, luthiers, and experts, this is your chance to experience Spain as visitors rarely do.
 
Some itinerary highlights include:
Enjoy a performance by Ignacio Rodes of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo and attend a private lecture with him.
Tour the Guitar Museum dedicated to guitarist and pioneering luthier Antonio de Torres.
Explore Siguenza - from the looming 5th century fortress to the workshop of Jose Luis Romanillos.
Visit Ángel Barrios House to explore the drawings, paintings, musical scores and letters dedicated to this composer.
Meet José Enrique and Cristina Ramírez, the 5th generation of Ramírez makers, and learn how the guitars are built.
Soak up the atmosphere and tastes at an authentic Granadan olive oil farm.
 
For complete details and registration information, visit Stringletter.com/spain.

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OC Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Saturday, November 17, 2018

OC Classical Guitar Festival and Competition
March 2nd-3rd, 2019, at Chapman University in Orange, California

The Orange County Guitar Circle will hold its inaugural guitar festival and competition March 2nd and 3rd, 2019. The festival will feature concerts and masterclasses by internationally acclaimed artists Tengyue Zhang and Manuel Barrueco. It will also feature lectures by Jack Sanders, Frank Koonce, and best-selling author Jonathan Kellerman.

The competition will award the following prizes:

Adult Division
1st Prize: $2,500
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $200

Youth Division
1st Prize: $500
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100

 

For more information visit https://events.chapman.edu/59976

 

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2019 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Saturday, November 17, 2018

2019 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition

February 15, 2019


The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition is part of the Annual Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival. There are two separate divisions:


1. The Adult Division is a national competition open to advancing classical guitarists up to 30 years of age residing in the United States.


2. The High School Division is open to students in grades 9 ‐ 12 from PA, NJ & DE.


Applications and recordings are due

February 15, 2019 (11:59pm, EST)

There are three rounds:


> The Preliminary round – The jury will review unmarked/anonymous recordings

and select up to 12 advancing competitors from each division.  Entrants will be

notified if they have advanced to the semifinal round no later than March 3, 2019.


> The Semifinal round - will take place in front of a live audience in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Time & venue TBA, Free Admission


> The Final round will take place on the morning of Sunday, April 14, 2019 the 2019 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Festival at Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking).

 

For more information visit https://pcgs.wildapricot.org/2019-Competition

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