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Armin began playing classical guitar at age 8 which led him to a wide range of solo and chamber performances in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Brazil, and all through the United States. He finished elementary and high school in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, graduated Summa cum Laude from William Carey University, received his Master’s degree from the East Carolina University, and completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas.

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Christopher Alexander has spent several years teaching and performing in the Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia areas. Chris studied jazz and classical guitar with Scott Elliot at Frostburg State University and West Virginia University. He then studied for a brief period with Bruce Holzman. In 2010 he began his doctorate in classical guitar performance at Shenandoah Conservatory. It was at Shenandoah where Chris met his most influential teacher, Glenn Caluda. Chris completed his DMA in 2013 and his dissertation focused on music transcribed for guitar by Francisco Tárrega.

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Kerry Alt studied Classical Guitar at Loyola University of The South and went on to complete his Masters in Guitar Performance at Arizona State University, and later a Doctorate at New Mexico State University. He has performed extensively as a soloist and in ensemble in the United States and Europe and has been teaching classical guitar since n1977. In December, 2012 he retired from his position at New Mexico State University, where he had taught for 27 years. After moving back to his home of New Orleans, he resumed teaching, holding positions at Loyola University, the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans School for Creative Arts.

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Vasily Antipov is a composer, guitarist, lutenist, and music theorist from Moscow, Russia. As
the fifth of twelve siblings, he was introduced to classical music – Mozart, especially – by his
father, who had an extensive record collection. At age twelve, Vasily received his first guitar
(“leningradka”, a solid-top instrument made at the Lunacharsky Music Factory, Leningrad) and joined the local guitar club, where he quickly advanced to earn entry to Valery I, Lysenko’s guitar class at the district music school. Upon completing tenth grade, Vasily was accepted to the Tchaikovsky Academic Music College at the Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied guitar under Natalia N. Dmitrieva, graduating in 2000.

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John presently teaches guitar at Moravian College where he teaches private lessons (classical, flamenco, lute, fingerstyle), guitar ensemble, flute & guitar ensemble, guitar literature & guitar pedagogy. Additionally, Mr. Arnold teaches the guitar program at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, PA. Prior to these positions, he taught guitar at Bennington College in Vermont.

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“Composer, musician and poet Edwin Frank Avril (1920-2018) was born in Queens, NY. He learned drums and piano in elementary school, and began composing around age 12, something he has continued to do throughout his life. He enrolled in Oberlin college in 1942, where he majored in piano and minored in clarinet. There, he met Bela Bartok in a workshop on his new “Mikrokosmos.” Soon thereafter, he was drafted and posted in San Francisco. He played timpani, drums and clarinet in military bands and the Servicemen Symphony in San Francisco, where he played under Pierre Monteux. He played bassoon in the concert inaugurating the United Nations in 1945. He earned his Bachelor’s degree (1948) from San Francisco State, and taught music at a Sonoma high school while pursuing his Masters from Columbia University. While in San Francisco, he played bassoon in the first complete American performance of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with Stravinsky’s own manuscript. In 1948 he married teacher and pianist Dorothy Avril and returned to NY to complete his Doctorate in Music Education from Columbia. There, he studied with the renowned Simon Kovar, a bassoonist with the NBC Symphony.

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Composer Garth Baxter is noted for his modern traditionalist style of writing. This is a style that combines the traditions of form and clear melodic writing with the use of contemporary approaches to harmonies and other elements.

Baxter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1946, and moved to California when he was nine years old. He earned music degrees from Pepperdine University and California State University at Northridge. He studied composition with Robert Hall Lewis, Joseph Wagner, and William Thornton.  In addition to writing music, Baxter currently teaches and mentors emerging composers.

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Praised as having “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity”, Australian classical guitarist and Augustine Artist Scott Borg performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is known for his colorful, refined, and daring performances.

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David Burdick earned his DMA from the University of Texas at Austin.  He has taught commercial music, composition, and guitar at Millikin since 1989, and is faculty adviser for the Millikin Songwriters Guild.

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Keith Calmes earned degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, The Juilliard School, and the University of Southern California. His performance credits include a Carnegie Hall recital debut, concerti with the Monmouth Symphony, a performance with Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima and a decade of concerts and recordings with flautist Marjorie Koharski.

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Glenn Caluda was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. From 1970-1973, he served as guitarist and bassist with the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. After military service, Dr. Caluda earned a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D from Louisiana State University.

