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Memorial Service for George Schindler

February 15th, 2018

A memorial service for George E. Schindler, Jr. will be held on Saturday, February 24, at 5:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

George was a leader in our Society, organizing and hosting meetings in his homes in New Providence and, later, Montgomery. He was active over several decades. In addition to the usual repertoire, George was fond of playing arrangements of music from composers not traditionally associated with classical guitar, such as Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert, Henry Mancini, and George Gershwin.

Gad Berger will be representing the New Jersey Classical Guitar Society at the service, playing some of the music that George enjoyed and performed. Members are invited to attend.

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George E. Schindler Jr., a passionate hiker, backpacker, and environmentalist, died on February 9 in Princeton, N.J., at Acorn Glen Assisted Living. He was 94. The probable cause of death was pneumonia.

Mr. Schindler was born in 1923 in Carnegie, Pa., son of George E. Schindler Sr. and Stella Victoria Cox. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the tail end of World War II; his military specialty was meteorology. Before enlisting, he had patched together the resources to study chemical engineering at Carnegie Tech for two years; afterwards, thanks to his army training and the GI Bill, he pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina and then at the University of Chicago, from which institution he was awarded a B.S. in Meteorology. His interests having shifted to English literature, he earned his M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. During those early years, he taught himself to play the classical guitar. A lifelong lover of literature, Mr. Schindler was extremely well read, favoring the works of George Bernard Shaw and Charles Dickens. He himself wrote two unpublished novels.

He married Faith Sayre in 1946, and the couple had three daughters. The family lived for many years in New Providence, N.J. In his thirty-one years with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Mr. Schindler edited a technical journal at the Bell Labs facility in Murray Hill, N.J., during the glory years of that company. In the four years preceding his retirement, he was department head in charge of a multivolume history project as well as of the Bell Laboratory archives.

George Schindler was never happier than when outdoors, whether camping, backpacking, or canoeing. He mapped trails and led hikes all over the country. His love of hiking grew into a deep commitment to preserving the natural landscape. He was instrumental in blocking a proposed dam at Tocks Island on the Delaware River, a dam that would have destroyed the nearby lake known as Sunfish Pond as well as spoiling the beauty of the Delaware’s free flow. As forestry coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club and member of the board of directors of the NJ Audubon Society, his efforts contributed to the passage of the New Jersey Natural Areas Systems Act in 1975. Among the many other environmental causes for which he fought tirelessly were the preservation of the Pine Barrens and the protection of the Great Swamp from the incursion of a proposed jetport.

Well into his retirement, he made three trips to Alaska. He volunteered at the Lyons VA Hospital where his father spent the last few years of his life. Mr. Schindler’s wife died in 1999. He had been her loving caregiver during her long illness. He leaves his sister, Judy Reams of Walnut Creek, Calif.; his sister-in-law, Jeri Schindler of Klamath Falls, Ore.; his three daughters, Karen Baart of Brookline, Mass., Heather Lovett of Hopewell, N.J., and Sarah Schindler of New York, N.Y.; his two grandsons, Frank Lovett and Nathaniel Lovett; and two great-grandchildren. His younger brother, John Robert Schindler, died in 2009.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey) or the Environmental Defense Fund (www.edf.org).

Adult Chamber Music Program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ includes Classical Guitar!!

September 16th, 2016

Guitarists- Now’s the time to join The Adult Chamber Program at Mason Gross School for the Arts. Last year, two classical guitarists participated with 2 flutists to form a quartet that worked beautifully. This year we hope to have more guitarists join. Join alone and look for a group with other participants–or join with your guitar or other musician friends (any instruments or vocalists) and form your own trio, quartet or more to be coached.

Leighann Narum–one of Mason Gross’s Extension Division College faculty members, https://mgedacmp.wordpress.com/faculty/
will again be coaching ensembles with guitarists and she really looks forward to having members of the NJ Guitar Society and their friends join ! 

