Hands-on guitar workshops available at symposium

Oz NoySUNY Oswego’s Guitar Symposium, Nov. 8 and 9, will feature hands-on workshops, taught by top players and educators, for guitarists of all skill levels.

“The SUNY Oswego campus will host the first-ever Guitar Symposium that includes classical, finger style, traditional jazz, funk, fusion, Brazilian and Gypsy jazz concerts, along with master classes and workshops,” said Rick Balestra, who founded the event and its predecessor, the Oswego Jazz Guitar and More Festival.

The first set of workshops will start at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.  Dick Ward and Loren Barrigar will teach a workshop on “Fingerstyle Guitar,” Greg Wachala will guide “Jazz Guitar for Dummies” and Tim Schmidt will offer “An Introduction to Classical Guitar Technique.” Those workshops are for beginners.

An intermediate level workshop, “Jazz and Beyond,” will be taught by Rodney Jones. “Music of Latin America” by Pablo Cohen and “Garage Band Tutorial” by Aaron Reece will address all skill levels.

A second round of workshops will begin at 2:40 p.m. Saturday.  Three beginner workshops will include a repeat of “Fingerstyle Guitar,” “A Satisfied Mind: Preparing in the Practice Room for On-stage Success” by Kenneth Meyer and “The Challenge of the Duo” by John Magnante and Matt Vacanti. Gene Bertoncini will lead a workshop for intermediate or advanced players titled “Solo Playing Concepts.” A repeat of “Music of Latin America” will be available to all skill levels.

The final workshop session at 2 p.m. Sunday will feature repeat editions including “A Satisfied Mind: Preparing in the Practice Room for On-Stage Success” and “An Introduction to Classical Guitar Technique,” both for beginners; “Jazz Guitar for Dummies” for beginners to intermediate; “Jazz Guitar and Beyond” for intermediate students; and “Garage Band Tutorial” for all levels. In addition, Joe Chapone will present a session titled “All Funked Up.”

The symposium also will offer master classes and clinics, led by headliners Jeff Linsky, Oz Noy (pictured), Peter Bernstein, Frank Vignola and the Brasil Guitar Duo, who all also perform concerts during the weekend.

The Guitar Symposium has been a dream come true for Balestra, a long-time guitarist in many genres and settings as well as an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego.

“As part of my personal mission, both educationally and artistically, I hope to provide a forum in which these artists can be heard in performances and workshops that will inspire all who attend,” Balestra said.

Those wishing to attend the symposium can save money by registering before Oct. 24. The cost is $95 ($75 for students and $20 for SUNY Oswego students). The registration fee after Oct. 24 is $115 for ($95 for students and $40 for SUNY Oswego students).  Concert-only passes are also available. 

For a full schedule of events and other information, visit www.oswego.edu/guitar.

Tickets for the Guitar Symposium and related events can be purchased from Tyler box office by calling 312-2141 or e-mailing tickets@oswego.edu.

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, artswego@oswego.edu, 312-4581

(Posted: Oct 15, 2008)

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