In September 2013, Jerome joined the String Department Faculty at New England Conservatory in Boston. Jerome also serves on the faculty of Bridgewater State University (MA) where he teaches a private studio class, as well as general studies courses. In addition, Jerome has been invited to teach masterclasses or lecture at various universities including San Jose State University (CA), University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (WI), Acadia University (Canada), Dalhousie University (Canada), University of Sonora (Mexico), Middlesex Community College (MA), and Music Conservatopia. Jerome presented a lecture/recital about improvisation in early nineteenth century guitar repertoire at the College Music Society National Conference in 2013.
Jerome was the first guitarist to ever receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory of Boston. His doctoral dissertation analyzes how collaboration between composer and soloist achieved an optimization of the guitar’s capabilities in Robert Beaser’s Guitar Concerto (2009). Jerome earned his Master of Music degree magna cum laude at age 20 at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, studying with Hugues Navez. He then earned a Postgraduate Diploma at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, studying with the renowned masters Eliot Fisk and Ricardo Gallen. He followed the master courses of David Russell, Angel Romero, Pepe Romero, Emmanuel Rossfelder, Joaquin Clerch, and Pavel Steidl, among others. He also studied flamenco with the Spanish guitarist Antonio Segura in Brussels. Based in the Boston area, Jerome maintains an active private guitar studio made up of talented young guitarists and advanced adult players.
Dan Hovey (USA)
Aaron Spoor (USA)
Miroslav Lončar (Croatia) - Orchestra Director
International Music Scholar and first four-time Undergraduate Research and Creativity Scholar and Grant recipient. Upon his graduation from MTSU he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Guitar Performance Award. Since coming to the United States, Silviu has won an impressive collection of prizes. Among these, First Prize at the Indiana International Guitar Competition, First Prize at the East Carolina University Guitar Festival and Competition, Second Prize in the Texas International Guitar Competition, First Prize in the Columbus Guitar Symposium, First Prize in the Appalachian Guitar Festival, Third Prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition, Fifth Prize at the prestigious Parkening International Guitar Competition, Third Prize in the Schadt Concerto Competition. While competing in the Parkening Competition, Soundboard Magazine said Silviu …"gave a solid performance"...
Silviu is also an acclaimed flamenco guitarist. He traveled to the south of Spain to study flamenco guitar and lived in Cadiz, Madrid and Seville. Some of his flamenco mentors include Adam del Monte, Ricardo Nunez, and Oscar Guzman. He has performed with his flamenco band Tequila Flamenco Group at the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival at Oberlin Conservatory, Eastfield College Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX, and with his new flamenco project Maharajah Flamenco Trio at the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition in Columbia, SC and has toured the United States east coast from Florida to New York.
Silviu holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master of Music in guitar performance from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Music degree in guitar performance from Florida State University where he was graduate teaching assistant to professor Bruce Holzman. In addition to being a classical and flamenco guitarist, Silviu is also a fine flamenco singer and always fascinated with languages, Silviu speaks five fluently.
Dr. Miroslav Lončar (pronounced Lonchar) - a teacher, performing artist, and composer for guitar, is a native of Croatia living in Sterling, Virginia. He teaches guitar and the multicultural performance group World View at Park View High School. Dr. Lončar directs the Loudoun Youth Guitars and is the president of the Aguado Guitar Concerts - a group of guitar enthusiasts that promotes classical guitar and provides a variety of performance opportunities for guitarists in Loudoun County. Dr. Lončar has served on the Guitar Foundation of America Education Committee and is a member of the Composer Society of Montgomery County and the Association of Croatian American Professionals.
Dr. Lončar started his music education in his native Croatia and went on to study in Austria, where he received his master’s degree, and later in the United States, where he earned his doctorate. Dr. Lončar has taught classical guitar, music history, music theory, music appreciation, and German, and during the twenty years of teaching has worked with students at all levels, from primary to university.
