Summary: VCM Summer Guitar Academy and Competition 2010

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by Bradford Werner

VCM Summer Guitar Academy and Competition 2010
July 5 – 9, 2010

I had a wonderful time directing the 2010 Summer Guitar Academy at the Victoria Conservatory of Music! Not only were there some great students to work with but I also had the chance to see the fantastic faculty at work (see list below). Here’s a few blurbs about the week in beautiful Victoria, B.C.

Faculty
Bradford Werner (Artistic Director, A.V.C.M.)
Alexander Dunn (B.Mus., M.Mus., Ph.D.)
Janet Grohovac (B.Mus., M.Mus.)
Stephen Lochbaum (B.Mus., M.Mus.)
Adrian Verdejo (B.Mus., M.Mus.)
Michael Dias (B.Mus., M.Mus.)
Douglas Hensley (B.Mus., M.Mus.)

VCM Guitar Academy Competition 2010:

Congratulations to the all the competition winners! The winners are below with their teachers in brackets.

  1. Razvan Bezna [Adrian Verdejo]
  2. Marvin Ren [Adrian Verdejo]
  3. Davis Plett [Kurt Tittlemier]

Concerts

Faculty Showcase
The concert opened with Douglas Hensley and Emily Nagalbach (flute) performing Sonata for flute and guitar (1983) by Henk Badings (1907-1987). Next was Alexander Dunn and Michael Dias performing Three Songs by Paul McCartney, arr. Leo Brouwer (b.1939). After intermission the Victoria Guitar Trio (Michael Dias, Adrian Verdejo and Bradford Werner) played Fugue in F sharp major, BWV882, Fugue in F sharp minor, BWV883, Fugue in F sharp major, BWV858
by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750); September by Rodney Sharmann (b.1958); Tangondo pour trois guitares by Máximo Diego Pujol (b.1957) and Carnaval by Patrick Roux (b. 1962).

Stephen Lochbaum
Classical guitarist Stephan Lochbaum performed and afternoon concert with transcriptions of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and J.S. Bach Sonata in Am BWV 1003.

Janet Grohovac
The wonderful Janet Grohovac played Etude No. XVII, Cancion de Cuna, Etude No. IXX by Leo Brouwer (b. 1939); Sonatina Meridional by Manuel Ponce (1882-1948); Choro de Saudade and Un Sueño en la Floresta by Agustín Barrios (1885-1944); Deux Pièces, Segoviana by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974); Sonatina para Guitarra by Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982).

Lectures and Classes

From Tone to Timbre
with Stephen Lochbaum
Tone, Timbre, volume, and more! This class provides the student guitarist with expert advice on sound production and volume, one of the most challenging aspects of the instrument. Instructor Stephen Lochbaum, renowned for his strong tone and balanced control of sound, guides students through the maze of techniques and possibilities inherent to the classical guitar.

Chamber Music & The Guitar
with Adrian Verdejo
The role of the guitar in chamber music. Students are guided through the essential skills needed by any guitarist playing in an ensemble experience. This will be an interactive chamber coaching and ensemble skill-building workshop for guitarists at all levels.

Approaching the Composer: Performance Issues in the Guitar Repertoire
with Michael Dias
Through the examination of autograph manuscripts and first editions, this interactive workshop explores the issue of the composer’s intent in his/her’s compositions. Works by Villa-lobos, Falla, and Ponce (and others) will be discussed. The course includes practical performance hints and interpretation skills for the student guitarist.

Guide to the Renaissance Lute
with Douglas Hensley
An introduction to Renaissance lute tablature with an emphasis on accessing the wealth of 6-course lute music just waiting for the guitarist to retune their G string and start playing. Topics include an introduction to lute tablature of the 16th century, playing directly from those sources, a sampling of the 6-course lute repertoire, as well as demonstration of the renaissance lute itself.

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