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Shepherd International Guitar Festival

Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, April 2, 2015

This spring, Shepherd University Music will premier the Shepherd International Guitar Festival, featuring Manuel Barrueco, internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. The four-day festival—the only one of its kind in the region—will be held Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17, 2015, in and around the Shepherd University campus in Shephersdtown, WV. Open to professional adults, college students, and high school and middle school students the festival will include master classes, individual guitar lessons, guitar ensemble rehearsals, and concerts by international artists and guest instructors William Feasley, Marcelo Ferraris and José Manuel Lezcano, Nightly concerts by guest artists as well as a culminating concert by the festival participants, will be the centerpiece of the festival, and are free and open to the public.

Registration information for the Shepherd International Guitar Festival is available at For more information or to receive the registration form by mail, contact Dr. Robert Tudor at 304-876-5237 or

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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival Scholarship Announced (Plus an exclusive offer to GFA members!)

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, March 25, 2015



The Guitar Foundation of America is excited to announce that the winner of the 2015 GFA International Youth Competition (15-18 year old division) will receive a full scholarship to attend the week-long Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF) workshop and festival.  The festival, now celebrating its sixth year is held August 30-September 6, 2015, in Bigfork, Montana at the Flathead Lake Lodge.  David Feffer, Founder and Chairman of COCGF and a classical guitarist states, “We are thrilled to offer this scholarship in collaboration with the GFA to support development of the next generation of classical guitarists.”  See scholarship details and eligibility below.

In addition a special offer is available for any GFA member who registers to participate in the workshop.  GFA members will receive a $200 tuition discount and a ½ hour private lesson with a member of the LA Guitar Quartet.  For more information and to register call Sal1y Beaulieu at 1-855-855-5900.

The COCGF workshop and festival is a unique opportunity to study in an intimate setting for a full week with members of the LA Guitar Quartet and to attend workshops and concerts given by guitarists in many different styles and genres.   Returning to the workshop from 2013, John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Matthew Greif and Scott Tennant and comment that they are "really looking forward to this unique opportunity to spend time with students on an intimate level, not just in daily master classes, but in small-group workshops, ensembles and just hanging out.  We found that so much can get accomplished this way in the short space of a week, and all amidst the extraordinary beauty of the mountainous, wide-open spaces of Montana.” 

Feffer, who plays classical guitar, states, “This is a unique mix of learning through group interaction, master classes, one-on-one learning and ‘topics of the day.’”  Feffer adds, “Beyond formal classes, there is plenty of time to interact musically and socially with members of the LAGQ, fellow students and all of the other Artists in Residence and faculty.”

The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to perform solo on the festival stage, participate in ensembles, attend performances and master classes by the Artists in Residence, faculty and guest performers.  In addition he/she will be able to enjoy the amenities, Montana atmosphere and hospitality provided by the world-renowned Flathead Lake Lodge.

John Bogan, the winner of last year’s GFA International Youth Competition received this scholarship in 2014.  He states,  “the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival was definitely life changing. The specified instruction from David Leisner and Andrew Leonard was beyond what I expected. The atmosphere is truly inspiring. The concerts are a blast and the people are great. A truly wonderful festival and experience. The crown of the continent guitar festival was definitely life changing.”


Kevin Loh, from Singapore, is a past winner of the GFA International Youth Competition who attended the 2013 workshop and festival as the recipient of the CCOGF Artist in Residence Scholarship.  Kevin states, “It was an awesome experience studying with Scott Tennant.  Beyond working on all aspects of guitar playing, it was the face-to-face discussion that made the difference.  He shared with me his career experiences, advice on university selection and much more.  To top it off, I had the opportunity to hear talks and concerts by so many guitar legends all in a single festival.” Kevin’s father, Marcus, also a guitarist, who joined his son for the week commented, “This is one of the best guitar festivals I have attended; breathtaking location, diverse genres, world class musicians, concerts and great people!  I look forward to returning to this one of a kind guitar festival.”


In addition to the LAGQ, this year’s Artists in Residence lineup includes jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and his band including Dave Grusin; Brazilian artist Romero Lubambo,; rock musicians Dweezil Zaapa and his band and Jon Herrington; ), blues guitarist David Grissam and singer-songwriters Madeleine Peyroux and Brett Dennen.  The faculty is comprised of nationally recognized guitar instructors in their respective genres and styles.  

See  for a complete description of the workshop and festival.

A core part of the  COCGF’s charitable mission is to provide scholarships for students and teachers to participate in its programs.  During the past four years the COCGF has awarded 110 scholarships valued at over $425,000.  In addition to the many scholarships given to Northwest Montana residents, scholarships have been awarded to individuals throughout the United States and in Japan, Singapore, Canada, France, South Africa, Ireland, Hungary and Brazil.  This year in addition to the GFA Scholarship, COCGF is initiating Frank Zappa Family and Wes Montgomery-Lee Ritenour scholarships, which will be awarded each year and a scholarship supported by the D’Addario Foundation.


