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Mandolin and Guitar Chamber Music Workshop with Keith Harris.

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mandolin and Guitar Chamber Music Workshop with Keith Harris.

An Activity of The Mandolin Academy in Venice

 

 

We are pleased to announce that Keith Harris will be holding a chamber music workshop for plucked string ensemble in St. Augustine, Florida, at the beginning of February 2018.

 

Schedule - February 1 to 5:

Thursday evening: arrival, settling in, discussion of coming days

Friday: 9:00 -12:00 workshop; 12:00 – 4:00 lunch break and opportunity for sightseeing; 4:00 -8:00 workshop

Saturday and Sunday: same

Monday: 9:00 – 1:00 activities and discussion

 

Costs:

·         Workshop Fee  -  $350

·         Hotel in Historic District - TBA

 

Optional Extension:

·         Evening of Tuesday, February 6 to noon, Saturday, February 10

·         Extension Workshop Fee - $350

·         Hotel in Historic District - TBA

 

The workshop is part of the activities of The Mandolin Academy in Venice. The MAiV is an organization offering all kinds of activities around the mandolin. As the name suggests, it is based in Venice (Italy) but operates internationally as well. Keith Harris is Director of Mandolin Studies for the MAiV, and is of course well known internationally as both a performer and teacher.

 

It will be a “playing workshop”, like the enormously successful one in Philadelphia in 2016. So players of all standard instruments in a plucked string ensemble / mandolin orchestra are welcome. If you feel nervous about whether you meet the technical level required, please talk to us. On the other hand, nobody need be afraid of being underchallenged. The workshop is a special opportunity for anybody, and especially so for classical guitarists seeking ensemble experience.

 

The repertoire for the Florida workshop will consist largely of compositions and arrangements by Keith himself, along with other music he particularly admires. All the music has been carefully chosen not only because of its proven popular success, both with players and audiences, but especially because it naturally exemplifies many musical and technical aspects which Keith believes are worth examining.

 

•             Please apply by December 8, 2017. The total number of participants will be limited.

•             And please do your music friends the favor of letting them know about the workshop.

 

The nearest airport is Jacksonville. Attractive and inexpensive accommodations within convenient distance are readily available in the historic old town; specific hotel information will be sent shortly.  Please talk to me (Bob Hammond) about all logistical aspects of the workshop, and please feel free to contact Keith directly keith.harris@mandolin.academy for any issues related to the workshop music.  This division of labor will allow Keith to focus on the music, whereas being “stateside,” I am in a better position to coordinate practical matters. You now have my email address, and you can also phone or text me at (301) 351-1364.

 

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in the nation’s oldest city: historic St. Augustine, Florida!

 

Best regards,

Bob Hammond

Former Vice President

Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA)

 

 

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2017 PUBLIC CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Awarded to Matthew Hinsley

