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Upcoming Festivals 2016 - 2017!

29FrontViiewHere is a preliminary list of some upcoming guitar festivals and competitons. Mountain View Guitar Festival, April 28,29, 2017, Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition, June 8 through June 11, 2017 and last, The Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition in Fullerton, California, June 19-24, 2017.  Plan to attend or compete in these guitar competitions and festivals!

 


 

Open Classical At Buon Giorno Coffee

If you like open-mic, I highly recommend the Open Classical at Buon Giorno Coffee in Fort Worth.  I was lucky enough to get some press by showing up with my latest guitar and giving it a 15 minute workout on stage!  StarTelegram2Yes I played and was later interviewed for the Star Telegram.  It is a great venue with some real talent giving their best vocals, guitar solos and more! Read more here!

 

 

New Gallery Album - Commissioned Guitars

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  We have added a new Gallery Section with some photos of some recently commissioned guitars.  There are several sets of photos to view and we plan to add more as we complete additional commissions.  All of these newest guitars are double tops, one is a Cedar/Cedar and two are Spruce/Cedar soundboards.  To learn more, click here!

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Links of Interest for Musicians and Patrons

Guitar Festivals and Organizations

(Listed Alphabetically)

Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas/Fort Worth Classical Guitar Society - Enjoy a full season of music performed in Dallas or Fort Worth, or send them your artist proposal and perhaps be accepted to perform in concert!  Season tickets can be purchased or review their schedule and attend the concert of your choice.

Boston Guitar Fest - is a music festival with a stellar array of exciting concerts; a series of seminars and master classes taught by an incomparable faculty; and a meeting place for all those seeking a deeper message, more enduring values and a more genuine human interchange than can often be found in the world of today’s “music business”.

Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute - Students attending this festival in Oklahoma City at Southern Nazarene University have an opportunity to learn from the Royal Family of Guitar, featuring Celin Romero.  Enjoy private lessons, master classes, chamber coaching, and evening performances.

Classical Minds Festival - Valerie Hartzell, Director.  This festival, located on the campus of the University of Houston, Texas is  for guitarists of all ages and levels.  The festival features private lessons, guitar orchestra classes, technique classes, master classes, competition and lectures.  In addition, patrons and musicians can enjoy the Festival Faculty Artist Concert Series.

Fort Worth Guitar Guild- This non-profit organization was founded in 1998 to provide meaningful developmental opportunities for local guitarists.  The FWGG main activity is the presentation of local and emerging talent at the Southwest Regional Library in a semi annual series that is free to the public, located at the Central Library in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.  In addition, the FWGG presents an annual Guitar Guild Music Festival at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. During the festival students have the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed performers in lecture, master classes and individual settings.

The GFA- Guitar Foundation of America, founded in 1973 this organization provides its members the advantages of a guitar society, a library, publisher and an educational resource, plus an arts council. 

Guitar Fort Worth - Bringing world class artistry and life changing music education to North Texas since 2004.

Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition - This festival encompasses the Texas atmosphere. It is located at Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas, which is only 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Fort Worth.

Mountain View College Guitar Festival 2015 - Guitar students will enjoy the "orchestra clinic" experience. Students will participate in rehearsals to prepare for a Saturday night concert in Mountain View College's state-of-the-art Performance Hall.

 

Instructors and Performers

(Listed Alphabetically)

Issac Bustos, Instructional Assistant Professor in Music Guitar Studio, Texas A&M University - Liberal Arts - Department of Performance Studies.   Mr. Bustos is also part of the Texas Guitar Quartet.

Will Douglas - Artist Director of Guitar Fort Worth - Will Douglas finished his Masters in Music Performance degree at UNT and has since returned from the Graduate Diploma program in Eliot Fisk's studio at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston to seek his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas. Will is currently a guitar instructor at The Guitar Studio in Fort Worth, TX and is an Adjunct Professor of Instrumental Studies in Guitar at Tarrant County College Northwest, Weatherford College and Arlington Baptist College, as well as, the director of the Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition at Weatherford College.

Eddy Healy - Classical Guitarist and Instructor at The University of Texas at Dallas, Eastfield College, the Spring Creek and Central Park campuses of the Collin County Community College District and the Gray School of Music.  He recieved his Master's degree from Southern Methodist University and has studied under Robert Gutherie and also Dr. Enric Madriguera. He performs regularly around the metroplex.  His newest CD has been released, Direction, please visit his web site to listen to the album, it will be well worth your time!

Kithara Duo - Was formed in 2002 by Fernand Vera and Olga Amelkina-Vera.  Since then they have performed in Europe and South America as well as nationally for numerous organizations.  Original compositions done by a great duo.  They also offer private instruction for students in the Denton, DFW Metroplex.

Dan Kyzer - Director of Education Guitar Fort Worth - Dan Kyzer is making his mark on the music world not only as a performer, but also as an educator. As a freelance guitar teacher, Dan teaches students ages 8-70 from all across North Texas. Whether learning classical or popular music on the guitar, Dan brings a unique teaching philosophy to the guitar and seeks to develop his students' through a holistic approach to musicianship. Before moving to Texas, Mr. Kyzer earned a Master of Music degree at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.

Vadim Timinsky - Classical Guitarist and Performer completed his Master of Music in Classical Guitar from Southern Methodist University under Professor Robert Guthrie in 2005.  He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Israel and throughout North Texas.  He also gives private lessons.  He is located in North Texas.

 

 Colleges and Universities

Collin College - Music Department  My alma mater!  Located in Collin County, Plano, Texas.   Collin College offers several associate degree programs for music majors.  Their classical guitar ensemble currently directed by Fernand Vera has won numerous awards.

University of Texas at Brownsville - The UTB/TSC Department of Music offers students many opportunities to perform or study music.  In addition, the University sponsors an annual Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition which features master classes, clinics and great performances.  This years attendees were treated to performances by The Texas Guitar Quartet and The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

University of Texas at Dallas - The school of Arts and Humanities offers many ways for students to explore or expand their musical talent.  In addition,  the annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival is designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students and offers a generous cash prize to the winners.

 

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