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La Guitarra Española

DATES

7/20/2023 - 8/10/2023

Location

​Granada, Spain

Discipline

​Music

Description

This course will hone your technique and deepen your appreciation and understanding of the Spanish guitar in Granada, Spain. Daily masterclasses with some of the world's most respected, creative, and innovative guitarists. Students will also learn and perform guitar ensemble music with fellow students.

Who Should Take This Class

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

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

Personal Statement, link to Interview/Video Audition. The video audition should include one or two pieces from the classical or flamenco repertoire.

Course Coordinator

Scott Morris gave his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1998. He has since appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. He studied at Yale University, the USC Thornton School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, Musician’s Institute (GIT), Mozarteum Sommerakademie (Salzburg, Austria) and Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of ​Classical Guitar Complete: From Basics to Bach and a D'Addario Exclusive Artist. Scott is the Professor of Guitar at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Important Course Information

Students will need to bring

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

Passport/Visa

  • All participants will need a valid and current passport for travel to Spain.
  • You must provide your passport number to Summer Arts by July 10, 2023. If you do not have a current passport, you should apply for one immediately.
  • United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain. However, citizens of other countries may.

Travel/Arrival date

  • Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Summer Arts does not provide any group flights or reservations for this course. You will need to provide Summer Arts with your travel information.
  • Students must arrive in Granada by July 19.
  • Class will start on Thursday, July 20 at a time to be determined.

Lodging

Summer Arts will offer group lodging arrangements from Wednesday, July 19 to Thursday, August 10 (22 nights). Details about program housing, including costs, will be provided in January 2023.

You may also make your own reservation and payment arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel you like in Granada.

Common expenses

The following information is for estimates only. Your individual expenses may differ.

  • Airfare (from LAX or SFO to Granada): $1200-$1700
  • Other transportation: $100
  • Lodging (if booked through Summer Arts): $TBD
  • Insurance: $80
  • Cell phone: $100
  • Food/spending money: $1000

Click here for course fees​

Scholarships

Scholarship awards range from $100 to $2000 and about 80% of students receive scholarship assistance. Scholarship funds are only available towards tuition costs.

To apply for aid, complete the application when you apply online for admission to the course. Click here for more information.

Deadlines

Application: May 22, 2023
Acceptance notification: May 29, 2023
Housing reservation and payment (if reserving housing through Summer Arts): June 19, 2023
Insurance payment June 19, 2023
Course fees: July 14, 2023

For additional information about the course, passports and visas, or any other questions, contact summerarts@calstate.edu.


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.

Chika & Scott

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.”

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