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Staying Classical in Fullerton

July 1, 2014

The Guitar Foundation of America hosted its 10th annual International Youth Competition at Cal State Fullerton recently, welcoming classical guitar players from all over the world to compete for the coveted awards.

Students ages 12 to 18, representing countries such as Canada, China, South Korea, Montenegro, Venezuela, Peru, Bulgaria and Poland, as well as the United States, participated in the event, which concluded a weeklong convention for classical guitarists.

Risa Carlson, artistic director for the competition, said this year’s talent took her. and even the judges, aback.
“It’s absolutely breathtaking what these kids do,” Carlson said. “It is my favorite thing to do all year. With these kids it’s above and beyond what you’d expect. They’re so special and amazing and they blow me away every single year.” Read the rest of the article  online

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