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St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Welcomes Christopher Parkening to its 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On June 9, 2013, the Music Program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of St. Louis University will host and sponsor a special Commemorative Master Class to be conducted by the legendary American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. This class is co-presented in cooperation with the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society in its day-long cele- bration of the 50th Anniversary of its founding on June 9, 1963, with Mr. Parkening also serving as Honorary Chair of its 50th Anniversary Committee. The Class will be held in University Theater at Xavier Hall on the St. Louis University campus, 221 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Admission will be $20 for adults and families, $5 for individual pre-college students. Three performance spots are open to competitive audition. Performance applicants should submit three unedited pieces of contrasting styles by 11:00 pm CST May 5, 2013, on the Guitar Society’s website at The Guitar Society will also be joined by Mr. Parkening at its 50th Anniversary Commemorative Dinner to be held at the Missouri Athletic Club, 405 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63102, beginning at 5:30 pm. Attendance is $75 per person, which includes admission to the master class. For full audition details and further information about the celebration visit, or call the Classical Guitar Society at 314 567-5566.

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The Boston Conservatory Revamps Guitar Program

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, March 14, 2013
Boston, MA, March 13, 2013 — The Boston Conservatory has recently re-launched its guitar program with a restructuring of the curriculum, changes in audition requirements, and engagement of additional faculty members. The program offers three possible degrees: a Bachelor of Music, Graduate Performance Diploma, and Master of Music in Guitar Performance. Faculty members include Aaron Larget-Caplan, Berit Strong, and Olav Chris Henriksen, all of whom are active performers in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

"This is an extremely exciting time at The Boston Conservatory,” said Larget-Caplan. "I am honored to be working alongside Berit Strong and Olav Chris Henriksen to create a top-tier conservatory music program for guitar. With our diverse backgrounds, we are looking forward to challenging future students in all genres of music, from all eras.”

Students in the guitar program have ample performance opportunities through The Boston Conservatory’s chamber music program (including groups such as Renaissance consort, world music ensemble and contemporary music); a weekly performance seminar; training and playing in therapeutic music; participating in productions of the Conservatory’s Musical Theater, Dance and Opera Departments; and involvement in concerto and other competitions through the Conservatory and through ASTA (American String Teachers Association)

Recent changes to the curriculum include expanded performance seminars and revamped courses in guitar research and pedagogy. Audition requirements have been increased to include a broader range of eras and more detailed requirements. For more information, visit

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and musical theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit

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Classical Guitarists: Conversations Available as E-Book

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, March 14, 2013
Jim Tosone's book, "Classical Guitarists: Conversations", published by McFarland & Co, is now available through Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and through Google Books as a Google eBook. The price is $14.74. The print edition continues to be available from a variety of on-line sources, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Guitar Salon.

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Volterra Project 2013 with Antigoni Goni

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, March 8, 2013

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 7th edition of the Volterra Project, Summer Guitar Institute: a special edition.

On August 2, we will meet again in the hills across from the medieval city of Volterra in Tuscany, Italy, for 8 more days of intense work and creative learning in one of the most enchanting and inspiring settings of the world!

This year the Volterra Project will have (just for fun) a title: New York City comes to Volterra

Only for this edition we are breaking our customary rules in two ways
all the teachers will come from New York City
in addition to the usual 10 guitar students we will open the inscription to 4 flute students
This year, in fact, our usual curriculum will be enriched by flute and guitar chamber music. Each guitar student, will exceptionally receive an extra lesson on guitar and flute repertoire while the 4 flautists will have the chance to participate in several chamber music sessions as well as receive a lesson on solo flute repertoire.

I look forward to seeing you all in Tuscany!
Antigoni Goni
Founder and Artistic Director

Registration on-line and other info:

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36th Guitar Course/Festival, Chateau Ligoure, July 18- 27, 2013 with Eleftheria Kotzia

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, March 3, 2013
36th Guitar Course/Festival, Chateau Ligoure, July 18- 27, 2013

Chateau de Ligoure,Le Vigen - Solignac, France

This is a residential festival for classical guiatrists of all
abilities and ages.The magnificent Chateau de Ligoure, in the Limousin
region in central France, is a gem of a venue. Surrounded by farmhouses
the chateau retains many of its original features. Its peaceful,
natural environment gives a further special element and the
surrounding silence deepens the beauty of the musical experience.

I have invited to join me the Czech guitarist Vladislav Blaha and
the French guitarist Olivier Permoine [1].

The daily 'menu' will include masterclasses, individual
classes,ensemble music, orchestra, Eleftheria Kotzia's 'Giuitarobics'
sessions, session on guitar topics.The series of concerts 'NUITS DE
cocnerts (22,25,26).
contact: Eleftheria Kotzia,

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Remembering John W. Tanno

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, February 21, 2013
John W. Tanno passed away February 15, 2013 at his home in Sacramento, CA. He was 73 years old.

