Guitar Workshop

Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, Raphaella Smits and Brian Torosian

June 23-28, 2019 (One-week session)

Schedule: Su 12:00-4:00 pm; MTWThF 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Final Concert: June 28 at 7:00 pm

Location: Regenstein Hall

June 23-28, 2019

Overview

This intensive six-day program is designed to develop strong technical ability and advanced musical skills thorough knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. This year’s workshop will include a two-day symposium exploring Baroque and Nineteenth Century repertoire, style and historical guitars. Students will participate in master classes, ensembles, technique classes and private lessons. The six-day workshop will culminate in a concert of student solo and ensemble performances.

Available Credits

MUS_WKSP 310 Sec 20 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0 credit 
MUS_WKSP 315 Sec 20 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0.5 credit 

(Additional charge to register for credit)

Tuition

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)

    Audition requirements

    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 a-waller@northwestern.edu.

    How to Apply

    Applications must be submitted via the Summer Application. 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 April 15, 2019. Auditors are encouraged. The deadline for accepted participant registration with full tuition due is May 31, 2019

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    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.


    Faculty and Guest Artists

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    Anne Waller

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    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.

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    Mark Maxwell

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    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.

    See Full Bio

    Raphaella Smits

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    Raphaella Smits plays worldwide in her unique way on eight-string guitars and historical instruments. Recognized as ‘an uncommonly musical guitarist’ (Tim Page, New York Times), she always commits to the soul of the music. Her solo recitals as well as her performances with the most distinguished colleagues always meet enthusiastic audiences and press. 
    Besides stage-work Raphaella Smits has made 21 recordings, many of them being listed as indispensable to refined music lovers. 

    Raphaella Smits is internationally praised as an inspiring teacher for both guitar and chamber music. In addition to her chair at the Lemmens Institute in Belgium, she regularly gives master-classes in West and East Europe, in North and South America and in Japan. 

    Organizers of international music competitions ask Raphaella as a member or as president of the jury because of her ability to listen and to judge so accurately. Here again she shows her talent to combine professional skills with a great sense of empathy. 

    Raphaella studied classical music at the Royal Conservatories of Antwerp and Brussels. She also went to José Tomàs to perfect her playing at the "Catedra Andrès Segovia" in Spain. At that time she was giving her first recitals and became a persuasive advocate of the eight-string guitar. 

    In 1986 Raphaella Smits was the first woman to win the first prize of the "XX Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Francisco Tarrega", the famous international guitar competition in Benicasim, Spain. That victory confirmed the progress of a successful career, which over the previous years had included prizes in the Granada and Palma de Mallorca contests. 
    Chairmen Andrès Segovia and Narciso Yepes, both expressed their admiration for Raphaella's musicality and put prophetically confidence in her future achievements. 

    Today Raphaella Smits is called quite rightly ‘une Grande Musicienne’ and ‘one of the most delicate and most cultivated performers of our time’ (Jean Bernard, Diapason, FR). 

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    Brian Torosian

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    Brian Torosian is an active soloist and chamber musician best known for his work relating to 19th-century guitarist and composer J. K. Mertz. In addition to standard six-string guitar, he plays baroque guitar, Terz guitar, and 10-string guitar replicas, the latter two including those made for him by R. E. Bruné after 19th-century Viennese instruments. Torosian is the current President of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society and directs the guitar program of Northeastern Illinois University where he is a multiple recipient of the Instructor Excellence Award. He received bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Anne Waller, and studied with Oscar Ghiglia in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana where he received the Diploma of Merit. Concert performances include appearances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, His Majesties Clerkes, and Classical Symphony Orchestra. Cited as "the world's foremost Mertz scholar," Brian's published editions include the first complete edition of Mertz's Opern-Revue, Mertz's trio for violin/flute, viola, and guitar Divertissement, Op. 32 (DGA Editions), an anthology of operatic concert works entitled Selected Operatic Fantasies of Mertz (Mel Bay), as well as new editions of Mertz's selected works published by Chanterelle Verlag, Heidelberg. His recordings include a collection of Mertz’s guitar and piano duos.

    Anne Waller

    Close

    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

    Close

    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.

    Raphaella Smits

    Close

    Raphaella Smits plays worldwide in her unique way on eight-string guitars and historical instruments. Recognized as ‘an uncommonly musical guitarist’ (Tim Page, New York Times), she always commits to the soul of the music. Her solo recitals as well as her performances with the most distinguished colleagues always meet enthusiastic audiences and press. 
    Besides stage-work Raphaella Smits has made 21 recordings, many of them being listed as indispensable to refined music lovers. 

    Raphaella Smits is internationally praised as an inspiring teacher for both guitar and chamber music. In addition to her chair at the Lemmens Institute in Belgium, she regularly gives master-classes in West and East Europe, in North and South America and in Japan. 

    Organizers of international music competitions ask Raphaella as a member or as president of the jury because of her ability to listen and to judge so accurately. Here again she shows her talent to combine professional skills with a great sense of empathy. 

    Raphaella studied classical music at the Royal Conservatories of Antwerp and Brussels. She also went to José Tomàs to perfect her playing at the "Catedra Andrès Segovia" in Spain. At that time she was giving her first recitals and became a persuasive advocate of the eight-string guitar. 

    In 1986 Raphaella Smits was the first woman to win the first prize of the "XX Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Francisco Tarrega", the famous international guitar competition in Benicasim, Spain. That victory confirmed the progress of a successful career, which over the previous years had included prizes in the Granada and Palma de Mallorca contests. 
    Chairmen Andrès Segovia and Narciso Yepes, both expressed their admiration for Raphaella's musicality and put prophetically confidence in her future achievements. 

    Today Raphaella Smits is called quite rightly ‘une Grande Musicienne’ and ‘one of the most delicate and most cultivated performers of our time’ (Jean Bernard, Diapason, FR). 

    Brian Torosian

    Close

    Brian Torosian is an active soloist and chamber musician best known for his work relating to 19th-century guitarist and composer J. K. Mertz. In addition to standard six-string guitar, he plays baroque guitar, Terz guitar, and 10-string guitar replicas, the latter two including those made for him by R. E. Bruné after 19th-century Viennese instruments. Torosian is the current President of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society and directs the guitar program of Northeastern Illinois University where he is a multiple recipient of the Instructor Excellence Award. He received bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Anne Waller, and studied with Oscar Ghiglia in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana where he received the Diploma of Merit. Concert performances include appearances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, His Majesties Clerkes, and Classical Symphony Orchestra. Cited as "the world's foremost Mertz scholar," Brian's published editions include the first complete edition of Mertz's Opern-Revue, Mertz's trio for violin/flute, viola, and guitar Divertissement, Op. 32 (DGA Editions), an anthology of operatic concert works entitled Selected Operatic Fantasies of Mertz (Mel Bay), as well as new editions of Mertz's selected works published by Chanterelle Verlag, Heidelberg. His recordings include a collection of Mertz’s guitar and piano duos.