with Mark Maxwell, Berta Rojas, and Oscar Ghiglia
June 28-July 9, 2021 (Two-week session)
Schedule: MTWThF 2:00-5:00 pm; Individual lessons: TBA
Final Recital: July 9 at 7:30 pm (remote)
This two-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, style and performance practice workshops, and private lessons. The workshop will culminate in a remote 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; and other guest artists.
MUS_WKSP 320 Performance Workshop, Two-Week 0 credit
MUS_WKSP 325 Performance Workshop, Two-Week 0.5 credit
(Additional charge to register for credit)
Participant Tuition: $650
A submission of a digital audio or video recording of two contrasting pieces from the standard classical guitar literature.
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 you are applying. This will ensure that your 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.
The deadline for participant applications is April 12, 2021. The deadline for accepted participant registration with full tuition due is May 28, 2021.
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.
Berta Rojas ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists. She has been praised as “guitarist extraordinaire” by the Washington Post and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “Ambassador of the classical guitar.”
Berta has been nominated three times for Latin Grammy Awards; in the category of Best Instrumental Album for Día y Medio - A Day and a Half, a duet with Paquito D’Rivera (2012), in the category of Best Classical Album, for her album Salsa Roja (2014), and more recently in the category of Best Tango Album, for her album History of Tango (2015), recorded with the Camerata Bariloche.
Berta’s acknowledged warmth and musicality have earned her the admiration of audiences at major venues worldwide: the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at the Lincoln Center, in New York, London’s South Bank Centre, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the National Concert Hall in Dublin, where she performed as a soloist with the Irish Radio and Television Orchestra, and the Flagey Studio 4 in Brussels, where she performed with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra for Belgian National Television.
In 2011, with guest Paquito D’Rivera, Berta initiated the four-year tour “In the Footsteps of Mangoré” which followed the travels of Agustín Barrios, pioneer of the classical guitar in the Americas. The duo performed in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, concluding the journey at the national theater of the capital of El Salvador, final resting place of the celebrated composer.
Berta takes her audience on a colorful journey of sound, embracing new works by composers in diverse genres. The journey is echoed in recordings such as Cielo Abierto (2006) and Terruño (2009), as well as the duo with Carlos Barbosa-Lima on Alma y Corazón (2007) and the celebrated Intimate Barrios (2008) featuring works by the great Paraguayan composer and guitarist. On her latest recording, Felicidade (2017), she pays tribute to Brazilian music, with guest artists including Gilberto Gil, Toquinho and Ivan Lins.
In addition to continually enriching her own career through international tours and master classes, Berta Rojas is firmly committed to furthering and disseminating the classical guitar. A particular focus is on promoting the music of her country, Paraguay, as well as Latin American music more widely, and her ongoing support for the careers of young, upcoming guitarists.
With this aim, she created the first online classical guitar competition, the Barrios World Wide Web Competition, in 2009, and was the Artistic Director of the Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., She also co-founded the young persons’ Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar, offering winners the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
After initial studies in her native Paraguay with Felipe Sosa and Violeta de Mestral, Berta studied in Uruguay under Abel Carlevaro, Eduardo Fernández and Mario Payseé, and at the USA’s Peabody Institute under Manuel Barrueco, Ray Chester and Julian Gray. She has recently joined the prestigious Berklee College of Music as Associate Professor, sharing her knowledge and love of music with a select group of young guitarists from all over the world.
Berta Rojas has been ranked amongst the most influential women in the Hispanic world (EFE and EsGlobal 2014; 2017). She has been named a Fellow of the Americas by the US Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her artistic excellence, and honored by her country with the title Illlustrious Ambassador of Musical Art. In 2015 she was awarded the National Order of Merit of the Comuneros, and the title of Doctor honoris causa by two national universities. In 2017, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to culture, she received both the National Order of Merit Don José Falcón and the Carlos Colombino Award.
The 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 14, Ghiglia 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.
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 Ghiglia as his assistant for classes at the University of California in Berkeley in the summer of 1964.
Since then, Ghiglia has given numerous concerts and masterclasses 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, 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. Ghiglia was a founding member of the International Classic Guitar Quartet (with, in different turns: Benjamin Bunch, O. Koga, Anders Miolin, S. Schmidt, and Andreas von Wangenheim).
While being active as a concert artist, Ghiglia has always favoured teaching as a sister profession, and spreading his own teaching around the five continents. Very few well-known guitarists today have not at one time or another been in his classes and profited from his lessons. In 1969 he founded the Guitar Department at the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, Colorado USA) and taught there for twenty years. He also founded the Festival de Musique des Arcs and the “Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano”, and have been artist in residence, or visiting professor in such centres as the Cincinnati and San Francisco conservatories, the Juilliard School, the Hartt School, University of Hartford, the Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois, and the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada (from 1978). In all these centres and elsewhere Ghiglia has been nurturing talents and forming or perfecting young artists' musical outlook and interpretation. 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 now 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.