Guitar faculty in recital at the 2016 BSM Guitar Festival
New York City guitar students are very lucky to have a place like Bloomingdale School of Music, where chamber music is constantly being played and studied in detail. My teaching method always includes chamber music in the form of guitar duets. All of my students work on both solo pieces and guitar duets that we play together during the lessons. When it's time to perform in concert (and we do a lot of them!) all my students are required to perform at least one solo piece and one guitar duet. Discussing technique, reviewing solos, duets, and introducing new repertoire is a lot to fit in during private lessons, so enrolling in a chamber music course outside of lessons is the only way to truly enjoy the benefits of playing chamber music. Students who enroll in our chamber music classes will have the opportunity of making new friends and working together with them to create great music. We want them prepared with the best tools for their musical journey, and are excited about our new initiatives!
I have the honor of creating and directing the first Bloomingdale School of Music Guitar Orchestra. Inspired by the Orquestra de Guitarras de Barcelona, the Guitar Orchestra is particularly special because it can accommodate players across a wide range of abilities and ages. Also, because of the number of players, we can easily transcribe works meant originally for full orchestra. Having the opportunity to work on orchestra music composed by the great composers is in itself a very rewarding experience for guitar players. With this in mind, the great guitarist Andres Segovia (1893-1987) coined the phrase “the guitar is a tiny orchestra”, meaning that on the classical guitar we can imitate the colors and timbres of all the instruments in the orchestra. Participating in the guitar orchestra is a wonderful opportunity to explore and master the complete sound spectrum of our instrument.
Besides the guitar orchestra, guitar students will be strongly encouraged to start collaborating in duos with other instruments, for example: guitar and voice, guitar and flute and especially guitar and piano. The repertoire for all these combination is vast and of excellent quality.
Having all these options available at such a young age is really groundbreaking. I encourage you to join us in our mission to learn through making music together!
BSM Guitar Faculty and Director/Founder of the Bloomingdale Guitar Orchestra
View José's faculty bio HERE