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Martha Masters Joins Guitar Faculty at CSU Fullerton

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Internationally renowned guitarist Martha Masters has joined the faculty at Cal State Fullerton, coaching chamber music and teaching private lessons. The comprehensive program at CSU Fullerton offers both BM and MM degrees in guitar performance. Classes in guitar history and guitar literature complement the student’s individual instruction. In addition, the guitar performance workshop and the guitar chamber ensembles provide frequent opportunities for performance, both solo and with groups of various sizes. State-funded lessons are available, as is scholarship assistance in various forms.

Martha Masters won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Solo Competition, including a recording contract with Naxos, a concert video with Mel Bay , and an extensive North American concert tour. In November of 2000, she also won the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition in Linares , Spain and was a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz , Poland. Prior to 2000, Martha was a prizewinner or finalist in numerous other international competitions, including the 1999 International Guitar Competition "Paco Santiago Marín" in Granada , Spain , the 1998 Tokyo International Guitar Competition and the 1997 GFA International Solo Competition.

In addition to leading the guitar program and the LMU Guitar Festival at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Martha teaches annually at the National Guitar Workshop Classical Summit in Connecticut , and on Masters is also the President of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), dedicated to supporting the instrument, its players and its music in the US and throughout the world.

For more information about the guitar program at CSU Fullerton, see the website at

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Colin Cooper, Editor of Classical Guitar, Dies at 86

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, August 27, 2012
Updated: Sunday, September 2, 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Colin Cooper, Editor of Classical Guitar magazine in London. Colin was a pervasive voice in the guitar world, regularly interviewing artists and writing columns for Classical Guitar. He suffered a massive stroke on the evening of August 24, 2012 and was rushed immediately to the hospital. Colin died shortly after with his family at his side. More details regarding funeral services are forthcoming.

Born in Birkenhead, England in 1926, Colin Cooper was a WWII veteran, an amateur violinist, a playwright and novelist, an avid golfer, and a guitarist. He worked for a steel construction company after he was released from military service in 1947 while beginning his career as a writer. Fascinated by human dialogue, he settled into playwriting and wrote various dramas for BBC radio while working on his novels.

Colin first encountered the guitar through the BBC's airplay of Segovia's early recordings. He began teaching himself guitar in 1962 as a break from long hours at the typewriter, and later took lessons with Dave Alcock and George Clinton. He eventually began teaching guitar himself, both privately and at the London Education Authority's Adult Education. In 1972, Colin and George Clinton founded Guitar magazine. Around the same time, Colin started a printing business called Alley Press, wrote a monthly column for the Japanese guitar magazine, Gendai Guitar, and continued teaching.

In 1982, Colin became full-time News Editor for Classical Guitar, a new magazine which he joined Maurice Summerfield in founding. Colin devoted himself to this endeavor with all his energy, along with his fellow colleagues John Duarte, Graham Wade, Neil Smith, and Harvey Hope. He was called on frequently as an adjudicator at international guitar competitions; he also lectured on British guitar history and continued teaching while working for the magazine. He once wrote, "It might be fair to say that I am a writer who was seduced by the power of music and became its servant rather than its master."

At the age of 82, Colin wrote his first book about music, Did They Like Me?, published by Doberman-Yppan in Montreal. He is survived by his wife Maureen, his two sons, Dan and Ben, and his grandson Joe.

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Doctoral Teaching Assistantship at Shenandoah University

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, August 9, 2012



FINANCIAL INFORMATION: The award includes a tuition waiver for up to 18
credit hours per academic year and a $9000 stipend annually. The award
is renewable for three years pending satisfactory performance of
assigned duties.

DUTIES: Assistantship responsibilities include instruction in applied
guitar, guitar ensembles , guitar classes, and maintenance of high
professional and ethical standards. The workload will be approximately
nine contact hours per week.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION: All students accepted into the doctoral
program at Shenandoah Conservatory may apply. Applicants must have
successfully completed all admission procedures, including an audition.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Forward a current curriculum vitae and a
letter of interest to:

Dr. Karen Walker, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Shenandoah Conservatory, 1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA, 22601

• Applicants should include full name, email address, phone number and
performance area and curriculum.
• Electronic submission required.
• Subject line: DMA Teaching Assistantship


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New El Mundo/Richard Savino Project

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, July 27, 2012
Following the success of their GRAMMY(c) nominated cd, The Kingdoms of Castile, El Mundo (Richard Savino, Director) is about to embark on their new project titled: "What Artemisia Heard; Music from the Time of Caravaggio & Gentileschi." It is based on the life of one of the greatest woman painters of all time, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 - 1653), and will feature some music by (but not exclusive to) the great Francesca Caccini. They have created a Kickstarter page to help support this project. Here is the link:

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Esztergom Guitar Festival

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, July 23, 2012
The new Esztergom Guitar Festival!
Szendrey-Karper Guitar Weekend in Budapest
17-19 August 2012

Concerts by
Roger Gehrig (tenor & guitar, Germany), Arpeggio Guitar Orchestra (Hungary), Ingrid Kertesi (soprano) & Zsolt Varga (guitar) (Hungary),
Edoardo Catermario (Italy), Kaltchev Duo (Bulgaria), Tino van der Sman (flamenco guitar, Netherland),
Johannes Monno (Germany), Judicael Perroy (France), Uwe Kropinski (jazz guitar, Germany),
Kazuhito Yamasita & Kanahi Yamashita (Japan)

