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RHODY GUITAR PROGRAM

Guitarists ages 17 and older may sign up to receive world-class masterclass instruction by guest artists and attend special topics workshops and lectures. Active participants will receive two masterclasses and have access to all festival concerts, activities, and meals. Auditors have access to all festival concerts, activities, and meals. Available in-person and online.

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MANDOLIN WORKSHOP

EXCELLENCE IN MANDOLIN PERFORMANCE

Intensive course led by Jacob Reuven

Faculty: Ekaterina Skliar, Dor Amran, Mark Davis

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International concert artist and mandolin soloist Jacob  Reuven will lead a 5-day course centered around classical mandolin performance. Reuven's artistic approach has created a worldwide artistic paradigm for mandolin playing. Based on his deep familiarity with violin repertoire, as well as actual performance and recording of masterpieces for violin on mandolin, Reuven has established a global reputation and created an artistic legacy that today brings forth a young generation of musicians to continue his artistic approach.


Furthermore, Reuven plays on a revolutionary double-deck mandolin built by luthier Arik Kerman, a model which has now inspired a new generation of luthiers around the world.


Reuven's Israeli school of mandolin playing is recognized around the world as creating successful Israeli soloists that not only win international competitions, but sign with international recording companies, and regularly perform with important orchestras around the world. This success is directly related to Reuven's methodical and artistic approach, as well as to his instrument, which was built specifically for performing violin repertoire.

"At the University of Rhode Island, as part of the international URI Guitar Festival, a festival that has become a musical family for me, I am founding a course that is entirely dedicated to excellence in mandolin performance. Musical knowledge, artistic depth, the discipline of being an instrumentalist - these are forces of beauty that we will cultivate during this course at URI.” — Jacob Reuven

In the course, we are fortunate to have two excellent mandolin instructors, Ekaterina Skliar and Dor Amran. They join Reuven and will give fascinating lectures, as well as various performances. Another guest of honor is the American mandolinist, director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra as well as a member of the Hampton Trio, Mark Davis.

Throughout the course, private lessons will be offered to explore violin repertoire on the mandolin. In addition to the lessons, lectures will be offered on the following topics:
 

Dor Amran

Paganini's 24 Caprices Op. 1 for Violin solo is considered to be some of the most challenging repertoire for violinists because of the variety of techniques and the intensity of performing a great amount of virtuosic material without relief, and the extraordinary fete of being on stage alone.

In this lecture we will discuss:
-Why do we learn this music on mandolin?
- the technical challenges of performing the Caprices specifically when playing them on the Mandolin
- The importance and special place of this collection of works in the repertoire
- Paganini as a composer – how he uses not only the instrument itself, but almost all the musical tools at his disposal.

*The lecture will combine some live examples.


Ekaterina Skliar
Mandolin transcriptions from 3- and 4-string domra repertoire.

This lecture will explore a fascinating repertoire composed for a 3-and 4-string domra and its potential for expanding the modern day mandolin repertoire. A close relative of the mandolin, the domra has been a prominent part of classical music stages in Russia and Ukraine for decades. As a result, the original repertoire has been constantly expanding and nowadays ranges from solo pieces to chamber works and concerti with a symphony orchestra.

Heifetz and Kreisler, who set the standard for violin transcription, demonstrated how transcriptions are an effective way to expand a performer's repertoire. Following their footsteps, we will examine the original domra repertoire and discuss how it can be adapted for the mandolin while maintaining the composer's original intent and ensuring that the recomposed work is both technically and stylistically suitable for the new instrument

Mark Davis
My Mandolin music story

This lecture will explore Mark Davis’s various ensembles and the most important works which were written for each one. So, in historical order we will  have: Mair-Davis Duo; Providence Mandolin Orchestra; the Davis Guitar Duo, New American Mandolin Ensemble; the Hampton Trio.

COURSE REGISTRATION

In the Course of Mandolin Excellence, we have three groups, and registration is available for each group separately.


Group A: The Mandolin Soloist
The first group is for young students who aim for a career as classical mandolin performers. This group receives private lessons, and its members participate in a chamber ensemble that rehearses challenging orchestral repertoire every afternoon.


Those who are accepted into the Solo Mandolin Performance group will receive the sheet music for the ensemble during the month of August.


*Deadline: August 31, 2023. Registration requires submission of a sound or video recording of up to five minutes of playing. Please submit your videos to Ekaterina Skliar at skliar.music@gmail.com.