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John Cardoni is an Adjunct Instructor of Guitar at Belmont University, where he teaches commercial guitar, guitar class, and performs with the Faculty Jazz Group. He came to Nashville from the Midwest, having been born in Indiana and spending most of his formative years in Central Illinois.  He earned his M.M. in Commercial Music with an emphasis in guitar performance from Belmont University in 2013.

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Kevin J. Cope (b. 1981) started as a youthful heavy metal guitarist inspired by the likes of Megadeth and Metallica. His tastes grew into the more intellectual bands such as Symphony X and Dream Theater as well as the more psychedelic progressive rock of YES. Through exposure to the classical greats of the 20th century such as Igor Stravinsky, Alberto Ginastera, Richard Danielpour, and John Corigliano his own composition style became more complex while still maintaining a connection to the rock and metal music that he still loves to this day.

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Ruben Delgado is well known for his artful arrangements of Latin music through the Music of Mexico series published by the Mel Bay Company. He earned a Master’s Degree in guitar performance from CSU, Fresno and has recently retired from a full-time teaching career to pursue his love of composition.

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“One of the biggest names in the Brazilian instrumental music”, as stated by Adriano Vianini (Mais Vertentes, 2020), Octávio Deluchi is an award-wining guitarist in Brazil and in the United States: Deluchi currently holds a Graduate Teaching Assistant position at Radford University, where he is a candidate for the degree Master’s degree in guitar, under Dr. Robert Trent’s supervision.

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Named Guitarist of the year by Classical Guitar Alive, an internationally-broadcast radio program, Julie Goldberg is a dynamic performer whose concerts win critical acclaim throughout the U.S. She is the first guitarist to receive a Doctorate in Music Performance from Northwestern University and holds degrees from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

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Joseph Hagedorn teaches Applied Guitar, Class Guitar and directs the Guitar Ensemble at UW-River Falls. Since his career was launched by winning the 1990 Guitar Foundation of America solo competition, Joseph has maintained an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. Praised for his passionate performances and flawless technique as well as his varied programs — on guitar and Renaissance lute — Joseph’s solo and concerto appearances have taken him to more than 25 American cities and to Canada.

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Philip Hemmo is known throughout the Unites States as a teacher and performer of the classical guitar. As a faculty member at the Universityof Arizona, Pima Communtiy College, the University of Illinois, Springfield, and his new post at Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, AZ, he continues to foster the next generation of classical guitarist.

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As a solo guitarist, chamber musician and composer, Wes Hixson writes accessible classical music for guitar, paying homage to his early influences of classical, prog-rock, metal, jazz, and folk music from around the world. While much of his music draws inspiration from nature, psychology and film, he often borrows form and harmony techniques from classical, jazz and pop as a foundation for his compositions.

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Anna Inozemceva began playing guitar at the age of 6 under the guidance of her father, Russian Vladimir Kolosov, a well-known teacher and arranger. Later, she studied at the P. Jurgenson Music School. In 1994, Anna entered Music College of Moscow, Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where she studied with N. Dmitrieva. From 1998-2003, she studied at Moscow State Classical Academy with professor E. Finkelshtein. Since 1996, Anna has been a teacher at P. Jurgenson Music School. Her pupils have been laureates of numerous competitions, some of them awarded with scholarships.

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A native of Martinsville, Illinois, Nate Jackson has been a member of the Lincoln-Way District #210 music faculty since 2001, where he teaches all levels of guitar. Nate earned degrees in guitar performance from Millikin University and Northern Illinois University, as well as obtaining education certification through NIU. Mr. Jackson’s Guitar Studio Ensemble has been an annual participant of the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival.

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Andy Jurik

Guitarist, arranger, and educator Andy Jurik specializes in the intersection of the classical and popular worlds. His debut album strive features works from Mark Summer, Ernesto Nazareth, Ivan Trevino, Nicholas Walker, the Beatles, Radiohead, and others. Jurik has lectured and performed at the Dublin Guitar Symposium, the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the Southern Exposure concert series, the Wired Music series and the Southern Guitar Festival. He earned his DMA from the University of South Carolina in 2016; his dissertation focused on the classical/jazz hybrid of third stream music.

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Kossler is a top prizewinner in a number of national and international guitar competitions including the Boston Guitarfest, Columbus Guitar Symposium, East Carolina Guitar Competition, MANC Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Music Teacher National Association Competition, and the Appalachian Guitarfest Competition. Kossler’s international performance career has taken him throughout the US, Canada and Central America.

