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Annual January Lasagna Meeting

December 15th, 2017

We came. We Played. We ate Lasagna.

Performances by: David Starbuck; The Crossing Consort; Andrew Alford & Ray Butler; Gad Berger; Gary Lee; Ray Butler; Robert Ey; Robert Hansen; and Andrew Alford.

17th Annual New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes

May 30th, 2017

Sharon Isbin, Manuel Barrueco, Elias Barreiro, Beijing Guitar Duo, Rene Izquierdo, Elina Chekan, Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Duo Cantabile, Mariano Aguirre, Vladislav Blaha, Gohar Vardanyan, Roberto Fabbri and Yenne Lee.

June 26 – July 1. Registration deadline is June 1.

For further information, see

WPU Guitarfest 2017 Master Class with Paul Galbraith

April 19th, 2017
Dear guitar students and teachers,
We are very excited to have Mr. Paul Galbraith teaching a master class at our festival this year on April 29th.  We have openings for performers in the master class and we hope to fill those openings as soon as possible.
We are accepting audition recordings in video or audio form on disc sent to me by mail at:
Seth Himmelhoch
542 Sagamore Ave.
Teaneck, Nj 07666
Or you can send a me link to your audition recording on a hosting site such as YouTube or SoundCloud by email:
Audition recordings must be submitted by Sunday, April 23rd.
The masterclass is being held from 11AM to 1PM on Saturday, April 29th.  The location is Shea Center recital hall (room 101), William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ.
The fee is $75 for chosen participants and this includes admission to the other events at Guitarfest.
If you have any questions, please email me at the above address or call or text my mobile phone, 201-486-7744.
Thank you for your interest in Guitarfest 2017!


Seth Himmelhoch

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2017

April 19th, 2017
Schedule of Events

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Paul Galbraith Master Class
2:30-4:00 p.m.  William Paterson University Guitar Student Concert
5:00-6:00 p.m. Gene Bertoncini and Paul Meyers, fingerstyle nylon string jazz guitar duo
8:00-9:30 p.m. Paul Galbraith, in concert

 Paul Galbraith  “Exhilarating beyond compare … a joy.”   Guitar Review
Gene Bertoncini and Paul Meyers, fingerstyle nylon string jazz guitar duo
Shea Center

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2017 takes place in the Shea Center for the Performing Arts. All events are held in the Recital Hall (room 101) in the Music Department.

Contact Information

For information, contact the William Paterson Music Department at 973.720.2315 or William
Paterson guitar faculty:

Professor Gabriel Handy, 646.382.1190 or Professor Seth Himmelhoch, 201.486.7744

•          Admission to the William Paterson University Guitarfest 2017 is $20.
•          Students wishing to participate in the master class with the Paul Galbraith will pay $75. Any student wishing to participate must contact Gabriel Handy or Seth Himmelhoch and submit an audition recording (see contact information on left panel). This charge will also include admission to all Guitarfest events.
•          All events are free to William Paterson students. (Please bring student ID.)
•          Registration is available at the door

Alion Baltic International Music Festival in beautiful and historic Tallinn, Estonia

March 27th, 2017

I am happy to announce that I will be a featured Concert Performer and Artist Faculty this Summer at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival in beautiful and historic Tallinn, Estonia! This festival is quickly becoming the Premiere Music Festival of Northern Europe, and features a unique blend of concerts (by some of the leading classical artists in the world), and moreover offers unparalleled opportunities for students to study with these International Virtuosi. Tuition is comprised of an admixture of Private Lessons, Masterclasses, Chamber Music Coachings, along with numerous opportunities for students to perform in recitals—including that of “sharing the stage” with one’s Artist-Teacher on occasion! In addition to classical guitar, piano, strings, all orchestral instruments, composition, voice and opera are offered as fields of study.

For a detailed overview and consultation about the specifics of the classical guitar program❆ and to register to study with me, please contact via either e-mail (, or FB Messenger, and I will be happy to respond to your inquiries. My ABIMF webpage and Artist Profile can be seen at:

General Festival Website:

Programs of Study range from 1-week, 10 Day, 2-week, and 3-week sessions.

Early Registration discounts are available for a limited period of time.

