UPDATE: This workshop has been canceled.
June 28-July 2, 2020 (One-week session)
This intensive five-day program is designed to develop strong technical ability, advanced musical skills, thorough knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. This year’s workshop celebrates the Global Guitar, highlighting the creative and dynamic contributions of composers and performers from around the world. Students will participate in master classes, ensembles, technique classes, and private lessons. The workshop will culminate in a concert of student solo and ensemble performances.
Guitar Workshop faculty will include Anne Waller, Senior Lecturer in Guitar, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music; Mark Maxwell, Coordinator of Guitar Studies, DePaul University School of Music and Guitar Instructor, Northwestern Music Academy; Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas, a three-time Latin Grammy nominee who has performed at celebrated venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, the Kennedy Center, London’s South Bank Centre, and Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Teaching assistants and presenters will include current and graduated DMA students An Tran (Vietnam), Nander Novaes (Brazil), and Elina Chekan (Belarus).
MUS_WKSP 310 Sec 2 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0 credit
MUS_WKSP 315 Sec 2 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0.5 credit
(Additional charge to register for credit)
Participant Tuition: $650
Full Program Youth Auditor: $150
Per Day Auditor: $80 (non-credit)
(Only checks, money orders or cash will be accepted for auditor fees)
An on-campus audition or submission of a digital audio or video recording of two contrasting pieces from the standard classical guitar literature. To arrange the on-campus audition, please contact Prof. Waller directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted via the Summer Application (closed). Upon creating a file in the Application, applicants should select “Summer Session” as their application type, and then select the workshop to which you are applying. This will ensure that your file is distributed to the correct reviewers. No separate application form is necessary--do not submit an application to Northwestern University via the Common Application or Graduate Music Online Application. Applicants will be asked to upload a detailed resume as well as all audition requirements.
The deadline for participant applications is May 4, 2020. Auditors are encouraged. The deadline for accepted participant registration with full tuition due is May 29, 2020.
NOTE: No paper applications will be accepted. Do not mail recordings to the Bienen School of Music or to faculty, as these will not be reviewed or returned.
On-campus housing is available for participants 18 years of age and older. Participants who have not yet reached the age of 18 must either commute to campus each day or find alternative housing options.
Faculty and Guest Artists
Anne Waller has toured the United States and Europe for over 30 years as both a soloist and as a member of the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo performing on both modern and historical instruments.
Ms. Waller has been presented in a wide variety of festival and concert venues including Guitar Foundation of America Festivals, Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals, the ASTA National Conference in Detroit, the Rantucci International Guitar Festival, the New York Guitar Festival at Mannes, the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, and the Festival Les Arcs as well as by guitar societies in Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Memphis and North Carolina. In addition, she has performed, lectured and taught master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in Europe. Ms. Waller has been featured regularly in live broadcasts on both commercial and public radio including the “Studs Terkel Show”, “Eight Forty-Eight”, “Live from WFMT” and “Live from Mayne Stage”.
As a member of the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo, Ms. Waller has toured extensively in Italy under the auspices of the Associazione Giovanile Musicale.
Waller and Maxwell hold the Diploma di Merito for their duo performances in Oscar Ghiglia’s master classes at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. The Accademia awarded them the Società Italiana Autori ed Editori prize and has sponsored them in many performances throughout Tuscany. In 1982 Ms. Waller was invited to perform for Andrés Segovia in his historic master class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Her most recent recording, Grand Pot-Pourri, Volume 10 of the Music from Northwestern series, features the terz guitar duos of Mertz and Giuliani on historical instruments.
Mark Maxwell has been on the faculty at the DePaul University School of Music as its classical guitar instructor since 1986. Sought after as a chamber player and soloist with orchestras such as Concertante di Chicago, Mr. Maxwell's performing activities have chiefly centered around the duo formed with his wife and Northwestern University guitar professor Anne Waller. The Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo has explored the repertoire for two guitars and contributed to it through their arrangements of works for other instruments. Also they enjoy sharing their interest and advocating for nineteenth century guitar duo music performed on original instruments. Soundboard magazine wrote of Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, "Great playing! This duo delivers the goods from moment to moment, and piece to piece."
Since joining forces in 1981, the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo have been presented in a wide variety of concert venues including the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.; Guitar Foundation of America festivals; the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals; The Rantucci Festival in Buffalo, New York; Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and Mostly Music, Inc. in Chicago as well as by guitar societies in Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Memphis and North Carolina. In addition, they have been featured in live broadcasts on both commercial and public radio including the "Studs Terkel Show" and "Live from Studio One" on WFMT in Chicago.
Waller and Maxwell have performed extensively in Italy under the auspices of the Associazione Giovanile Musicale where they were praised for "their absolutely sublime touch" (La Sicilia) and for "strong playing, but at the same time delicate and clean" (Libert). They hold the Diploma di Merito for their duo performances in Oscar Ghiglia's master classes at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. The Accademia awarded them the Societ Italiana Autori ed Editori prize and has sponsored them in many performances throughout Tuscany.
Berta Rojas ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists. She has been praised as “guitarist extraordinaire” by the Washington Post and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “Ambassador of the classical guitar.”
Berta has been nominated three times for Latin Grammy Awards; in the category of Best Instrumental Album for Día y Medio - A Day and a Half, a duet with Paquito D’Rivera (2012), in the category of Best Classical Album, for her album Salsa Roja (2014), and more recently in the category of Best Tango Album, for her album History of Tango (2015), recorded with the Camerata Bariloche.
Berta’s acknowledged warmth and musicality have earned her the admiration of audiences at major venues worldwide: the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at the Lincoln Center, in New York, London’s South Bank Centre, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the National Concert Hall in Dublin, where she performed as a soloist with the Irish Radio and Television Orchestra, and the Flagey Studio 4 in Brussels, where she performed with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra for Belgian National Television.
In 2011, with guest Paquito D’Rivera, Berta initiated the four-year tour “In the Footsteps of Mangoré” which followed the travels of Agustín Barrios, pioneer of the classical guitar in the Americas. The duo performed in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, concluding the journey at the national theater of the capital of El Salvador, final resting place of the celebrated composer.
Berta takes her audience on a colorful journey of sound, embracing new works by composers in diverse genres. The journey is echoed in recordings such as Cielo Abierto (2006) and Terruño (2009), as well as the duo with Carlos Barbosa-Lima on Alma y Corazón (2007) and the celebrated Intimate Barrios (2008) featuring works by the great Paraguayan composer and guitarist. On her latest recording, Felicidade (2017), she pays tribute to Brazilian music, with guest artists including Gilberto Gil, Toquinho and Ivan Lins.
In addition to continually enriching her own career through international tours and master classes, Berta Rojas is firmly committed to furthering and disseminating the classical guitar. A particular focus is on promoting the music of her country, Paraguay, as well as Latin American music more widely, and her ongoing support for the careers of young, upcoming guitarists.