I am sharing the following from Scott Morris, director for the CSU Summer Arts course in Spain this year. This is a fantastic course/festival that I have been honored to be a part of in the past and would strongly recommend it for any and all guitarists looking for summer activities. There is scholarship assistance available.

From Scott:

I wanted to let you know that there are still a few spots left for the CSU Summer Arts “La guitarra española” course. It takes place this summer in Granada, Spain from July 27-August 17. The application deadline was extended to April 1 and scholarship assistance available. There will be daily masterclasses and concerts with guest artists like Pepe Romero, Margarita Escarpa, and Raphael Aguirre.

Here are some links with additional information:

Video promoting the course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCqrgmDpoIw&feature=youtu.be

Registration: http://blogs.calstate.edu/summerarts/registration/

Course information: http://blogs.calstate.edu/summerarts/…/la-guitarra-espanola/

I would really appreciate it if you would once again encourage your students or anyone else that might be interested to apply. They can also contact me directly as ssmorris@csudh.edu.


CSU Summer Arts

    COURSE DATES: July 27 to August 17, 2017
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 13, 2017

    • Hone your technique and deepen your appreciation and understanding of the Spanish guitar by spending three weeks in Granada, Spain with some of the world’s greatest players.
    • Master classes with some of the world’s most respected, creative, and innovative guitarists.
    • Daily workshops on guitar technique, interpretation, and performance.
    • Learn and perform guitar ensemble music with fellow participants.
    • Attend concerts and demonstrations featuring faculty artists.
    • This course will culminate in a public student concert.

    undergrad: MUSIC 423/4 or 5 units
    graduate: MUSIC 623/4 or 5 units
    *Note that this course is offered for EITHER 4 or 5 units. The 5-unit section has additional pre-reading/study and writing requirements. Enrolled students will select their unit option six weeks before the course begins.


    This course is open to intermediate/advanced guitarists. Performances in master classes with visiting artists as well as participation in the culminating concert will be based on audition.

    1) Submit a brief resume and personal bio explaining your interest in the course.
    2) Upload the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form by March 13, 2017.

    Dr. Scott Morris


    Pepe Romerowww.peperomero.com
    Pepe Romero is the foremost living Spanish Guitarist in the world today. He has been honored by kings and heads of state and has performed at the White House, the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, for HRH Prince Charles, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Beatrice of Holland. He has performed literally thousands of concerts worldwide, many with the remarkable Romero Quartet, and many as a solo instrumentalist. Pepe has more than 60 recordings to his credit.

    Margarita Escarpawww.onepoint.fm/margaritaescarpa/
    “A first class artist,” expressed María Luisa Anido when she first heard Margarita Escarpa play in 1990. Since that time, Margarita has continued to impress critics, judges and audiences, and she is now considered one of the world’s foremost contemporary classical guitarists. She has won eight international prizes in addition to various national ones. Her triumph in the international “20th Solo Guitar Competition” of the Guitar Foundation of America was a decisive moment in her career as a performer, and ever since she has been at the top of the international guitar scene. She regularly participates in the most important festivals of Europe, Asia, and America. Her transcriptions and performances of Spanish music, including works by el Padre Soler, S. Alberto, I. Albéniz, and M. de Falla, have been showered with critics’ acclaim and have become bench marks for contemporary performers. As a solo artist she has recorded CDs for RTVE (Spanish Radio and Television group), Ópera Tres, Naxos, La Mà de Guido, and GHA Records and she is currently preparing other recording projects. Margarita is also known as a dedicated teacher and, in addition to her frequent master classes, she directs the Guitar Department of the Superior Music Conservatory of Vigo.

