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    Academy - Guitar Programs

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.

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.Senior Guitar Academy

For musically mature students 14-18 years old playing advanced repertoire:

Senior Guitar Academy includes:

  • Membership in one small ensemble (duo, trio, quartet, etc.)
  • Membership in the Guitar Academy Large ensemble
  • Participation in technique classes and specialty lectures
  • Participation in masterclasses with international, national, and local guest artists
  • Participation in monthly Academy recitals
  • Participation in Spring guitar showcase evening
  • CD / DVD recording project
  • Rehearsals with a professional collaborative pianist are available

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

  • Membership in one small ensemble (duo, trio, quartet, etc.)
  • Participation in technique classes and specialty lectures
  • Participation in masterclasses with international, national, and local guest artists
  • Participation in monthly Academy recitals
  • Participation in Spring guitar showcase evening

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:
  • Membership in one small ensemble (duo, trio, quartet, etc.)
  • Membership in the Guitar Academy Large ensemble
  • Participation in technique classes and specialty lectures
  • Participation in masterclasses with international, national, and local guest artists
  • Participation in monthly Academy recitals
  • Participation in Spring guitar showcase evening

Junior Guitar Academy

For young students 8-12 years old playing beginning and/or early intermediate repertoire.

Junior Guitar Academy includes:
  • Membership in one small ensemble (duo, trio, quartet, etc.)
  • Membership in the Guitar Academy Large ensemble
  • Participation in technique classes and specialty lectures
  • Participation in masterclasses with international, national, and local guest artists
  • Participation in monthly Academy recitals
  • Participation in Spring guitar showcase evening

The Guitar Academy Team

Admission Requirements

Admission is by audition only, with auditions taking place in May of each year. Students must have a private teacher.

Entrance to the Academy Program for Young Artists is by audition only. Please check back when applications open on February 15, 2020 for details.

Any emerging young artist in Calgary or surrounding area who shows clear talent, passion, and dedication are eligible to audition.

The student's private instructor does not need to be affiliated with the Conservatory.

Acceptance is determined by an audition panel consisting of Conservatory faculty.

Audition Requirements

Guitar applicants should prepare two contrasting pieces and expect a short sight-reading test and interview.

To qualify for admission to the Guitar Academy program, students:

  • must play a classical guitar (nylon strings)
  • must be currently studying with a private teacher (teacher need not be affiliated with the Mount Royal University Conservatory)
  • must be able to read music (standard notation)
  • should have a minimum of 1 year of previous private instruction
  • should have RCM / Calgary Performing Arts Festival experience (an asset, but not required)

 

Audition Results

Students will be notified of audition results no later than June 15, 2020. It is the responsibility of each accepted student to make private lesson arrangements with his/her instructor of choice.

For more information, or for assistance with the audition acceptance process, please contact academy@mtroyal.ca.

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