Master classes by
Edoardo Catermario, Kaltchev Duo, Johannes Monno, Judicael Perroy

Lectures by
Miro Simic (Sweden) and Graham Wade (England)

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David Grimes Joins Faculty at Vanguard University

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, July 22, 2012

David Grimes has been appointed Visiting Lecturer in Guitar at Vanguard University beginning the Fall of 2012. As part of his appointment, Mr. Grimes will teach a selected number of students and give a master class every semester. Currently the guitar department is headed by Dr. Greg Glancey (coordinator) and Michael Anthony Nigro (instructor). Vanguard University offers guitar ensemble, fretboard skills, class guitar, and private instruction. Recent student achievements have been Samuel Hines who was selected as one of 15 finalists to compete in the Parkening International Guitar Competition in 2012, winning the Sigma Alpha Iota scholarship in Cerritos, CA, and being named the 3rd prize recipient at the 2011 Pacific Guitar Festival in Monrovia.

Vanguard University is located in Costa Mesa, CA. For audition information contact or

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Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition and Festival took place from July 11-15, 2012 and was co-hosted by Larry Aynesmith and Samantha Wells. All concerts were held in the beautiful Squaw Valley Chapel. Festival artists included Marc Teicolz, Celso Machado, Mesut Ozgen, Connie Sheu, Matanya Ophee, Rene Izquierdo, and Thakur Singh.

Congrats to the winners of the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition:

Adult Division:
1st Prize: Matthew Fish
2nd Prize: John Britton
3rd Prize: Max Zuckerman
4th Prize: Jesse Freedman

Youth Division I:
1st Prize: Sean Keegan
2nd Prize: Miguel Pulido
3rd Prize: Luke Toshimitsu
4th Prize: Manuel Ayala

Youth Division II
1st Prize: Kairey Wang
2nd Prize: Austin Keller
3rd Prize: Haley Farber
4th Prize: Elizabeth Cirivello

Youth Division III
1st Prize: Sedona Farber
2nd Prize: Yian Wang

From left to right: Matanya Ophee, Matthew FIsh, Jesse Freedman, Mesut Ozgen, Connie Sheu, Max Zuckerman, and John Britton

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ECU Summer Guitar Festival and Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, July 19, 2012

The ECU Summer Guitar Festival took place from July 14 to July 17, 2012. The festival included concerts and classes featuring Jason VIeaux, Duo Spiritoso, Akerman-Teixiera Duo, Stephen Aron, 2011 Competition Winner Mark Edwards, and others. The 2012 ECU Solo Competition results are:

First Prize: Joseph Palmer
Second Prize: Silviu Ciulei
Third Prize: Adam Kossler
Fourth Prize: Todd Holcomb

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Texas Music Festival: 'Classical Minds' Guitar Competition Results

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, July 16, 2012
Texas Music Festival: 'Classical Minds' Guitar Competition
Moores School of Music, University of Houston
Houston, TX
June 15-17, 2012

Classical Minds Finalists (with teachers):

Junior (9-13): Freyja Coe ($100 1st Prize - Valerie Hartzell, Houston, TX), Aaron Chen ($75 2nd Prize - Wan-Darr Tan, Plano, TX), Praxides Cornejo ($50 3rd Prize - Kay Meek, Alvin, TX), Anh-Viet Nguyen ($25 4th Prize - Isaac Bustos, Cypress, TX)
Junior Division Finalists each received a $25 Gift Certificate from Strings by Mail.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Prize Finalists received a Gift Bag from Savarez

High School: Audra Vigil ($500 1st Prize - Lynn McGrath, Albuquerque, NM), Vijay Meunier ($300 2nd Prize AND Winner of the Navarro Guitar donated by Memorial Music - Joseph Williams, Austin, TX), Adam Blailock ($200 3rd Prize - Isaac Bustos, Cypress, TX), Sergio Hernandez ($80 4th Prize - Jonathan Dotson, Brownsville, TX)

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Prizewinners received a Gift Bag from The Texas Guitar Company

Undergrad (18-28): Ian Tuski ($600 1st Prize AND the winner of the Aquiles Torres Guitar donated by Torres - Rene Izquierdo, University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Kyle Comer ($300 2nd Prize - Adam Holzman at University of Texas, Austin, TX), Jordan Taylor ($200 3rd Prize - Andrew Zohn at Schwob School of Music in Columbus, Georgia & Valerie Hartzell in hometown of Houston, TX), Noe Garcia ($100 4th Prize - Michael Quantz & Jonathan Dotson at University of Texas in Brownsville)
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize Finalists received a Gift Bag from Savarez

Sponsors of the competition included Savarez, The Texas Guitar Company, Strings by Mail, Dr. Rebecca Luethcke, Jim & Nadene Crain, Bruce Wright, Baker Hughes, and the Greater Houston Guitar Guild.

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Sharon Isbin featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’, Garrison Keillor, BBC4, GuitarTV

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Multi-GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin is the subject of a new 40-minute interview/lesson on GuitarTV. Her latest Sony CD, ‘Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions’ has been a #1 bestseller on Amazon, #3 in the Billboard charts, and the subject of rave reviews worldwide. This season she was featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’, Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ (600 stations heard by 4 million listeners), BBC Radio4, and multiple cover stories. Her 2010 GRAMMY winning ‘Journey to the New World’ (Sony) with guest Joan Baez spent 63 consecutive weeks on the Billboard charts.

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