    Rafael Aguirrewww.rafael-aguirre.com
    Rafael Aguirre is an internationally acclaimed musician whose deep understanding of music, dazzling virtuosity, and immensely diverse repertoire has taken him to 32 countries.  He has been awarded thirteen first-prizes at International Competitions, including Pro Musicis (New York) and Tárrega (Benicàssim). Highlights of past seasons include recitals at Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, Teatro Nacional de Cuba, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, London´s St John Smith Square, Gasteig Munich, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Palau de la Musica Valencia, and Tonhalle Dusseldorf. His six recordings with Naxos, Dabringhaus Grimm, Ars Produkton, KSGExaudio, and RTVE received the highest international recognition including a pre-nomination to the Latin Grammys. He was awarded scholarships from the Andalusian Government and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation that enabled his studies in Germany with Prof. Joaquin Clerch, from which he graduated with highest honors. Later he studied with Professor Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

    Vicente Coveswww.vicente-coves.com
    Born in Jaén in 1982, the guitarist Vicente Coves lived in Linares until 1997, when he moved to Granada. He began his musical studies with his brother, the conductor Manuel Coves, and since 1997 has been a disciple of the legendary Pepe Romero. His career has brought international acclaim, with appearances in many countries since the age of eleven, as a soloist in the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE (Spanish Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra), the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Orquesta de Córdoba, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Ecuador, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and the Qatar Philharmonic, among others. He has collaborated with conductors such as Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Adrian Leaper, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Juanjo Mena, Miquel Ortega, Enrique Diemecke, Manuel Coves, and John Neschling, and has played alongside such artists as Pepe Romero, María Bayo, Esperanza Fernández, Horacio Ferrer, and Enrique Morente. In 2008 he was awarded the Rubinstein Medal by the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

    Kai Narezowww.kainarezo.com
    Kai Narezo is a Los Angeles-based Flamenco guitarist whose background includes study both in the caves of Sacromonte and at the Berklee College of Music. He studied with some of the top guitarists in Spain and the U.S., and is now himself a much sought after performer and teacher. Kai has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Spain, Japan, Russia, Mexico and Canada. He has also put in thousands of hours of Tablao playing and is equally comfortable in the most intimate settings as on the concert stage. Kai teaches Flamenco guitar in his studio in Hollywood and on Skype/FaceTime, and has just released his first two lessons for the On The Music Path iPad app. He also owns and operates Universal Exports Studio, a recording studio devoted to capturing the performance of Flamenco and other acoustic music.

    David Martínez Garcíadavidmartinezguitar.es
    David Martínez García was born in Granada in 1975. He was accepted as member of the Meisterklase by the University of the Mozarteum de Salburgo (Austria),to study with Joaquín Clerch and Eliot Fisk, as well as the Hochschule für Musik of Munich (Germany). Since the age of twelve he has performed continuously with orchestras (including Orchestra of the Higher Conservatoire of Music of Granada, Young Woman Orchestras of Castile La Mancha, Orchestra Philharmonic of Kharkov Ukraine, Orchestra of the City of Granada, National Orchestra of Cuba, Orchestra Symphonic of the Vallés, Concerto Málaga, and National Symphony of Syria). In solo work, he emphasizes concerts representing the whole of Spanish geography,  performing in international guitar competitions, in the Festival de Música y Danza de Granada, and on tours in Germany, Egypt, the United States, Portugal, Norway, Chile, Romania, Moldávia, Cuba, Syria, Japan, and Turkey. David Martínez has won more than fifteen international prizes, including Plasencia (1996), Comillas (1996), Velez Málaga (1997), “Andrés Segovia” of Linares (1997), “Villa de Puente Genil” (2000), “Ciudad de Coria” (2001), “Andrés Segovia” de La Herredura, Almuñecar” (2004), “Julián Arcas” de Almeria (2004), and the first prize at the “Francisco Tárrega” of Benicàssim (2004). He recorded his first disc in Toronto for the record company Naxos; it has been distributed in more than 50 countries to critical acclaim in magazines such as  Classical Guitar and Pace.  Currently, he occupies a chair in the Conservatorio Superior of Music of Malaga. Additionally, he is recording of a disc of transcriptions for guitar, and giving concerts in Cuba, Turkey, and Japan, as well as featuring in festivals such as the International Festival of Guitar Ciutat d’Elx, Boston GuitarFest, Festival of Koblenz, and Coria’s International Festival.




