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Musical America’s 2ND ANNUAL COMPETITIONS GUIDE now offering promotional opportunities

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, December 11, 2015

Musical America’s  2ND ANNUAL COMPETITIONS GUIDE will be released in

February 2016. We are now offering promotional opportunities to reach

an international audience for unmatched visibility of SongFest.  Here

are some details:

·         RELEASE DATE:  2 February 2016

·         DISTRIBUTION: PDF download sent by email FREE to MA’S


EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS  throughout the month  (4 times).

·         LONGEVITY: Available indefinitely on SPECIAL REPORTS

LIBRARY, click here on

·         CONTENT:  50 competitions (approx) coming up in 2016- 2017

chosen from MA’s database of competitions by MA’s editorial

staff. Feature article related to the topic also included.

·         MULTIPLE WAYS TO ACCESS:  Page dedicated to all listings

and PDF download of Guide on

·         ADDITIONAL DISTRIBUTION: Guides are posted on MA’s social

media and have been available through industry organizations such as


·         Click here for the PDF of the  FEBRUARY 2015





MUSICAL AMERICA GUIDES are an extremely valuable resource and not

blocked by any firewalls.  2016 Guides will also include Festivals

(April) and Music Schools (September).  Special discounted rates are

available for advertising in more than one Guide.



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The Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston, NY - 2016 Young Artists Competition

Posted By Erin Young, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Tuesday Morning Music Club
Douglaston, New York

2016 Young Artists Competition
For Classical Guitar

The Tuesday Morning Music Club is a non-profit organization made up of classical instrumentalists and vocalists. Its purpose is to enhance the cultural life of its membership and the community. One of the endeavors of which we are most proud is our sponsorship of a bi-annual Young Artists Competition. This year our competition is open to classical guitarist ages 18- 28.

To apply send the following material:

1. A letter of application stating your name, age, address, e mail address and phone number.

2. Submit a recording (CD): One each from Baroque/Classic, Romantic/Spanish and 20th century.
Label with your name and the title of the work on top of the CD.

3. A short biography.
Please send the material to:

Hiroko Nakahara
1 Bay Road. Huntington, NY 11743

Deadline: March 14, 2016

All materials must be received or postmarked by March 14, 2016.

After the screening we will select 6 contestants who will be auditioned before the committee on April 26, 2016

Performing time: No more than ten minutes. Two contrasting selections of your choice.

1st Prize: $1,800 2nd Prize: $1000 3rd Prize: $500

Competition date: Competition date: April 26 (Tuesday) 2016 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Community Church of Douglaston, N.Y.
39-50 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, NY 11363 Tel: 1-718-229-2169

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Miguel Llobet archive finds a permanent home at the Museo de la Musica in Barcelona

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On November 4, 2015 it was announced in Ocio y Cultura that the Miguel Llobet archive has at last found a permanent home at the Museo de la Musica  in Barcelona.  The collection contains over 1500 documents, including 879 scores, "many manuscripts", 420 letters, and 145 photographs and numerous personal items.  Among the documents is an original manuscript of Recuerdos de la Alhambra.

The collection was purchased from private collector Fernado Alonso for 235000 euros funded by the Ministry of Culture and the Institute of Culture of Barcelona following 14 years of negotiations. According to museum director Jaume Ayats, " With this collection the Museum of Music gathers the most important collection of the Catalan school of guitar, not only in terms of instruments but in manuscripts and documents." It is anticipated that the entire collection will be available for online inspection within one year.

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Guitar Salon International Buys Historic Guitar Collection

Posted By Erin Young, Saturday, November 14, 2015

Guitar Salon International Buys Historic Guitar Collection

David Collett, President of Guitar Salon International (GSI), announced yesterday that the company has purchased one of the most important guitar collections in the world: the Russell Cleveland Collection. This collection is comprised of 63 instruments spanning the years 1830 to 2011, and represents the most important classical and flamenco guitar makers from the past 185 years. Among the most prized instruments is a Torres from 1888 previously owned and concertized by Emilio Pujol; Julian Bream’s famed 1957 Hauser II, Robert Bouchet’s first guitar which remained his personal instrument until his passing; and Segovia's 1969 "AM" Ramirez which he used regularly from 1969-1980. This amazing list continues, and GSI will roll out the entire collection over the coming weeks on as each guitar is documented, photographed and assessed on an individual basis. Many of these instruments are also featured in the acclaimed book, "The Classical Guitar — A Complete History" of which Tim Miklaucic, GSI’s CEO and founder, was one of the contributing authors.