COCGF has a donor who wishes to sponsor a scholarship for the winner of the 2014 GFA International Youth Competition (ages 15-18) to participate in the August 30-September 6, 2015 workshop and festival.  The scholarship will include: full tuition to the workshop and festival, air transportation to Kalispell Montana and all-inclusive accommodations at the Flathead Lake Lodge (   If the winner is under 18, a parent or guardian whose expenses will also be fully covered must accompany them. The value of this scholarship is between $6,000-$15,000 depending on travel costs and whether a parent or guardian will be included.  The scholarship recipient also must have the ability to comfortably understand and communicate in English.  If the competition winner is unable to accept the scholarship or does not meet the English-speaking requirement, the scholarship will be offered to the 2nd or 3rd place finishers.

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Master's Degree with Elena Papandreou and Oscar Ghiglia at University of Macedonia

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new Master's program at the University of Macedonia, in Thessaloniki, Greece, will start this coming September!  Guitarists that are interested in studying for a Master's degree with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, may find information at this link:

You can click on "Call for application" on the top left of the page and find the detailed guide, the auditions programme, the application form, the fees and all the information you need. For more information, please contact Elena Papandreou at

English speaking students are welcome - no need to be fluent in Greek.

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Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano 2015 Competition Announced

Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Announcing the 2015 Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano. This year the International Competition will take place in the beginning of the Festival (28-30 August 2015). The master classes with Oscar Ghiglia, Elena Papandreou (guitar) and Massimo Lonardi (lute) will take place from August 3 - September 8, 2015. 

Important: the first round of the competition will be with a YouTube video, so you will know if you have passed to the semifinal by the end of July and then you may make your arrangements to travel to Gargnano.

In this link you may find information:


or contact Elena Papandreou directly at

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Fifteen Competitors Selected for 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, March 13, 2015
May 26-May 30, 2015, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

March 13, 2015 Malibu, CA -- The world's preeminent classical guitar competition, the Parkening International Guitar Competition, has selected 15 standout competitors for its fourth triennial competition. Representing 11 countries, they will vie for the largest prize purse among guitar competitions, competing at Pepperdine University from Thursday, May 28, through Saturday, May 30, 2015, on the University's campus in Malibu, California. Renowned guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening, the competition's namesake and artistic director, is Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine's Seaver College. The competition honors his lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia.

The 15 competitors range in age from 19 to 29 years old and are among the international community's most talented guitarists. They are Riccardo Calogiuri, 25, Italy; Fabian Cardozo, 28, Argentina; Silviu Ciulei, 29, Romania; Vladimir Gapontsev, 29, Russia; Emre Gökalp, 27, Turkey; Samuel Hines, 23, Long Beach, California, USA; Alec Holcomb, 19, Clarksville, Tennessee, USA; Alberta Khoury, 19, Australia; Rovshan Mamedkuliev, 28, Russia; Kyuhee Park, 29, South Korea; Sanel Redzic, 26, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Andrea Roberto, 19, Italy; Meng Su, 27, China; Marko Topchii, 24, Ukraine, and Tengyue Zhang, 21, China.

"We are thrilled to bring such a diverse range of young guitarists from all over the world here to Southern California for what is sure to be an extraordinary week of music," says Rebecca Carson, Executive Director for the Parkening International Guitar Competition and Managing Director for the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. "Our competitors for the 2015 competition will travel to us from just down the road in California to a town in Australia 14,000 miles away. They are united by their passion for classical guitar and by their love of music. We are looking forward to welcoming all of them to Pepperdine."

Judging the competition will be Lynn Harrell, cello virtuoso and conductor; Lee Holdridge, Emmy Award-winning film composer; Charlotte Lee, senior vice president, IMG Artists; Angel Romero, guitar maestro, soloist, and conductor; and David Thomas, recording producer.

Three of the competitors will advance to the final round on May 30 to perform a concerto with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra before a live audience in Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre. The gold, silver, and bronze medalists will be announced at the conclusion of the final round.

In addition to the Parkening International Guitar Competition, Pepperdine will present the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and 27. The 10 competitors, ages 17 and younger, are Katelyn Beisiadecki, 15, Monterey Park, California, USA; Erick Chipana, 17, Bolivia; Sedona Farber, 14, Santa Ana, California, USA; Nolan Harvel, 14, Hermitage, Tennessee, USA; Ashwin Krishna, 17, Los Altos, California, USA; Xu Kun (Alan) Liu, 13, China; Jonathan Pryde, 16, Reading, Michigan, USA; Kendrick Shen, 15, South Pasadena, California, USA; Grace Sheppard, 16, Tucson, Arizona, USA; and Kyle Wong, 15, San Jose, California, USA.

About the Parkening Competition:

The competition, which debuted in 2006, offers the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition in the world, with competitors vying for cash awards that total in excess of US$65,000. After three days of intense public performances, the winner of the Parkening International Guitar Competition receives a gold medal, the Jack Marshall Prize of US$30,000, and the most prestigious title in classical guitar.

The 2015 Parkening Competition is made possible by a generous grant from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson.