Dan Hovey is a versatile guitarist and music teacher. In 2012 he played both Come Fly Away and The Addams Family at the Kennedy Center and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s pops concerts at Strathmore and Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. He has been living and working in the D.C. area for about 8 years, and before that spent 14 years living in New York City, playing in Broadway shows (Swing, Mamma Mia, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, The Full Monte, etc.) He also did extensive studio work in New York in TV and radio ads, film scores, and albums. He also worked in nightclubs playing blues, swing, and rock. Mr. Hovey is currently teaching guitar at Montgomery College. He was also a mentor in Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program. He is active in the D.C. live music scene and in recording
Praised as having “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity”, Australian classical guitarist and Augustine Artist Scott Borgperforms extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is known for his colorful, refined, and daring performances. With a string of international scholarships and prizes under his belt, including the Australian Music Examinations Board highest honor, the Fellowship in Music Australia (F.Mus.A), his previous engagements have included performances at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra Mérida (Mexico), ICPNA Guitar Festival (Peru), the Shell Darwin International Festival (Australia),
Jake Sheffer (USA)
Classical and flamenco guitarist Silviu Octavian Ciulei was born in Constanta, Romania. He began his musical studies at the age of six and attended the High School of Arts in Constanta. By age thirteen, he had won his first performance prize. In Romania, Silviu won many prizes including First Prizes in the National Music Olympics, and was First Prize winner and Gold Medalist three times consecutively in the “George Georgescu” International Music Performance Competition. He graduated at the top of his class and was selected to perform the Concerto in A major opus 30 by Mauro Giuliani with the Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2004, Silviu was awarded a Full International Scholarship to study guitar performance with Dr. William Yelverton at Middle Tennessee State University. Silviu is the MTSU School of Music's first Full
studios. His guitar playing can be heard every Sunday with the Mary Ann Redmond Band at the Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda.
Composer, performer, and recording artist Aaron Spoor performs a range of classical guitar repertoire from the Baroque to the Twentieth-Century periods. Mr. Spoor’s second album, Sans Souci, was released February 25, 2011 and features two premiere recordings: Saudades by Grammy-nominated artist Clarice Assad and the album’s title track, Spoor’s own original composition. Mr. Spoor has performed in a wide range of venues including Chicago’s Rudolf Ganz Memorial Recital Hall, Denver’s King Center Recital Hall, and the Feddersen Recital Hall in Walnut, California. Other performances include concerts for the Ventura County Classical Guitar Society, Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Music at Noon Concert Series, First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and Claremont United Church of Christ in Claremont, California.
New York's Apollo Theatre and Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Ateneo de Madrid, and performed for the Westminster Kennel Club. In 2006 he was invited to perform for President Hu Jintao, Peoples Republic of China, at his internationally televised address to the United States of America. As a winner of Artists International, NY Concert Review described his Carnegie Hall debut as“well balanced, gracefully presented, and expertly played… each note was purposeful and focused, as was each rest.” His performances have been broadcast on Australian and American radio stations including ABC Classic FM and NPR. He was also featured on MTV2.
Mr Borg began his guitar studies at the age of seven with his father, Victor, and was soon after accepted into the young artists program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Currently a candidate in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Maestro Eliot Fisk, he received his Artist Diploma (Yale University), Masters of Music (The Juilliard School) and a Bachelor of Creative Arts with First Class Honours (University of Wollongong). His previous mentors have included Sharon Isbin, Benjamin Verdery, Gregory Pikler, and Christopher Keane.
As a conductor, he is the director of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Orchestra, and was previously director of the Boston Guitar Orchestra (2009-2016) and have performed in diverse venues ranging from the Ateneo de Madrid and Boston's Jordan Hall, to the Newburyport Lantern Festival and the 2014 VietAID. He has conducted and given guest lectures at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition, New Hampshire All State, Peabody Conservatory's 'Fretfest', Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensembles Festival, and the New England Guitar Ensembles Festival. His debut CD, 'On an Overgrown Path' is available on the Odradek Label.
Mr Borg is currently on faculty at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, and is Artistic Director of the Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival.
Mr Borg is a Augustine Artist and uses Augustine Regal strings. He plays "Aranda", a guitar by Stephan Connor.
