with Mark Maxwell, Oscar Ghiglia, Brian Torosian, and An Tran
June 23-28, 2024
Schedule: Sun 12:00-4:00pm, Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:00 pm
Opening Concert: Sunday, June 23, at 7:30pm
Final Recital: Friday, June 28, at 7:30pm
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (Evanston Campus)
This one-week program is designed to develop strong technical ability, advanced musical skills, thorough knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. Students will participate in master classes, technique classes, guitar ensemble, and style and performance practice workshops. The six-day workshop will culminate in a concert of student 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; Oscar Ghiglia, internationally renowned concert artist and professor emeritus of the Basel Music Akademie; Brian Torosian, faculty at Northeastern Illinois University, An Tran, faculty at Northern Illinois University and Roosevelt University.
MUS_WKSP 310 Sec 2 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0 credit
MUS_WKSP 315 Sec 2 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0.5 credit
Participant Tuition: $750, Full Program Auditors: $450
(Additional charge to register for credit)
Audition requirements: A submission of a digital audio or video recording of two contrasting pieces from the standard classical guitar literature. Please submit this recording through the Summer Application, or contact Prof. Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an on-campus audition.
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 they are applying. This will ensure that the 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 8, 2024. Auditors are encouraged. The deadline for accepted participant registration with full tuition due is June 1, 2024.
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
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.
Italian guitarist Oscar Ghiglia was born of an artistic family - his father and grandfather were both famed painters and his mother an accomplished pianist. At the age of fourteen he decided to study classical guitar at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, where he won certificates of honor not only in guitar but also in theoretical subjects as well. In 1957 he began study with the Spanish guitar master Andrés Segovia at the Academia Chigiana in Siena and at Santiago de Compostela in Spain (1958-1963). Segovia was his major influence and inspiration during his formative years. The young guitarist has also studied with Venezuelan virtuoso Alirio Díaz.
Oscar Ghiglia's graduation from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in 1962 was followed by several important awards: 1st Prize at the Orense Guitar Competition, 1st Prize at the Santiago de Compostela Guitar Competition (1963) and 1st Prize at the International Guitar Competition of Radio France (ORTF) (1963, Unanimous Winner). After the latter winning, he received scholarship to the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he studied music history with Jacques Chailley in 1963-1964. Andrés Segovia chose Oscar Ghiglia as his assistant for classes at the University of California in Berkeley in the summer of 1964.
Since then, Oscar Ghiglia has given numerous concerts and master classes throughout the world. He made his first tours to the USA and Japan in 1964-1965, and his British debut in 1966. In addition to appearing extensively in all parts of North and South America and Europe (Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands), he is a frequent performer in the Far East, Turkey, Israel, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.
Besides touring as a solo performer, Oscar Ghiglia has played and recorded with such names as singers Victoria de Los Angeles, Jan DeGaetani, Gerald English, John McCollum; flutists as Jean-Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker; ensembles as the Juilliard String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the Cleveland String Quartet, the Quartetto d’archi di Venezia and the Tokyo String Quartet; violinists as Giuliano Carmignola, Franco Gulli, Salvatore Accardo and Regis Pasquier; violists such as B. Giuranna, and P. Zuckerman; cellists as K. Adam, A. Roman and L. Varga; guitarists such as Eliot Fisk, S. Fukuda, Loretta Guerra, Antigoni Goni, and Elena Papandreou. Oscar Ghiglia was a founding member of the International Classic Guitar Quartet.
While being active as a concert artist, Oscar Ghiglia has always favored teaching as a sister profession, and spreading his own teaching around the five continents. In 1969 he founded the Guitar Department at the Aspen Music Festival and taught there for 20 years. He also founded the Festival de Musique des Arcs and the “Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano,” and has been artist in residence or visiting professor at the Cincinnati and San Francisco conservatories, the Juilliard School, the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Northwestern University, and the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada. In 1976 he “inherited” Segovia’s class in Siena's Accademia Chigiana. From 1983 to 2004 he was professor of guitar at the Basel Music-Akademie where he taught post-graduate students. He regularly gives summer classes in Europe (at the Festival d'Arc in southern France, at the Chigiana Academy in Siena, Italy, and at the Festival Garnanno, Italy), America and the Middle East. Founder of the International Guitar Competition of Gargnano (Italy), Ghiglia boasts a very high number of first prize winners among his students, in competitions around the world.
