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The Consortium for Guitar Research announces The Andrew Britton Fellowship

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Consortium for Guitar Research

At Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge


A society of scholars and guitar players devoted to the musical history, the social history and the organology of guitars, but with special emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries


The Andrew Britton Fellowship


The Consortium for Guitar Research, an affiliate of the Royal Musical Association of Great Britain, invites applications from guitar researchers, at an early stage of their work, for a Fellowship in honour of Dr. Andrew Britton who died suddenly last autumn. The Fellowship covers accommodation and college meals during the three-day colloquium of the Consortium at Sidney Sussex College, The University of Cambridge, to be held from Saturday 9 April to Tuesday 12 April 2016. Because membership of the Consortium is by invitation only, this award provides a unique opportunity to share ideas with a group of acknowledged experts in the field. See for more information regarding the Consortium and its members.


Although there is no age limit, the applicant for the Andrew Britton Fellowship must be deemed to be at an early stage of their work. During the conference, the recipient is encouraged to give a 30 minute paper or other account of their current research, but this is not obligatory.


Applicants are invited to submit their CV, and a 400 word (maximum) statement describing their latest research and why this award would be useful to them. The application must be sent via email, in a word or PDF document, to Professor Christopher Page by 20 February 2016.


The chosen candidate will be notified by 1 March 2016 and is required to accept the place by 7 March 2016. The Consortium reserves the right not to appoint to the Fellowship if they deem no applicant suitable. The successful candidate will fund their own travel and must ensure any necessary visas are in place.


Dr Andrew Britton was a Founding Member of the Consortium. His PhD thesis The guitar in the romantic period: its musical and social development, with special reference to Bristol and Bath is a benchmark to all new Scholars and is available online on the British Library Ethos site.


The Andrew Britton Fellowship is funded by the Larkum Fund of Sidney Sussex College.

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I-Park announces its 2016 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, January 8, 2016

I-Park 2016 Music Composition/Sound Art

Application Deadline: January 25, 2016


I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.), has announced its 2016 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program. The program is open to composers and those working in the field of sound art, design, and sculpture. Other creative disciplines represented are visual arts, architecture, moving image, creative writing and landscape/garden/ecological design. Self-directed residencies are being offered from May through November 2016. Most residencies are 4-weeks in duration. International applicants are welcome. 


I-Park provides comfortable, private living quarters in a renovated 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio and a meal program.


I-Park’s music studio is outfitted with an upright piano, numerous digital keyboards, MIDI interface and synthesizer modules, basic studio and field recording equipment and a selection of obscure and specialty instruments and audio gear, including percussion.


While the typical residency revolves around studio work, those wishing to create sound installations in the landscape will have broad access to I-Park’s expansive grounds.  


Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process. A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent selection panel. Accepted composers/sound artists are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to invitees.  


I-Park will also be hosting two Special Programs in 2016, a Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency and a Family-Friendly Residency (an experimental program dedicated to artists with dependent children). These programs will have separate application deadlines. Visit the I-Park website for more information on these Special Programs.


Program details, application form and comprehensive FAQ are available online at  For more information, contact I-Park at or 860-873-2468.

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The 5th Changsha International Guitar Festival

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, January 4, 2016
Announcing the 5th Changsha International Guitar Festival (Changsha, China; July 19-23, 2016). The winner of this guitar competition will get cash prize of US $10,000, a guitar (priced at US $6500) and a concert tour of 6 Chinese cities in 2017.
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VIOLAB interviews Andrew York

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, December 21, 2015

Brazilian website VIOLAB recently interviewed Andrew York, acclaimed guitarist, composer, and co-host for GFA 2017 Convention at Cal State Fullerton. Learn more from this fascinating discussion of topics ranging from composition to physics and mathematics by following the link below.

