Wednesday, November 2nd at 7pm
Vanguard University - Needham Chapel
55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Vanguard University Ensembles and Soloists concert. You will be treated to the music of Astor Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer, John Dowland, and many others. The concert will conclude with an the guitar ensembles performance of Divertissements sur un thème de Vivaldi by Carlos Pérez.
The Vanguard University Guitar Program, under the direction of Michael Nigro, is recognized as having one of the strongest and active programs in Orange County. The VU Guitar Program provides a thorough and challenging program of study for students who are wishing to complete their Bachelor of Music in Performance, Music Education, Church Music, Composition, or Jazz Studies. Many students in the VU Guitar Program are in the Bachelor of Arts in General Music, Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies, or Music Minors. The VU Guitar Program regularly hosts international performing artists and educators, and provides an excellent foundation for a professional career.
The VU Guitar Program includes courses in Beginning Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Quartet, Fretboard Skills, Guitar Pedagogy, Guitar History and Literature, and Private Instruction. Classes are open to music and non-music majors. Performance scholarships are available to qualified students.
The VU Guitar Program has had some of the world’s most accomplished artists for masterclasses and concerts including Josinaldo Costa, Marc Teicholz, Matt Denman, William Kanengiser, Lynn McGrath, Scott Tennant, Vladimir Gorbach, David Grimes, Anthony Kakamakov, David Isaacs, Gregory Newton, Gisle Krogseth, Nikola Chekardzhikov, Peter Zisa, and Dmirty Koudymov. In addition, the VU Guitar Program recently held its Third Annual Guitar Festival which hosted over 160 students from various high schools and colleges from Southern California and as far as Arizona and Texas.
The VU Guitar Ensemble performs regularly both locally and out of state. Some of the performance venues include; The Ventura County Classical Guitar Society, The Bing Concert Series (located in the Stanford Hospital Medical Center), The Clark County Library’s Main Theatre in Las Vegas, Glendale Community College, AZ, Marylhurst University, OR, Oregon State University’s “Music a la Carte,” St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Redding, CA, Mount Shasta High School, CA, Denver School of the Arts, CO, Simpson University in Redding, CA and the Segerstrom Center for Arts in Costa Mesa, CA for the Annual Christmas Fantasia Concert.
VU Guitar Students have consistently placed or taken top prizes in both solo and chamber competitions including the 2012 Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition, Pacific Guitar Festival, Indiana University Guitar Competition, 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota scholarship, the 2013 Aron Green ASTA Guitar Competition, the 2013 Musical Arts Competition of Orange County, the Vanguard University Concerto Competition, and the 2013 Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition. Students graduating with degrees from the VU Guitar Program have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at Cal State Fullerton, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.