Music Department
Holloway Hall

Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

April 8-9, 2011

2011 Guitar Festival
Guitar Festival Information


Playing Competition

Festival Ensemble

Guitar from Scratch class

Workshop for Parents



Online Registration Form

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*Note: this link will take you to the SU Bookstore site where you can pay your registration fee online. Please pay online only after you have registered here: Online Registration Form

General Information (parking etc.)

Faculty & Performers

D'Addario Strings

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The Salisbury University Classical Guitar Festival and Competition also thanks the following donors for their support:

Colonel Donald Stegman
The Kirkpatrick Studio
David Pace, luthier


On April 8 and 9, 2011, Salisbury University will host its third annual Classical Guitar Festival and Competition, offering participants the opportunity to play in masterclasses, a competition, the Festival Ensemble. There are activities for all levels and age of player, as well as for parents of participants.

The Festival begins on Friday April 8 with an evening recital by Robert Trent, continues all day Saturday April 9 with classes and the competition, and concludes with a recital by Javier Calderon.

Highlights this year:

Beginners Welcome!

This year the festival introduces a Guitar from Scratch class for those who are new, or have recently started to learn guitar. The class will take place from 10:00 am to 11:15 am on Saturday April 9. Accompanying parents welcome. Please click here for more information.

Activities for Parents

Parents are welcome to register with their son or daughter, to attend all activities including the workshop Practicing with your Child. Led by Zoe Johnstone Stewart, a specialist in early childhood music education, Suzuki guitar and Music Togetherģ, the workshop will look at the benefits to young people of studying music, and strategies for practicing and maintaining motivation.

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.

Luthier David Pace will also be here with materials to demonstrate mosaic rosette construction, giving participants the opportunity to try it firsthand.

Festival Ensemble

The festival has again this year commissioned a new work for the participants’ guitar ensemble. All students are invited to perform in this exciting presentation of an experimental new work by Dr. Jerry Tabor. Please click here for more information.

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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