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John Kossler started his guitar studies through the Suzuki Method with his father, William Kossler, at the age of four years old.  He eventually attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina, studying under Joseph Pecoraro.  Placing in competitions such as the ECU Guitar Festival in Greenville, North Carolina, the Young Arts Festival in Miami, Florida, and the Music Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, John then attended Wake Forest University, studying under Patricia Dixon.

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Dr. Larry Lipkis is Composer-in-Residence and Bertha Mae Starner ‘27 and Jay F. Starner Professor of Music at Moravian College. He has composed over 100 compositions for a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles, including several concertos which have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. His works are published by E.C. Schirmer and J. W. Pepper and have been recorded on the Koch and Music and Arts label.

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Manley Mallard has completed twenty nine years of teaching at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. He earned his undergraduate degree at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, studying with Glenn Caluda. He completed his graduate studies at Kent State University in Ohio and Webster University, St. Louis, MO. He has taught both classical and jazz guitar since 1981. In 1991, he initiated and hosted the first Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival at Millikin University and subsequently hosted it again in 1995, 2001 and again in 2014. At the 20th Mid-America Festival on March 25, 2012, he was honored by MAGEF and received an award for outstanding Leadership, Dedication and Service to the Guitar Community.

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William graduated from Berklee College of Music in Fall 2019 with a degree in Jazz Studies with a Trumpet major. He currently completing his masters in Valincia, Spain. William is an active performer and composer. He has composed several works for Guitar Quartet and Guitar Trio which feature a strong Jazz influence. Currently he completing an Jazz Etude book for guitar.

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Jonathan Marshall is a Michigan born Classical Guitarist/Composer, and he currently teaches at Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone University.  Mr. Marshall also owns and operates Jonathan Marshall Guitars (Concert Classical Guitar Dealer), and runs Grand Rapids Community College’s International Guitar Series.

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Joseph Mayes was self-taught until 1963 when he began his studies with Mr. Peter Colona at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. In 1968, Mr. Mayes was awarded an invitational scholarship by the government of Spain to study with the internationally renowned concert guitarist Andres Segovia. Mayes holds degrees in guitar from Thomas Edison College and Shenandoah University.

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Ms. Mayes is a well-known South Jersey performer and teacher of Classical Guitar and Renaissance Lute. She holds degrees from Rowan University and Drexel University. She currently teaches in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area and is Adjunct Professor at Rowan University. She has recorded one solo CD, “Music from the Bistro”

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Owen Middleton is prize- and award-winning composer, whose work is the subject of two doctoral dissertations, An American Original: Guitar Music of Owen Middleton, by Dr. Gregory Newton at UCLA and another by Dr. Barton Moreau at Arizona State University, Selected Works for Piano by Owen Middleton with recording. Mr. Middleton specializes in innovative guitar compositions, as well as virtuoso piano music, choral, orchestral, and chamber music. His guitar works can be heard around the world, including a recent performance at the International Guitar Festival in Poland, at Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. A professor of music, music theory, composition, piano, and guitar performance, he has lectured across the United States including Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, Kentucky and Alabama. As a performance artist, he has performed guitar concerts at colleges, universities, on radio and television.

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Maja Radovanlija was born in Belgrade, Serbia. As a child, she won several awards in music school festivals and competitions in former Yugoslavia. During her high school period, she won second prize at the Petar Konjevic International Competition in Belgrade, performed her first solo recital and took part in a classical music show for National Television of Serbia.

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Guido began his musical studies at the University of Costa Rica’s School of Music where he graduated with honors in 2001 under the guidance of Mario Solera. In 2004, he began his Master’s at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with the distinguished professor and internationally acclaimed guitarist Ernesto Bitetti.  Guido continued on to the prestigious Doctoral Program at the Jacobs School of Music, graduating in May 2012 as Doctor of Music in Guitar with minors in Music Theory and Composition where he studied with composers Luis Diego Herra, Sven-David Sandstrom, Per Martensson, Gabriela Ortiz, and Don Freund.

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William is a career journalist now retired from his longtime position on the editorial staff of Newsweek magazine in New York. Mostly self-taught as a classical guitarist, he has been an avid player his entire adult life, beginning in the 1960’s while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. To hone his skills and pursue his passion for the instrument, as a young man William lived in London for a year studying the guitar with famed composer/arranger John W. Duarte.

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Kevin Smyth is a guitarist and Lutenist from Sewell, New Jersey. He is a private teacher, arranger, composer, and performer in the South Jersey area, currently working to complete his degree in Guitar Performance at Rowan University with Joseph Mayes. He has performed in masterclasses with Christopher Ladd, Nigel North, Berta Rojas, Pepe and Lito Romero, and Bokyung Byun, among others.

