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La Guitarra Española

Course dates

July 19 to August 9, 2018

Application deadline

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Please contact the Course Coordinator for information.

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed above when you apply online by April 9, 2018.


Dr. Scott Morris

Guest Artists

Pepe Romero –

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

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet –

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The quartet, made up of John DearmanMatthew GriefWilliam Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant, consistently play to sold-out houses worldwide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at music of the past, while their interpretations of works from contemporary and world music continually break new ground.

Their CD "Guitar Heroes" won a 2005 Grammy Award and is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy-nominated "LAGQ-Latin." "Spin" continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. "LAGQ: BRAZIL," which includes collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews, and their newest recording of the Rodrigo "Concierto Andaluz" and Sergio Assad’s "Interchange," written specifically for them, was released in 2010 and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts.

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.



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

All participants must arrive in Granada by July 19, 2018. The first class meeting will be on Thursday, July 19, at 6:00 p.m. (Note that program housing begins on Wednesday, July 18, to give you one day to get acclimated. More information on this below.)

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


CSU Summer Arts is currently negotiating housing options for students; more information will be available here by February 28, 2018.

Please note that housing booked through CSU Summer Arts begins on Wednesday, July 18 and ends on Friday, August 10, 2018 (23 nights total).


The application process for "La Guitarra Española" differs from that of other CSU Summer Arts courses. Please read the following information carefully.

Submit complete application:

DUE (not postmarked) on Monday, April 9, 2018

Students notified of status of application:

Monday, April 16, 2018


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
Housing Fee
Lodging (if booked through CSU Summer Arts)
​Other Fees​
Insurance fee
Airfare (estimate)
​Local transportation (estimate)
Food/spending money (estimate)$1000

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

Housing reservation and payment (for housing booked by CSU Summer Arts):
Due on Friday, April 27, 2018 – check or money order payable to Trustees of the CSU

Insurance: $100
Due on Friday, April 27, 2018 – check or money order payable to Trustees of the CSU

Note that the housing deposit and insurance can be a single payment, payable to TRUSTEES OF THE CSU.

Enrollment Fee: (varies)
Due on Friday, July 6, 2018 – electronic check, Visa or MasterCard payable to FRESNO STATE

Eighty 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 29, 2018.

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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