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
MATTHEW HINSLEY, DMA The Public Citizen of the Year Award honors an outstanding member of the community whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of the profession of social work and who has acted with courage to make significant contribution to an area or population of concern to the social work profession such as: at-risk or vulnerable populations, quality of life in communities, or social issues. Matthew Hinsley is this year’s Public Citizen of the Year award winner. The author of Creativity to Community: Arts Nonprofit Success One Coffee at a Time, Dr. Hinsley has served as the Executive Director of Austin Classical Guitar (ACG) in Austin, Texas since 2002. Under his leadership, ACG has worked in partnership with Austin Independent School District (AISD) to provide classroom-based, for-credit classical guitar programs now serving 4,000 students in over 50 schools throughout Austin. ACG has helped build hundreds more educational programs throughout Texas, the United States and beyond from Nicaragua to Nepal. In 2010, ACG developed a braille-adapted version of its nationally-recognized classroom guitar curriculum for use at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. ACG also partners with Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center, People’s Community Clinic, Annunciation Maternity Home, Travis County Jail, and Any Baby Can to provide engagement and education opportunities for the people they serve. Dr. Hinsley’s work demonstrates the value of building human relationships through the power of music. Using ACG as an agent for social change, Dr. Hinsley’s community engagement approach provides opportunities for many musicians to use their talents to enhance the lives of others. An example is the Lullaby Project, a program that brings together musicians with new moms facing challenging circumstances to create original lullabies for their babies, encouraging reflection and strengthening the connection between the mother and her child. Under Dr. Hinsley’s leadership, ACG’s educational programs achieve more than teaching basic guitar skills. They build confidence, self-respect, and a sense of purpose among the students who participate. Anyone who attends a public performance by the students in ACG’s guitar classes for incarcerated youth at the Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center witnesses the poise and professionalism of the young people involved in the program, and the look of pride on their faces when they receive a standing ovation at the end of their concert. Dr. Hinsley and Austin Classical Guitar have been featured on PBS NewsHour, and were the subject of a documentary produced by KLRU as part of their Arts in Context series. Dr. Hinsley was the recipient of the 2015 Austin Under 40 award for Arts and Entertainment, was recognized by the Texas Legislature in 2013, and was the recipient of the Nonprofit Alliance Award in 2011. Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell declared Matthew Hinsley & Austin Classical Guitar Day in 2010. It is an honor to present Dr. Matthew Hinsley with the Public Citizen of the Year award, for his work STANDING UP! for effective community engagement, transforming doubt into hope, and creating sustainable change for at-risk youth through music!

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Florida Guitar Festival and Competition RESULTS

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Florida Guitar Festival and Competition Tallahassee, Florida, October 6-8, 2017 The 3 rd annual guitar festival and competition was held at the prestigious Florida State University, home of the legendary Bruce Holzman. In celebration of Bruce’s 45 th year at FSU the Festival featured concerts by FSU alumni Andrew Zohn, Stephen Robinson, Mary Akerman, Robert Teixeira, and Adam Holzman as well as 2016 Competition winner Jesus Serrano and was produced by the Classical Guitar Society at FSU with Ben Lougheed and Cody Switzer co- directing the festival. There was a youth competition for players 18 years old and younger, an open division round for those of all ages, and a recreational competition for those who wanted constructive feedback on their musicianship and playing. The final results: Youth Division: 1 st : Fangfang Liu 2 nd : Christopher Minami 3 rd : Liam Bombka 4 th : Arelys Camargo Open Division: 1 st : Samuel Hines 2 nd : Noe Garcia 3 rd : Morgan Stuart 4 th : Nicolas Emilfork

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Oxford University Press: Teaching Beginning Guitar Class: A Practical Guide by Bill Swick and The Guitar Workbook: A Fresh Approach to Exploration and Mastery by Scott Seifried.

Posted By Gualtiero Minelli, Monday, October 9, 2017
Formatted to follow the school year from summer planning to opening weeks of the fall semester to a week-to-week timeline for the full school year, Teaching Beginning Guitar Class encompasses all possible needs for a non-guitar playing music instructor navigating the world of guitar instruction in a classroom setting. In twelve expertly organized chapters, author and veteran guitar teacher Bill Swick gives hard and fast guides for instruction, providing reassurance alongside invaluable tips for novice guitar educators. This book addresses questions such as 'I Do Not Play Guitar, Why Do I have to Teach Guitar?'; 'What is the Classroom Lifespan of a Guitar?'; and 'New Students in January?' while also providing practical solutions including basic setup, how to select the correct method book, and equipment maintenance. Increasingly, guitar study is offered alongside band, orchestra, and chorus in school music programs. This development has drawn a new population of students into those programs but has left music educators scrambling to developing meaningful, sequential courses of study that both meet the needs of these new students and align with state, county, and national curricula. Few available guitar methods are designed with the classroom in mind, and fewer still take a holistic approach to teaching and learning the instrument. In short, teachers are left to navigate a vast array of method books that cover a variety of styles and approaches, often without the confidence and experience necessary to know 'what to teach when.' The Guitar Workbook: A Fresh Approach to Exploration and Mastery addresses the needs of these educators. A 30% discount is available to GFA members Sarah Lee