John had a long and distinguished career as a University Librarian at UC Riverside from 1970-2002 and then at UC Davis from 2002 until his retirement in 2006. He was also very active in the Music Department at UCR and taught a Music Bibliography course for 28 years. His love of music stands out as an important part of his life both personally and professionally. He earned his Masters in Music from USC. Among other publications, he wrote two regular columns, "The Guitarist’s Bookshelf,” an annual column appearing in Guitar Review, and "Current Discography” for Soundboard, where he also served as editor from 1976-1980.

He had a particular passion for classical and flamenco guitar. His proficiency as a both a player and a scholar was noted by all who knew him. He would often treat friends and family to a living room performance, an event enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

John’s had a lifetime love affair with books. He took great joy in acquiring new books, whether on or his local used bookstore. He was always happy to discuss his latest read.

He soaked up culture and loved museums, theatre, concerts and film, all of which he sought out while pursuing another great love: travel.

John had a wonderful zest for life and his greatest passion was for his family. He is survived by his loving daughters, Maria-Elena Kinzer and Luisa Tanno, his sister Joyce Hansen, his grandchildren Dylan, Owen and Finley Kinzer, and many dear nieces and nephews.
He did not wish for a memorial service. For those who would like to make a donation in his memory, his family suggests The California State Parks Foundation or The Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Guitare Montreal 2013

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Guitare Montreal. this year, will be held on April 26, 27 and 28th, at Concordia University’s downtown Campus (1450 Guy St., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 0A1)

News for 2013! The MGS has donated more money to the MGS Youth Competition and is now giving out 7 Prizes! Go and see all the details at: !
(All registrations are done online)

Here’s what’s on in a nutshell:
Concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings are held at DB Clarke Auditorium:
(Location: Hall Building 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West - easier entrance from Bishop Street.)

Friday: The MGS Orchestra under the direction of Dave Pilon, followed by the Scottish virtuoso, Matthew McAllister.
Saturday: The winner of the 2012 MGS Youth Competition, David Steinhardt, followed by the extraordinary Marcin Dylla of Poland.

Sunday at 1pm will be the finals of the International competition; held in room 8.265 at Concordia music department (1450 rue Guy)

So please visit, for all the details!

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UNC School of the Arts Seeks Artist/Teacher of Guitar

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, February 15, 2013
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is accepting applications for an outstanding artist and teacher to fill the position of Artist/Teacher of Guitar. This full-time and multi-year contract position will begin in August 2013. The long-standing and vibrant UNCSA guitar program, with two full-time guitar faculty members, enrolls 22 or more guitar performance major students at the undergraduate, graduate and high school levels. Responsibilities will include recruiting, teaching and advising approximately 12 guitar major students, leading weekly performance classes, teaching a guitar history/literature course, and coaching chamber music as needed. The selected applicant will also work to collaboratively oversee the general guitar curriculum and planning, participate in campus faculty governance, and retain a high professional profile as an active artist/teacher.

Minimum Qualifications:
· Master's degree or equivalent professional experience.
· In-depth knowledge of classical guitar repertoire and comprehensive guitar pedagogy.
· Demonstrated excellence and experience as a performing artist and teacher.

Preferred Qualifications:
· Demonstrated ability to serve as an active recruiter of qualified students for the School of Music.
· Demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher of guitar students of varying backgrounds from high school through graduate levels.
· Significant accomplishment as professional performing artist and clinician.
· Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: teaching jazz, guitar pedagogy, or entrepreneurship.

About the UNC School of the Arts:
A constituent campus of the University of North Carolina, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem ("The City of Arts and Innovation") in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state's only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. The guitar department was part of the school’s founding profile, placing it among the longest-standing programs of its kind in the U.S.

To apply, please visit: to file electronic application and upload letter of intent, CV, and names and contact information for three references. Criminal background check required. Review of applications will begin March 8, 2013 and will continue until position is filled.

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Montecito International Music Festival

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, February 14, 2013
Jack Sanders will teach at the Montecito International Music Festival at Westmont College in Santa Barbara from July 15 to August 3, 2013. The summer weather in Santa Barbara is fantastic! This is an opportunity for guitarists from age 13 to adults to participate in an environment of exceptional musicians from around the world. The students will receive two hour-long lessons per week, two chamber music coachings, plus performance opportunities in the beautiful setting of Westmont College. Guitar ensembles and soloists are encouraged but only a limited number of guitar spots are available. Guitar lessons will focus on general musicianship, historical performance practice, and guitar ergonomics including use of bio-feedback. For more information, please contact Jack Sanders at sandersgtr@aol or

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2013 Narnia Arts Academy Summer Training Program

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, February 11, 2013
Guitarist Tali Roth introduces the 2nd year of her guitar course at the Narnia Arts Academy Summer Training Program, as a part of Narnia festival in Narni, Italy (located an hour north of Rome). A unique program that combines master classes, chamber music coaching, different courses, educational trips and great performance opportunities. It is a big festival with 35 faculty on board, a full orchestra and mass production with daily performances for students and faculty. All inclusive tuition will be between $1600-1800 for the guitar program. The guitar course will take place during the 14th-28th of July 2013


Please see - or direct link-

For Tali Roth last year masterclass video in Narnia Festival See

for more information and video promo here:(NOTE_ THIS YEAR COURSE IS BETWEEN JULY 14th to 28th)

Tali Roth web site is under

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