Set in the beautiful Baltic Region, students will additionally have performance opportunities in Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, St. Petersburg, and tourist activities ranging from historical sight-seeing to seaside, forest, and mountain day trips and explorations! A GREAT way to spend a “Musical Summer” in Historic Northern Europe!

❆ My Guitar Study Program of private lessons, master classes, and coaching will include:

⭐︎Mechanical and Technical Aspects of Guitar Performance

⭐︎Interpretation based on Stylistic, Theoretical, and Historical Analysis

⭐︎Guitar Ergonomics

⭐︎Performance Practice (from the Renaissance through Romanticism)

⭐︎Recital Preparation and Concert Programming

⭐︎19th Century Multi-bass & Harp-Guitars

⭐︎Contemporary Music

⭐︎Voice and Guitar Repertoire


Dr. Stanley Alexandrowicz – Artist-Performer & Professor – ABIMF & Academy

New Jersey Music Educators Association Guitar Festival

March 24th, 2017

May 6, 2017

The College of New Jersey

Music Department

200 Pennington Road

Ewing, NJ 08628


12:00 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble- Loren Fortna, Director

12:30 Student Showcase

1:00 Guest Artist Performance- Candice Mowbray



Tom Amoriello


Keith Calmes

2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival

March 20th, 2017

April 8 & 9, 2017

2017 Wilson Center Guitar Festival

March 8th, 2017
August 17-19, 2017
   Be a part of a celebration of the greatest guitarists of today & tomorrow!
Featuring four separate competitions—Classical, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Rock & Blues—the Wilson Center Guitar Festival is open to competitors of all ages. Thanks to the generosity of our Competition Prize Money Sponsors Mark & Sharon Cameli in memory of John Cameli, our fifth anniversary Festival will feature increased prize money totaling $32,000. First-place winners will also open for guitar legend and Festival headliner Kevin Eubanks.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2017. Open to all ages!  
For complete rules, regulations, repertoire requirements, and instructions on how to apply, please visit
For additional information, please contact 262-439-5681 or

Guitar Marathon at 92Y

January 20th, 2017

Date: Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 2 pm

Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

Benjamin Verdery, artistic director; John Schaefer, host; Brasil Guitar Duo; Jorge Caballero; Eden Stell Guitar Duo; Benjamin Verdery; Ana Vidovic

Program includes:

MOZART: Adagio in B minor, K. 540 (arr. B. Verdery)

TAKEMITSU: Selections from 12 Songs for Guitar (transcriptions of pop songs)

VILLA-LOBOS: Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 (arr. R. Dyens)

POULENC: Suite in C major (arr, C. Stell for guitar duo)

MOMPOU: Selections from Cançons i Danses (arr, C. Stell for guitar duo)

Selected songs (arr. B. Verdery):


PRINCE: Kiss (arr. B. Verdery)

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition (trans. K. Yamashita for solo guitar)

This all-day event continues with Session 2 at 8 pm.

Separate tickets required for each session.

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25th Annual Long Island Guitar Festival, April 2- 9, 2017 at Tilles Center’s Hillwood Recital Hall, LIU Post

January 17th, 2017

April 2- 9, 2017 at Tilles Center’s Hillwood Recital Hall. LIU Post, Brookville.

Scheduled Performers include: David Leisner, Huy Thanh Nguyen, Raphaella Smits, Benjamin Verdery, Ana Vidovic, Gohar Vardanyan, the Saigon Guitar Quartet and VIDA Guitar Quartet. Scheduled Showcase performers include Arvo Duo (Joenne Dumitrascu, violin and Ming-Jui Liu, guitar).

National High School Classical Guitar Competition

The Festival will again present its National High School Classical Guitar Competition, open to high school students of all 50 states.

Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra

The LIGF Guitar Orchestra for high school students and others returns to the Festival in 2017, conducted by Alan Hirsh.

Master Classes for Guitarists and Performers

In 2017 the Long Island Guitar Festival continues its tradition of presenting excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy with master classes scheduled to be given by the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Raphaella Smits, Benjamin Verdery and David Leisner.

Ensemble Showcases

Through its history the Long Island Guitar Festival has featured ensembles representing high schools from the tri-state area and other states including Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

More information: