Multi-talented Joseph Tollefsen on the Southern Guitar Fest, TEDx presentations and Cigar Box Guitars

Multi-talented Joseph Tollefsen on the Southern Guitar Fest, TEDx presentations and Cigar Box Guitars

Joseph Tollefsen is 14. He lives in the Columbia, S.C area where he is home-schooled as a rising sophomore. He studies with Marina Alexandra. He recently received honorable mention in the senior youth competition at the Southern Guitar Festival. Joseph also gave a presentation at the festival on building Cigar … Continue reading

Young Austin Cellist, Rachel Rivera, joins the ACGYO as Soloist

Young Austin Cellist, Rachel Rivera, joins the ACGYO as Soloist

Rachel Rivera, from Anderson High School, will join the Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra this Sunday in a performance of selections from Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid) by Luigi Boccherini. Originally written for string quintet, this will be the premiere performance of an arrangement by Dr. Chris Lee … Continue reading

Katie Holmes, winner of the first Fretbuzz video contest

Katie Holmes, winner of the first Fretbuzz video contest

  We held a video competition for the month of March. The winner received $250. There were 15 great young guitarists who contributed videos showcasing their skills. The guitar professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, judged the competition. The winner was Katie Holmes. She agreed to share a … Continue reading

Interviews with division 1 winners (ages 11-14) of the 2014 Dallas Guitar Competition.

Interviews with division 1 winners (ages 11-14) of the 2014 Dallas Guitar Competition.

Hosted by the University of Texas in Dallas, the annual Texas guitar competition and festival is now in its 13th year. Enric Madriguera is the Festival Director. Eddie Healy is the Assistant Director and Youth Competition Coordinator. This year’s festival included performances by Juan Carlos Laguna and the Los Angeles … Continue reading