VCM Summer Guitar Academy and Competition 2010

Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Guitar Academy and Competition 2010

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

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.)


(admission included in registration)

Faculty Showcase
Guitar Academy Faculty and the Victoria Guitar Trio
Monday, July 5, 2010, 7:30pm
Wood Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
$15 adults, $10 students

Stephen Lochbaum
Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Wood Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
$10 admission

Janet Grohovac
Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 7:30pm
Wood Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
$15 adults, $10 students

Guitar Academy Student Recital
Friday, July 9, 2010, 2:00pm
Wood Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Admission by Donation

Guitar Academy Student Showcase
& Orchestra Concert

Friday, July 9, 2010, 7:30pm
Wood Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
$5 admission

VCM Guitar Academy Competition 2010

Competition Prizes:
1st place: $700
2nd place: $400
3rd place: $200
Youngest Competitor Prize
(presented by Bradford Werner)

All competitors must have selected the competition checkbox on the registration form in order to compete. Furthermore, all competitors/participants are expected to audition with the artistic director before final registration (fully registered participants have already met this requirement). No changes will be made past the registration deadline (June 4th, 2010).

Required piece for round one: any Classical/Romantic Era etude (Sor, Guiliani, Mertz, etc.).

Competition Rules and Procedures:
There are two competition rounds.
The required piece for round one is any Classical/Romantic Era etude (such as Sor, Guiliani, Aguado, etc.). Competitors are encouraged to play any Classical/Romantic era work if no etude is prepared. Playing time not to exceed 7 minutes.
Three competitors will be chosen to proceed to round two as ‘finalists’. Finalists will be announced at intermission of Monday night’s concert – Faculty Showcase, Monday, July 5, 2010, 7:30pm, Wood Hall.
Round two competitors may perform any selection/s they choose but may not exceed 15 minutes total playing time. Competitors may, or may not, perform selections from round one. Prizes will be announced at Friday night’s concert: Guitar Academy Student Showcase & Orchestra Concert, Friday, July 9, 2010, 7:30pm, Wood Hall.
All finalists are expected to perform a solo selection in the Guitar Academy Student Showcase & Orchestra Concert Friday, July 9, 2010, 7:30pm., Wood Hall.

Faculty bios:

Alexander Dunn
B.Mus, M.Mus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; PhD, University of California, San Diego. Extensive summer studies at the Aspen Festival and Sommerakademie Mozarteum. Performances and activities at music festivals include Darmstadt, Salzburg, Vancouver New Music, International Guitar and Lute Institute, Stetson Internatioanl Guitar Workshop, Guitar Foundation of America, Boston GuitarFest, Northwest Guitar Festival, Paracho Festival de Guitarra, Vancouver Festival, Early Music Society of the Islands, CBC Festival de Printemps, Zihuatenejo International Guitar Festival, Appalachian Guitar Festival, Singapore Youth Festival, and many others. Mr. Dunn has performed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Cuba, and numerous other places. A sought after instructor, his students are regular prize winners at regional and national competitions. Dr. Dunn is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and currently heads what is considered one of Canada’s top guitar programs at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Michael Dias
B.Mus, University of Calgary; M.Mus, University of Victoria (Guitar Performance). An enthusiastic teacher and performer, Michael Dias completed a Masters of Music in classical guitar performance under Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria in 2008. A Calgary native, he previously studied under Jacob Salomons and has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses with reknowned artists such as David Tanenbaum, Roland Dyens, Benjamin Verdery, Adam Holzman, Judcael Perroy and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Michael was the recipient of the first prize at the 2008 Northwest Guitar Festival.

Janet Grohovac
Janet Grohovac began her music studies at the age of 5 in Victoria, BC. Following extensive training in piano, musicianship and theory, she began guitar lessons at the age of 15. Shortly after enrolling at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Janet played her first guitar competition at age 16 winning top prize in the youth division of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. In 2007, Janet graduated from the University of Victoria obtaining a Bachelor of Music with distinction studying under Dr. Alexander Dunn. In May 2009, Janet received her Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Adam Holzman. Janet enjoys attending music festivals throughout North America and has played in masterclasses for world-renowned artists such as Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Scott Tennant and Eliot Fisk. Most recently, Janet received first prize in the 2009 Northwest Guitar Competition. This year, Janet has returned to Austin to begin her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas.

