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Day of Guitar

EVENT DATE: Tuesday, November 6, 2018















Registration Deadline: Friday, October 19, 2018
Registration: PDF Registration, Online Registration

Participants: Guitar students of all levels are invited to participate.  Spots fill up quickly for the day and space is limited, so please register early.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.  The festival begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.

Objective:  Day of Guitar will spark your students’ enthusiasm for guitar and encourage them to strive to the next level of guitar performance. Instructors will pick-up tips on repertoire, running rehearsals, and playing techniques. Designed for classical, jazz, pop, and acoustic guitarists of all levels, from first-year beginners to the technically advanced, Day of Guitar is a great opportunity for students to meet and make music with musicians from other schools. Students will rehearse and perform with the Day of Guitar Orchestra, receive coaching and instruction from many of Chicago’s finest guitar teachers, and be able to perform an ensemble or solo piece in the afternoon concert.

Day of Guitar will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:15 p.m. Activities will also include the Guitar Orchestra rehearsal, and a performance featuring each school's ensemble and the Day of Guitar Orchestra. The guitar orchestra music is easy enough for beginners and includes challenging parts for the more advanced player. All orchestra parts are available in standard notation and guitar tab. Instructors should practice and rehearse the music with their students before the event.

Day of Guitar 2017's Featured Guests:


Diego Alonso (Diego-Alonso Audette-Aste) is this year's featured presenter.  Diego has been performing and composing Spanish Guitar inspired music for solo and ensemble projects nationally and internationally since 2002.  Diego graduated with highest honors in Flamenco Guitar Performance from the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Seville, Spain.  Diego Alonso is the founder and director of Spanish Guitar Chicago and the Sonanta School of Guitar.  He performs as a solo guitarist and as part of the Diego Alonso Spanish-Jazz Ensemble nationally and internationally.



DOG_JulieDay of Guitar features Dr. Julie Goldberg as the Festival Director.  Julie Goldberg is the Professor of Guitar at VanderCook College of Music.  She has performed concerts and presented workshops throughout the U.S.  Overseas, she has taught master classes at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi, and the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music.  She recently co-authored the book 100 Classical Guitar Lessons, published by Hal Leonard.  Her educational guitar ensemble compositions are published by Guitar Chamber Music Press.  She writes a monthly guitar education blog for the D’Addario Education Collective.



DOG_Avanti The Avanti Guitar Trio members will perform and offer valuable guitar clinics during the event.  The Avanti Guitar Trio is a world-class chamber ensemble whose performances are exciting, approachable and welcoming.  Guitarists Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg and Wesley Hixson blend together pristine technique and sensitive interpretation, earning critical acclaim for their engaging concerts and varied programming.  Formed in 2010, the Avanti Guitar Trio continues to expand the guitar trio repertoire by composing/transcribing new works and collaborating with established and upcoming composers.



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Completed forms should be received no later than Friday, October 19, 2018. The registration fee is $25.00 per student and includes lunch; directors and instructors are free. Payment should be received by Monday, November 5, 2018.  Fees will not be refunded once payment is sbmitted, so please nominate wisely.  Please pay for all students on one school-printed check or purchase order. A credit card payment is also accepted. Make all checks out to VanderCook College of Music.  

Thank you to our Day of Guitar Sponsors:  GAMA and D'Addario

Gama    Daddario


Return completed form and payment to:

VanderCook College of Music
Attn: Justin Kvedaras - Day of Guitar
3140 S. Federal St.
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
If you wish to fax your submission, the number is 312.225.5211.
For questions, please contact Dr. Julie Goldberg at 847.361.8997 or, or Justin Kvedaras at 312.788.1141 or

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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