Gwenyth Aggeler was the audition winner of the 11-14 division at the recent GFA symposium. She started playing guitar when she was 6 years old. Aaron Medina is her current instructor. He got Gwenyth started through an after-school program. She is in the 5th grade at Carson Elementary in the Denver Public School system.
Directed by Dr. Lynn McGrath, the Guitar Foundation of America offers regional symposiums in an increasing number of places. These events include technique workshops, a symposium guitar orchestra, college ensemble showcases, and adjudicated auditions. Audition winners perform in the evening concert. Recent events featured Adam Holzman and Andrew York. Audition winner Gwenyth Aggeler was invited to perform in the final concert at the recent GFA symposium in New Mexico. She shared a few thoughts with us about the experience:
What music did you play?
I played Study No. 1 by Frederic Hand and an Andantino by Mauro Giuliani.
What was the audition experience like?
I was a little nervous before I went on, but for some people, this was their first performance. I knew that if they were able to get on stage then I was too.
Describe the final performance.
It was truly amazing. There were a lot of people watching me, some who had played at the audition. Michael Chapdelaine congratulated me afterwards and I was surprised that he did.
What was the most inspiring performance you witnessed?
At the symposium, Sydd Urgola was the winner of the 15-18 division. He had a great final performance. He had an amazing presence and played very expressively. He even did a great job warming up off stage.
As far as the most inspiring performance I’ve ever seen -I went to a classical guitar camp in Austin last Summer and heard Adam Holzman play a duet with Steve Kostelnik. Adam Holzman was getting ready to premiere the piece with his brother Bruce at the GFA convention in Louisville.
What is the most important thing you got from the symposium?
Always double-check your tuning, even if you are 99% sure that you are in tune. When I started playing, my B-string and G-string were a little (well maybe more then a little) out of tune. I ended up having to do a little tuning by ear.
What are your goals for the near future?
I want to compete in the junior division of the national GFA competition.
What are your long term goals?
I want to go to a conservatory and grow up to become a classical guitarist.
What is something unrelated to guitar that is interesting or unique about you?
I’ve memorized 110 digits of pi.