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La Guitarra Española


Granada, Spain



Application dea​dline

Students will be notified of application status within 7 days of applying.



Guest Artists

Pepe Romero, Maria Esther Guzman, Vicente Coves, Ignacio Rodes, Rafael Aguirre, William Kanengiser​


Hone your technique and deepen your appreciation and understanding of the Spanish guitar by spending three weeks immersed in the rich musical tradition of Granada, Spain. Attend masterclasses and workshops on guitar technique, interpretation, and performance with some of the world's greatest players

Who should take this class

Intermediate and advanced guitarists. Some experience with Spanish repertoire is helpful.

Required application materials

  • Brief resume and personal bio explaining your interest in the course
  • Link to an online video or audio recording of you playing ​Include this link on your resume/bio document.​

Course Coordinator

John Dearman

​Important Course Info​rmation

This course is subject to cancellation due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen circumstances. All Fees paid to Summer Arts and Fresno State will be fully refundable in the event of course cancellation.

All participants will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Religious or medical exemptions may be considered.

Students will need to bring​

  • Nylon-string (classical or flamenco) guitar
  • Collapsible music stand
  • Tuner
  • Extra strings
  • Outfit appropriate for the culminating performance (preferably black shirt and slacks, or black dress or shirt and skirt)


All participants will need a valid and current passport for travel to Spain. You will need to provide your passport number to CSU Summer Arts by June 30, 2022.
If you do not have a current passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately. Please check the Passport Office schedule before you apply and find out if you will need a rush order to obtain your passport in time. United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain, however, citizens of other countries may.


Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. CSU Summer Arts does not provide any group flights, reservations, or recommendations for this course. You will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your travel information.

Participants must arrive in Granada by July 11. The first class meeting will be on Tuesday, July 12 at a time to be determined.


CSU Summer Arts is offering group lodging arrangements from Monday, July 11 to Monday, August 1​ (21 nights).

Housing is offered at Campus Inside, a student residence in the Realejo and Carreterra del la Sierra neighborhoods. There are 14 double rooms available, each with its own bath. ​Breakfast is provided daily, and students also have use of a shared kitchen. Summer Arts will be the only group at this facility this year. Click here for more information about Campus Inside.

A shared room at Campus Inside for 21 nights is $521. A limited number of single rooms may be available for $1042.

When you receive notification of acceptance to the course we will send you information about how to reserve lodging through Summer Arts.​

You may also make your arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel in Granada. You will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your lodging information.

Common Expenses

The following information is for estimates only, your individual expenses may differ.​

  • Airfare (from LAX or SFO to Granada): $800-1200
  • Lodging (if booked through Summer Arts): $521
  • Insurance: $80​
  • Transportation: $100
  • Cell Phone: $100
  • Food/Spending Money: $1000

Please click here for course fees.​


Scholarship awards range from $100 to $2000 and about 80% of students receive some scholarship assistance. Scholarship funds are not available for housing or travel costs.

​To apply for scholarship assistance, please complete the Summer Arts scholarship application when you apply online for admission to the course. Click here for more information.


  • Application: April 22, 2022
  • Notification: April 29, 2022
  • $521 Housing Reservation and Payment (if selecting Campus Inside option): May 16, 2022
  • $80 Insurance: May 16, 2022
  • Course Fees: June 13, 2022

For additional information about the course, passports and visas, or if you have any questions, contact

Guest Artists

Pepe Romero

Pepe Romero

Pepe Romero is a legend in the world of classical guitar, and has premiered works by some of the finest composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Lorenzo Palomo, Padre Francisco de Madina, Paul Chihara, Enrique Diemecke, Ernesto Cordero, and, most poignantly, Celedonio Romero, have written compositions for specifically for him.

Maria Esther Guzman

Maria Esther Guzman

Maria Esther Guzman has been touring and recording since 1988, and has recorded twenty-six CDs. She has premiered pieces by Maestros M. Castillo, J. García Román, Joaquin Rodrigo, Carlos Cruz de Castro, and Javier Jacinto. Guzman has been named Numerary Member by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of St. Isabel of Hungary in Seville.

Vicente Coves 

Vicente Coves has performed in many countries, including as a soloist in the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Qatar Philharmonic, among others. In 2008 he was awarded the Rubinstein Medal by the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Kai Narezo 

Kai Narezo is a Flamenco guitarist whose background includes study both in the caves of Sacromonte and at the Berklee College of Music. He has performed throughout the U.S., Spain, Japan, Russia, Mexico, and Canada. He has thousands of hours of Tablao playing and is equally comfortable in the most intimate settings and on the concert stage.

Ignacio Rodes ​

First Prize winner of five international competitions, including the prestigious Andrés Segovia Francisco Tárrega and José Ramirez awards, Ignacio Rodes is considered one of the best guitarists and teachers of his generation. His discography includes five CDs, published by Opera Tres, Fundación de Música Contemporánea and EMI Classics.

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Rafael Agui​rre

Rafael Aguirre is an internationally acclaimed musician whose deep understanding of music, dazzling virtuosity, and immensely diverse repertoire has taken him to 32 countries. Aguirre has premiered works by the Grammy-Award winner Sergio Assad, Joaquin Clerch, and many others. He has worked with orchestras including Moscow´s New Russia Symphony Orchestra, the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Syrian National Orchestra.

William Kanengiser

Recognized as one of America’s most brilliant guitarists, William Kanengiser has developed a unique repertoire for his instrument, ranging from dazzling arrangements of Mozart, Handel, and Bartók to his innovative excursions into the music of Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. He has been praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “dizzying execution” and “exceeding vitality and warmth.”