Guitar Festival
Holloway Hall

Guitar Festival and Competition


Salisbury University is pleased to host the 6th Annual Guitar Festival and Competition. This two day event offers activities for all ages, levels and styles of guitarist.

Friday February 28 - All Styles Afternoon
Popular music workshops

Saturday March 1, 2014 - Classical Guitar Day
Classical guitar master classes, youth competition and ensemble

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Friday, February 28 (All Styles Afternoon)

For guitarists of all styles! All string types! All levels! All ages!

Workshops with the Brooklyn-based guitar duo Threefifty, and with Michael Byle of Paul Reed Smith Guitars.




Threefifty has been called a post-rock band before, but that seems too plain. Labeling the eclecticism of Threefifty’s sound requires something more specific – perhaps post-baroque- folk-rock.

Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick’s early infatuations with guitar heroes the likes of George Harrison, Chet Atkins, Randy Rhoads, and Julian Bream eventually led them to the Yale School of Music, where Threefifty was founded. Since then they have cut 3 albums which encompass classical, original acoustic and the genre-bending sounds of pedals and effects. They now tour internationally, and have performed on TED Talks, BAM’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival and NPR’s Soundcheck.

Bring your guitar! Threefifty will lead a hands-on workshop through their stylistic influences, teach a session on use of effects pedals and will perform works from their recent recordings.

threefifty effect pedals


Paul Reed Smith Guitars - Michael Byle

Paul Reed Smith guitars are played by such legends as Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin. Respected around the world, these guitars are made here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore! Meet Michael Byle, the Senior Acoustic Luthier at Paul Reed Smith Guitars and learn what makes these instruments so special.

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Saturday, March 1 
(Classical Guitar Day)

Master Classes with

  • Bradley Colten
  • Heather Holden
  • Matt Palmer
  • Brett Parnell
  • Geremy Schulick
  • Jason Balish
  • Danielle Cumming

Playing Competitions for three age categories

  • Ages 11 and under
  • Ages 12-15
  • Ages 16-18

Participants' Ensemble

Happy Birthday, Leo Brouwer! Saturday March 1 is the composer’s 75th birthday. To celebrate we will present “Cuban Landscape with Rain” and “Acerca del Cielo”. All are encouraged to participate. More information to follow.

Final Concert by Arc Duo

We are proud to present Arc Duo (Heather Holden, flute and Bradley Colten, guitar) in concert. Hailed as “masterful and stylish” by Soundboard Magazine, Arc Duo continuously thrills audiences with their virtuosic and engaging performance style. From grand concert stages to intimate salon settings, Heather and Bradley create an atmosphere that moves and inspires audiences with programming that features a seamless blend of traditional and contemporary repertoire.

Workshops By

Matt Palmer: ima - three finger scale technique.
Matt’s pioneering guitar method, The Virtuoso Guitarist, has been recognized as a valuable addition to guitar pedagogy, and "indispensable for any advanced guitarist or teacher to include in their library" (Classical Guitar Review). Matt will lead a workshop and share the secret to his fast and impeccable three finger scales.

Threefifty: Guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick of the duo Threefifty have embraced eclecticism in inspiring ways. In this hands-on session learn the workings of the many musical ingredients that shape the post-baroque-folk-rock Threefifty sound.

Paul Reed Smith Guitars - Michael Byle: Paul Reed Smith guitars are played by such legends as Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin. Respected around the world, these guitars are made here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore! Meet Michael Byle, the Senior Acoustic Luthier at Paul Reed Smith Guitars and learn what makes these instruments so special.

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.

Composer Kevin Cope will be here with scores of his works for guitar.


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The 2013 Roster of Teachers and Performers:

Amadeus Guitar Duo   Amadeus Guitar Duo
The Amadeus Guitar Duo is counted among the top-class international guitar duos, receiving enthusiastic reviews all over the world. Comprised of Canadian guitarist Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff, the duo has performed more than 1,000 concerts in over 50 countries in Europe, North, South and Central America, and Asia. They always delight the audience with their virtuoso performances, exuberant temperament, sensitive creative power and warm, carrying guitar tone. (read full biography)
Daniel Boring   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)
  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. (read full biography)
  Eric Shuster is a Lecturer of Music Appreciation and Creativity and Electronic/Acoustic Music. Eric holds his M.M. from Louisiana State University and B.A. from Kutztown University, both in Percussion Performance, and has attended the Berklee College of Music Summer Workshop. His principal instructors include Brett Dietz, Frank Kumor, and Will Rapp, with additional study under Jim Atwood, timpanist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. (read full biography)
  Chris English was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland and started playing guitar at age 11. His older brother introduced him to the blues in the late 1960’s, during his high school years. Chris concentrated on slide guitar and harmonica at this time teaching himself, using open tunings. Chris is now primarily performing as a solo act, playing traditional and acoustic blues. (read full biography)
  Duane Large is active as a performer in nearly every style of music on guitar, mandolin, lute, bass, piano, and percussion. Duane is also an educator and a scholar. He has appeared with such groups as The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Royal Ballet and The Pennsylvania Ballet. Duane has performed in several cities in the US including, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, New Haven, Boston, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans, and in Europe in Germany, Italy and Finland (read full biography)
Jason Balish   Jason Balish Classical Guitarist Jason Balish is an active teacher and performer based in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Music from Salisbury University where he studied with Dr. Danielle Cumming, and has performed in master classes in the United States and Europe for such renowned guitarists as David Leisner, Thomas Kirchhoff, Michael Newman, Gerald Garcia, and Hans-Werner Huppertz. (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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