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.