Day of Guitar

Day of Guitar

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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.

2019 Featured Clinicians:

Goldberg,_Julie_headshot_2017Dr. Julie Goldberg has served at VanderCook since 1999. She was the first guitarist to earn a Doctorate in Music Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds degrees from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. A Chicago native, Dr. Goldberg leads the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Orchestra, directs VanderCook’s annual Day of Guitar festival, presents annual guitar clinics for the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, and is a faculty member for Teaching Guitar Workshop, sponsored by GAMA. Overseas she has taught master classes at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi and the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music. Dr. Goldberg was named Guitarist of the Year by Classical Guitar Alive magazine, and performs frequently as a soloist and with the Avanti Guitar Trio. She is co-author of 100 Classical Guitar Lessons published by Hal Leonard. Her educational guitar ensemble arrangements are published by Guitar Chamber Music Press.
Carlo BasileCarlo Basile has a Master of Classical Guitar Performance degree from Northeastern Illinois University. He studied for seven years with Anne Waller (head of the Northwestern University guitar program). Basile also travelled to Spain a number of times to study flamenco and perform in Andalusia. He has studied with notable guitarists including Luis Ruiz, Jose Luis Rodriguez and Flavio Rodriguez. Additionally, Basile has visited more than 30 countries to perform, teach and study ethnic music. In 2019, Basile toured with the Surabhi Ensemble to Vietnam, Spain, Portugal and Senegal. The ensemble has performed in schools, clubs, concert halls, universities and government cultural centers to excellent reviews and invitations for future performances. The tour also involved collaboration with renowned artists from each country.


DOG_AvantiThe Avanti Guitar Trio members perform and offer valuable guitar clinics. The trio is a world-class chamber ensemble whose performances are exciting, approachable and welcoming. Guitarists Jason Deroche, Dr. 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 trio continues to expand the guitar trio repertoire by composing/transcribing new works and collaborating with established and upcoming composers.

Thank you to our Day of Guitar Sponsors:




Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Registration Deadline:
Friday, November 1, 2019



Attendance Fee: $30.00 per student (includes lunch; directors and instructors are free)

* Spots fill up quickly for the day and space is limited - early registration recommended!

* Fees cannot be refunded once payment has been accepted.

For any questions, please contact:

Patrick Benson
Director of Continuing Education & Outreach

Dr. Julie Goldberg
Professor of Guitar


Day of Guitar 2019
Orchestra Music

Day of Guitar Itinerary:

Check-In begins at 9:00 a.m.

The festival begins at 9:30 a.m.
and concludes at 2:15 p.m.

VanderCook College of Music

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

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