Guitar Academy Program
Established in 1993, the Guitar Academy program targets enthusiastic, ambitious young players seeking a well-rounded music education. This cost-effective program is designed as a supplement to a student's private guitar lessons; offering a group environment in which participants may further develop their playing ability, performance skills, theoretical foundation and overall musicianship. The program’s student body includes dedicated young players as well as aspiring professionals.
- Admission requirements
- Guitar Academy levels: Senior, Associate, Intermediate, Junior
- Guitar Academy team
Students also receive access to international superstars thanks to our partnership with the Wyatt Artist-in-Residence Program and the Calgary Classical Guitar Society. Recent guest artists who have offered exclusive Academy classes include David Tanenbaum (USA), Thomas Viloteau (France), Benjamin Verdery (USA), Daniel Bolshoy (Canada), Lorenzo Micheli (Italy), Matteo Mela (Italy), and Michael Partington (England/USA).
Guitar Academy alumni have continued their musical studies at post-secondary institutions in Europe and North America including McGill University, Berklee College of Music, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, University of Alberta, Queen’s University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Victoria, University of Lethbridge, and Mount Royal University’s own post-secondary program. Alumni who have pursued other non-music, professional fields have acquired invaluable life skills and will hold a life’s passion for music and the arts.
Entrance to the Guitar Academy program is by audition. Auditions are held in May each year. Students should prepare two contrasting pieces and expect a short sight reading test and interview.
|To qualify for admission to the Guitar Academy program, students:|
For more information, or for assistance with the audition application process, please contact the Academy Program Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org, 403.440.6832.
Like any team sport, full commitment (consistent attendance) throughout the Guitar Academy’s academic year is essential.
For musically mature students 14-18 years old playing advanced repertoire:
Senior Guitar Academy includes:
Associate Guitar Academy
For students 14-18 years old playing intermediate and/or early advanced repertoire, and who are still developing their performance skills.
|Associate Guitar Academy includes:|
Membership in the Guitar Academy Large ensemble
Intermediate Guitar Academy
For students 12-16 years old playing intermediate and/or early advanced repertoire, and who are still developing their performance skills.
|Intermediate Guitar Academy includes:|
Junior Guitar Academy
For young students 8-12 years old playing beginning and/or early intermediate repertoire.
|Junior Guitar Academy includes:|
- Murray Visscher - Academy Guitar Program Coordinator and Ensemble Coach
- Brett Gunther - Ensemble Coach
- Julia Haager and Kirill Kalmykov - Co-Program Administrators, Academy Program for Young Artists
- Claudia Hasan-Nielsen - Program Coordinator, Academy Program for Young Artists