Oscar Ghiglia has recorded for Angel and Nonesuch Records. His recordings include "Paganini Sonata," "The Guitar in Spain," "The Spanish Guitar of Oscar Ghiglia," and numerous others.
Brian Torosian, a faculty member at Northeastern Illinois University, is an active soloist and chamber musician on guitar, lute, and mandolin. In addition to the standard six-string guitar, he plays baroque guitar, Terz guitar, and 10-string guitar replicas, the latter two made for him by R. E. Bruné after 19th-century Viennese instruments. Concert performances include appearances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, His Majesties Clerkes, and Classical Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Torosian completed his doctoral studies at Northwestern University with Anne Waller, and also studied with Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy where he received Diplomas of Merit, and an honorary scholarship. He has taken numerous master classes with Eliot Fisk, Paul O'dette, Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Robert Guthrie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, David Starobin, Mark Maxwell, Nigel North, Eduardo Fernandez, and David Russell as well as early music and continuo studies with Mary Springfels and David Schrader. Brian is the current president of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.
Long an exponent of the music of nineteenth-century virtuoso guitarist and composer J. K. Mertz, Torosian's doctoral dissertation, Mertz in America, chronicles the music of Mertz in the United States in the early twentieth century. Brian's published editions include 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 track on the harp guitar compilation Christmas Present and a collection of Mertz’s guitar and piano duos, which features premiere recordings of newly-discovered concert works. Brian is also an accomplished electric guitarist, with over 100 compositions in contemporary popular styles.
An Tran is an internationally acclaimed Vietnamese Classical Guitarist and winner of over 13 international competitions and awards. Based in Chicago, USA, An has been praised for his “gorgeous playing” and “flawless technique” by the KnoxTNToday, and received many accolades for his dynamic artistry including being hailed as a “Vietnamese guitar virtuoso” by Austin Classical Guitar. Crafting his signature style by merging world cultures with Vietnamese classical music he, was invited to teach, perform and judge at various festivals includingthe Milwaukee Latino Arts Guitar Festival, Latin-American International Guitar Festival, New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Hamilton International Guitar Festival (Canada) and Lone Star Guitar Festival (Texas).
Building on the momentum of his many successes, An collaborated with Vietnamese composers Nguyen The-An and Dang Ngoc Long for his latest 7-track solo album entitled “Stay, My Beloved”, which was described by Classical Guitar Magazine as “to make the year-end Top Ten list of my favorite classical guitar albums of the year.” Released on Frameworks Records in 2020, the album portrays varying elements of traditional instruments expressed by An’s virtuosic guitar playing. Taking listeners on an emotional journey through the rich soundscapes of Vietnam, An is set to grace the stages in Germany, France and Spain on his upcoming European CD release tour.
An has captivated audiences throughout North America and Asia, including concerts for Bangkok Guitar Society, Toronto International Guitar Series and will be performing at the prestigious Segovia Classical Guitar Series in Chicago. He won several International Guitar Competitions in Berlin, New Orleans, Rhode Island and the Society of American Musicians in Chicago, among many others.
Gaining inspiration from the interconnectedness of music, cultures and people, An developed and refined his skills and techniques for over two decades and studied in masterclasses with many world-renowned guitarists. He received his B.A. in Music and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from North Park University, studying with Julie Goldberg and Tom Zelle and his Master of Music along with the Southeast Asia Studies Fellowship from Yale University, studying with Benjamin Verdery. Currently a Dorothy and Carl Johnson endowed Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Northwestern University studying with Anne Waller, An continues to transcend boundaries with his music.
An Tran is an exclusive artist of D’Addario and managed by Jean Schreiber Management/Classics Alive Artists in Los Angeles, USA. An performs on guitars made by Stephan Connor in Boston, USA.