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Women in the History of Classical Guitar

Candice Mowbray


Women in the History of Classical Guitar In an informative and celebratory presentation that includes lecture, listening and demonstration, Dr. Candice Mowbray leads audiences through an appreciative look at the accomplishments and contributions of women as players and composers throughout the history of the classical guitar. Beginning in the late Renaissance and ending with the Grand Dames of the 20th century, this presentation shares the stories and music of wonderful musicians such as Francesca Caccini, Emilia Giuliani, Madame Sydney Pratten, Vahdah Olcott-Bickford, Josefina Robledo, Maria Luisa Anido, Ida Presti and Luise Walker. References to colleagues and broader artistic trends place each guitarist in historic context. Resources will be discussed to encourage further exploration and the inclusion of these women in programming and study of guitar history. This presentation can occur in collaboration with presenter, Mariette Stephenson. Having met at the Toronto Guitar Society‚Äôs Guitar Weekend while giving consecutive lectures, both Mowbray and Stephenson possess the same passion for broadening the awareness of the contributions of women to guitar history and would work in tandem to offer an extended lecture or two separate complimentary presentations. 


Regarded for her beautiful tone and lyricism, Maryland-based classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works. From 

playful acrobatics in works by French guitar virtuoso Ida Presti to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor's Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations.


Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Mowbray has been a featured artist for festivals and concerts series in Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington DC, Baltimore and Los Angeles. She has performed with ensembles such as Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, National String Symphonia, Wolf Trap Opera and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington. Her recent solo CD, Reverie, has been featured on radio shows such as In Tune (BBC Radio 3), The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH), G-Strings with Tom Cole (Washington D.C.) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). Classical Guitar Magazine called the release "A revelation!" and one of the Top 10 CD picks of the year.

Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and has taught courses in music and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College and several other colleges and schools of music in the mid-Atlantic region. She also enjoys research and giving talks about music, which have been described as enthusiastic and insightful.


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