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Vanguard University's Guitar Festival 2017

Vanguard University Music Department

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

Vanguard University's Guitar Festival 2017

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Full Day Admission - Includes Final Concert Mar 13, 2017 $18.00 $1.98
Final Concert Ticket Mar 13, 2017 $8.59 $1.46

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2017 Vanguard University Guitar Festival 


1) Ensemble Leader

2) Guest Lecturer

3) Student attending under Ensemble Leader



The Vanguard University Guitar Festival is a great event for those seeking musicality and growth in their guitar expertise.

Musicians of all ages are invited to receive tutelage from renown professional guitarists, spanning from the United States to Latin America.

Festival includes workshops, lectures, performances, all while getting in touch with the local classical guitar community. Come play and learn with us!

Event Schedule

1:30 pm - Doors Open - Needham Chapel 

2:00 pm - Introduction Concert - Argentine Music - Frederico Nunez 

2:45-4:30 pm - Master Classes - Andrew York, Frederico Nunez

2:45-4:30 pm - Clinics and Workshops - Josinaldo Costa

4:30-6:00 pm - Dinner - Buffet meal at Vanguard Café

6:00-6:45 pm - Performance Rehearsal, Evening Lecture - The Colors of Time Sonata for Guitar, by Fernando Maglia. Analysis and Examples of the Extended Techniques - Federico Nunez

7:00-8:30 pm - Finale Concert - Milongon and Minimalismi Indu by Vito Paradiso, Directed by Chuck Hulihan


Mock Auditions will be administered throughout the day. Please check with our signin booth if you would like to participate.


Event tickets do not include meals. Food is available at the Vanguard Cafe throughout the day, on campus.

Event tickets can be purchased for the finale concert for a reduced price of $10


This year's guest lineup spotlights some of the best talent offered in Southern California: 

Andrew York is one of today's best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a GRAMMY as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his sixteen years with the cutting-edge ensemble. York’s compositions have been featured on GRAMMY-winning recordings by Jason Vieaux (CD “Play”, featuring Andrew’s iconic composition “Sunburst”, 2015) and Sharon Isbin (CD “Journey to the New World” featuring “Andecy”, 2010). In 2006 Andrew recorded and performed with the Atlanta Symphony for the opera “Ainadamar” by Osvaldo Golijov. The recording of “Ainadamar” (Deutsche Gramophone) won two GRAMMY awards.

Chuck Hulihan has enjoyed a vast career over the past twenty years as a  performer, educator, conductor, narrator, arts administrator, and as a classical music radio host. Chuck has Directed the Guitar Program at Glendale Community College since 1999, where he is the Assistant Department Chair for Performing Arts, and serves on the Arts Advisory Board for the Maricopa Community College District. In January of 2015 Chuck was chosen by his peers to receive the GCC Gaucho Globe Award for Supporting Student Success.

Federico Núñez is a Post-Graduate Coordinator and Professor in Composition at the University of Arts. Coordinator of Composition major and teacher of Composition and Guitar (“Manuel de Falla” Conservatory of Buenos Aires). He has been invited to perform as a soloist and teacher at the XIX Festival della Chitarra Caroso (Italia); Contest and International Festival “Ramón Noble” (México); III “Identidades” Festival (Cuba, with Ibermúsicas sponsorship); International Clarinets meeting of Montevideo (Uruguay, with J. F. Bescond); OCMA Orchestra (Paraguay); MEC Educative Radio and Río de Janeiro TV television, Parbeszedhaza Church (Hungary) and Santiago International Guitar Festival of Santiago (Chile). 

Josinaldo Costa is a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music, also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) and a Master’s degree from the University of Akron, where he studied with Mauro Maibrada and Stephen Aron. During his undergraduate studies, the successful participation in classical guitar events in Brazil resulted in important opportunities, including performances as a soloist with the Recife Symphony Orchestra, Pernambuco Youth Orchestra, and the award of a FIPSE/CAPES scholarship to study at East Carolina University with Dr. Elliot Frank.


Hosted by Michael Nigro: 

Director Michael Nigro has performed across the Unites States and abroad, playing concerts in the Philippines, Argentina, Chile, and Bulgaria. He has given concerts and master classes for numerous universities, performing arts centers, church concert series, guitar societies, libraries, and museums, including Auditorio Juan Victoria in San Juan, Argentina, Salon Parroquial-Conciertos “El Rincon” in Villa-General Belgrano, Argentina, and the Ventura County, Colorado Springs, Sacramento, Bloomington, Jefferson, Knoxville, and Portland Guitar Societies.



What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free, under permit. A 1 day free parking pass for will be sent along with the ticket. Campus parking is available in Lots C and D, seen on the campus map here

Where is the Festival Located?

Main Stage - Needham Chapel. Signs will be posted around campus day of event. Visit our Check-in booth located in the Heath Rotunda.

Have questions about Vanguard University's Guitar Festival 2017? Contact Vanguard University Music Department

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Vanguard University of Southern California
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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Vanguard University Music Department

Vanguard University of Southern California is a private, non-profit Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies in Costa Mesa, California. The school offers over 30 undergraduate degrees and emphases in 15 different departments. Vanguard University also offers adult-learning programs in its professional studies department and features six graduate degrees. Vanguard University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Ranked #12 in the Western Regional Colleges in 2014, The Princeton Review also named Vanguard University one of its 124 “Best Western” Colleges in 2014. Additionally, Vanguard is named in the 2012-13 Christian Colleges of Distinction and was 99th on the Forbes list of best universities in the West.

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