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Jon Russo

The 'New Music for Guitar' Festival

This project is geared toward the promotion of new music as an important part of collegiate music education. I have organized a festival focusing on contemporary guitar literature that will include student and faculty performances, as well a performance and masterclass by world renowned guitarist and one of the foremost figures in new guitar music, Mr. David Tanenbaum.

I also organized a composition competition in which three choice student composers will have their works performed for Tanenbaum in the masterclass as well as in my senior recital in May. I organized the competition to advocate the continued use of guitar in today?s upcoming composers. The New Music for Guitar Festival will take place on April 25 and 26.