Classical Guitar

Classical Guitar

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The USC Thornton Classical Guitar Program is uniquely suited to prepare guitarists for success in today’s world, offering a targeted, multifaceted educational approach that develops each student’s full potential. The pillars of the program are technical mastery, scholarly achievement, refined chamber music skills, wellness for life-long creativity, and career development. Over the past five decades it has produced numerous international competition winners, music business entrepreneurs, and esteemed faculty that teach in many of the world’s elite music schools. Students receive hands-on instruction from a world-renowned faculty, including Maestro Pepe Romero, GFA Artistic Director Brian Head, and William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant – founders of the USC-born GRAMMY®-winning L.A. Guitar Quartet. Situated in the vibrant cultural hub of Los Angeles, the program regularly hosts guest masterclasses by the world’s greatest guitarists, and played host to the Segovia Masterclasses of 1981 and 1986. The musical community at the Thornton School ensures that guitarists will be playing and learning alongside some of the most talented young musicians of their generation.

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Lee Ritenour to release new album, Dreamcatcher, Dec. 4

December 3, 2020

GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist and USC Thornton alum Lee Ritenour recently announced the upcoming release of his first studio album in five years entitled Dreamcatcher. Dreamcatcher marks Ritenour’s first ever full-length solo guitar album and will be released on Dec. 4. Ritenour shared with GratefulWeb the significance of his first solo… read more

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