Semester begins: Sunday, October 16, 2016Sunday, April 30, 2017
for 12 two-hour coaching sessions (monthly or bi-monthly) as well as
performance forums where ensembles have the opportunity to perform for one another.For more information go to : https://mgedacmp.wordpress.com/
For musicians under 18 years old, we have a separate Chamber group: https://mgedyap.wordpress.com/

 

New Guitar Quartet about Fernando Sor –Kickstarter Campaign

November 6th, 2015

I am a New Jersey based guitarist and composer and have recently started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the premier, studio recording, and video recording of my original six movement suite for guitar quartet entitled Per Fernando. The suite chronicles the life of the Spanish guitarist and composer Fernando Sor. One of the main objectives of the suite, is to expand the repertoire for guitar quartet, as most of the rep is comprised of arrangements.

Best wishes,

A.D. Silverstein

 

 

NJ Music Society

April 19th, 2015

Note: the following is an announcement for an independent group.  This group is not affiliated with the New Jersey Classical Guitar Society.

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Hello guitarists! I am a professional classical clarinetist in Northern NJ and have been working to develop a music series here in Northern and Central NJ. I thought I would reach out and see if any of you would be interested in being part of the roster for chamber concerts. We were called the New York Chamber Virtuosi in NYC, and now I reformed the group and it’s called New Jersey Music Society. Our site is www.njmusicsociety.com – all performances give a stipend, and the musicians work together to create fun programs for different audiences. I’ve played with guitarists in the past, and love the repertoire (we used to play some of the flute/guitar repertoire and it worked well!) If interested, please send your materials (head shot, resume, sound file) to njmusicsociety@gmail.com. Looking forward to meeting you and making music together!

Keith Calmes – Nostaligic Waltz

December 6th, 2014
Friends and Family, 
Here’s a link to a new video of Nostalgic Waltz by leading Czech guitarist and composer Stepan Rak.
Nostalgic Waltz is a lovely movement from Rak’s Journey to Fairy Tales, which consists of 30 movements (so far!).
My great student and audio engineer Ryan Johnson recorded all 30 movements recently and will be releasing these online shortly via Acoustic Library.
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The guitar is by Kris Barnett in Atlanta.
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We hope that you enjoy this beautiful music!
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Oh, and since it’s the holiday season, here’s a link to my new holiday CD (recorded with Mark Farley!):
Have a peace-filled holiday!
Keith Calmes

Update from Tom Silver on Guitars Still Available from Fred Dilzell’s Collection

February 2nd, 2014
For those who may not have known Fred, some background.  Fred Dilzell was an accomplished classical and flamenco guitarist living in northern New Jersey until he passed away in March, 2013.  He was well known throughout the Metro NY guitar community, having played guitar for over 45 years.  Many of us knew him for years or decades as members of the NJ Classical Guitar Society, or other societies to which he belonged.  Fred performed both on a semi-professional and professional basis for many of those years, with his career culminating in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut performance (now the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall).
He was an avid collector of fine guitars and everyone knew him as a guitar connoisseur.  He selected his guitars very carefully and took superb care of his instruments, which is why all of the guitars on the list below are in such great condition – in many cases indistinguishable from new.  The family is now in process of selling the collection, and as Fred had asked me to advise on the sales, appointments to see and play these guitars should be made with me.  I was a friend of Fred and his family all of my adult life, and I have been playing classical guitar for many years.The family wishes to avoid shipping guitars on approval, so guitars will be shown and sold by appointment, at  locations in northern New Jersey or Manhattan, depending on the guitar.  Some of the guitars are being offered through a well-known dealer in Manhattan, The Guitar Salon, run by Beverly Maher, who will be very familiar to some of you.  Prospective buyers are welcome and encouraged to bring their teacher or another adviser to examine and play those guitars in which they are interested.