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III Guitar Composition Competition Fidelio via The Internet

Posted By Gualtiero Minelli, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The Third Guitar Composition Competition Fidelio via The Internet is open for registration. In case you want to participate you are very welcome. As usual, It is very simple, you only need to play your own guitar composition (1 to 4 minutes), and send the audio file, that’s all. Inscription: 10 euros or equivalent in dollars In this competition you choose the winner of the cash prize through a voting system published in the web. When you enter the voting rounds you only vote for the music you listen without knowing the author's name or pseudonym. It's only known when the final results are given. Deadline to submit your audio file: October the 15th. Voting rounds will start on October the 17th. Many countries involved. The style of the music is free as long as it is played with classical or Spanish guitar. Acoustic or electric guitar is not allowed. Enter here to read complete guidelines and see the prizes: http://concursodecomposicionparaguitarrafidelio.com/

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Chamber Music Workshop With Keith Harris October 20 – 23, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Experience the pleasure of preparing a program of music under optimal conditions, under the guidance of one of the world’s foremost authorities on plucked string instruments, who is also a masterful educator and internationally respected conductor – Keith Harris. If you play classical guitar, mandocello, mandola, mandolin or a bass instrument, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience Keith’s unique and incredibly effective approach to technique, musicality, and ensemble playing -- and to have a fabulous time in the process. Repertoire: The repertoire for the Milwaukee workshop will consist principally of compositions and arrangements by Keith himself. The music has been chosen not only because it has proven immensely popular, both with players and audiences, but especially because it naturally exemplifies many compositional and technical aspects which Keith believes are worth examining. The Music Program (subject to change): “Diamantina Suite” (Allegro, Andante, Allegro) – Keith David Harris “Three Miniatures” (Domra, Habanera, Pipelined) – KDH “The Last Spring” – Edvard Grieg – arr. KDH Participants will be expected to prepare their parts conscientiously prior to the workshop, and also work with Keith on the Internet before we meet in Milwaukee, so that we can get straight down to serious work in the short time available. Logistics: Dates - October 20 – 23, 2017 Workshop fee: $300 (does not include transport, board and lodging). Location: Quality Suites Milwaukee Airport, 4488 S. 27th St., Milwaukee, WI 53221 (414) 282-8800 $89.00/night + taxes Booked under: “Mandolin Workshop.” We will meet on Friday evening, October 20, start playing at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 21, and finish with dinner on Monday, October 23. Tuesday is free to get ready for the CMSA Convention. Please contact Robert Hammond at mandobobh@gmail.com to discuss how you could take part in this exciting event.

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2017 Competition Results

Posted By Emma Markham, Monday, June 26, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 30, 2017
GFA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 International Concert Artist Competition, International Youth Competition and International Ensemble Competition: International Concert Artist Competition: Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner: Tengyue Zhang (China) 2nd Place: Andrea De Vitis (Italy) 3rd Place: Alec Holcomb (USA) 4th Place: Andrey Lebedev (Australia) International Youth Competition: Junior Division 1st Leonora Spangenberger (Germany) 2nd Gwenyth Aggeler (USA) 3rd Eric Wang (USA) 4th Marc Saura (USA) Senior Division 1st Shilong Fan (China) 2nd Alberto Daniel Quintanilla (Mexico) 3rd Xu Kun Liu (Canada) 4th Yun Duan (China) International Ensemble Competition: Large Ensemble Youth Division 1st - Austin Bella Corda 2nd - California Conservatory of Guitar 3rd - The Green Room Arts Youth Small Ensemble Youth Division 1st - Felice Guitar Quartet 2nd - Davisson Duo 3rd - Pasadena Conservatory of Music Quartet Large Ensemble Artist Division 1st - Octeto Sicarú 2nd - The Green Room Arts Senior Small Ensemble Artist Division 1st - Erlendis Quartet 2nd - Vickers Bovey Duo 3rd - Ziggy and Miles Johnston