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Rodney Stucky is head of classical guitar studies in the Preparatory Department of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (CCM) and a co-director of the Early Music Lab in CCM’s collegiate division. He received his Master of Music degree at Southern Methodist University and studied further at the Peabody Conservatory. He performed throughout the United States, Central America, and South America as classical guitarist, baroque guitarist, lutenist and vihuelist and is married to the mezzo-soprano Mary Henderson Stucky, Professor Emerita in Voice at CCM.

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Multi-instrumentalist Anita Thomas delights audiences with her energy, exceptional skill and sincerity. Equally adept at playing clarinet, saxophone and acoustic bass, Anita can be heard performing in jazz as well as classical ensembles. From New Orleans and Dixieland to bebop and contemporary styles, Anita’s accomplishments and experience as a jazz musician are considerable, and her contributions as an arranger, composer, teacher and classical chamber musician are additionally substantive.

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Mark Tonelli has enjoyed a diverse career performing with artists such as Clay Aiken, Jon Faddis, Rita Moreno, Carol Channing, Lynn Seaton, Denis DeBlasio, Greg Bissonette, Ed Soph, Andrea McArdle, Al Martino, Bobby Rydell, The Coasters, and The Platters. He has been seen on FOX News and is featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS musical special Marina At West Point. He has had residencies in three major music hubs— New York City, Dallas, and Kansas City— performing at renowned clubs, including NYC’s 55 Bar, Dallas’s Sambuca, and Kansas City’s Green Lady Lounge.

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Tom Torrisi is a classical guitarist based in Buffalo, NY whose playing has been described as “expressive and full of beautiful details around every corner.” He has a DMA from the Eastman School of Music where he studied under Dr. Nicholas Goluses. He is an active performer as a soloist and as a member of Janus Guitar Duo with guitarist Ken Luk and Duo Purla with violinist Shannon Reilly.

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Dr. Robert Trent is Full Professor of Music (Guitar/Lute) at Radford University where he is also director of Radford University’s Annual International Guitar Festival. He holds the D.M.A. (Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins), M.A. (Trenton State College), and B.M. (Phila. College of the Performing Arts).

Appearing regularly on the concert stage in North and South America, Europe, and in Asia. He has taken his students on professional concert tours to South America and Asia. Many of his students are performers, educators and administrators at all levels in the U.S., and in Asia.

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Thomas Tudek received his Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University with James Ferla, his Masters from Illinois State University under the tutelage of Dr. Angelo Favis and a Doctorate of Music from Indiana University with guidance from maestro Ernesto Bitetti. He has participated in numerous lessons and master classes with leading guitar educators.

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Chicago guitarist Steve Vazquez began his love for the guitar at the age of eleven. Self-taught and playing in rock bands throughout his teen years, Steve began his classical guitar studies under Steve Suvada at William Rainey Harper College. He went on for further study with Mark Maxwell at DePaul University (B.M.’91), and Anne Waller at Northwestern University (M.M.’94). He has played in Master classes for Sergio and Odair Assad, Oscar Ghiglia, Stepan Rak, Paul O’Dette, David Starobin, Dusan Bogdanovic and more. Steve was a 1996 Chicago Artists International Program award recipient. This allowed him to study with the groundbreaking, great Czech guitarist-composer Stepan Rak in Prague and Chicago.

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Kevin Vigil holds performance degrees from Shenandoah University (DMA), Yale University (MM) and the University of Memphis (BM). His interest in composition was sparked by a seminar class called, “Composition for Performers”, that was taught by Martin Bresnick at the Yale School of Music (1988).

Performance highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Agriculture. He has performed as a soloist, with choirs, orchestras, chamber groups and as a member of Duo Con Brio with flutist Barbara Vigil.

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Curt Warren is an active jazz guitarist, known primarily in the southwest, who is quickly making a name for himself on the national scene.  The El Paso Conservatory of Music welcomed Curt to its guitar faculty in the spring of 2011. 1963: Curt began his professional career playing the Frankie Laine show in Las Vegas.1968-1970: Curt played shows in Hawaii including Teresa Brewer, Tony Martin and a televised appearance with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. 1970-1972: Curt was the leader of the El Paso Sheraton house band where he worked with Della Reese, Billy Eckstein, Fran Jefferies, Jerry Van Dyke, Joanne Summers, etc. 1974-1978: Performed with the United States Navy Band, “The Commodores” (the official Navy jazz ensemble) in Washington, DC.

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