Interested buyers may contact me at tomsilverguitar@gmail.com or contact Beverly at beverly@theguitarsalon.com.  Guitars offered by The Guitar Salon are indicated as such on the listing below.  At present there are five classical and two flamenco guitars available for sale as follows:CLASSICAL

2003 Liam Romanillos  (Spruce/Brazilian)  [at The Guitar Salon] The guitars of Liam’s father, Jose Romanillos, have been world famous and in great demand ever since Julian Bream started playing them in the 1970’s.  Bream once said that the best guitar he ever owned was a Romanillos. Liam learned the luthier’s art from his father, and his instruments are in similar demand.  Liam’s guitars, like those of his father, seldom appear on the secondary market.  This is an exquisitely beautiful guitar, and the last one Fred was to purchase.  Though it is a 2003, it is indistinguishable from new as it has had very little playing time.
2007 Geza Burghardt  (Spruce/Indian Rosewood)  FLAWLESS, a masterpiece.  Burghardt is a Hungarian who builds out of Vancouver, Canada.  He builds few guitars annually, but is highly regarded as a master craftsman throughout the guitar world.  (Also is a world-class expert on French Polish technique.)  Fred prized this instrument greatly, and occasionally brought it out to play for us at guitar society meetings.
2007 Tacchi  (Spruce/Brazilian)  [at The Guitar Salon]  A beautiful piece of craftsmanship by this Florentine master, and in mint condition.
2010 Dominique Delarue (Spruce/African Ebony)  [at The Guitar Salon] This is a gorgeous instrument by the French master.  In mint condition.  Recently I heard it put through its paces by a NY concert guitarist auditioning it for The Guitar Salon (which is representing the family on its sale), and was blown away by its capabilities.
1997 or 1998 John Price  (Spr/African Blackwood)  This guitar is the lowest-priced in the collection, and in excellent condition.  Is extremely easy to play and is suitable for the player looking for a guitar in the lower-priced range on the quality spectrum.FLAMENCO

1997 Gerundino Fernandez flamenco  (Spruce/Cypress)  I’m no flamenco expert, but Fred certainly was – and he considered this Gerundino and the Lester DeVoe immediately below to be the equals of flamenco’s at much higher price levels.  Some of us were lucky enough to hear Fred play these guitars at society meetings, and wow, what unbelievably thrilling sounds he drew from them!    Both of these makers are well known throughout the flamenco world.  This particular Gerundino has added value because it was built in 1997, before Gerundino retired.  There is no way of knowing for certain if he had a hand in guitars built in his workshop after his retirement in 1999.  Gerundino died in 2006.
2003 Lester DeVoe flamenco (Spruce/Cypress)  See Gerundino immediately above for comment.
Fred considered all of these guitars’ condition as Excellent to near-Mint to actual Mint.  This should be apparent when you examine them.

Guitars from Fred Dilzell’s collection are available: contact Tom Silver for details.

October 5th, 2013

Qualified buyers may contact me at tomsilverguitar@gmail.com  We are happy to respond with more detail, including price info and photographs, to seriously interested buyers.  Fred considered all of these guitars’ condition as Excellent to near-Mint to actual Mint.  This should be apparent when you examine them.

For those who may not have known Fred, some background.  Fred Dilzell was an accomplished classical and flamenco guitarist living in northern New Jersey until he passed away in March, 2013.  He was well known throughout the Metro NY guitar community, having played guitar for over 45 years.  Many of us knew him for years or decades as members of the NJ Classical Guitar Society, or other societies to which he belonged.  Fred performed both on a semi-professional and professional basis for many of those years, with his career culminating in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut performance (now the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall).

He was an avid collector of fine guitars and everyone knew him as a guitar connoisseur.  He selected his guitars very carefully and  took superb care of his instruments, which is why all of the guitars on the list below are in such great condition – in many cases indistinguishable from new.  The family is now in process of selling the collection, and as Fred had asked me to advise on the sales, appointments to see and play these guitars should be made with me.  I was a friend of Fred and his family all of my adult life, and I have been playing classical guitar for many years.  

The family wishes to avoid the time, expense and possible problems associated with shipping guitars on approval so all guitars will be shown and sold by appointment, at a location in northern New Jersey.  Prospective buyers are welcome and encouraged to bring their teacher or another adviser to examine and play those guitars in which they are interested.

