Links of Interest for Musicians and Patrons
Guitar Festivals and Organizations
Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas/Fort Worth Classical Guitar Society - Enjoy a full season of music performed in Dallas or Fort Worth, or send them your artist proposal and perhaps be accepted to perform in concert! Season tickets can be purchased or review their schedule and attend the concert of your choice.
Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute - Students attending this festival in Oklahoma City at Southern Nazarene University have an opportunity to learn from the Royal Family of Guitar, featuring Celin Romero. Enjoy private lessons, master classes, chamber coaching, and evening performances.
Classical Minds Festival - Valerie Hartzell, Director. This festival, located on the campus of the University of Houston, Texas is for guitarists of all ages and levels. The festival features private lessons, guitar orchestra classes, technique classes, master classes, competition and lectures. In addition, patrons and musicians can enjoy the Festival Faculty Artist Concert Series.
Fort Worth Guitar Guild- This non-profit organization was founded in 1998 to provide meaningful developmental opportunities for local guitarists. The FWGG main activity is the presentation of local and emerging talent at the Southwest Regional Library in a semi annual series that is free to the public, located at the Central Library in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, the FWGG presents an annual Guitar Guild Music Festival at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. During the festival students have the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed performers in lecture, master classes and individual settings.
The GFA- Guitar Foundation of America, founded in 1973 this organization provides its members the advantages of a guitar society, a library, publisher and an educational resource, plus an arts council.
Instructors and Performers
Eddy Healy - Classical Guitarist and Instructor at The University of Texas at Dallas, Eastfield College, the Spring Creek and Central Park campuses of the Collin County Community College District and the Gray School of Music. He recieved his Master's degree from Southern Methodist University and has studied under Robert Gutherie and also Dr. Enric Madriguera. He performs regularly around the metroplex. His newest CD has been released, Direction, please visit his web site to listen to the album, it will be well worth your time!
Kithara Duo - Was formed in 2002 by Fernand Vera and Olga Amelkina-Vera. Since then they have performed in Europe and South America as well as nationally for numerous organizations. Original compositions done by a great duo. They also offer private instruction for students in the Denton, DFW Metroplex.
North Texas Guitar Academy - Formed in the fall of 2011 by Bryan Burns and Daniel Kyzer, doctoral candidates at UNT, this pair of musicians offer quality music instruction in the greater North Texas Area. Located in Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth.
Vadim Timinsky - Classical Guitarist and Performer completed his Master of Music in Classical Guitar from Southern Methodist University under Professor Robert Guthrie in 2005. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Israel and throughout North Texas. He also gives private lessons. He is located in North Texas.
Mitch Weverka - Classical Guitarist, Performer and Instructor located in Fort Worth, TX. If you are looking for a top quality instructor or performer Mitch is a great source.
Colleges and Universities
Collin College - Music Department My alma mater! Located in Collin County, Plano, Texas. Collin College offers several associate degree programs for music majors. Their classical guitar ensemble currently directed by Fernand Vera has won numerous awards.
University of Texas at Brownsville - The UTB/TSC Department of Music offers students many opportunities to perform or study music. In addition, the University sponsors an annual Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition which features master classes, clinics and great performances. This years attendees were treated to performances by The Texas Guitar Quartet and The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
University of Texas at Dallas - The school of Arts and Humanities offers many ways for students to explore or expand their musical talent. In addition, the annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival is designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students and offers a generous cash prize to the winners.