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 Matteo Mela.  A highly talented classical performer, Jeremy will be attending Florida State University this fall on full scholarship to pursue his Doctorate of Musical Arts.

Meet Jeremy Avalos

Classical guitarist Jeremy Ávalos was born in Miami, Florida. He began playing bass guitar at age 11. In March of 2015 he was a finalist in the annual James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition held at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In the summer of that same year he was a finalist in the annual Southern Guitar Festival and Competition held in Columbia, South Carolina. Most recently he was the second prize winner in the 2016 James Stroud Guitar Competition and the first prize winner for classical guitar in the 2016 Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition held at the University of Akron. He was the second prize winner in the subsequent Tuesday Musical Scholarship Winners Concert. His playing has been described as “wonderfully musical” and “trance inducing (Brendan Caldwell, Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Wind Ensembles at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory).”

He received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Theory and Creative Writing from the Florida State University where he graduated summa cum laude. While there he studied classical guitar under renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman. He received a Master’s of Music in String Performance from the University of Akron where his teachers included Stephen Aron and James Marron. This fall he will begin DMA studies at the Florida State University.

Video of Jeremy live in performance:  CLICK HERE

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