UTB GUITAR STUDIES
The University of Texas at Brownsville Guitar program is one of the most comprehensive and respected in the United States.
“One of the best classical guitar programs in the US” - Tony Morris, "Guitar Alive!", National Public Radio
“The center of the guitar ensemble universe” - William Kannengiser, Grammy®-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
strive to offer the best possible training in the art of musical expression on
the guitar as applied to acoustic music making as a basis for all other
creative possibilities for the future of our students as performers, teachers,
and engaged members of the community. We seek to instill the knowledge and
application of the best physical training for musicianship on the classical
guitar and its application to other styles and skills on the instrument. Our goal is to provide each student with the
fullest experience as individual and ensemble performers in the understanding
and interpretation of music from a variety of styles and historical periods. Our
students grasp the variety and depth of expression
on the guitar from different cultures and across
the ages. Through these tactics our students understand the process of high
level music making and instruction as well as the immense panoply of human
expression in music.
UTB GUITARS TOUR AUSTRIA
The UTB One O’clock Guitar Ensemble presented a concert tour in Austria for two weeks in July, 2014. They were the first guitar ensemble to play at the Schönbrunn palace and the US Embassy Amerika Haus in Vienna. They also played at the Rankweil basilika in the state of Vorarlberg (the original sanctuary was built in the year 700). This was the first tour by any US university guitar group in Austria and the concert audiences held the group for four encores. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE TOUR
The UTB Guitar Orchestra was the first university guitar ensemble invited to perform for the Guitar Foundation of America annual convention (Austin, 2010), and it has been featured twice under the direction of its founder, Dr. Michael Quantz, on the internationally syndicated “Guitar Alive!” show on National Public Radio. The UTB Guitar Orchestra has performed on the Austin City Limits stage under the direction of the Austin Symphony conductor, Peter Bay, and also performed with the Grammy®-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet under the direction of Japanese composer Shingo Fujii. The UTB Guitars is also the first university guitar orchestra to tour South Texas.
In 2012, the UTB Flute Choir and UTB Guitar Ensemble joined forces to form Flautarra, a unique and innovative ensemble featuring undergraduate music education majors at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Since their debut at the 2012 Brownsville Flute Festival, the UTB Flautarra Ensemble has performed in communities and schools throughout South Texas. In 2013, the group was competitively selected to perform at the 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans. This group has again been selected by the NFA to perform a featured concert at the annual convention in Chicago in August, 2014. The students are directed by co-founders, Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Assistant Professor of Flute, and Dr. Michael Quantz, Professor of Guitar, at UTB.
Members of the UTB Guitar Program (all undergraduate students) have garnered awards in regional, national, and international solo competitions often besting graduate students from other prestigious music programs. UTB students have distinguished themselves individually in the UT-Dallas Texas Solo Guitar Competition, as top prize winners in the Texas A&M Guitar Competition, Eastfield Collegiate Competition, Houston’s Classical Minds Festival, UT Pan American Guitar Competition, and as top ten performers at the Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition from a field representing the world’s top music conservatories. In 2013, Kristina Avila, a UTB guitar student, won first place in the state-wide Austin Classical Guitar ensemble composition competition which is open to professional composers.