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Robert Ruck Passes Away at 72

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Friday, August 17, 2018
Updated: Friday, August 17, 2018

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of one of the most significant luthiers of his generation, and GFA Hall of Fame honoree Robert Ruck. Ruck received the GFA Hall of Fame Award in 2016 in the category of Industry Leadership. He charmed all that met him with his warmth and extensive knowledge of guitar building. Ruck is best-known for being the builder of virtuoso Manuel Barruecco's exceptional-sounding main instrument, known simply as 'No. 58,' back in 1972, when Ruck had been building guitars for only about six years, which is a testament to his exceptional lutherie. His legacy lives on through the incredible instruments that he built during his lifetime. Ruck was 72. 

 

From Classical Guitar Magazine

 

http://classicalguitarmagazine.com/noted-luthier-robert-ruck-builder-of-manuel-barruecos-famous-no-58-passes-away-at-72/

 

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Remembering Douglas Smith

Posted By Ebaa Khamas, Friday, August 17, 2018

After a long illness, Doug Smith died at his home on August 9, 2018. Over the decades, Doug made numerous contributions to the LSA in a variety of roles, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors and both Guest Editor and Interim Editor of the Journal of the Lute Society of America. His contributions to lute scholarship cannot be overstated--the History of the Lute remains the only book of its kind and his work on the music of Silvius Leopold Weiss helped bring baroque lute music into the prominence it enjoys today. Doug was not only a lutenist, but played other instruments and recently finished composing a folk opera, while also spearheading the JLSA  issues devoted to the life and work of Patrick O'Brien--two issues have been published, with more to follow.  

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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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