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A Celebration of Pepe Romero and the Classical Guitar Program at USC

The Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California will host a classical guitar festival to celebrate its appointment of Pepe Romero as Distinguished Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Classical Guitar. "A Celebration of Pepe Romero and the Classical Guitar Program at USC" will be held on the University Park Campus from Monday, June 7 to Saturday evening, June 12. Maestro Romero will teach master classes each weekday to ten guitarists selected by audio or video recordings. He will perform a recital on Wednesday evening, June 9, to benefit the newly created "Celedonio Romero Scholarship in Classical Guitar at USC." The University will accept by recorded audition up to 30 additional students who possess a fundamental understanding of guitar playing and of reading music. Maestro Romero will coach them in ensembles, oversee their daily practice and conduct them in the June 12 premiere of a new work written expressly for the event. The Thornton School's classical guitar faculty, James Smith (chair), Brian Head, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant will teach an intense schedule. They will give private lessons to all, teach daily classes on technique, interpretation, theory and history, and they will supervise daily practice. On Tuesday evening, June 8, they will take to the stage to perform a recital of solo and chamber music, also to benefit the "Celedonio Romero Scholarship at USC." A distinctive feature of the festival is the active participation of the Thornton School's renowned Composition Department. USC composers will collaborate with the Classical Guitar Department to create programs of music to be presented on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the event will close with a work created for it and played by all, with Maestro Romero conducting the ensemble. Finally, a Zen master from the Thornton School of Music will team with the chair of USC's Psychology Department to offer Western and Eastern perspectives on issues of performance and creativity, Monday evening, June 7.

For audition procedures, and other information, contact James Smith, chair, at 213.740.7917 and, or his assistant Lika Dozier at 213.740.7399 and


Morning Classes, M-F, 9-12, PIC with James Smith, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Brian Head Free for festival participants (40 guitarists) Auditors of classes, $12 general, $5 students each class Fundamentals of technique (Tennant) Basic composition (Head) Masterclass (Kanengiser) Chambermusic (Smith) Private lessons and supervised practice (closed to the public)

Afternoon Classes, M-F, Newman Auditorium, with Pepe Romero and the USC Faculty 1-2:30 Ensemble Coaching of large (20+) and small (2-4) groups (closed to the public) 3:30-6 Pepe Romero masterclasses for 10 guitarists selected by audio/video recording Auditors: $12 (general) and $5 (students with ID) Note: There will be no day-time events on Saturday, June 12, open to the public; students will be preparing for their recital.

Evening events
Mon.-Sat., 8pm Newman Recital Hall

Monday, June 7: A symposium on core issues of performance. Open to the public, free of admission.
Tuesday, June 8: A concert to benefit the Celedonio Romero Scholarship: Thornton School Classical Guitar Department faculty recital with Brian Head, William Kanengiser, James Smith and Scott Tennant. Admission: $20 (General), $10 (students with ID)
Wednesday, June 9: Pepe Romero, in a Celedonio Romero Scholarship concert Admission: $25
Thursday, June 10: An interview with Pepe Romero, with questions from the audience submitted in advance. Admission: $12 (general), $5 (students with ID)
Friday, June 11: Joint recital, the USC Thornton School Guitar and Composition Departments Admission: $12 (general), $5 (students with ID) Saturday, June12: Grand finale concert played by all the student participants. Admission: $12 (general), $5 (students with ID)

Fee Schedule

Performer Fee's:
Romero masterclass performers (10) = $360 Festival
performers (30 max) = $300 7 Classes, private lessons/supervised practice 5 Ensemble coaching sessions 5 Romero classes (10 performers, each playing 3 times for Maestro Romero) 5 Evening concerts. Separate admission fee for Romero benefit concert.

Auditor's Fees:
Auditor fee for all 17 events = $150 for entire festival series, or $200 if purchased individually
Student auditor fee with current student ID = $75 for entire festival series, or $85 if purchased individually
7 morning classes/lectures $12/$5
5 Romero masterclasses $12/5
3 Evening events $12/5
1 Faculty recital $20/10
Separate admission fee for Romero benefit concert.