Guitar Festival
Holloway Hall

Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

Saturday April 21, 2012



Salisbury University is pleased to host the 4th Annual Classical Guitar Festival and Competition on Saturday April 21, in the Great Hall in the Holloway Hall building of Salisbury University. The festival is open to students of all ages and levels, and offers a full day of activities including masterclasses, lectures, performance competitions, a final recital and the opportunity to participate in the Festival Ensemble.

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Highlights this year:

Beginners Welcome!

If you are a recent beginner or would like to try guitar for the first time, we offer two levels of Guitar from Scratch class. The classes will take place from 10:00 am to 11:15. Accompanying parents welcome. Please click here for more information.

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Activities for Parents

Parents are welcome to register with their son or daughter, to attend all activities including workshops by luthier David Pace on guitar construction and the Seth/Braddock duo on the guitar in world music.

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School Ensembles - classes for groups

New this year - group classes and coaching. To register with your ensemble, please contact Danielle Cumming.

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Guitars, Scores and more

Mike Kirkpatrick from The Kirkpatrick Guitar Studio will be coming to the Festival. Participants can try out the guitars and browse the many scores available for sale in the Great Hall Social Room.

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Festival Ensemble

In honor of the 4th year of the Festival, composer Robert A. Baker has been commissioned to write a new work for the Festival guitar ensemble. Robert will lead participants in a rehearsal of his piece in the afternoon, and will conduct the debut in the final concert.

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Final Concert

This year the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo will perform the final concert. The Salisbury audience will not want to miss this duo hailed by the Washington Post as a “revelation to hear”.

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The 2012 Roster of Teachers and Performers:

  Hailed as a “revelation to hear” by The Washington Post, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo’s phenomenal musicianship places them solidly at the top of their field. Their innovative programming, matchless technique and ensemble precision, combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo make them a standout chamber ensemble in every way … (read full biography)
  Daniel Boring is a rare performer who specializes in various instruments including baroque, classical and romantic guitars, baroque lute and theorbo. He has performance degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Ithaca College School of Music, and former teachers include the Castellani-Andriaccio duo, Donald Miller, Timothy Schmidt, Pablo Cohen, and James Tyler … (read full biography)
  Christopher Braddock has been an active member of the Delaware arts community for close to 15 years. He teaches at the Wilmington and Milford branches of the The Music School of Delaware, where he is guitar department head, director of four student ensembles, and coordinator of the school’s Cultural Crossroads Series. … (read full biography)
  David J. Pace Drawing from experience as a guitarist, audio engineer and woodworker, David J. Pace hand-builds concert guitars in his Baltimore, Maryland workshop. His designs feature both traditional as well as composite double-top soundboards. Pace’s work was featured in the March-May 2011 issue of the French magazine Guitare Classique.
    Douglas Seth has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary and has appeared on both TV and radio. Seth has been descibed as "an incredibly skilled musician..." (Morning Star Publications). His guitar works have been published through Mel Bay Publications, … (read full biography)  
  Danielle Cumming,
Festival Director

Classical 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)

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