Mr. Spoor received his Master’s degree in Music Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he received a conservatory scholarship to study under Sergio Assad. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he studied guitar under Alex Komodore, and composition under Dr. Nancy Gunn and Dr. Fred Hess. Mr. Spoor’s secondary teachers include Denis Azabagic, and David Evans and he has also had lessons with Pamela Kimmel, Angelo Favis and Paul Henry. In addition to his core curriculum, Mr. Spoor performed in master classes with David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Paul Galbraith, Lorenzo Micheli, Johan Fostier, and Judicael Perroy.
Since 1997 Aaron Spoor has operated and managed his own private studio where he teaches guitar, composition and music theory. From January 2004 through May 2006 Mr. Spoor served on the faculty of the McHenry County Music Center, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. August 2005 through August 2011 he served on the faculty at Mt. San Antonio College, in Walnut, California, where he taught Fundamentals of Music Theory, World Music, Rock History, Class Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, and Private Instruction. Currently he is on the faculty at Montgomery College, in Rockville, Maryland, where he teaches Class Guitar, World Music, and American Popular Music; and the International School of Music, in Bethesda, Maryland, where he teaches guitar and music composition.
Jake Sheffer has been playing guitar for 46 years and has played at venues across the United States. He has played with many artists including the band Pockets (produced by Earth, Wind, and Fire), Lonnie Smith, and many local artists and groups. Prof. Sheffer currently plays with Main Event. Since 1980 he has performed in the Baltimore/Washington area with many bands, including Odyssey. For 2 years he performed fusion jazz with Lonnie Liston Smith. Prof. Sheffer also performed with the Columbia Recording Artists Pockets and toured with Earth, Wind and Fire. He has studied with Charles Banacos in Boston and with Walt Namuth of the Buddy Rich Orchestra.
Scott Borg (Australia) - Artistic Director
Prior to joining the music department at Park View High School, he taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and Sacred Heart Elementary School. Seventeen years ago, Dr. Lončar began conducting the Karlovac International Summer Guitar School and the Imotski Summer Guitar School in his native Croatia, where young guitarists and world-class teachers meet every summer for classes, concerts, and other fun activities. A number of students who attended the Karlovac International Summer Guitar School have gone on to study guitar at prestigious universities. Most of them are now successful performers and teachers.
In addition to teaching, Miroslav Lončar has been performing on classical guitar throughout Europe and the United States, mosty in the Klasinc&Lončar Guitar Duo with his wife, and recently with the Lončar Trio that includes their daughter Maya, and with the NOVA Guitar Quartet which includes the Loudoun County Guitar teachers Dr. Adam Kossler, and Dr. Matthew Dunlap. Lončar has appeared as solo artist with the Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonics, the Mississippi Symphony, the Meridian Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Symphony of West Florida, the Loudoun Symphony and other orchestras. He has recorded several albums; solo, with the Klasinc&Lončar Duo, Trio Bolero, the calypso group Kaiso, and others.
Silviu Ciulei (Romania)
Jerome Mouffe (Belgium)
Virtuoso guitarist Jerome Mouffe has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Highlight performances include recitals for Omni Concert Series in San Francisco, Austin Classical Guitar Society, International Brussels Guitar Festival, Festival del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico, La Guitarra California Festival, and Boston GuitarFest, among others. In 2009, Jerome was invited to perform at the Agustin Barrios Mangore Festival in Brussels, where he shared the stage with Eliot Fisk, his teacher and mentor. Jerome’s performances have been broadcast on Belgian national public radios Musiq3 and Klara.
Jerome frequently performs with guitar phenomenon Grisha Goryachev, violinist Emil Altschuler, and flautist Ben Smolen. In 2011, Jerome performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora conducted by Hector Reyes, in Mexico. Jerome has released his debut CD—Capriccio—on the VGo Recordings label in 2009. The album features early nineteenth century virtuoso Italian music. It includes caprices by Regondi, Legnani, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and transcriptions of Paganini’s famous violin capricci for solo guitar.
MARCH 24 - 26, 2017