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Auditions for 2017 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble

January 5th, 2017


February 11, 2017 at The College of New Jersey (Music Dept.), 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ 08628 Ewing, NJ

9:00-1:00 pm (snow date Sunday, Feb. 12th @ Bayonne High School,  667 Avenue A, Bayonne, NJ 07002
12:00-3:00 pm)

Audition Requirements for students in grades 9-12

Set Piece: II of Two Lullabies by Kevin J. Cope
Scale Requirement:  E Melodic Minor
Ensemble Excerpt:  see PDF file below
Sight Reading at the audition.

Students will be judged on a point system for correct notes and rhythms, tone quality, musicality: dynamics, phrasing, interpretation and overall quality of preparation for prepared piece, ensemble excerpt, scale and sight reading.

Rehearsal 1: April 1, 2017 from 9:00-12:00 pm at Location:JP Stevens High School, 855 Grove Ave, Edison, NJ 08820
( snow date, Location: Bayonne High School,  667 Avenue A, Bayonne, NJ 07002, April 2nd from 4:00 -7:00 pm)

Rehearsal 2: April 29, 2017 from 9:00-12:00 pm at Location: Bergen Academy, 200 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601.

Rehearsal 3:  May 6, 2017 at The College of New Jersey (Music Dept.), 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ 08628 Ewing, NJ 11:00-11:45 am.

Performance  May 6, 2017 @ TCNJ (no snow date)

Ensemble Performance 12:00 pm
Student Showcase 12:30 pm
Guest Artist 1:00 pm

Audition Fee for NJMEA : $10(non refundable) Participation Fee (if selected):  $50.00


Loren C. Fortna, conductor
NJMEA Guitar Festival Directors: Thomas Amoriello & Keith Calmes
Thank you to Kevin J. Cope for providing the set piece for the audition.



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Rupert Boyd Recording Project

October 13th, 2016

Dear Friends:


Laura and I are very excited to go into the studio in two weeks time to record our debut album together as Boyd Meets Girl. Thank you to all the donors who have already made a contribution to this project. We have raised over 50% of the costs, but still need to raise the remainder of the funds. All donations are fully tax-deductible, and we would be most appreciative of contributions of any size (and as they say in the busking world, it doesn’t matter if you donate a little or a lot, so you may as well donate a lot…). This is a very special project for us, and we thank you in advance for considering to help make it a reality.



My album Fantasías has continued to receive media attention. While Soundboard described the variety and order of the repertoire as “peculiar in the extreme”, American Record Guide called the album “a delightful program of rarely heard works, beautifully performed and arranged in a truly satisfying order”. If anyone has had a chance to listen to the full album, and has any thoughts, I’d love to know what you think.

The album is available for downloadstreaming, and in physical CD format here:

All best wishes for the Fall (north) // Spring (south),

Rupert Boyd

16th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes

June 13th, 2016

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2016, Saturday, April 30

April 29th, 2016

Newman Oltman lupos Naprstek Benavides-Galvaz



  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    William Paterson University Guitar Student Concert
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Galvez-Benavides Classical Violin and Guitar Duo
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m.
    Discussion and presentation of Lubos Naprstek’s line
    of guitars
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo Master Class
  • 8:00-9:30 p.m.
    Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo in Concert

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2016 takes place in the Shea Center for Performing Arts. All
events are held in Shea 101 Recital Hall located 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.
Professor Seth Himmelhoch, 201.928.1641

2016 NJMEA Guitar Festival

March 24th, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ


Admission $10

2:00 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble Rehearsal (closed to public)

3:00-3:55  Guitar Showcase Recital Featuring the NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble,  The College of NJ Guitar Quartet, NJ City University Guitar Quartet, Wall High School Guitar Ensemble and more

4:00-4:45  Atlantic Guitar Quartet Recital

5:00-6:00    Master Class with AGQ   (Montclair State University Guitar Quartet,  Open Slot 1,  Open Slot 2)       Master Class Fee $50

