Fellowship Spotlight! EMP Museum sponsors Cameron Lavi-Jones

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The EMP Museum has chosen 18-year old multi-instrumentalist and performing artist, Cameron Lavi-Jones as the 2016 EMP Crown Fellowship Recipient.  He will be participating in the “Excel with the Masters” class studying under Dweezil Zappa, Shane Theriot, and Jared Meeker, alongside many of Crown’s 2016 Scholarship and Fellowship students.  Cameron looks forward to immersing himself in the performance-based class and will …

Announcing the 2016 James Stroud Fellowship Recipient: Jeremy Avalos

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We are pleased to announce Jeremy Avalos as a winner of the James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition and the 2016 James Stroud Fellowship recipient to the Crown Guitar Workshop held this summer from August 28th through September 4th.  Jeremy will be participating in the course, “Classical Guitar: A World of Expression” led by Italian chamber group, SoloDuo: Lorenzo Micheli and …

Announcing the 2016 Yamaha Fellowship winner: Brooks Robertson!

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With generous support from the Yamaha Foundation, the Crown Guitar Workshop is pleased to present Brooks Robertson as the 2016 Yamaha Fellowship winner.  An incredible finger-picking guitarist, he will be attending the Crown Workshop to study and perform on the Festival Stage with Doug Smith and Chris Eldridge through the Acoustic Americana workshop.  Brooks currently studies at Berklee College of Music …

Fellowship Spotlight! Phil Goldenberg

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Crown Workshop Manager, Amelia Thornton, interviews Phil Goldenberg, the winner of Jim Stroud’s Classical Guitar Competition and 2015 Crown Fellowship in Classical Guitar, on the topics of practice, motivation, and his path to Crown. A:         What is your background in guitar? What is your story of how you got started? P:         I started playing guitar when I was 14, and …

Fellowship Spotlight! Shem Kahawaii

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This is the February edition of Crown’s Fellowship Spotlight! featuring 2015 Hawaii Fellowship student, Shem Kahawaii!  Amelia Thornton, Crown Workshop Manager, interviews: ________________________________________ Amelia:  How did you start playing guitar? Did you immediately start by playing the slack-key style? Shem:  “I started on the ukulele when I around 6. Towards middle school I picked up chords and got more basic …

Fellowship Spotlight! Leandro Pellegrino

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Amelia Thornton, Crown’s Workshop Manager interviews one of Crown’s fantastic fellowship students from 2015, Leandro Pellegrino.  Leandro was born and raised in Brazil and completed his Bachelors degree at the Berklee School of Music in 2015.  He resides in Boston and is a full time performer and private teacher.  Here’s a little more insight into Leandro, the guitar, and Crown! …

Fellowship Spotlight! Announcing the 2016 Emerging Artist In Residence……

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The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop is thrilled to announce that 2015’s Chairman’s Scholarship student, Josh Turner, will be returning to Crown for the 2016 season as an Emerging Artist In Residence!  His performances and involvement in many different genres of music during his time here was an inspiration and we greatly look forward to seeing what …

Fellowship Spotlight! An Interview with Haakon Kjeldsberg, 2015 Zappa Family Scholar

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Amelia Thornton (Crown’s Social Media Manager) interviews 2015 Zappa Family Fellowship winner, Haakon Kjeldsberg on his experience at the 2015 Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop. ______________________________________________________________________ How was Crown different from other music camps you have attended? Haakon:        “I got to meet more guitar-oriented players at the Crown. It felt grander, like a bigger event because of …