UTB GUITAR STUDIES
One O’clock Guitars: Dan Flutur, Dr. Quantz, Freddy Dela Garza, (seated) Ramiro Rubio, Clemente Rivera, Sergio Hernandez
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, National Public Radio
“The center of the guitar ensemble universe” - William Kannengiser, Grammy®-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
UTB Guitars Austria Tour
The UTB One O’clock Guitar Ensemble presented a concert tour in Austria for two weeks in July, 2014 performing in Vienna at the Schönbrunn palace and the US Embassy Amerika Haus. 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.
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.