Group B: Mandolin Lovers

The second group is geared toward mandolin enthusiasts of all ages. Those accepted into this group will receive duet sheet music to prepare for the course. During the course, they will benefit from coaching sessions focused on chamber music, rehearsal techniques, and culminate in a final concert performance. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to attend and audit lectures and Mandolin Soloist Performance Class ensemble rehearsals.


*Deadline: August 31, 2023. Registration requires submission of a sound or video recording of up to five minutes of playing. Please submit your videos to Ekaterina Skliar at skliar.music@gmail.com.


Group C: Auditors
Auditors may attend all lessons, workshops, lectures, and concerts throughout the week.

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RISING STARS YOUNG GUITARIST'S PROGRAM

Guitarists ages 6-16 may sign up to receive fun and inclusive guitar technique and musicianship training. The program will focus on ensemble playing and will culminate in an end-of-course student recital. Program coordinator is Victor Main. Faculty include Ceili Connors, Jim Davidson, and Catherine O’ Kelly. Available in-person only.

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RISING STARS VIRTUAL GUITAR COMPETITION

I. Young Artist Division (ages 18-35)

Rules:

Classical Guitarists ages 18-35 and older are asked to submit a live performance video of under 10 minutes with two contrasting works. The recording can be submitted by Email  as a link to a YouTube video. Please have both hands visible and we encourage the use of a quality microphone.  Please announce your name and the pieces you will perform. No cuts between pieces are permitted, and please do not edit your performance. 

*There must be a minimum of 8 participants to run the competition.

** The Jury reserves the right NOT to award a first prize if they feel none of the competitors warrant the first place designation. 

 

II. High School Division (ages 13-18)

Rules:

​Classical Guitarists ages 13-18 are asked to submit a live performance video of under 10 minutes with two contrasting works. The recording can be submitted by Email as a link to a YouTube video. Please have both hands visible and we encourage the use of a quality microphone.  Please announce your name and the pieces you will perform. No cuts between pieces are permitted, and please do not edit your performance. 

*There must be a minimum of 8 participants to run the competition.

**The Jury reserves the right NOT to award a first prize if they feel none of the competitors warrant the first place designation. 

***Participants 18 years old may choose to participate in either category, but NOT both. Please write the director to specify the chosen category.

 

Prizes:

I. The Young Artist winner (1) will have the opportunity to perform at the 2023 University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival with a concert fee of $3000 and a concert in Costa Rica with a $1000 concert fee plus travel stipend of $600 and accommodations. The winner will also be awarded a life-long subscription to Tonebase, as well as a Strings by Mail gift certificate and Augustine Strings package.

2nd Prize Winner will receive a full scholarship at the 2023 edition of the URI Guitar Festival, and a $750 cash prize and an Augustine Strings package.  The winner will also be awarded a one-year subscription to Tonebase and a Strings by Mail gift certificate.

 

3rd Prize Winner will receive a full scholarship at the 2023 edition of the URI Guitar Festival, and a $500 cash prize and an Augustine Strings package. The winner will also be awarded a one-year subscription to Tonebase and a Strings by Mail gift certificate.

II. The High School Division winner (1) will receive a $500 cash prize, and a full scholarship to study at the 2023 edition of the URI Guitar Festival, as well as a Strings by Mail gift certificate, and an Augustine Strings package. The winner will also be awarded a life-long subscription to Tonebase. 

2nd Prize Winner will receive a $250 cash prize, and a full scholarship to study at the 2023 edition of the URI Guitar Festival and an Augustine Strings package. The winner will also be awarded a one-year subscription to Tonebase and a Strings by Mail gift certificate.

3rd Prize Winner will receive a $150 cash prize, and a full scholarship to study at the 2023 edition of the URI Guitar Festival and an Augustine Strings package. The winner will also be awarded a one-year subscription to Tonebase  and a Strings by Mail gift certificate.. 

SPECIAL ALTAMIRA GUITAR PRIZE: The jury will award the High School Division guitarist in greatest need of a new instrument with a N600 Classical Guitar, valued at $1800. 

Jury Panel: 

4 URI Guitar Festival Guest Artists, EXCLUDING the Artistic Director. 

President of Jury: Dr. Scott Borg (Montgomery College)

Jury Members: Jeremy Jouve (Conservatoire á rayonnement regional de Paris), Nicolo Spera (CSU Boulder), Min Zhenqi (Shanghai Conservatory)

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Registration Fee: $50

Submission Deadline: October 6, 2023

Results: Results will be announced the last day of the festival at the closing concert.

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