Visit Andrew York's website: 

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Musical America’s 2ND ANNUAL COMPETITIONS GUIDE now offering promotional opportunities

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, December 11, 2015

Musical America’s  2ND ANNUAL COMPETITIONS GUIDE will be released in

February 2016. We are now offering promotional opportunities to reach

an international audience for unmatched visibility of SongFest.  Here

are some details:

·         RELEASE DATE:  2 February 2016

·         DISTRIBUTION: PDF download sent by email FREE to MA’S


EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS  throughout the month  (4 times).

·         LONGEVITY: Available indefinitely on SPECIAL REPORTS

LIBRARY, click here on

·         CONTENT:  50 competitions (approx) coming up in 2016- 2017

chosen from MA’s database of competitions by MA’s editorial

staff. Feature article related to the topic also included.

·         MULTIPLE WAYS TO ACCESS:  Page dedicated to all listings

and PDF download of Guide on

·         ADDITIONAL DISTRIBUTION: Guides are posted on MA’s social

media and have been available through industry organizations such as


·         Click here for the PDF of the  FEBRUARY 2015





MUSICAL AMERICA GUIDES are an extremely valuable resource and not

blocked by any firewalls.  2016 Guides will also include Festivals

(April) and Music Schools (September).  Special discounted rates are

available for advertising in more than one Guide.



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The Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston, NY - 2016 Young Artists Competition

Posted By Erin Young, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Tuesday Morning Music Club
Douglaston, New York

2016 Young Artists Competition
For Classical Guitar

The Tuesday Morning Music Club is a non-profit organization made up of classical instrumentalists and vocalists. Its purpose is to enhance the cultural life of its membership and the community. One of the endeavors of which we are most proud is our sponsorship of a bi-annual Young Artists Competition. This year our competition is open to classical guitarist ages 18- 28.

To apply send the following material:

1. A letter of application stating your name, age, address, e mail address and phone number.

2. Submit a recording (CD): One each from Baroque/Classic, Romantic/Spanish and 20th century.
Label with your name and the title of the work on top of the CD.

3. A short biography.
Please send the material to:

Hiroko Nakahara
1 Bay Road. Huntington, NY 11743

Deadline: March 14, 2016

All materials must be received or postmarked by March 14, 2016.

After the screening we will select 6 contestants who will be auditioned before the committee on April 26, 2016

Performing time: No more than ten minutes. Two contrasting selections of your choice.

1st Prize: $1,800 2nd Prize: $1000 3rd Prize: $500

Competition date: Competition date: April 26 (Tuesday) 2016 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Community Church of Douglaston, N.Y.
39-50 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, NY 11363 Tel: 1-718-229-2169

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Miguel Llobet archive finds a permanent home at the Museo de la Musica in Barcelona

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On November 4, 2015 it was announced in Ocio y Cultura that the Miguel Llobet archive has at last found a permanent home at the Museo de la Musica  in Barcelona.  The collection contains over 1500 documents, including 879 scores, "many manuscripts", 420 letters, and 145 photographs and numerous personal items.  Among the documents is an original manuscript of Recuerdos de la Alhambra.

The collection was purchased from private collector Fernado Alonso for 235000 euros funded by the Ministry of Culture and the Institute of Culture of Barcelona following 14 years of negotiations. According to museum director Jaume Ayats, " With this collection the Museum of Music gathers the most important collection of the Catalan school of guitar, not only in terms of instruments but in manuscripts and documents." It is anticipated that the entire collection will be available for online inspection within one year.

