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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

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Green Room Arts International Tour

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, September 18, 2015

The Green Room Arts Co. is currently forming its 2015-16 Touring Guitar Ensembles in preparation for an international concert tour of Bulgaria & Greece in the Summer of 2016!


If you are a guitar player with some experience, and performing and traveling is your passion, we would love to have you on board!!


This summer, our school took 2 student guitar ensembles on a 17 day 6 concert tour of Bulgaria, exploring the south and east Black Sea coast of this amazing country. In addition to playing professional concerts in a variety of venues, our students had a chance to interact with local musicians and receive classes from some of the top European guitar maestros!  Portion of the closing concert was featured on Bulgarian National Television.


We are in the planning stages of this upcoming tour. Enrollment for the 2015-16 year touring ensembles is now open and rehearsals/repertoire and part assignments will start in October.


Don‘t miss on this life-changing career-building opportunity!


We would like to invite you to attend an informational meeting/open house and learn more about this exciting opportunity, and how you/your child guitarist can become a part of this concert tour. Feel free to contact us if you or anyone you know might be interested in this!!



Open House info:

            Date/Time: Saturday September 19th, 2015 @ 530-730pm.                           Refreshments will be provided.


Address:    Green Room Arts Co.

                  813 N. Main St.

                  Santa Ana Ca, 91702


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In the meantime, check out the 2015 tour vids on YouTube:


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