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Jennifer Trowbridge Joins Interlochen Faculty

Posted By Connie Sheu, Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jennifer Trowbridge has joined the faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts as the new instructor of guitar. The accomplished teacher and performer brings twenty years of experience in classical music, jazz, world music, and a range of popular styles. She has performed extensively in Chicago as well as New York, Jerusalem, Istanbul, and elsewhere.

"We are very pleased to welcome such a gifted and versatile performer to our guitar studio," said Kedrik Merwin, director of the music program at Interlochen. "Dr. Trowbridge will be able to help young guitarists develop their skills in multiple genres and styles, preparing them for success in higher education and beyond."

Trowbridge's recent collaborations include performing jazz guitar with Chicago Opera Vanguard's The Suitcase Opera, drum set with Chicago Tap Theater, and classical guitar with soprano Chelsea Morris. Her performance with tenor Bernard Holcomb (Lyric Opera of Chicago) was aired on Chicago's WFMT. She composed music for the award-winning documentary film, The Pantanal: Brazil's Forgotten Wilderness, televised on PBS, and has been the recipient of several grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

"It has been a wonderful experience as I begin this new phase of my career at Interlochen," said Trowbridge. "I get to teach in many different styles and work with students from all over the world - that international component is so valuable. The students bring so many different styles and interests but they are all so dedicated to their work. As a musician, it is just so rewarding to work in a place like this."

"It has been a wonderful experience to begin this new phase of my career at Interlochen," said Trowbridge. "I get to teach many different styles of guitar playing, and work with students from all over the world. That international component is extremely valuable, because it creates a multicultural classroom where students can learn so much from each other. As a teacher and as a musician, it is very rewarding to work in a place like this."

Students in the Interlochen guitar studio develop a wide range of skills that will prepare them for musical study in a college or conservatory setting, from reading notation to fretboard harmony to improvisation and developing solo repertoire. Young guitarists at Interlochen also benefit from regular performance opportunities around campus, often in collaboration with artists from other disciplines including large ensembles, dancer, and many of the other students at the fine arts school.

Founded in 1962, Interlochen Arts Academy is a fine arts boarding high school that challenges students artistically. Challenging college-preparatory academics complement their artistic studies and prepare the students for any future endeavor. Together, the students and faculty at the Arts Academy produce more than 250 arts presentations each year.

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New Guitar Faculty at SUNY Buffalo

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, October 31, 2013

The University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) Department of Music is excited to announce the addition of Sungmin Shin to the faculty as our new guitar instructor. Mr. Shin joins us from the Eastman School of Music and will be teaching undergraduate and graduate students studying guitar at UB. Please visit his faculty profile for more details: <>.

Classical guitar lessons are offered to undergraduate and graduate guitar majors and non-majors. Undergraduate students may pursue a bachelors degree or a minor in music with the choice of an academic or performance emphasis. Students at the graduate level pursuing degrees in composition, musicology, and theory in addition to the Advanced Certificate in Contemporary Performance are eligible for lessons. Students with prior training will be accepted for lessons through an audition process. For upcoming audition dates, please visit <>.

The music department at UB has developed an internationally recognized niche for the creation and performance of new music. It also has a long legacy for the performance of chamber music. Performance study at UB provides a strong focus in both of these areas within the context of traditional instrumental and vocal training. The strong contemporary music presence and distinguished musicology and theory faculty ensure a lively, interdisciplinary community of composers, performers, and scholars. UB is home to the June in Buffalo festival and conference, a leading international forum for the presentation and exchange of contemporary music and musical ideas

A premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence, UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. The cost of attendance at UB is highly competitive and affordable compared to universities across the U.S. <>.

For more information regarding guitar studies at UB, please contact Mr. Shin at <> or (716) 645-0630.

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Vladimir Gorbach Appointed to Faculty at CSU Fullerton

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, September 1, 2013

Russian guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has been appointed to the faculty of the Classical Guitar Department at California State University, Fullerton. Gorbach will work alongside GFA President Martha Masters in teaching at one of the longest running guitar programs in Southern California.

Gorbach is the winner of the 2011 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. He will begin his new duties as part-time faculty at CSU Fullerton this fall in addition to his new role as the first International Artist Fellow in Music at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music to pursue his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) studies.

Guitar study at CSU Fullerton offers a variety of opportunities for the developing classical guitar student at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Having offered degrees in guitar for over 30 years, CSUF has one of the nation’s most comprehensive programs and has won an international reputation as one of the finest guitar programs today. Many graduates from the CSUF program are now active professional performers and teachers.

