The San Francisco Guitar Symposium

Dear friends, I will be the host for a fantastic event put on by The Guitar Foundation of America, America's leading professional organization for guitarists, on Sunday November 4. I hope you can all attend. The San Francisco Guitar Symposium will feature workshops with Grammy winning guitarist/composer and Brazilian master Sergio Assad and with steel string wizard and American master Peppino D'Agostino rated by Jazziz Magazine as "in the same league with John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson, and John Renbourn."

All guitarists who participate at the Symposium will have the opportunity to play in a guitar orchestra led by David Tanenbaum which will prepare and perform the World Premiere of Gladwell for 100 Guitars, written by Brendon Randall-Myers. All guitarists will have the opportunity to play a solo or ensemble piece in recital and to get written advice about their performance from some of California's top teachers including Paul Binkley, Theresa Calpotura, Scott Cmiel, Lawrence Ferrara, Tony Kakamakov, Matthew Linder, Michael Miranda, Curt Renshaw, Steven Thachuk, and Ross Thompson.

There will be six recitals each dedicated to a different group of guitarists.

1. Ten years old or younger

2. Eleven to fourteen year olds

3. Fifteen to eighteen year olds

4. Pre-college ensembles

5. College students and pre-professional performers

6. Adult amateurs in solos or ensembles

One soloist or ensemble from each recital will be chosen to perform on the Evening Recital which will end the Symposium. The Evening Recital will also feature performances by some of the top college ensembles from around the country. Plus,  everyone is invited to perform on the Evening Recital as a member of the Symposium Guitar Orchestra. Luthiers, music publishers and others will display their goods and answer any questions during the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for free in the cafeteria for registered members. Finally, there is plenty of free parking (for everyone, players and audience) and there are beautiful views of San Francisco.

All who play at the Symposium must be members of the Guitar Foundation of America. If you are not a member already,  this fantastic event is great reason to join. Student memberships cost $30 and can be obtained at the GFA website. The Symposium itself is free for GFA members (this includes playing on the juried recitals and in the guitar orchestra, or attend the workshops). Family and friends of the performers as well as the general public can come and listen to the juried recitals and the evening concert for free and don't need to be GFA members. We hope to have a large and festive event friendly to all ages and levels of guitar players. Guitarists must register to participate at the Symposium and can do so here. The Symposium will be held at San Francisco School of the Arts High School 555 Portola SF CA 94131 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM Sunday, November 4, 2012. I hope you can join us! Best wishes, Scott Cmiel[masked]

Founded in 1973, the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is America's leading guitar organization. The GFA provides its members the combined advantages of a guitar society, a library, a publisher, a continuing educational resource, and an arts council. Today the GFA is the largest multinational guitar organization; providing serious guitarists worldwide a full range of educational, literary and performance resources and opportunities. The Guitar Foundation of America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and literary organization and is devoted to furthering the knowledge of and interest in the guitar and its music.

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