Instructors: Jason Vieaux and Lynn McGrath
Is it time to take your classical playing to the next level through improved understanding of proper technique, practice, and musicianship? Are you interested in working with one of the greatest classical guitarists and pedagogues in the field of classical guitar? Then this is the program for you! With instruction from Dr. Lynn McGrath and Grammy-Award winner Jason Vieaux, described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation…”, you will receive advice and guidance that will change the way you play and the ways that you improve. This unique program welcomes intermediate and advanced guitarists of any age to participate in intensive daily technique workshops, master classes, and ensemble rehearsals, all in a stunningly beautiful setting.
Jason Vieaux Biography
“Among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), Jason is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad playing with more than 100 orchestras . He is an accomplished teacher and has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.
Lynn McGrath Biography
Classical guitarist Lynn McGrath is being heralded as a phenom. Blending her passion for theatre, Spanish Language and Literature and guitar, she has shared the poetry and music of “Platero y yo” with audiences on 4 continents as both guitarist and theatrical narrator, an unprecedented feat. Bringing the writings of Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez to life for audiences across the globe, from children in a Peruvian orphanage to guitar connoisseurs at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, one critic wrote the following “…wonderful timing, poise, wit, and grace, while getting a full rich sound from her guitar. Anyone who loves either music or poetry would have been charmed, but those who appreciate both, not to mention stage presence and acting skills, were electrified by this tour-de-force of artistic multi-tasking. —Richard M. Long, Editor, Soundboard
A touring soloist, chamber artist, and respected pedagogue, Lynn McGrath has appeared in North America, South America, Europe, and New Zealand as performer, lecturer, and an adjudicator of a number of international and national competitions. With appearances at the Nikšić Festival (Montenegro), Silesian Guitar Autumn Festival (Poland), the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival (Italy) as well as concert tours in Peru and across the US, Lynn has been invited to share her music and expertise with a wide range of audiences. She has presented at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Veracruz, and Mannes College and appeared at venues including the Troy Savings Hall (NY), The National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), and the Skirball Cultural Center (LA) in addition to performing on radio stations in the Southwest and along the East Coast. In June of 2015, Lynn performed in 6 cities in New Zealand and on New Zealand National Radio.
In addition to solo performances, Lynn McGrath is a member of the highly acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet, and former member of the trio, Presti. She has been a soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, performed with the Albuquerque-based choir Quintessence, and the Santa Fe Opera. After receiving degrees in Spanish Language and Literature as well as Education, she completed a music degree with Douglas Rubio at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (where she taught as a full-time instructor) and went on to earn a MM and DMA from the University of Southern California, studying with such luminaries as William Kanengiser, Pepe Romero, and James Smith.
Presently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lynn established a guitar program at Sandia Preparatory School, teaches for Central New Mexico Community College, and is the Director of Regional Symposia for the Guitar Foundation of America. A highly sought-after private teacher, her students have been accepted, and many have received full scholarships to, some of the best undergraduate and graduate schools in the nation, have placed in international competitions, and have been featured on NPR’s “From the Top”. In 2016, Lynn will be joining the faculty at Oklahoma City University, which boasts one of the fastest growing guitar programs in the nation, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in performance, music education, and music business.
*Preference to Alumni
Instructor: James Hogan
James Hogan’s “Beyond Blues” course will take you on whirlwind sonic tour across the fretboards of modern blues, rock and jazz fusion masters such as Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, John Scofield, Eric Gales, Michael Landau and Scott Henderson to name a few!
This diverse course will highlight the licks, tricks, techniques and tones used by modern guitarists who blend elements of rock, jazz, funk, soul and country guitar into their blues playing. “Beyond Blues” students will learn to move “out of the box” by incorporating traditional modes, melodic minor modes, diminished scales, augmented scales, bebop scales, triad pairs, chord substitutions, extended arpeggios and “outside sounds” into their blues playing!
In addition, students will learn an array of picking, legato and vibrato bar techniques and they’ll learn how to dial it all in with a great tone!
There will be a lot of jamming in this class and students will learn how to immediately apply all of the new chords, scales, licks, and tricks into their repertoire in a “laid-back” friendly atmosphere!
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James Hogan Biography
James Hogan is known by many as a “world class” guitarist. He is an artist who is regarded highly by his peers and is in constant demand as a touring sideman, studio musician, producer, and educator. Hogan is admired world wide for his musicality, his soulfulness and his versatility. This versatility is evident in Hogan’s top-selling instrumental album entitled TRUE DIVERSITY.
James has worked with such diverse artists as David Sanborn, Dave Brubeck, Chuck Schuldiner, Al Jorgensen, Chaka Khan, Idina Menzel and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to a successful music career, James Hogan is also a fine music teacher. James was a senior instructor at The National Guitar Workshop’s Florida, Connecticut, Nashville, Washington D.C. and SUNY Purchase campuses from 1998-2012. James Hogan is currently an Adjunct Professor of Guitar at The University Of North Florida and Florida State College in Jacksonville, FL where he has been on staff since 2000. Hogan’s “50 Jazz Rock Licks” and “50 All-Purpose Pentatonic Licks” courses are available through Truefire!