At present there are five classical and two flamenco guitars available for sale as follows:

CLASSICAL

2003 Liam Romanillos  (Spruce/Brazilian)  The guitars of Liam’s father, Jose Romanillos, have been world famous and in great demand ever since Julian Bream started playing them in the 1970’s.  Bream once said that the best guitar he ever owned was a Romanillos. Liam learned the luthier’s art from his father, and his instruments are in similar demand.  Liam’s guitars, like those of his father, seldom appear on the secondary market.  This is an exquisitely beautiful guitar, and the last one Fred was to purchase.      

2007 Geza Burghardt  (Spruce/Indian Rosewood)  FLAWLESS, a masterpiece.  Burghardt is a Hungarian who builds out of Vancouver, Canada.  He builds few guitars annually, but is highly regarded as a master craftsman throughout the guitar world.  (Also is a world-class expert on French Polish technique.)  Fred prized this instrument greatly, and occasionally brought it out to play for us at guitar society meetings.
2007 Tacchi  (Spruce/Brazilian)  A beautiful piece of craftsmanship by this Florentine master.  This guitar is a “personal” instrument not intended to project in concert halls, and therefore is more suited for a player looking for a high-quality personal guitar than for a concert artist.  

2010 Dominique Delarue (Spruce/African Ebony)  This is a gorgeous instrument by the French master, but action is on the high side.  Luthier Gary Lee has graciously consented to bring the action to a comfortable level.  We expect this to be accomplished in mid-October 2013.   In mint (brand new) condition.
1997 or 1998 John Price  (Spr/African Blackwood)  This guitar is the lowest-priced in the collection, and in near-mint condition.  Is extremely easy to play and is suitable for the player looking for a guitar in the lower-priced range on the quality spectrum.     

FLAMENCO
1997 Gerundino Fernandez flamenco  (Spruce/Cypress)  I’m no flamenco expert, but Fred certainly was – and he considered this Gerundino and the Lester DeVoe immediately below to be the equals of flamenco’s at much higher price levels.  Some of us were lucky enough to hear Fred play these guitars at society meetings, and wow, what unbelievably thrilling sounds he drew from them!    Both of these makers are well known throughout the flamenco world.  This particular Gerundino has added value because it was built in 1997, before Gerundino retired.  There is no way of knowing for certain if he had a hand in guitars built in his workshop after his retirement in 1999.  Gerundino died in 2006.   

2003 Lester DeVoe flamenco (Spruce/Cypress)  See Gerundino immediately above for comment.

Fred Dilzell

March 16th, 2013

Fred G. Dilzell III, 68, of Madison, NJ, died on March 14, 2013, after a long battle with kidney cancer.
He was born in East Orange, NJ, on March 14, 1945. He was the son of the late Fred G. Dilzell, Jr., and Katherine N. Dilzell.
In his early life Fred lived in Germany and Brazil before moving to Madison, where he lived for 47 years.
Fred was an accomplished flamenco and classical guitarist. He was a member of the New Jersey Classical Guitar Society, often hosting meetings at his home. He was also an avid skier, tennis and paddle tennis player, and was a member of The Noe Pond Club in Chatham, NJ.
He graduated from Drew University in 1968.
Fred taught classical guitar at County College of Morris, and Rutgers and Princeton Universities. He retired from Novartis Pharmaceutical Company, where he worked as a computer programmer.
He is survived by his wife, Cecilia M. Dilzell; two daughters, Lauren Dilzell Bevill of Vermont, and Michelle Dilzell Muirhead of Connecticut; one grandson, Carter L. Bevill; and two brothers, John P. Dilzell and David A. Dilzell.
A celebration of his life was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday the 24th at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

New Jersey Classical Guitar Society FaceBook Group

October 25th, 2012

Our Facebook page provides a means for people regularly involved in classical guitar at any level in or near New Jersey to keep in touch and share information.  If you’d like to join, please find us at the link below.  If we don’t know you and your involvement in classical guitar in New Jersey is not clear from your Facebook page, please send a note introducing yourself to: njguitarsociety@yahoo.com .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/189835417013/

February Meeting

February 1st, 2010

The February meeting will be on Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m in Madison. For further details, please see our About page, or e-mail njguitarsociety@yahoo.com.