“It’s very rare to have the chance to purchase a collection of this quality and size. As far as I know, it’s the largest classical and flamenco guitar collection ever sold to a single buyer. I’m proud to have helped Russell acquire many of these instruments over the past thirty years and grateful that he has given me the chance to find new owners and caretakers of each of these extraordinary pieces." - Tim Miklaucic, CEO, GSI

“I acquired my major collection over many years. I decided it was time for others to play and cherish these fine instruments. I am pleased that the folks at Guitar Salon International are undertaking this effort.” - Russell Cleveland

“I was fortunate to have a copy of Russell's book when it was first published in the late 1990s and in the subsequent years have spent countless hours poring over every single page, marveling at each of these instruments one by one. For me, this is a highlight in GSI's history to have this collection here in our offices to study, play and share with the guitar community, both here locally in Santa Monica, and online with the world. Perhaps even more exciting for us as players is that most of these instruments are in fantastic playing condition and are ready for the concert stage. We are going to do our best to give many of these instruments a chance to be heard in live performances and in the highest quality audio and video recordings before they find their new homes.” - David Collett, President, GSI

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6th Indiana International Guitar Competition Results

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The 6th Indiana International Guitar Festival  and Competition was held on 24th-25th October 2015.


As in previous years the level of participants was outstanding.


34 participants in the Open Division from various countries such as U.S, China, Canada,Brazil,Poland,Korea,Italy,Bosnia and several others showed a great technical and musical preparation.


The winners were


1st Prize Jennifer Kim
2nd Prize Matthew Gillen
3rd Prize Bokyung Byun
4th Prize Jeremy Collins
In the Senior Youth Division the winners were:
1st Prize Sedona Farber
2nd Prize Nolan Harvel
3rd Prize Everest Nguyen
4th Prize Josephine Mc Dougall


In the Junior Youth Division the winners were:


1st Prize Jacob Tan
2nd Prize Jordan Demsky
3rd Prize Sam Hall


The jury members for Open category:


Luke Gillespie - Jazz piano 
Ernesto Bitetti - Guitar
Elzbieta Szmyt - Harp
Elisabeth Wright, Harpsichord
 Kate Lukas -Flute
Atanas Tzvetkov - Guitar


The jury members for Youth categories:


Steven Brew - Guitar
Daniel Duarte - Guitar
Milena Petkovic - Guitar
Branko Barnic - Guitar
Petar Jankovic - Guitar


Guests for this occasion were René Izquierdo(Cuba) and Jorge Caballero (Peru).

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From Tragedy to Transcendence: The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo by J. Sebastian Bach for Acoustic Guitar

Posted By Erin Young, Sunday, November 1, 2015

From Tragedy to Transcendence:

The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo

by J. Sebastian Bach for Acoustic Guitar

Steven Hancoff has transcribed and recorded the thirty-six masterpieces that comprise J. S. Bach's Cello Suites on acoustic guitar and made the scores available for free.


Additionally he has created a video series and written a four-volume, highly interactive e-book: Bach, Casals and The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo -- biographies of Bach and of Pablo Casals, the man who rescued the Suites from oblivion. This work is anecdotal rather than technical, describing the lives of these great men in the context of their times as Hancoff has come to fathom them—as fascinating, illuminating, and inspiring artists, and as human beings challenged, like all of us, by the demands life.


 More Information at


Tags:  Acoustic Guitar  Bach  Cello Suites  Transcriptions 

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Friends and Family Discount Offer: D'Addario Performance Series - Ekachai Jearakul and Liying Zhu at Carnegie Hall

Posted By Erin Young, Sunday, November 1, 2015

Friends and Family Discount

The D’Addario Performance Series presents the US debut of two young award-winning classical guitarists, Ekachai Jearakul of Thailand and Liying Zhu of China.

D'Addario is offering an exclusive discount for the upcoming D'Addario Performance Series. The Performance Series provides the most unique programming and debut performance opportunities for the best emerging talent in the classical guitar world. Join us at Carnegie Hall for the last performance of the year and use the discount code FAM22874 to secure your tickets at the discounted rate of $15.


Purchase tickets here.

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Master’s Degree in Guitar with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, October 30, 2015

Master’s Degree in Guitar with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece.


The Master’s programme in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, will probably start in February 2016. The audition requirements for the guitar will remain the same as in the previous cycle and most likely the tuition fees will be lower. Until the details are announced in this link,


Application requirements can be found under “Call for Application” here.

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2016 Grammy Music Educator Award Semifinalists Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, October 23, 2015

In recognition of the excellent music teachers around the nation the semifinalists for the Music Educator Award have been announced. From over 4,500 nominations 25 have been selected as semifinalists. See the link below for more information.

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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

Download File (PDF)

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