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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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Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, August 13, 2015

The 2016 Miami International GuitART Festival welcomes vendors to register for the 2016 MIGF Luthiers Expo at the Florida International University, where the luthiers and guitar shops will present their guitars, music, and other related products to the festival participants who will be coming from all around the world.

The Luthiers Expo will be held in the Frost Art Museum Café area located next to the FIU School of Music. The museum will also be having a special exhibition "The Shakespeare's First Folio" during the festival and will be attracting even more people to the Expo. 

More info can be found at

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Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The 2016 Miami International GuitART Festival Composition Competition invites composers to submit new works written for solo guitar or two guitars or three guitars by December 15, 2015.
The competition is open to composers of all nationalities in two age categories: Emerging Composers (between the ages of 18 and 30) and Young Composers (from the age of 17 or younger). Multiple works may be submitted.
More info and complete competition guidelines can be found at

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2016 Miami International GuitART FESTIVAL Dates Announced

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The Miami International GuitART Festival (MIGF) will be hosted by the Florida International University School of Music between February 24-28, 2016. The festival, under the direction of guitarist/composer Mesut Özgen, will bring world-renowned artists to FIU, led by the great American guitarist and composer Benjamin Verdery.
In partnership with the Miami Classical Guitar Society, FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, Miami Turkish Consulate, FIU Stocker AstroScience Center, Savino Music, Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs, Turkish Airlines, and Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, the festival will include eleven concerts, five masterclasses, three lectures, and a composers panel, as well as a composition competition and a luthiers expo, which will be presenting hand-built guitars in the Frost Art Museum, located next to the FIU School of Music.
The festival concerts will feature Benjamin Verdery (Yale University), Stephen Aron (Oberlin Conservatory), Robert Trent (Radfor University), John Schneider (Pierce College), Mesut Özgen (FIU), Celso Cano (Nova Southeastern University), Trio Anka (Turkey) with tenor Ayhan Ustuk, guitarist Kagan Korad, and cellist Demet Kiyici, Miami Guitar Trio with Federico Bonacossa (Italy), Federico Musgrove (Argentina), and Corey Harvin (U.S.), Felipe Carvajal (Costa Rica) and his flamenco group, Duo Con-Trastes (Cuba), and Molina Duo (Miami Dade College).
Masterclasses conducted by Benjamin Verdery, Stephen Aron, Robert Trent, Kagan Korad, and Mesut Özgen, will be open to students of all ages and levels. Among the lectures are the Grammy winner John Schneider’s presentation of music in just intonation by Lou Harrison, the early music specialist Dr. Robert Trent's presentation of 19th century performance practice, and the Spanish luthier Amalia Ramirez's presentation of Segovia and Ramirez Collaboration. The festival will also present many talented young guitarists in a Student Showcase Concert.
The MIGF Composition Competition will be presided by the extraordinary composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia (FIU) and joined by two other distinguished judges: the award-winning composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (University of Miami) and the fulbright scholar/composer Jacob Sudol (FIU). The competition welcomes the young and emerging composers' submissions of new guitar compositions for solo, duo, or trio in two age categories. There will also be a composers panel among the festival events with non-guitarist and guitarist composers discussing various issues of writing for guitar. The Luthiers Expo will be presenting a wide variety of wonderful guitars of the talented luthiers in the Frost Art Museum, which will also be hosting a special exhibition "The Shakespeare's First Folio" during the festival. 

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Guitarrada VII with Pepe Romero and the Harris Guitar Collection

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, April 11, 2013


The Harris Guitar Foundation (HGF) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music are delighted to announce Guitarrada VII and an exciting new collaboration between HGF and the Conservatory. On April 29 at 7:30 p.m., guitarist Pepe Romero and luthier Richard Bruné join Conservatory guitar faculty and students for an evening of lively conversation and music performed on rare vintage guitars from the Harris Guitar Collection (HGC). Co-hosted by David Tanenbaum, chair of the Conservatory guitar department, and L. John Harris, president of The Harris Guitar Foundation, Guitarrada VII takes place in the Conservatory’s Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at 50 Oak Street in San Francisco. Now it its seventh year, the annual event is free and open to the public.

The occasion will also celebrate a new collaboration between HGF and the Conservatory that integrates instruments from the Harris Guitar Collection into the guitar department’s curriculum.

"Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Conservatory and the loyalty of our audiences, Guitarrada has become a popular event at the Conservatory,” says Harris, president of The Harris Guitar Foundation. "Now I’m thrilled to announce that the newly formed Harris Guitar Foundation will make the Harris Guitar Collection available on a regular basis to the guitar students and faculty of the Conservatory for educational purposes, including scholarship, performance and recordings.”

"The Conservatory guitar department,” says Tanenbaum, "is very happy to welcome back Richard Bruné, Pepe Romero and the wonderful Harris Guitar Collection for another evening devoted to the exploration of the guitar's history through the lens of these instruments. In addition, the occasion represents a heartfelt thank you to President Colin Murdoch for fostering the collaboration between the organizations as well as an homage to Pepe, who received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2011.”

This year’s Guitarrada features over a dozen guitars from the Harris Collection that will eventually be on permanent public display at the Conservatory. Special guests Romero and Bruné will deliver their usual fare—exquisite playing by Romero and fascinating lore and scholarship from Bruné. The event will also feature a special performance by Conservatory faculty guitarists Sérgio Assad, Marc Teicholz, Lawrence Farrara and David Tanenbaum.

"We will play together as a quartet for the first time,” says Tanenbaum.” "We chose a piece by Moreno Torroba written for the Romero Quartet to honor Pepe and his family and the beginning of the life of the Harris Guitar Collection on our campus."

In the tradition of previous Guitarradas, Conservatory students will perform on instruments they have selected from the Harris Collection.

Romero appears at Guitarrada in conjunction with a solo concert on April 28 at Herbst Theatre produced by the OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts in partnership with San Francisco Performances. The HGF and Conservatory are grateful to the OMNI Foundation and Director Richard Patterson for its ongoing support of the Guitarrada series. Tickets for Romero’s solo concert are available at or by calling (415) 242-4500 or (650) 726-1203.

Plans for joint projects between HGF and OMNI will be the subject of future announcements.

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