Hosted by Episcopal High School
The Methodist Hospital, the Center for Performing Arts Medicine
The 'Classical Minds' Guitar Festival seeks to promote fine arts, music education as well as fostering artistic growth and creativity through the classical guitar while creating a sense of community for professionals and aficionados alike.
Our vision is to become the pre-eminent festival dedicated to the classical guitar in the country. Classical Minds is the first classical guitar festival and competition in the greater Houston area.
We started as an institute of the Texas Music Festival (TMF), held each June at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. In 2008 we added a competition which has grown to be a very respected and coveted event, not only in Houston but nationwide. In 2016 we will be hosted by Episcopal High School (4650 Bissonnet Bellaire, Texas 77401).
A unique part of the festival is our collaboration with Methodist Hospital which will host us for a day featuring lectures on health, nutrition and injury awareness.
Each year we have given students, from predominantly Hispanic and socioeconomically challenged area in Houston, full scholarships to participate in the festival. This has allowed for the students to dedicate themselves to music and give them the discipline they need to become successful in their education.
During the week we have a day recital and lecture series along with evening concerts. Bringing in stellar guitarists such as Matt Palmer, Adam Holzman, Gohar Vardanyan, Martha Masters, Ernesto Tamayo, Jérôme Ducharme, Valerie Hartzell from around the world enriches the lives of the Houston community.
These scholarships are possible thanks to private donors from the Houston community and also through local businesses. This year we will continue to fundraise for both scholarships and competition prizes from corporations, businesses, and private sponsors.
If you would like to help, please go to our Donations Page.
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