Contact: Tom Amoriello,

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival, April 9 & 10

March 21st, 2016


2016 Philadelphia 

Classical Guitar Festival


April 9 Opening Concert: 

General: $30; Student/Senior: $20; Member: $15

Premium Seating & Post-Concert Reception: $75 for one/$100 for two

Antigoni Goni performs

Antigoni Goni performs “Un Sueno en la Floresta” by A. Barrios

April 10 Full Day Festival

9:30AM – 6:00PM

  Settlment Music School, free parking

Full day festival pass: General $45; Members $40 

Closing Concert (4pm): General $25; Senior/Student $15; Member $10

Student Recitals: $10

Antigoni Goni Masterclass (2pm): $15

Alec Holcomb Recital/Student Competition Finals/Professional Workshops: Included with Any Other Individual Ticket

Events include:

2015 PCGS Competition Winner Recital: Alex Holcomb

Vendor Fair


Student Recitals

Closing Concert featuring guitar virtuoso Matthew Palmer

Matthew Palmer plays Villa-Lobos Etude No. 2

Matthew Palmer plays Villa-Lobos Etude No. 2


Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, 2038 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Recital and master class featuring soprano, Charlotte Mundy, and guitarist, Jordan Dodson, April 3

March 21st, 2016

The recital is entitled “The Guitar Songs of Elliot Cole and John Dowland.”  Elliot Cole is a young and prolific composer who has written some engaging works for Charlotte and Jordan; and, specifically, a new work to be premiered on April 3

Following the recital, there will be a master class from 3-4pm featuring two of our student, voice and guitar duos:  Claire Tsiporukha (soprano) and Christopher Zak performing two songs by John Dowland; Alethea Wilhelm (mezzo) and Carmine Scordo performing two songs by Ramon Carnicer (1789-1855).

Sunday, April 3, from 2-3pm in Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall (John J. Cali School of Music – Montclair State UniversityThe entire event from 2-4pm is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact:

Darren O’Neill, Coordinator of Guitar Studies

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Master Class with Antigoni Goni

March 11th, 2016
April 10, 2016
Masterclass with Antigoni Goni
Submission Deadline EXTENDED: March 23, 2016
Don’t let your students miss the chance to perform in a master class with Antigoni Goni at the 2016 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival.

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo at Mannes March 11, Fort Lee School of Music March 12

March 11th, 2016
Newman OltmanMannes Ensemble-In-Residence, The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, will perform their annual residency concert at Mannes this Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM.
Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall,
Arnhold Hall, 4th floor
55 West 13th Street,
New York, NY 10011
Admission is free; no tickets or reservations required

Dusan Bogdanović (b. 1955)
No Feathers on this Frog

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
Paul Moravec (b. 1957)
Raritan Triptych
Alfonso Montes & Irina Kircher
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
Rumores de la Caleta
Preludio from Cantos de España
PLUS, a selection of Irish and Celtic Tunes by Turlough O’Carolan and others, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!
And on Saturday, March 12 at 5:30 PM, come to the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo’s special master class for young artists and mini-concert at the Fort Lee School of Music.

Visit for details.

Watch for all details of the 16th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, July 5 – 11, 2016, at our new home:
Mannes School of Music
College of Performing Arts at The New School
55 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, New York, NY.


Classical Guitar Night at Montclair State University – Wednesday 12/9

November 30th, 2015
Please join the Guitar Studio at Montclair State University for Classical Guitar Night on Wednesday 12/9 at 8PM in Room 201 in Chapin Hall (John J. Cali School of Music). Student performers will showcase guitar music from Argentina – solos and ensembles. Featured will be “An Homage to Sagreras:” a unique tribute to the great, Argentine guitarist and composer, Julio Salvador Sagreras (1879-1942).
Admission is free. Parking available in the Red Hawk Parking Deck (a short walk from Chapin Hall).
For more information, please contact:
Darren O’Neill, Coordinator of Guitar Studies