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GERALD GARCIA NAMED COMPOSER FOR 5TH ANNUAL BEATTY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR


Washington, DC – The International Conservatory of Music announced today that Gerald Garcia, Oxford, England, has been appointed Composer for the 5th Annual Beatty Music Scholarship Competition to be held March  11-14, 2011 in Washington, DC at George Washington University.


News Items:

• Garcia has composed three pieces for the Beatty Competition:

  1. Senior Division (ages 16-18):  “Antonio”

  2. Junior Division (ages 13-15):  “Milonga”

  3. Youth Division (ages 12 and under):  “Havabanera”

• These pieces are required in the first round of the Beatty Competition and are available to the public for free download until September 2011.

  1. Gerald Garcia studied chemistry but was drawn to music after college.  He writes works for guitar, chorus, ensemble and orchestra.  His works have been recorded by David Russell, John Holmquist, Craig Ogden, the Amadeus Duo, the Eden-Stell Duo,  Xue Fei Yang, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and John Williams as well as the Oxford Concert Party and the early music ensemble Charivari Agreable.  He has recorded 12 cds of his works and tours world wide as a player, lecturer and adjudicator.


Quote attributable to Amy Crews Cutts, Beatty Competition executive director:

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Garcia write these compositions for the Beatty Competition.  He is a very dedicated teacher as well as an acclaimed guitarist with an international reputation.  His music is fun and accessible for audiences yet challenging and interesting for musicians.

“In addition to promoting the young guitar talent in the Washington, DC area, the Beatty Competition is dedicated to building the repertoire of classical guitar music.  Contestants in the Competition are witnessing the creation of new music and are free to interpret it without the burden of a standard set by others.”

JOSE LUIS MERLIN COMMISSIONED TO WRITE SET PIECES FOR 4TH ANNUAL BEATTY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION


Washington, DC – The International Conservatory of Music announced today that José Luis Merlin of Madrid, Spain has been commissioned to write the three required set pieces for the 4th Annual John and Susie Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar to be held March 12-15, 2010 at George Washington University.  The 2009 composer was Vincent Lindsey-Clark, of London, England.


“We are very excited to have José Luis Merlin write the set pieces for the Fourth Annual Beatty Competition. Over the past three years, competitors in our event have shown an affinity for his compositions, particularly “Carnavalito” and other pieces from his Suite Del Recuerdo,” said Glenn Caluda, artistic director of the Beatty Competition.  “The enthusiasm the students showed for his pieces gave us the idea to commission his work for the 2010 competition, and Merlin’s dedication to teaching and attention to guitar technique made him a perfect choice.”


“We set out to design a competition that was fun, fair, and educational for the contestants.  We have been fortunate that we can also say that it has grown to include commissioning new music for the guitar from internationally acclaimed composers like Merlin and Lindsey-Clark,” said Tim Healy, International Conservatory of Music’s president.  “Hearing a new piece of music played publicly for the first time is a great experience, but giving that honor to a young musician is the best.  We are so pleased that we are able to add new music to the repertoire through the Beatty Competition.” 


The Beatty Competition features scholarships for students in three age groups:  Youth – for students up to 12 years of age, Junior – for students 13 to 15 years of age, and Senior – for students aged 16 to 18 years old.  Jose Luis Merlin will compose a piece for each age group to be played in the preliminary round as the required work.


Jose Luis Merlin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1952, and began playing guitar at age five. He earned his degree in 1970 from the Colegio Nacional Juan Crisóstomo Lafinur but already established himself as a gifted guitarist, composer and teacher while he was still a student.  Merlin has composed works for solo guitar, guitar and violin, guitar and string quartet, and other instruments, and has lectured and given workshops around the world on instrumental techniques, rhythmic folklore of Argentina, and insights and analyses of South American composers.  Merlin is founder and former director of the Centro de Estudios Musicales Merlin and he is currently the Director of the Music Department and a Guitar professor of the Mundo-Velázquez School of Music in Madrid, Spain.


