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2014 Music Courses

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Classical Guitar

July 28 — August 1, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall 218, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

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  • Ages
    14 +
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Course Description
The Classical Guitar workshop will focus on classical guitar techniques and styles, and the exploration of classical guitar repertoire spanning several centuries. Each day will consist of ensemble rehearsals and coaching; a lecture/workshop focusing on such topics as right and left hand technique, fretboard knowledge and scales, sight reading and repertoire; and an informal master class. Students will be given guitar ensemble music prior to the workshop and will be encouraged to prepare and present classroom performances, which will then be discussed, analyzed, and critiqued.

Who should enroll?
Guitarists, ages 14+, playing at an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument and comfortable reading notated music.

Daily Schedule
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements
None. Open for enrollment to students, ages 14+.

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Michael Nicolella
Adjunct Instructor

With a repertoire spanning from J.S. Bach to Jimi Hendrix, Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America’s most innovative classical guitar virtuosos. Known for his creative programming, Nicolella has introduced electric guitar into his “classical” programs and extended the repertoire and audience of his instrument not only with his own compositions and transcriptions, but also by premiering and commissioning works by some of today’s most exciting emerging composers. Following a recent performance the Washington Post stated: “Since the passing of Andres Segovia the guitar world has needed an advocate... perhaps Michael Nicolella is that person.” As a concert artist, Nicolella has performed throughout North America and Europe as solo recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra including performances with the Seattle Symphony, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Seattle Creative Orchestra, odeonquartet, Charanga Danzon, and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Nicolella has released four CD recordings to critical acclaim. His latest release Shard features his own composition for classical guitar and orchestra, along with the music of Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Christopher DeLaurenti, and Joshua Kohl. Classical Guitar magazine described the disc as “an endlessly rewarding release from one of the contemporary guitar’s most gifted stars.” As a performer and composer, Michael has received awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, 4Culture, Wisconsin Arts Board, Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, and was first prize winner of both the Portland and Northwest solo classical guitar competitions. Nicolella received his undergraduate degree from Berklee College of Music, where he studied improvisation with Gary Burton and Billy Pierce, and a Master of Music degree from Yale University where he studied guitar with Benjamin Verdery and composition with Martin Bresnick and Jonathan Berger.