MTSU GUITAR STUDENTS

Why study guitar at MTSU?

Just look at what our students have done:


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Silviu Ciulei

*$1500 THIRD PRIZE - GUITAR FOUNDATION OF AMERICA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
*$1000 FIRST PRIZE - Appalachian State Competition
*$1500 FIRST PRIZE - Columbus State University Competition
*THIRD PRIZE - Schadt Concerto Competition
*$2000 Second Prize Winner Texas Guitar Competition (3 time prize winner)
* Graduate Assistanship and Deans Fellowship - Florida State University (largest award ever to a Masters level guitar student at FSU)
*$2000 Second Prize Winner - Texas Guitar Competition (three time finalist and also Fourth Prize Winner)
*Second Prize Winner - Appalachian State Guitar Competition (two time finalist and also Fourth Prize Winner)
*First Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.
*Second Prize - Mississippi Concerto Competition
*Concerto Soloist - Nashville Philharmonic - Giuliani opus 30 Concerto in A Major
*Semifinalist - Schadt Concerto Competition (youngest semifinalist, one of 8)
*National Finalist - American String Teachers Association Guitar Competition
*Concerto Soloist - Black Sea Philharmonic, Constanta, Romania - Giuliani opus 30 Concerto in A Major
*Largest scholarship award ever received by an MTSU Music Student
*Three time Gold medal winner in the Georgescu Guitar Competition, Romania.

Chris Dorsey

*Member of the internationally touring Santa Fe Guitar Quartet.
*Arizona State University Graduate Assistantship Award for Doctoral study with Frank Koonce
* Doctorate Degree - Arizona State University.

Salome Sandoval

*Member of the Boston Camerata Early Music Ensemble *Third Prize Winner in the East Carolina State University Competition at East Carolina State University, NC
*Third Prize Winner, Appalachian Guitar Festival Competition, Appalachian State University
*Second Prize Winner, Boston Classical Guitar Society Competition, Northeastern University
*First Prize Winner, Southern Arts International Guitar Competition, University of Southern Mississippi
*First Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.
*Fourth Prize Winner, Columbus State University Guitar Competition, Columbus, Georgia
*Graduate Assitantship Award, MTSU
*CD recording: Cantando con el fuego
*Concerto Soloist - Simon Bolivar Orchestra , Caracas, Venezuela - Concierto de Aranjuez
* Full Scholarship to study Early Music at Longy School of Music
* Performance at the Guitar Foundation of America - Oberlin

Matt Palmer

* Graduate Assistantship offers from Florida State University and University of Arizona
* $1000 FIRST PRIZE - Columbus State Guitar Competition in Columbus, GA
* $1000 FIRST PRIZE - Music Academy of North Carolina Guitar Competition in Greensboro
*Second Prize Winner in the Appalachian State Guitar Competition
*First Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.
*Graduate Assistantship Offers from renown instructors, Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University and Bruce Holzman at Florida State University
*Graduate Assistantship Awards from renown instructors, Doug James at Appalachian State University and Tom Patterson, University of Arizona

Erol Ozsever

*FIRST PRIZE - Rosario Guitar Competition *Graduate Assistantship - Indiana University
*First Prize for graduate strings in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale
*Two Time Second Prize Winner- Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis, Tennessee
*National Finalist - American String Teachers Association Guitar Competition
*Honorable Mention - Beethoven Club Guitar Competition

Luke Finney

* Graduate Assistantship offers from Indiana University
*First Prize in the Southeastern Guitar Congress held at Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
*First Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.
*Guitar Studies Director at the Murfreesboro Academy for the Performing Arts.
*Graduate Assistantship Award from renown instructor, Stanley Yates at Austin Peay State University

Josh Tannehill

*Third Prize Winner- Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis, Tennessee
*First Prize -Tennessee State Music Teachers National Association Guitar Competition
*First Prize - Strings division of the Mississippi Young Artists Concerto competition
*Concerto Soloist- Mississippi Symphony Orchestra - Ponce Concerto del Sur
*Graduate Assistantship Award, MTSU

Jimmy Moore

* Graduate Assistantship award from Florida State University
*National Finalist - Music Teachers National Association Guitar Competition
*First Prize Winner - Southeast Regionals, Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Guitar Competition
*First Prize Winner- Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis, Tennessee
*First Prize WinnerTennessee Music Teachers Association Guitar Competition
*Graduate Assitantship Award, MTSU

Stacy Arnold

*Scholarship award to Southern Methodist University where he completed his Masters Degree with renown instructor, Robert Guthrie
*Faculty member at the following colleges: Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Tarrant County Community College, Navarro College, North Central Texas College.

Jeff Rogers

*First Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.
*Faculty member at Columbia State Community College and Belmont University

Mike Theimann

*First Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.
*Faculty member in the Metro Nashville Schools
*$70,000 grant from VH-1 Music in the Schools program
*$10,000 first prize for a production featuring his students from the Oscar Meyer Corp.

Brent Coleman

*Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.
*Graduate Assistantship Award from renown instructor, Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University
*Honorable Mention in the 2000 National Finals of the American String Teachers Association Competition * Masters Degree - SMU

Joe Villaveces

*First Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.
*Graduate Assistantship Award from renown instructor, Stanley Yates at Austin Peay State University

Kevin Arrowsmith

*Performed with nationally touring music group "Shedaisy" - Performed live in primetime on ABC TV on the American Music Awards.

Rich Ragsdale

*Composer/performer of music for a dozen prime time network TV shows and also best selling video games
*Graduate of UCLA Film School with a major in Filmscoring.

Billy Atkisson

*First Prize Winner, Beethoven Club Guitar Competition, Memphis.

The Beethoven Club Young Artist Competition is the premier regional guitar competition in the State of Tennessee. At this annual event held in Memphis, MTSU guitar students have won 9 first prizes and 8 second prizes in the past 13 years - more prize winners than from any other college or university guitar program.


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