Eastfield Hosts Guitar Festival

(Mesquite, TX) – Eastfield College will host its Guitar Festival on Saturday, June 4. The festival promises fun for all ages! Come listen to great concerts and study the classical guitar. Most of the day's events are free, and all are welcome.

Schedule of Events

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Performances by Eastfield College students and faculty

1:45-2 p.m. Intermission

2-3 p.m. Concert by guest guitarist and instructor Robert Guthrie
The concert by Robert Guthrie will feature vihuela music, pieces composed by Fernando Sor, and modern Spanish and Latin American pieces by Isaac Albeniz and Federico Moreno Torroba. Attendance is free, but donations to the Eastfield guitar club will be happily accepted.

3-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. Technical workshop by Robert Guthrie
The technical workshop will be valuable to classical guitar students with some prior experience who would like to learn the most efficient way to play their instrument. It will be hands-on, so bring your guitars! Students under 16 years of age will need to receive permission to play in the workshop; contact Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull at Rloss-Cutler@dcccd.edu.

4:45-5:45 p.m. Master classes
Master classes are a wonderful chance to receive an outside opinion on your technique and interpretation in specific pieces. You will pick a piece of music to play for Eddie Healy or Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull (Robert Guthrie may be able to teach a few of these, but this is not guaranteed), perform it, and receive a mini-lesson of 20 minutes. You must receive permission to play in a master class; slots are limited. Contact Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull with questions.

All events will take place in room F-117 at Eastfield College. Auditing the technical workshop and the master-classes is free.

Featured Musicians

Texas-born guitarist Robert Guthrie is well known to American audiences through his hundreds of recitals and concerto performances. Mr. Guthrie has performed in virtually every major city of the United States and throughout Mexico, Italy, Spain and Venezuela. He has made recordings for N.P.R. which have been broadcast nationally, and P.B.S. has produced a documentary on his performing and teaching.

Eddie Healy earned his B.M. with Tom Johnson at the University of North Texas, his M.M. with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University, and is pursuing his doctorate with Dr. Enric Madriguera at the University of Texas at Dallas. He currently teaches at Eastfield College, the University of Texas at Dallas, the Spring Creek and Central Park campuses of the Collin County Community College District and the Gray School of Music. His original compositions have been performed in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He performs regularly as a soloist, accompanist and ensemble member in the Metroplex, and has played concerts in Spain and Mexico.

Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull earned her B.A. with Dr. Enric Madriguera at the University of Texas at Dallas, and her M.M. with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. She currently teaches students of all ages at Eastfield College. She has played classical guitar since 1989, and has traveled to guitar festivals in the Czech Republic, in Austria, and all over Texas. Her guitar quartet won first place at the UT Brownsville guitar ensemble competition in 2005. She performs often as a soloist, with other guitarists, and with other instrumentalists.

If you want to participate and you are not a current Eastfield guitar student, you can register in person, by mail or by calling the Eastfield College Continuing Education Division office, 3737 Motley Drive, Building W, Mesquite, at 972-860-7113. Registration must be completed by June 3; the fee is $25. The registration number is 699399, MUAZ 1000 40300. Eastfield students who have registered for guitar classes in 2011 receive free admission and will complete their registration by emailing Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull at RLoss-Cutler@dcccd.edu by June 3.

Eastfield College, one of the seven Dallas County Community Colleges, is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite, just north of I-30.