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Shepherd International Guitar Festival 2016

May 12 – 15, 2016 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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Shepherd University Music will host the second annual Shepherd International Guitar Festival—the only one of its kind in the region—Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15, 2016. This four-day festival includes master classes, guitar lessons, guitar ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and five concerts by international artists and pedagogues. The festival will include concerts and events in the Frank Center for the Arts and churches in historic Shepherdstown, WV. Festival participation is open to adults, college students, and high school and middle school students of all ability levels.

The lineup of artists for the 2016 Festival is impressive, presenting a variety of genres and styles including headliner William Kanengiser, founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; multi-genre artist Michael Chapdelaine—the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; celebrated husband-and-wife guitar duo, Klasinc & Lončar; and international artists D’Amore Duo, featuring Emily Tsai, oboist and guitarist William Feasley.  The Festival will conclude with a concert featuring guitar participants.

To register as a participant: Shepherd International Guitar Festival 2016 Info and Registration

Schedule of events

Observations of master classes will be free and open to the public.  Admission will be charged for some concerts, and others will be free.  All events will take place inside the Frank Arts Center at Shepherd University unless indicated otherwise.

Printable version: 2nd International Guitar Fest schedule

Thursday
May 12
4:00 – 5:00 PM Registration – Frank Center for the Arts, Shepherd University
5:00 – 5:30 PM Welcome, participant scheduling and orientation
5:30 – 7:00 PM Guitar ensembles rehearsal
7:00 – 8:00 PM Dinner break
8:00 PM CONCERT KLASINC & LONČAR, GUITAR DUO
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church
100 W Washington St.
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Admission: by donation
Friday
May 13
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Master class with William Kanengiser (free and open to the public)
11:30 – 1:00 PM Technique workshop with William Feasley
1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch break
2:00 – 3:30 PM Master Class with Miroslav Lončar (free and open to the public)
3:30 – 5:00 Guitar ensemble, private lessons and/or individual practice
5:00 – 8:00 PM Break/dinner
8:00 PM CONCERT MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE
Frank Center Theater, Shepherd University
Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors and students age 18 and under
Saturday
May 14
9:00 – 10:00AM Ensemble Rehearsal
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Master class with William Kanengiser (free and open to the public)
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch break
1:00 – 2:00 PM Workshop: David Gansz – Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries
2:00 – 3:00 PM Workshop: Michael Chapdelaine – Arranging pop tunes for fingerstyle/classical guitar
3:00 – 6:00 PM Guitar ensemble, private lessons and/or individual practice
6:00 – 8:00 PM Break/dinner
8:00 PM CONCERT WILLIAM KANENGISER featuring Concierto de Los Angeles
Frank Center Theater, Shepherd University
Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors and students age 18 and under
Sunday
May 15
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Master Class with Michael Chapdelaine (free and open to the public)
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch break
1:30 PM CONCERT D’AMORE DUO – OBOIST EMILY TSAI AND GUITARIST WILLIAM FEASLEY
(PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE)
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

110 N. King Street
(Corner of High & King Streets)
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Admission: by donation
6:00 PM CONCERT FESTIVAL PARTICPANTS’ SHOWCASE CONCERT
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
110 N. King Street
(Corner of High & King Streets)
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Admission: by donation

About the artists

William KanengiserFestival headliner William Kanengiser, recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists and founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will offer two master classes and concert, featuring Concierto de Los Angeles—for solo guitar and guitar orchestra, written for William by Shingo Fuji. Festival guitarist participants will make up the orchestra.
Click here to visit William Kanengiser’s web site.

Michael ChapdelaineAward-winning multi-genre artist Michael Chapdelaine—the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas—will offer a master class and concert.
Click here to visit Michael Chapdelaine’s web site.

Klasinc and Loncar duoSoundboard Magazine described husband-and-wife guitar duo, Klasinc & Lončar as “…precise ensemble… high degree of 
technical mastery… stunning”. They have been featured at numerous music festivals and concert series across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. Klasinc & Lončar’s concert programs often blend baroque, classical, and romantic compositions with Lončar’s original works, transcriptions, and arrangements of Croatian and other Mediterranean folk styles and music of the Viennese tradition. The duo will offer a concert, and Miroslav Lončar will conduct the Concierto de Los Angeles in William Kanengiser’s concert.  Click here to visit the Klasinc & Lončar duo’s web site.

damore-duo-pressThe festival continues with the D’Amore Duo, featuring Emily Tsai, oboist and guitarist William Feasley. Founded in 1991 to investigate the little known wealth of chamber music for oboe and guitar, the D’Amore Duo has toured internationally and domestically to enthusiastic reviews. They have released three critically-claimed recordings, and performed at such venues as St. Martin in the Fields in London; the Yale Centre for British Art; the National Cathedral; the Arts Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand; the Spanish Institute in New York; the Smithsonian Institution; and live on ABC International Radio out of Sydney, Australia. The Washington Post referred to the Duo as a “perfect partnership of sound” and lauded their performance as “one of the most uniquely satisfying concerts of the season.”  Click here to visit D’Amore Duo’s web site.