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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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Christopher Parkening Announces Retirement from Concert Stage

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, July 10, 2012
In July, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina, the renowned American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) ]Hall of Fame and given the Artistic Achievement Award. This prestigious award is given to "performers who have made monumental contributions to the development of the art and
life of the classical guitar."

Mr Parkening also used this occasion to make this notable announcement: "As I am gathered with you to celebrate the classical guitar, I have chosen this time and place to share with you what for me is a rather difficult announcement. After nearly five decades as a concert guitarist, the time has come for me to step away from the concert stage.

"Some of you know that for these past few years I have had some physical issues resulting in numerous back surgeries. At this point in my life, I would like to focus more on my family and on my commitment to teaching my students at Pepperdine University and in master classes throughout the country, sharing my insights and experiences- both musical
and personal- as I mentor young artists.

"I am grateful to all of those who have had important roles in my life and career. Through the years I have tried to play my guitar for the purpose as defined by J. S. Bach who
said, 'Soli Deo Gloria,' 'To God alone the glory.'"

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2012 GFA Competition Results

Posted By Connie Sheu, Saturday, July 7, 2012

The 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Competition was held from June 26 to July 1, 2012 at the College of Charleston. Three divisions of the competition took place - the International Concert Artist Competition (18 and over), the International Youth Competition Senior Division (15-18), and the International Youth Competition Junior Division (14 and under). In all competitions, the final rounds were open to the public at the 2012 GFA Convention.

The winners of our 2012 International Concert Artist Competition are:

Rovshan Mamedkuliev (Russia) – 1st Prize
Celil Kaya (Turkey) – 2nd Prize
Silviu Ciulei (Romania/USA) – 3rd Prize
Ivan Sanchez Flores (Mexico) – 4th Prize

Below, our four finalists with ICAC director Martha Masters.

Rovshan Mamedkuliev will begin his tour in 2013-2014. For booking, please contact GFA Tour Director Lynn McGrath at

International Youth Competition: Senior Division
Huaicong Mu (China) – 1st Prize
Shon Stelman (Israel/US) – 2nd Prize
Noam Kanter (Netherlands) – 3rd Prize
Tobias James (US) – 4th Prize

Below, Risa Carlson, IYC Director, with Senior Division finalists.

International Youth Competition: Junior Division
Kevin Loh (Singapore)- 1st Prize
Woo Tak Kim (S. Korea) – 2nd Prize
Ashwin Krishna (US) – 3rd Prize
James Graham (Canada) – 4th Prize

Below, Risa Carlson with Junior Division finalists.

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