Douglas Hensley
Douglas has also worked with ensembles such as Aventa, Ensemble Laude, Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Victoria Children’s Choir, CapriCCio, Anima, Les Violes de Ste Colombe, and the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, and he has appeared in faculty recitals at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and UVic. In California, he performed with numerous ensembles as well as the Symphony Orchestras of San Francisco, Berkeley and Marin. He co-founded and co-directed the contemporary music ensemble ISKRA with conductor Kent Nagano. Mr Hensley has significantly enriched the guitar’s repertoire by commissioning and premiering over 50 works by composers from many different countries, including Jean Coulthard and Murray Adaskin (Canada), Henk Badings (Holland), Hans Holewa and Rolf Martinsson (Sweden), Rudolf Kelterborn (Switzerland), Larry Polansky and David Loeb (USA), Byung Dong Paik and Hyo-shin Na (Korea), Reza Vali (Iran), Junko Mori (Japan), György Geszler (Hungary), etc. He has recorded, on several labels, a wide variety of pieces for classical and electric guitars, lutes, viola da pendola, oud, and setâr. He has studied classical Persian music with several Iranian masters in California and Paris, including Mohammad Rezâ Lotfi, Dâriush Talâ’i, Rez Ghâsemi and Mahvash Guerâmi.
Stephen Lochbaum
Classical guitarist Stephen Lochbaum began his musical studies with rock and roll and the blues when he was twelve years old. Over the years he explored every genre that came his way: jazz, blues, heavy metal, folk, county and flamenco. Stephen then attended Kwantlen University College in Langley where he began studying classical guitar with Dr. Bruce Clausen. He went on to earn his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Victoria. His guitar studies were with Dr. Alexander Dunn. Stephen has had the opportunity to perform with Pepe and study with him in masterclasses. He performed Dr. Dunn’s newly discovered Beethoven arrangements for two guitars in Festivals and recitals in Montreal, Calgary, Tofino, and Victoria. He placed third in the 2005 Northwest Guitar Competition, and later won the 2005 Canadian National Festival classical guitar section. In 2005, Stephen began teaching at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where he stayed for 2 years. Soon after he played with the Vancouver Cantata Singers, which was to be his first radio broadcast on CBC radio 2. In 2006, Stephen began playing classical concertos, pop arrangements, and original compositions in nightclub settings around Vancouver hoping to bring this music to new audiences. Currently, Stephen is preparing for international competitions as well as maintaining a rigorous jazz and classical performance schedule.
Adrian Verdejo
Adrian Verdejo began his musical training on piano and guitar at the age of eight. He studied with Raymond Bell and Michael Holzer at the Regina Conservatory of Music. He has played electric guitar with several bands. He studied with Stephen Boswell at Capilano College and in 2004 he earned his Bachelor of Music (distinction) at the University of Victoria studying under Dr. Alexander Dunn. In 2007 he received his Master of Music from the University of Ottawa studying with Patrick Roux. he has won top prizes in music festivals and competitions and performs regularly in a variety of settings. Mr. Verdejo is a faculty guitar instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Bradford Werner
AVCM (Performance/Teaching); Diploma (Camosun); Artistic Director – VCM Summer Guitar Academy 2008-2010; Examiner and instructional faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Originally from Nelson, British Columbia, Brad now resides in beautiful Victoria where he teaches and works as a freelance musician. Primary guitar studies with Dr. Alexander Dunn at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and previous studies in various disciplines with Stephen Boswell, Wes Wraggett, Stephen Brown, and Murray Visscher. In 2009 he was a finalist in the Northwest Guitar Festival Competition. Brad is currently working with Adrian Verdejo and Michael Dias as a member of the Victoria Guitar Trio and Quelus Guitar Duo premiering new works with a focus on Canadian content.

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.Application Deadline: June 4, 2010
Classes fill up quickly, so apply early. Registrants after this date may be accepted on a space-available basis, but will not be guaranteed full services.

To apply for the Summer Guitar Academy, please complete and send in the Application Form or apply in person at the VCM.

Financial Assistance
Bursary Deadline: May 15, 2010
Some bursary assistance will be available. Applicants must comply with all deadlines and requirements. Late applicants will not be considered for financial assistance.

To apply for a bursary, please fill in the Bursary Application Form* and return it to:

Katie Pinilla
Student Accounts/Financial Aid Coordinator

Victoria Conservatory of Music
900 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3N4

Or by fax to 250-386-6602

Refund Policy

Out-of-town students are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. Reasonable rates are offered at the University of Victoria residences. Phone: 250-721-8395 or email:

Program Information
Bradford Werner, Artistic Director

General Information
Emily Nagelbach
Manager, VCM Summer Academies
250-386-5311 ext.231

* Due to the fact that the summer bursaries are funded by a corporate sponsor, we require financial information to award a bursary.

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