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La Guit​arra Española

Course dates

July 16 to August 6, 2020​

Application deadline

April 6, 2020

Hone your technique and deepen your appreciation and understanding of the Spanish guitar by spending three weeks in Granada, Spain, with some of the world’s greatest players.

  • Attend master classes with respected, creative and innovative guitarists.
  • Experience daily workshops on guitar technique, interpretation and performance.
  • Learn and perform guitar ensemble music with fellow participants.
  • Attend concerts and demonstrations featuring faculty artists.
  • Perform in a public student showcase concert.


 

COURSE NUMBER/CREDITS

Undergraduate: MUSIC 423, 5 units
Graduate/Post-baccalaureate: MUSIC 623, 5 units

MATERIALS FEE

None

WHO SHOULD APPLY

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

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Submit a brief résumé and personal bio explaining your interest in the course. Include a link to an online video or audio recording of you playing.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by April 6, 2020.

COURSE COORDINATOR

Professor Scott Morris
(310) 243-2049


Guest Artists

Pepe Romero

Pepe Romero – peperomero.com

Pepe Romero is the foremost living Spanish guitarist today. Honored by kings and heads of state, Romero has played at the White House, the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, for Britain’s Prince Charles, Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Holland’s Queen Beatrice. He has performed in thousands of concerts worldwide, many with the remarkable Romero Quartet or as a solo instrumentalist. Romero has more than 60 recordings to his credit.

Mabel Millán – https://isabelmariasanchezmillan.weebly.com/

Mabel Millan studied under teachers, including María Esther Guzmán, José Luis Rodrigo, Emilio Romero and Gerardo Arriaga. She was awarded a scholarship by the David Russell Foundation and has taught master classes at the Trujillo City International Festival and at the Warsaw International Guitar Festival, among others. She has performed in the most prestigious venues in Spain, including the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, the Monumental Theatre in Madrid and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. She has performed in Norway, Poland, Hungary, London, Mexico, Italy and in many other countries. Millán has received 34 awards in her guitar career, including firstprize in Portugal’s Luso-Espanhol, first prize at the International Music Competition of Benidorm and first prize at the International Competition Jacinto Foundation.

Vicente Coves – www.vicente-coves.com

Born in Jaén, Spain, in 1982, the guitarist Vicente Coves began his musical studies with his brother, the conductor Manuel Coves, and since 1997 has been a disciple of the legendary Pepe Romero. His career has brought international acclaim, with appearances in many countries since the age of 11 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. He has collaborated with conductors such as Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Adrian Leaper, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Enrique Diemecke, Manuel Coves and John Neschling and has played alongside such artists as Pepe Romero, María Bayo, Esperanza Fernández and Enrique Morente. In 2008, Coves was awarded the Rubinstein Medal by the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Kai Narezo – www.kainarezo.com

Kai Narezo is a Los Angeles-based Flamenco guitarist whose background includes study both in the caves of Sacromonte and at the Berklee College of Music. He studied with some of the top guitarists in Spain and the United States and is now himself a much sought-after performer and teacher. Narezo has performed throughout the United States, Spain, Japan, Russia, Mexico and Canada. He has also put in thousands of hours of Tablao playing and is equally comfortable in the most intimate settings as on the concert stage. Narezo teaches Flamenco guitar in his studio in Hollywood and on Skype/FaceTime and has just released his first two lessons for the On the Music Path iPad app. He also owns and operates Universal Exports Studio, a recording studio devoted to capturing the performance of Flamenco and other acoustic music.

Chika & Scott

Chika & Scott

Chika & Scott is a classical saxophone and guitar duo based in Los Angeles, California. They have recorded several popular videos for Guitar Salon International (GSI) and have recently completed their debut album for Capitol Records with the legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt and sought-after producer Niko Bolas. The duo has a busy tour schedule planned for the 2019/2020 season that includes concerts throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Chika Inoue – http://www.chikainoue.com/

Chika Inoue is a much sought-after solo saxophonist, chamber musician, clinician and master teacher. A native of Osaka, Japan, Inoue has performed in festivals and concerts throughout North America, Italy, Germany, USA, China and Japan. She is an on-call saxophonist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Inoue has been a featured performing artist in international festivals such as The Faenza International Saxophone Festival in Italy and The Yamaha Saxophone Festival in Japan. A graduate of the USC Thornton School (DMA), California State University, Fresno (master’s), and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (bachelor’s), she is currently a faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she is dedicated to sharing her knowledge with students.

Scott Morris – http://www.scottmorris.net/

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 and Central America, Europe and Asia. He studied at Yale University, the USC Thornton School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, Musician’s Institute (GIT) and the Mozarteum Sommerakademie (Salzburg, Austria). His latest recording for AIX Records is called “Phonology: The Music of Erik Satie for Guitar,” which includes performances with Grammy-winner Andrew York. He is the author of the popular series of method books titled “Classical Guitar Complete: From Basic to Bach.” Scott currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is chair of the Department of Music at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

TRAVEL FOR "LA GUITARRA ESPAÑOLA"

This course takes place in Granada, Spain.CSU Summer Arts does not provide any group flights, arrange travel reservations or make travel recommendations for La Guitarra Española. It is up to each individual participant to make travel arrangements and pay for his or her own travel.

All participants must arrive in Granada by July 16, 2020. The first class meeting will be on Thursday, July 16 at a time to be determined. (Note that the program housing begins on Wednesday, July 15 to give you a day to get acclimated. We suggest that even if you book your own housing, you plan to arrive in Granada on July 15. More information below.)

While you will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements, you will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your travel information.

LODGING FOR "LA GUITARRA ESPAÑOLA"

NOTE THAT HOUSING BOOKED THROUGH SUMMER ARTS BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY JULY 15 AND ENDS ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 (23 NIGHTS TOTAL).

Housing information for this course will be online by the end of January 2020.

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


TIMELINES, DEADLINES, AND FEES FOR "LA GUITARRA ESPAÑOLA"

Note: La Guitarra Española has an application process that differs from that of other Summer Arts courses. Please read the following information carefully.

Submit complete application:

DUE on Monday, April 6, 2020

Students notified of status of application:

Monday, April 20, 2020

Fees

Enrollment Fee
Undergraduate, California Resident, $1,685
Graduate, California Resident, $2,102
Undergraduate, Non-California Resident$3,665
Graduate, Non-California Resident$4,082
Other Fees
Insurance fee
$80
​Housing (if booked through Summer Arts)
​TBA
Airfare (estimate only)
$1,600
​Transportation (estimate only)
​$100
Cell Phone (estimate only)$100​​
Food/spending money (estimate only)$1,000

Payment deadlines: The following are DUE DATES, not postmarked dates:

Housing reservation and payment (for housing booked by Summer Arts): $(varies)
Due on Friday, May 8, 2020—check or money order PAYABLE TO CSU SUMMER ARTS

Insurance: $80
Due on Friday, May 8, 2020—check or money order PAYABLE TO CSU SUMMER ARTS
Note that the housing payment and insurance should be on one payment.

Enrollment Fee: $(varies)
Due on Friday, July 10, 2020—electronic check, Visa or MasterCard PAYABLE TO FRESNO STATE

LA GUITARRA ESPAÑOLA SCHOLARSHIPS
Eighty percent of Summer Arts students receive some amount of scholarship assistance. Scholarship awards will range from $100 to $2,000. 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.


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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)

Passport:
​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 July 3, 2020.

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. Contact the Summer Arts office for more information about passports and visas.

Contact: 
For additional information, or if you have any questions, contact Joanne Sharp at jsharp@calstate.edu, or 562-951-4065.

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