For information about tickets, call the Smothers Theatre Box Office at (310) 506-4522. Information online:

Christopher Parkening is celebrated as one of the world's preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For over 40 years his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim. Parkening is recognized as heir to the legacy of Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia. He has performed at the White House, appeared with Placido Domingo on Live from Lincoln Center, participated in the Carnegie Hall 100th anniversary celebration, and performed twice on the internationally televised Grammy Awards, and has appeared on many nationally broadcast television programs, He has collaborated with composers John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, Joaquin Rodrigo, F. Moreno Torroba, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and premiered new concert works in an effort to keep the guitar in the musical forefront. Parkening has been guest soloist with the finest orchestras in the United States, including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minnesota orchestras, the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and National symphony orchestras, the Detroit, Houston, Oregon, and St. Louis symphonies, the New York Philharmonic, the St. Paul and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He is the recipient of two Grammy nominations in the category of Best Classical Recording for Parkening and the Guitar and The Pleasures of Their Company, a collaboration with soprano Kathleen Battle. He was given the acclaimed American Academy of Achievement Award for excellence in the field of music. He also was presented with the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Classical Guitarist and the 2003 University Musical Society's Distinguished Artist Award.

Pepperdine University is an independent, medium-sized university located on the a 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. Pepperdine is ranked in the top tier of major universities in America and is known for achieving the highest standards of academic excellence in its undergraduate program, and in its School of Law, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, School of Public Policy, and Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Pepperdine University is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ It is the purpose of Pepperdine University to pursue the very highest academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith.

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University provides high-quality activities for over 50,000 people from 664 zip codes annually through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibitions, and master classes. Located on Pepperdine's breathtaking Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the "black box" Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

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CSU Fullerton Appoints Andrew York to Faculty

Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, March 12, 2015

The California State University, Fullerton School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew York to the faculty of its historied classical guitar studio.  Grammy-winner Andrew York joins Martha Masters, who joined the faculty in 2012, in leading the studio.  York brings a breadth of diverse experience in many genres as performer, composer, and teacher to CSUF’s undergraduate and graduate guitar majors.  York begins his tenure at CSUF in Fall 2015.

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts Presents ‘Nothing But Nylon’

Posted By Emma Markham, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Guitar Workshop ‘Nothing But Nylon’

June 28-July 3 ,2015


University of North Carolina School of the Arts Campus-1533 S. Main St, Winston-Salem, NC 27127


Director: Joseph Pecoraro


Workshop URL:


The UNC School of the Arts is a hot bed of passionate creativity!  As the nation’s first state-supported performing arts conservatory-we have been cultivating great artistic visions for nearly 50 years.  Guitar in the summer fits right in-as it has all along!  The Nothing but Nylon workshop exalts the glories of the nylon-stringed guitar.  This fast-paced and intensive workshop has something for everyone who loves the guitar-in an ideal setting for artistic growth where musicians, actors, dancers, filmmakers, and visual artists live and work together.

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Guitare Montreal 2015

Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Reserve the following dates: April 24, 25, 26.


Please take note of Guitare Montréal's exciting 2015 line-up:


Vladislav Blaha

David Leisner

Dave Pilon and the MGS Orchestra

Miodrag Zerdoner

Alan Liu

Dr. Éric Legault

Michael Hardy

Dr. Jeffrey McFadden

Patrick Feely


Let's not forget the over $4000 dollars in prizes, given away in the:

MGS Youth Competition and The Montréal International Classical Guitar Competition


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Narnia Arts Academy Summer Guitar Program with Tali Roth, Narni,

Posted By Emma Markham, Monday, March 2, 2015
Introducing the 4th year of Tali Roth's guitar program at the Narnia Arts Academy Summer Training Program, as a part of Narnia Festival in Narni, Italy - a beautiful medieval city located an hour north of Rome. In 2014 the Narnia Festival won the Italian President Gold Medal for excellence. The guitar course will take place July 19th-August 2nd 2015 with  an option for a half session running July 19- 26th or July 26th- August 2nd at  the tuition cost. It is open to any intermediate-advanced and advanced students, or young professionals.

The program combines master classes, chamber music coaching, educational trips, outings, and many performance opportunities. The Festival has a large world class faculty, a full Opera Program and a Mass production with daily performances for students and faculty in beautiful churches as well as the main Narni theater.

For more information, visit


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Mid America Guitar Camp 2015

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mid America Guitar Camp 2015
July 20-24, 2015
Webster University, Saint Louis, MO 63119
About MAGC:
The 13th annual Mid America Guitar Camp for young students between the ages of 10-18 (pre-college) will be held this summer on the campus of Webster University. All participants - from beginners, through advanced level players preparing for music school - will find fun and stimulating activities to enrich their own playing, as well as the opportunity of working with their peers.

Through daily master classes, ensemble, special seminars and a host of other activities, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the guitar. Non-guitar activities, such as visiting some of the wonderful sites St. Louis has to offer, will allow participants time to refresh their minds and bodies.

n outstanding curriculum and fantastic activities are designed to inspire and motivate our MAGC participants for a long time after the camp has ended.

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