    There will be an official student orientation at CSU Dominguez Hills on Saturday May 6 at 10am. If you are unable to attend in person, you may phone in. During this meeting, we will go over many details about travel, what to bring, safety, etc.


    This course takes place in Granada, Spain.

    CSU Summer Arts does NOT provide any group flights, arrange travel reservations, or make travel recommendations for La Guitarra Española. It is up to each individual participant to make travel arrangements and pay for their own travel. However, Paula Arnold at Carmel Monterey Travel has been working with our program and can help plan your travel: paulaa@carmelmontereytravel.com.

    ALL participants MUST arrive in Granada by July 27, 2017. The first class meeting will be on Thursday July 27 at 6:00pm. (Note that the program housing begins on Wednesday July 26 to give you a day to get acclimated. More information below.)

    While you will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements, you will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your travel information.


    NOTE THAT HOUSING BOOKED THROUGH SUMMER ARTS BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY JULY 26 AND ENDS ON FRIDAY AUGUST 18 (23 NIGHTS TOTAL.) The housing begins a day before the course and ends two days after the final concert. This allows for a day to get acclimated in Spain before the course begins, and easier departure travel after the course ends.

    Official student housing has been arranged in apartments which include one or two bedrooms with a bathroom and kitchen. There are several different options and prices, ranging from $330 for a bed in a room with three beds, to $572 for a single bedroom. There is a limited number of each type of room available, and spaces will be filled on a first-paid, first-reserved basis. Please see the fee chart below for information about the various options available and costs for each.

    You may also make your own reservation and payment arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel you like in Granada.


    Note: La Guitarra Española has an application process that differs from that of other Summer Arts courses. Please read the following information carefully.

    Submit complete application                                     Monday March 13, 2017
    (DUE, not postmarked)

    Students notified of status of application             Friday March 24, 2017


    Enrollment Fee:
    Undergraduate, California Resident $1609
    Graduate, California Resident $1975
    Undergraduate, Non-California Resident (4 units) $3097
    Graduate, Non-California Resident (4 units) $3461
    Undergraduate, Non-California Resident (5 units) $3469
    Graduate, Non-California Resident (5 units) $3835
    Insurance Fee: $100
    Housing (if booked through Summer Arts): single room in an apartment with two bedrooms (3 persons in apartment total) $572
    double room in an apartment with one bedroom (2 persons in apartment total) $506
    double room in an apartment with two bedrooms (3 persons in apartment total) $418
    double room in an apartment with two bedrooms (5 persons in apartment total) $374
    triple room in an apartment with two bedrooms (5 persons in apartment total) $330
    Cell Phone for Use Abroad Estimate: Either adding plan, purchasing Spanish phone, or purchasing SIM card $100
    Airfare Estimate: $1850
    Additional Transportation Estimate $100
    Food/Spending Money Estimate: $800

    Payment deadlines – the following are DUE dates, not postmarked dates:

    Housing reservation and full payment if using CSU housing Due on Monday, April 17, 2017 Check or money order PAYABLE TO CSU SUMMER ARTS (varies)
    Insurance Due on Monday, April 17, 2017 Check or money order PAYABLE TO CSU SUMMER ARTS $100
    *Note that the housing deposit and insurance can be one payment of the housing cost plus $100.
    Enrollment fee Due on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Check, money order, Visa or MasterCard PAYABLE TO FRESNO STATE (varies)
    *Note that the housing/insurance and enrollment fee must be two separate payments.

    80% of Summer Arts students receive some amount of scholarship assistance. Scholarship awards will range from $100 to $2000. Scholarship funds are not available for housing or travel costs.

    To apply for scholarship assistance, please complete the Summer Arts Scholarship Application and send it WITH your financial backup AND your Registration Form to the Summer Arts registration office by March 13, 2017. 

    All participants will need a valid and current passport for travel to Spain. You will need to provide your passport number to CSU Summer Arts by June 30, 2017.

    If you do not have a current passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately! Please check the Passport Office schedule before you apply and find out if you will need a rush order to obtain your passport in time. United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain, however, citizens of other countries may. Contact the Summer Arts office for more information about passports and visas.


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