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Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner Xavier Jara to Perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA (June 6, 2017) - The Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is pleased to announce that a concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall will be included as part of the 2017-2018 GFA International Concert Artist Competition Winner’s Tour. The 2016 Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner, Xavier Jara, will begin his 50-city tour in the Fall of 2017, performing concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Brazil. Jara’s concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall will take place on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8pm. This concert will be presented by the Guitar Foundation of America in conjunction with the New York City Classical Guitar Society. The GFA expects that the Carnegie Hall concert will remain a part of the prize package for the Rose Augustine Grand Prize winner for years to come. Martha Masters, Artistic Director of the GFA International Concert Artist Competition, says, “The GFA is thrilled that our winners will be featured in concert in one of the world’s most prestigious venues. The instrument has earned its place on the major international classical music scene with a consistent and impeccably high standard of excellence. Xavier is a fantastic ambassador for the instrument, and for the GFA.” John Olson, President of the New York City Classical Guitar Society, states, "The GFA International Concert Artist Competition is the world's preeminent classical guitar competition. We are excited to be working with the GFA to bring this year's winner, the remarkable Xavier Jara, to perform in New York." A native of Minnesota, Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicael Perroy. Jara studied in Paris for six years with Perroy. During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He received 1st Prize in a number of international competitions including the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015) and the Tokyo International Competition (2016). In 2016, Jara returned home to the United States to win the Rose Augustine Grand Prize in the GFA International Concert Artist Competition. The GFA International Concert Artist Competition is the preeminent classical guitar competition in the United States. Along with a 50-city tour, the competition’s Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner receives $10,000 cash, a Naxos CD recording, a Mel Bay book publication, CD design by Contrastes Records, and string prizes from Augustine Strings, D’Addario, and Savarez. Contact: Connie Sheu, General Manager Guitar Foundation of America PO Box 2900 Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90275 info@guitarfoundation.org 877-570-1651 ###

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2017 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Residents of Charlottesville, a picturesque city along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and near Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia, will have the opportunity to celebrate classical guitar music in the 1st classical guitar festival of its kind. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at The Haven (112 Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902), from 9am to 10pm. There will be guitar recitals, workshops, a guitar competition open to juniors and adults, and a guitar orchestra. The guest artists and presenters include Matt Palmer, Rafael Scarfullery, Candice Mowbray, Zeb Turrentine, Jeremy Bass and Erica Cha. The full festival fee is just $60. This festival is organized by Rafael Scarfullery, a composer and classical guitarist who lives in Charlottesville. The guitar competition is open to any US or foreign guitarist and will have only one round with a 5-min. repertoire of your choice. You can register at the website: http://guitarcharlottesville.com.

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Guitare Montréal's 15th Anniversary

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 1, 2017
It's Our 15th Anniversary! Reserve the following dates: May 26, 27, and 28. New This Year: Buy your concert tickets online via www.eventbrite.ca! It's very easy reasonably priced. Please take note of Guitare Montréal's exciting 2017 line-up: Bokyung Byun Jérôme Ducharme Matthew McAllister Jorge Andrés Orjuela Thierry Bégin-Lamontagne Michel Beauchamp Marko Féri Dr.Éric Legault Dr.Jeffrey McFadden Let's not forget the over $5000 dollars in prizes, given away in the: MGS Youth Competition and The Montréal International Classical Guitar Competition. New This Year: Register at www.guitaremontreal.com and pay immediately via PayPal. Follow us : Web: www.guitaremontreal.com FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/guitaremontreal2002 FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/GuitarMontreal/ Hope to see you all in May! Patrick Kearney Founder and Artistic-Director

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