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Festival's History

Founded in 1991 by Stephen Robinson and held annually each summer, the Stetson International Guitar Workshop has invited classical guitarists of every age and level to participate in daily master classes, seminars and guitar orchestra. In addition to performance opportunities and a luthier's exhibit, the Workshop has presented a Festival Concert Series and personal coaching by an invited distinguished international artist faculty. Recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious guitar festivals of its kind, each year the Workshop hosts 165 students from all over the world, an international artist faculty of 13, and concert audiences of over 3,000.

Workshop artist faculty have included Lily Afshar, The Amadeus Duo, Stephen Aron, Denis Azabagic, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Ron Borczon, Javier Calderůn, The Canadian Guitar Quartet, The Cavatina Duo, Michael Chapdelaine, Mark Delpriora, Arnaud Dumond, Alexander Dunn, Roland Dyens, Eduardo FernŠndez, Paul Galbraith, Kevin R. Gallagher, Oscar Ghiglia, Nicholas Goluses, Antigoni Goni, The Gray Pearl Guitar Duo, John Holmquist, Adam Holzman, Bruce Holzman, Ricardo Iznaola, Douglas James, Tom Johnson, Dennis Koster, Eleftheria Kotzia, Norbert Kraft, David Leisner, Peter McCutcheon, The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, JudicaŽl Perroy, Pascuale Rucco, RaphaŽlla Smits, Scott Tennant, Steven Thachuk, Jason Vieaux, Benjamin Verdery, Andrew York, Fabio Zanon, and Andrew Zohn.

Support for the festival has come from foundations, publications and corporations from around the world, including the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, E & O Mari - LaBella Strings, Savarez Strings, Galli Strings, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Guitars International, Guitar Salon International, Tuscany Publications and The Yamaha Corporation, as well as from the national and local organizations, businesses and individuals including the Wal-Mart Foundation, Target Stores, and The Daytona Beach News Journal.

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Festival's Information

DeLand, FL Stetson University will host the 15th Annual International Guitar Workshop, May 27 - June 1, 2005. The festival, acknowledged as one of the finest in the world, will draw an international artist faculty of 13 as well as 150 classical guitar students and luthiers from the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. The weeklong event invites classical guitarists of every level to participate in daily master classes, seminars, a luthier's exhibit, and guitar orchestra. Stephen Robinson (artistic director and Professor of Music at Stetson) will welcome the renowned artist/faculty of Amadeus Guitar Duo of Dale Kavanagh (faculty at Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany and "Musician in Residence" at Acadia University in Canada) and Thomas Kirchhoff (founder the International Guitar-Symposiom Iserlohn, Germany); Ron Borczon (founder of the music therapy department at California State University, Northridge); Michael Chapdelaine (professor and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico); Eliot Fisk (faculty at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the New England Conservatory of Music); Oscar Ghiglia (professor of guitar at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in Switzerland); Bruce Holzman (director of guitar at Florida State University); Tom Johnson, (founder and head of the classical guitar program at the University of North Texas); Greek virtuoso Elena Papandreou (faculty at the National Conservatory in Athens); Canadian Steven Thachuk (chair of guitar at California State University, Northridge); Croatian virtuoso Ana Vidovic; and Andrew Zohn (faculty of Columbus State University and the Mediterranean Festival in Cervo, Italy).

Participants will live and work with the faculty on Stetson's DeLand campus, situated between the two vacation areas of Daytona Beach and Orlando. Because space is limited, early registration is suggested with applications available in January 2005. Scholarships are available with the deadline for applications set for March 14, 2005.