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Moravian College to Host Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival

Guitar Festival Master ClassBethlehem, Pa., June 10, 2013 – The Moravian College Department of Music will host the new “Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival” on Saturday, June 22, in Peter Hall, on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus in downtown historic Bethlehem, Pa. The festival, directed by Moravian College alumnus James Schultheis ’10, is a full-day of recitals, workshops, master classes, and concerts. This year’s guest artists are Julian Gray, Serap Bastepe-Gray, Pat Sise, Mark Edwards, Glenn Caluda, and David Pace. The event is co-sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Society.

Gray has made appearances at prestigious guitar gatherings, such as the Second American Guitar Congress and the Guitar Foundation of America Festival. He has been to concert series and festivals in London, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and on tour throughout the United States and Canada. He is actively involved in expanding the guitar literature, through transcriptions and by commissioning new music for guitar.

Bastepe-Gray is a musician and teacher, who brings her audience over two decades of professional performance and teaching experience in various styles of music. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She performs regularly with guitar duo partner, Julian Gray, on chamber music series and at major guitar festivals in the U.S., including the International Guitar Institute Festival and The National Guitar Workshop Classical Guitar Summit.

Sise is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in guitar performance and pedagogy under the guidance of Julian Gray. He has performed at multiple venues including solo and chamber recitals at the Peabody Institute, the Guitar Foundation of America’s regional symposium, Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre, the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation concert series, and at many churches, retirement homes, and hospitals. In 2010, he performed with Donald Sutherland, a world renowned organist and chair of the organ department at Peabody, at the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation Holiday Concert.

Edwards performed his first concert at Baldwin Junior High School in Montgomery, Alabama, earning him the Guitar Legend award. Since then, Edwards has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, and Germany. From 1998 to present, he has earned twenty-eight top prizes in the United States and Canada, including the 2009 Montreal International Guitar Competition, etc. Since the spring of 2000, Edwards has been featured on 6 recordings.

Caluda served as guitarist and bassist with the Soldiers Chorus of the United States Army Field Band of Washington, D.C. from 1970-1973. He taught guitar at the Community College of Baltimore after finishing military service. In 1975, he became Shenandoah’s first full-time guitar teacher, where he established the classical guitar program.

Pace created his own independent artisan workshop in Baltimore, Maryland, for the design and construction of fine classical guitars. He is a guitarist, audio engineer, and woodworker. His designs feature both traditional as well as composite double-top soundboards. Pace’s work was featured in the March-May 2011 issue of the French magazine, Guitar Classique.

A native of the Lehigh Valley, James Schultheis ’10 is active in the area as both a teacher and performer. He has been studying guitar for over 15 years. In 2010 he graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance. Schultheis founded the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Society, a non-profit organization that promotes guitar performance. Although classical guitar is his primary focus, he also teaches rock, pop, and improvised music.

Visit www.GuitarFestival.moravian.edu for the complete schedule of events and registration information. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Bill Bauman of the Music Department at 610-861-1650 or email at music@moravian.edu at least one week prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.