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Peabody Preparatory Appoints Zane Forshee as Guitar Dept Chair

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Peabody Preparatory is pleased to announce the recent appointment of faculty member Zane Forshee as Guitar & Harp Department Chair. In addition, he will continue to coordinate guitar lessons and classes at the Preparatory's Towson campus on Dulaney Road. Forshee is a vibrant and innovative faculty member who, prior to this appointment, was instrumental in launching the Preparatory's annual Fret Festival. The event, now in its fifth year, is a day-long celebration of the guitar featuring master classes, workshops, student ensembles, vendor fair, kids' activities and performances by world-renowned guest guitarists. Please include this release in your publications as space permits and feel free to distribute online to your members and readership. Placement auditions and interviews are NOW being scheduled for individual instruction for the fall semester to be held on August 24 at the Peabody downtown campus in historic Mount Vernon. Fall semester lessons and classes begin Wednesday, September 4. Thank you for your assistance in promoting the Preparatory guitar department to the community at large.

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Julian Gray Joins Faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This Fall Julian Gray will be joining the faculty of the Shenandoah Conservatory of the Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia where he has been appointed as Professor of Music and Director of the Guitar Studies. As he begins his new role at Shenandoah he will remain Chair of the Guitar Department at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University continuing his studio there.

Recognized as one of the most gifted and eminent performers, recording artists and teachers in the guitar world, Julian Gray's career over three decades include critically acclaimed recordings on the Dorian-Sono Luminus label and concert appearances and masterclasses throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. His work in helping to establish the guitar duo repertoire include his many arrangements for duo with partners Ronald Pearl and Serap Bastepe-Gray and the commissioning and premieres of works by composers such as Roberto Sierra, David Leisner, Gilbert Biberian, Loris Chobanian, William Bland, Oliver Hunt and Benjamin Verdery. His students are frequent top prize winners at major national and international solo guitar, guitar concerto and chamber ensemble competitions and his many former students are members of University, College and Conservatory faculties in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

In commenting on his new position, Mr. Gray stated "I am tremendously pleased to become a member of the faculty of the Shenandoah Conservatory. With a long tradition of excellence and community, exciting new hires as the great Irish pianist John O'Conor and Jonathan Snowden (former principal flute of the London Philharmonic) and the visionary leadership of Dean Michael Stepniak, I see nothing but the most exciting prospects for the Conservatory's future. I am also looking forward to exploring the creative synergies possible between the Shenandoah and Peabody Conservatories and partnerships with Shenandoah's vibrant Theatre and Dance programs."

For more information about the Shenandoah Conservatory, please visit

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Michael Kudirka Joins Faculty at UNCSA

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, May 19, 2013
Guitarist Michael Kudirka will be joining the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as an Artist/Teacher of Guitar. UNCSA, part of the University of North Carolina system, contains a 4-year boarding arts high school, bachelors, masters, and performance certificate programs. Located in Winston-Salem, NC, the school houses departments of Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, Music, and Visual Arts. UNCSA has a thriving guitar program with two studios, each with 12 students.

Kudirka will be moving to UNCSA after teaching full-time at the Interlochen Arts Academy for two years. During those two years, he brought about a significant increase in applications and enrollment to the guitar program, hosted a variety of guest artists such as William Kanengiser, Duo Amaral (Jorge Amaral & Mia Pomerantz-Amaral), Jeremy Collins, and Stevan Jovic. He also spearheaded Interlochen's new Internet 2 video conferencing system by collaborating with Jason Vieaux on two masterclass exchanges. His students have gone on to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music, and California State University. His website is

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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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Julian Coryell Joins Faculty at CSU Dominguez Hills

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, January 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES (January 15, 2013) – The Music Department as well as the College of Arts and Humanities is proud to welcome Julian Coryell as a member of the Spring 2013 teaching faculty. Julian has played guitar on TV shows such as The X Factor and American Idol, as well as The Tonight Show and David Letterman. He's also played on numerous records for artists such as Aimee Mann, Jewel, Marc Broussard and Linda Perry. He has performed and toured with many other artists including Alanis Morissette, Aimee Mann, Leonard Cohen, Madeleine Peyroux, Dave Brubeck, and Billy Cobham among others. He is also a member of the Coryell Auger Sample Trio (AKA CAST) and Line Forms Hear.

Son of famed guitarist Larry Coryell, Julian’s musical gifts were nourished and he began writing music at a young age. The Coryell household was never lacking in musical visitors, and Julian was exposed to everyone from Miles Davis to James Taylor, each adding to the mix of influences from which Julian is inspired. We are certain that he will inspire the students at CSU Dominguez Hills and look forward to the upcoming semester.

Julian joins a guitar program that also includes Matthew Greif of the Grammy Award™ winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) and well-known classical guitarist and author Dr. Scott Morris (Supervisor of Guitar Studies).

For information on the Department of Music at CSU Dominguez Hills please visit:

For information on the Guitar Program at CSUDH please email Dr. Morris at

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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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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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