Music Department
Holloway Hall

Classical Guitar Festival 2009

The first Salisbury University Classical Guitar Festival was a great success. Guitarists and parents came for a day of events that included a finger aerobics class, master classes, parents information sessions, lunch, a playing competition, an ensemble rehearsal, and a final concert that featured the ensemble as well as guest artist Zane Forshee.

Competition Participants

Congratulations to all the competition participants! The jury (Zane Forshee, D. J. Sparr and Danielle Cumming) was very impressed by the high standard of playing. The first place winner of the 12 and Under category was Nadia Gizdova from Columbia, MD, with second place going to Garrett LaCurts from Millsboro, DE. First place in the Ages 13 to 17 category went to Fletcher Lopez from Potomac Falls, VA , and second place to Sean Johnson from Berlin, MD. All participants received guitar strings and other prizes donated by Festival sponsors D'Addario and Planet Waves, and winners will also receive a check donated by the Music Department of Salisbury University.

Competition Participants

Participants, parents, guest performer Zane Forshee, composer/conductor D.J. Sparr, and Festival Director Danielle Cumming

Guest guitarist Zane Forshee performed a brilliant and inspiring solo recital. The program included Prelude, Fugue, Allegro, BWV 998 by J.S. Bach and Leo Brouwer's Afro-Cuban Lullaby and Paisaje Cubano con Campanas. Following Mr. Forshee's performance and the announcement of the competition prizewinners, the day concluded with a performance by the Festival Ensemble who premiered Ocean Strum, composed in honor of the first Salisbury University Classical Guitar Festival by D.J. Sparr.

Please check back soon for the date and other details of the 2010 Salisbury University Classical Guitar Festival.