This terrific event is an authentic academic program that is well known and respected by classical guitar players, teachers, students and aficionados worldwide. It is the largest event of its kind in the USA.
The Brownsville Guitar Festival and Ensemble Competition was founded in 2002 by the renowned classical guitar master, Dr. Michael Quantz DMA, Associate Dean for Fine Arts at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Director of the UTRGV Guitar Studies Program in the Brownsville campus and winner of the prestigious University of Texas Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award. He is considered a national leader in classical guitar ensemble education and competition. Not least among his credits, Dr. Quantz is also Vice President of the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA).
Festival activities take place at the TSC Arts Center, a state of the arts music hall that accommodates from 30 to 50 guitar ensembles that travel to Brownsville from throughout the USA and Mexico. K-12 to university level participants listen to concerts and take part in master classes and clinics but mostly they come to compete and be judged by experts, celebrities and true icons in their field of study.
Past festivals have featured star performers such as Adam del Monte, Paul Galbraith, Adam Holzman, Ruben Romero, the Texas Guitar Quartet, Duo Melis, the Tantalus Quartet, Leo Kotke, Martha Masters, Risa Carlson, Ana Vidović, Jose Feliciano, Mathew Hinsley, Shingo Fujii, Los Romeros and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ.
Really superb stuff, to have classical guitar luminaries perform for them but also judge their competitions, put on master classes and clinics, personally engage them, answer their questions and freely offer invaluable advice.
For young classical guitar students that compete at the Festival, being judged favorably by such guitar legends is a major achievement and more than enough reason to practice, practice, practice!
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