Guitar Festival
Holloway Hall

Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

April 8-9, 2011

2011 Guitar Festival

The 3rd annual Salisbury University Classical Guitar Festival and Competition was a great success! Thank you to all participants, parents and teachers who traveled from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Wisconsin and even Germany for a day of masterclasses, playing competitions and ensemble work. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and commitment.

The first event was the fabulous solo concert by Robert Trent on Friday, April 8 in the Wicomico Public Library. Alternating between playing a modern guitar and a 10-string Scherzer, Robert delighted the audience with his performances of La Source du Lyson, Op. 47 by Napoleon Coste, Fantasie Elegiaque, Op. 59 by Fernando Sor, Sonata III by Manuel Ponce, and “Le Gondolier” and “Fantaisie Hongroise” from Trois Morceaux, Op. 65 by Johann Kaspar Mertz.

Saturday began with a finger aerobics class led by Dr. Danielle Cumming. This was followed by masterclasses taught by Cumming and guest teachers Javier Calderon, Thomas Kirchhoff, Robert Trent and Douglas Seth. Zoe Johnstone Stewart taught the Guitar from Scratch class for beginners, and led a workshop for parents on “Practicing with your Child”.

All players shone in the performance competitions and the judges were very impressed with the high level of playing. In each of the age categories awards were given for first and second place, with a special prize given for the best performance of a work by a living composer. In the 11 and Under category the first place winner was Katie Cho who won a guitar from the Kirkpatrick Guitar Studio. Second place and the special prize were won by Harshal Shaw. In the 12-15 age category the winners were Jonathan Maranville (1st), Christian Sweger (2nd), Holden Sweger (special prize) and in the 16-18 age group the winners were Nicole Bonan (1st), Jacob Kelsey (2nd), and Loc Tran (honorable mention). In all, over $2500 in prizes was awarded.

The festival concluded with a concert, the first half of which featured two guitar ensembles. The first was the Festival Ensemble who performed Frieze, a work commissioned by the 2011 Festival and conducted by the composer, Dr. Jerry Tabor. Sitting in a circle around in the Great Hall perimeter balcony, the guitarists used extended experimental techniques to create waves of sound which spilled onto the audience below. This was followed by the Loudoun County (VA) Youth Guitar Orchestra directed by Dr. Miroslav Loncar, who demonstrated great polish and musicianship, performing Symphony No. 3 by Luka Sorkocevic.

The featured performer was esteemed guitarist Javier Calderon who has a special relationship with Salisbury University, having been the guitar instructor to President Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach when she was a student at Indiana University. Dr. Dudley-Eshbach’s generous support made Mr. Calderon's visit to campus possible. Mr. Calderon performed works by Abel Carlevaro, J.S Bach, Henry Purcell, Eduardo Falu, Eduardo Caba and concluded with Torre Bermeja by Isaac Albeniz, bringing the audience to its feet in a tremendous standing ovation.

Thank you to the donors and sponsors who helped make this festival possible:

  • The D’Addario Foundation
  • Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council
  • The Salisbury University Office of the President
  • The Salisbury University Music Department
  • Mike Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick Guitar Studio, Baltimore MD
  • David Pace, luthier, Baltimore MD
  • David Hepple, Oasis, Columbia MD
  • Col. Donald Stegman, private donor, Ocean Pines MD
  • Rise Up Coffee, Salisbury MD

and the many SU staff, students and volunteers.

The 2011 Roster of Teachers and Performers:

Javier Calderon (Bolivia/USA) – Saturday recital

Javier CalderonWhen Javier Calderon played his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times called him "...a virtuoso with poetic sensibility." Since then many composers, including the eminent American Alan Hovhaness and Lawrence Weiner, have been writing and dedicating guitar concertos and solo pieces to Calderon… (read full biography)

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Robert Trent (USA) – Friday recital

Robert TrentRobert Trent has performed in North and South America and in Europe on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, and historic instruments of the nineteenth-century. A first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions… (read full biography)


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Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany) – masterclass teacher

Thomas Kirchhoff German born guitarist Thomas-Friedrich Kirchhoff studied at the Musikhochschule in Dortmund and then privately in London with British virtuoso David Russell from 1986 to 1987. Since 1986 he has given more than 1.000 concerts in over 40 countries… (read full biography)

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Zoe Johnstone Stewart (USA) – Practicing With Your Child workshop

Zoe Johnstone StewartZoŽ Johnstone Stewart has been a professional guitar teacher since the age of sixteen. Her extensive teaching experience includes a faculty position at the renowned Peabody Preparatory, instruction of professional students in masterclasses, public school classroom teaching, and her own thriving private studio… (read full biography)


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Jerry Tabor (USA) – commissioned composer

Dr. Jerry TaborJerry Tabor holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in composition from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he studied with esteemed composer and theorist, Thomas DeLio. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in theory and composition at the University of New Mexico… (read full biography)


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Danielle Cumming (Canada/USA), Festival Director

Dr. Danielle CummingClassical guitarist Danielle Cumming is an active performer, studio teacher and lecturer. She holds a Doctorate in Performance from McGill University and a Masters in Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Norbert Kraft. … (read full biography), 410-677-3269

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