The Beatty Competition features $7,450 in scholarships for students who live within the Washington, DC metro area for three age groups:  Youth – for students up to 12 years of age, Junior – for students 13 to 15 years of age, and Senior – for students aged 16 to 18 years old.  The event is held at George Washington University in Washington, DC.



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FRANK WALLACE NAMED COMPOSER FOR 7TH ANNUAL BEATTY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR


Washington, DC – The International Conservatory of Music announced today that Frank A. Wallace, Antrim, New Hampshire, USA, has been appointed Composer for the 7th Annual Beatty Music Scholarship Competition to be held March 8-11, 2013 in Washington, DC at George Washington University.


News Items:

• Wallace has composed a collection of five pieces, titled “Passing in the Night,” for the Beatty Competition

The following pieces are required in the first round of the Beatty Competition and are available to the public for free download until September 2013.

1.• Senior Division (ages 16-18):  “’Round the World”

2.• Junior Division (ages 13-15):  “Don’t Say Goodbye”

  1. 3.        • Youth Division (ages 12 and under):  “Par 9”


Wallace has a Bachelors of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and 35 years teaching experience at institutions such as New England Conservatory, Franklin Pierce College and Plymouth State College. In the past twelve years Frank Wallace has become one of the most prolific composers of songs for classical guitar of our time, having written over 100 pieces, many set to poetry from different sources, including Pulitzer prize winners. He served as a jury member for the 2012 Beatty Music Scholarship Competition.

Quote attributable to Amy Crews Cutts, Beatty Competition executive director:


“We are extremely pleased to have Frank Wallace as our composer for this year’s Beatty Competition.  Mr. Wallace was an enthusiastic jurist during the 2012 Competition, and he has a great appreciation for the high quality of the contestants we see at the Beatty Competition.

“The Beatty Competition has grown into a highly competitive event, with the contestants pushing each other to try more and more challenging pieces.  The Beatty Competition has now commissioned 17 new pieces written for the classical guitar, and these new works give the students the experience of interpreting new music that no one else has played before.”

ERNESTO CORDERO NAMED COMPOSER FOR 8TH ANNUAL BEATTY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR


Washington, DC – The International Conservatory of Music announced today that Ernesto Cordero, San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been appointed Composer for the 8th Annual Beatty Music Scholarship Competition to be held March 7-10, 2014 in Washington, DC at George Washington University.


News Items:

●Cordero has composed three pieces 2014 for the Beatty Competition

The following pieces are required in the first round of the Beatty Competition and are available online


1.Senior Division (ages 16-18):  “Las Niñas”

2.Junior Division (ages 13-15):  “Niebla”

  1. 3.        Youth Division (ages 12 and under):  “El Caminante”


Born in New York in 1946 and raised in Puerto Rico, Ernesto Cordero has established himself as both a guitarist and composer.  Cordero has composed a large rich catalogue distinguished by its Caribbean flavor and has written eight concertos (four for guitar, two for violin, one for flute-piccolo and one for the Puerto Rican cuatro), a variety of chamber works in which the guitar appears in diverse ensembles and numerous guitar solos, some of which have become standards. He has received important awards for composition and his music is performed and recorded worldwide by the finest artists.


In 2012 Cordero served as a jury member for the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition. Quote attributable to Amy Crews Cutts, Beatty Competition executive director:  “We are honored to have Ernesto Cordero as our composer for the 2014 Beatty Competition.  Mr. Cordero described his experience as jurist during the 2012 Competition as rewarding and exhilarating, citing in particular the very high achievement of the contestants we see at the Beatty Competition.  The Beatty Competition has now commissioned 20 new pieces written for the classical guitar, and these new works give the students the experience of interpreting new music that no one else has played before.  Mr. Cordero’s compositions add three more beautiful pieces to this list.”