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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
||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 …
||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
||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
||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.
||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
||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
||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 …
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