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La Guitarra Española

Course dates

July 23 to August 12, 2019

Application deadline


Study the techniques and repertoire of the classical guitar with Los Romeros (Pepe, Celin, Lito, and Celino Romero) and other virtuoso performers while immersed in the rich musical culture of Granada, Spain.

This course takes place alongside the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra de Granada (link is from the 2018 Festival). The Festival features dozens of events, concerts, films, lectures and more. Participants in the course will receive attendance to all Festival events at no cost. The final student concert will be presented at the Granada Town Hall as part of the Festival.

  • Hone your technique and deepen your appreciation for 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 some of the world’s most 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.



Undergraduate: MUSIC 423, 4 or 5 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: MUSIC 623, 4 or 5 units




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


  1. Submit a brief resume and personal biography 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 above when you apply online by April 15, 2019.


Dr. Scott Morris

Guest Artists

Pepe Romero

Los Romeros –

Over half a century after walking onto the world stage as the first classical guitar quartet, The Romeros continue to be a veritable institution in the world of classical music, dazzling countless audiences and winning the raves of reviewers worldwide. Known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros were founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe, and Angel in 1958. The Quartet went through natural transformations, and today consists of the second (Celin & Pepe) and third generations (Lito & Celino). Celebrating their sixtieth anniversary, the season will include tours in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. The Romeros will also be presenting special concerts and festivals in memory of the 100th anniversary of patriarch Celedonio Romero, including a performance in their birth city of Málaga, Spain.

Mabel Millán –

Mabel Millan made her performing debut at the age of 15, followed by a strong concert career which includes performances in the most prestigious venues in Spain such as the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, the Monumental Theatre in Matrit, and the Palau de la Musica Calalana in Barcelona, among others. Internationally she has performed in Norway, Italy, Poland, Hungary, England, Finland, Mexico, Malta, Chile, Portugal, Azerbaijan, and Holland. She has received 34 awards for performance, among which are 19 first prizes, including the 1st Prize and Public Prize in the XIX International Competition Jacinto Foundation, 1st Prize in the International Competition "Luso-Espanhol" in Portugal, 1st Prize Musical Youth of Spain, 1st Prize, Public Prize, and Prize for Best Performance at the Miguel Llobet International Guitar Competition, and the Catalunya Music Award, to name a few.

Vicente Coves –

Born in Jaén in 1982, the guitarist Vicente Coves lived in Linares until 1997, when he moved to Granada. He 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 Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE (Spanish Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra), the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Orquesta de Córdoba, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Ecuador, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and the Qatar Philharmonic, among others. He has collaborated with conductors such as Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Adrian Leaper, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Juanjo Mena, Miquel Ortega, Enrique Diemecke, Manuel Coves, and John Neschling, and has played alongside such artists as Pepe Romero, María Bayo, Esperanza Fernández, Horacio Ferrer, and Enrique Morente. In 2008, he was awarded the Rubinstein Medal by the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Kai Narezo –

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 U.S., and is now himself a much sought-after performer and teacher. Kai has performed throughout the U.S., as well as in 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. Kai teaches Flamenco guitar in his studio in Hollywood and via 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 at 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 US, Europe, and Asia.

Chika Inoue –

is a much sought after solo saxophonist, chamber musician, clinician, and master teacher. A native of Osaka, Japan, Chika 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. She 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 (MA), and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (BA), she is currently on a faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she is dedicated to sharing her knowledge with students.

Scott Morris –

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 entitled 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.



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 their own travel.

ALL participants MUST arrive in Granada by July 23, 2019. The first class meeting will be on Tuesday, July 23 at a time to be determined. (Note that the program housing begins on Monday, July 22 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 22. 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.



Student housing is available in one- or two-bedroom apartments, with a bathroom and shared kitchen, including a clothes washer (clothes are line-dried in most of Spain.) Depending on occupancy, housing costs will range from about $400 in a triple-occupancy bedroom to $575 for a single-occupancy bedroom. These costs are for the entire 22-night stay. 

Once Summer Arts receives your application, we will email you housing reservation details.

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


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 15, 2019

Students notified of status of application:

Monday, April 22, 2019


Enrollment Fee
Undergraduate, California resident, 4 or 5 units $1685
Graduate, California resident, 4 or 5 units $2102
Undergraduate, Non-California resident, 4 units $3269
Undergraduate, Non-California resident, 5 units $3665
Graduate, Non-California resident, 4 units $3686
Graduate, Non-California resident, 5 units $4082
Other Fees
Insurance fee
​Housing (if booked through Summer Arts)
Airfare (estimate only)
​Transportation (estimate only)
Food/spending money (estimate only)$1000

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

Housing reservation and payment (for housing booked by CSU Summer Arts): (varies)
Due on Friday, May 10, 2019 – check or money order payable to TRUSTEES OF THE CSU​

Insurance: $85
Due on Friday, May 10, 2019 – check or money order payable to TRUSTEES OF THE CSU

Note that the housing deposit and insurance can be on one payment.

Enrollment Fee: (varies)
Due on Friday, July 14, 2019 – electronic check, Visa or MasterCard payable to FRESNO STATE

80% percent of  CSU Summer Arts students receive some scholarship assistance. Scholarship awards range from $100 to $2000, and 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.


Students will need to bring:

  • Nylon-string (classical or flamenco) guitar
  • Collapsible music stand
  • Tuner
  • Extra strings
  • An outfit appropriate for the culminating performance (preferably a black shirt and black pants)

All participants will need a valid, current passport for travel to Spain. You will need to provide your passport number to CSU Summer Arts by June 28, 2019.

If you do not have a current passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately. Please check the U.S. Passport Office schedule before you apply to find out if you will need a rush order to obtain your passport in time. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain, however, citizens of other countries may. Contact the CSU Summer Arts office for more information about passports and visas.

For additional information, or if you have any questions, contact Joanne Sharp at, or 562-951-4065.

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