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Guitar Salon International Buys Historic Guitar Collection

Posted By Erin Young, Saturday, November 14, 2015

Guitar Salon International Buys Historic Guitar Collection

David Collett, President of Guitar Salon International (GSI), announced yesterday that the company has purchased one of the most important guitar collections in the world: the Russell Cleveland Collection. This collection is comprised of 63 instruments spanning the years 1830 to 2011, and represents the most important classical and flamenco guitar makers from the past 185 years. Among the most prized instruments is a Torres from 1888 previously owned and concertized by Emilio Pujol; Julian Bream’s famed 1957 Hauser II, Robert Bouchet’s first guitar which remained his personal instrument until his passing; and Segovia's 1969 "AM" Ramirez which he used regularly from 1969-1980. This amazing list continues, and GSI will roll out the entire collection over the coming weeks on as each guitar is documented, photographed and assessed on an individual basis. Many of these instruments are also featured in the acclaimed book, "The Classical Guitar — A Complete History" of which Tim Miklaucic, GSI’s CEO and founder, was one of the contributing authors.

“It’s very rare to have the chance to purchase a collection of this quality and size. As far as I know, it’s the largest classical and flamenco guitar collection ever sold to a single buyer. I’m proud to have helped Russell acquire many of these instruments over the past thirty years and grateful that he has given me the chance to find new owners and caretakers of each of these extraordinary pieces." - Tim Miklaucic, CEO, GSI

“I acquired my major collection over many years. I decided it was time for others to play and cherish these fine instruments. I am pleased that the folks at Guitar Salon International are undertaking this effort.” - Russell Cleveland

“I was fortunate to have a copy of Russell's book when it was first published in the late 1990s and in the subsequent years have spent countless hours poring over every single page, marveling at each of these instruments one by one. For me, this is a highlight in GSI's history to have this collection here in our offices to study, play and share with the guitar community, both here locally in Santa Monica, and online with the world. Perhaps even more exciting for us as players is that most of these instruments are in fantastic playing condition and are ready for the concert stage. We are going to do our best to give many of these instruments a chance to be heard in live performances and in the highest quality audio and video recordings before they find their new homes.” - David Collett, President, GSI

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6th Indiana International Guitar Competition Results

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The 6th Indiana International Guitar Festival  and Competition was held on 24th-25th October 2015.


As in previous years the level of participants was outstanding.


34 participants in the Open Division from various countries such as U.S, China, Canada,Brazil,Poland,Korea,Italy,Bosnia and several others showed a great technical and musical preparation.


The winners were


1st Prize Jennifer Kim
2nd Prize Matthew Gillen
3rd Prize Bokyung Byun
4th Prize Jeremy Collins
In the Senior Youth Division the winners were:
1st Prize Sedona Farber
2nd Prize Nolan Harvel
3rd Prize Everest Nguyen
4th Prize Josephine Mc Dougall


In the Junior Youth Division the winners were:


1st Prize Jacob Tan
2nd Prize Jordan Demsky
3rd Prize Sam Hall


The jury members for Open category:


Luke Gillespie - Jazz piano 
Ernesto Bitetti - Guitar
Elzbieta Szmyt - Harp
Elisabeth Wright, Harpsichord
 Kate Lukas -Flute
Atanas Tzvetkov - Guitar


The jury members for Youth categories:


Steven Brew - Guitar
Daniel Duarte - Guitar
Milena Petkovic - Guitar
Branko Barnic - Guitar
Petar Jankovic - Guitar


Guests for this occasion were René Izquierdo(Cuba) and Jorge Caballero (Peru).

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From Tragedy to Transcendence: The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo by J. Sebastian Bach for Acoustic Guitar

Posted By Erin Young, Sunday, November 1, 2015

From Tragedy to Transcendence:

The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo

by J. Sebastian Bach for Acoustic Guitar

Steven Hancoff has transcribed and recorded the thirty-six masterpieces that comprise J. S. Bach's Cello Suites on acoustic guitar and made the scores available for free.


Additionally he has created a video series and written a four-volume, highly interactive e-book: Bach, Casals and The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo -- biographies of Bach and of Pablo Casals, the man who rescued the Suites from oblivion. This work is anecdotal rather than technical, describing the lives of these great men in the context of their times as Hancoff has come to fathom them—as fascinating, illuminating, and inspiring artists, and as human beings challenged, like all of us, by the demands life.


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