Archive for March, 2015

April Meeting

March 28th, 2015

These pieces were played at the April 19 meeting in Warren:

David Starbuck

  • F. Sor: Op. 44, No. 15 Andante
  • F. Sor: Op. 44, No. 16 Andante

Ming Chao

  • M. Ponce: Three Mexican Songs

Gary Lee

  • S.L. Weiss: Sonata 37: Prelude, Allemande, Courante
  • Edin Solis” Pasaje Abierto
  • F. Sor: Study Op. 6, No. 4

Chris Frietag

  • M. Pujol: Prelude
  • arr. Marshall: El Noi de la mare
  • P. McCartney: Yesterday



March 12th, 2015

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Anna Mnich, guitarist
Tia Roper/Gabriel Handy, flute-guitar duo
Paul Meyers, finger-style jazz master

11:00-12:30: William Paterson University Guitar Student Concert
1:30-2:30:  Tia Roper/Gabriel Handy, flute-guitar duo in concert
3:00-4:00:  Paul Meyers: Creating playable, great sounding arrangements for solo guitar
4:30-6:30:  Anna Mnich Master Class
8:00-9:30: Anna Mnich, guitarist in concert

All Guitarfest Events will take place in the Hobart Manor, 2nd floor at
William Paterson University,  300 Pompton Road, Wayne NJ  07470

Full Admission to Guitarfest is $20, payable at the door. Admission is free to WPU students with ID.

Anna Mnich of  Poland is a recipient of the Andres Segovia Award and  a prizewinner of numerous competitions throughout Poland (Kielce, Sanok, Koszalin) and international competitions in Rust, Austria, and in the USA.  Ms. Mnich performed for the New York Historical Society, the Long Island Guitar Festival, the Pilsudski Institute of America in New York and the 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony. In addition, as a member of Silesian Guitar Octet she gave concerts in Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. She has made recordings with with the Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra of Katowice. Ms. Mnich holds a Master of Music Degree  from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with David Starobin and  a Master of Music Degree from Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where she studied with Wanda Palacz.

Tia Roper-Gabriel Handy Duo: Tia Roper and Gabriel Handy form a flute/guitar partnership founded on their virtuosic playing and diverse experiences as soloists and chamber musicians.  Each of them has performed across the USA and they have both been prize-winners in competitions on both sides of the Atlantic, Mr. Handy at the Admira International Guitar Competition in Bath, England and Dr. Roper at the New York Flute Club Competition.  Mr. Handy is professor of guitar at William Paterson University and Dr. Roper is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York.  Both are on the faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City.  At Guitarfest 2015, they will present an exciting program including works by Ibert, Molino, David Leisner and more.

Paul Meyers is a finger style jazz guitar master who has performed and/or recorded with an ever growing list of jazz greats such as Geri Allen, Harry Allen, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eliane Elias, Clare Fischer, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Gomez, Annie Ross, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Mays, Rufus Reid, David Sanchez and Steve Wilson. He’s also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever – Jon Hendricks since 1993, and Andy Bey from 1997 to 2008.  Mr. Meyers has released several solo CD’s and is a professor of guitar at William Paterson University.  At Guitarfest 2015, he will share his ideas on making great sounding, playable arrangements of tunes for solo guitar.

For more information, contact:

WPU Music Department: (973) 720-2315
Professor Gabriel Handy at (646) 382-1190
Professor Seth Himmelhoch at (201) 486-7744

NJMEA Classical Guitar Festival

March 8th, 2015

Wall High School (at the corner of 18th Avenue and New Bedford Roads in Wall Township)


Saturday, April 18th, 2015, Admission: $10
9:00 Student Showcase
10:00 Classical guitar virtuoso Ryan Johnson play Walton
10:30 Harp Guitar demo and concert by Mark Farley
11:00 Creating a Jazz Guitar Solo by Doug Clarke
11:30 Lunch Break
12:00 Newman Oltman Duo Concert
1:00 Guitar Education Roundtable
1:30 Newman Oltman Duo Masterclass
for additional information, contact festival co-director Keith Calmes at:

Keith Calmes Concert in Belmar

March 8th, 2015

Keith Calmes, Guitar, with Timothy Broege, Piano

Music by:

Tim Broege (Solo Suite and Franciscan Variations for Piano and Guitar)
Will Ayton (Premiere of pieces based on Medieval Spanish Melodies)
Stepan Rak (Scent of Friendship)
Emilia Giuliani
Dowland and other Renaissance composers
Barrios and other South American composers, original works by Calmes
and others

First Presbyterian Church of Belmar
600 9th Avenue, Belmar, NJ 07719
free will offering

Jordan Dodson Concert in Chatham

March 8th, 2015
at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian
286 Main Street | Chatham, NJ
Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Guitarist Jordan Dodson
music from Europe and the Americas 
including works by Bach, Barrios, Elliot Cole, Dyens, Jobim
and an Irish surprise

freewill donation

Chatham, NJ — On Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. the Concerts on Main series returns at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church (286 Main Street, Chatham, NJ) with a free performance by noted guitarist Jordan Dodson.

“One of the top young guitarists of his generation” 
(Performance Today), Jordan is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. He has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the Astral Artists National Auditions, Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, Indiana International Guitar Competition, and American String Teachers Association Competition.  In 2013 he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

An advocate for contemporary music, Jordan has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He is a performer in several New York City ensembles including Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Marcel, and Ensemble sans maître. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan started playing music at a young age. His past teachers include Clare Callahan, Sharon Isbin, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He has received degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Cincinnati.

Jordan’s varied program in Chatham features selections from Europe and the Americas including J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue, BWV 998, one of the few pieces Bach wrote for lute, and Augustín Barrios’ Julia Florida, a work that highlights the florid and rhapsodic romanticism of this 19th century Paraguayan composer. He also shares an arrangement of Antônio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova A Felicidade and accessible music by contemporary composers: Roland Dyens’ Libra Sonatine plus selections from Elliot Cole’s Bloom Suite. Dyens, a French musician, is known for works that fuse diverse musical influences, such as jazz, rock, tango, funk; Cole, based in NJ/NYC describes his Bloom Suite as a “perpetual motion machine.” The evening also includes a few Irish surprises in time for St. Patrick’s Day.