Episcopal High School Concerts are held in the Chapel. 

For family members of enrolled festival participants:
Admission to Friday and Saturday night concerts is included in tuition for those enrolled in the festival, and their family members are admitted at $5 each.

General Admission to Concerts:
Friday and Saturday nights – each concert $15 General Admission, $10 Senior Citizens, $5 Students and Children.
Concert package for both nights - $25 General Admission, $15 Senior Citizens, $10 Students

Previous events

Duo Amici and Gohar Vardanyan

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Episcopal High School - Chapel , 4650 Bissonnet , Bellaire, Texas 77401

Celebrating women in music with a concert given by internationally acclaimed artists, Duo Amici: Valérie Hartzell with mezzo-soprano & pianist Tamara McCoy, and critically acclaimed virtuoso, Gohar Vardanyan. After the concert, the Awards Ceremony will take place and prize-winners announced.

Artistic Director to the “Classical Minds” Festival & Competition, Valérie Hartzell, has performed on radio, television, in over 30 festivals, and is an international competition prize-winner in 8 competitions. Currently, she resides in Bedforshire, England where she maintains an active solo and chamber music career. As a pianist, Tamara McCoy has performed all over the U.S, and over-seas in Russia, the Czech Republic, and Brazil. She has a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance at the University of Kentucky. Tamara lives in Anchorage, Alaska where she performs with the Anchorage Opera Chorus and is Adjunct Faculty at the Alaska Pacific University. Valérie and Tamara met in 1997 while Tamara was working on her Bachelor Degree and Valérie on her Master Degree at Radford University. Duo Amici was founded in 2015 after Tamara was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation of Alaska. This grant allowed the duo to tour Alaska and England in Spring of 2016. They performed works for piano and guitar, voice and guitar, and solo works for their respective instruments. In April 2016, they gave an eleven concert tour of Alaska, including concerts for the Homer Council on the Arts and the Performing Arts Society in Kenai. A month later they collaborated on a six concert tour in England, including a London debut.

Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan, currently residing in New Year City, has performed throughout the U.S. including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, and NYC. She has appeared on NPR in the U.S. and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at the “Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra” in Panama and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival in Canada. She is also an author of three books from Mel Bay Publications and an instructor on Strings by Mail’s YouTube Lessonettes, a series of mini video lessons. www.goharvardanyan.com

For family members of enrolled festival participants: Admission to Friday and Saturday night concerts is included in tuition for those enrolled in the festival, and their family members are admitted at $5 each.

General Admission to Concerts: Friday and Saturday nights – each concert $15 General Admission, $10 Senior Citizens, $5 Students and Children. Concert package for both nights - $25 General Admission, $15 Senior Citizens, $10 Students

"Classical Minds" Competition, Finals

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Episcopal High School - Chapel , 4650 Bissonnet , Bellaire, Texas 77401

The finals of the "Classical Minds" Competition is free and open to the public. Six competitors will be chosen to perform at the finals. The prizewinners will be announced after the Hartzell/Vardanyan recital at the Awards Ceremony.

Prizes (subject to change, check often): High School, Community College, University Division (Bachelor Degree & Master Degree) $1000 1st Prize $500 2nd Prize $350 3rd Prize $150 4th Prize

http://classicalmindsfestival.org/competition-form

Jeremías García and Matt Palmer

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Episcopal High School - Chapel , 4650 Bissonnet , Bellaire, Texas 77401

An evening of passionate flamenco solo guitar with Houston guitarist, Jeremías García and solo classical guitar virtuosity with String by Mail sponsored artist, Matt Palmer.

Jeremy Garcia is a classically trained guitarist and composer who has made a successful transition to flamenco. In the flamenco setting, Jeremy is known as, "Jeremias el Valiente." In 2009 he met singer Irma la Paloma and they established a flamenco troupe, Solero Flamenco. Together, they direct the annual Houston Spanish and Flamenco Festival. As a soloist, Jeremy has appeared with the Fort Bend Symphony and with the Brazosport Symphony in a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” Recently, his orchestral arrangement of Los Cuatro Muleros was performed by the Grace Symphony Orchestra with Solero Flamenco. Jeremy has several recordings including Baile del Sol and Distancia. Presently, he directs the guitar program at San Jacinto College South. http://jeremygarcia.net/index.html

Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean He is a winner of numerous international guitar competitions, author of The Virtuoso Guitarist method, and has two recordings available Un tiempo fue Itálica famosa and Appassionata. His recent concert engagements include Carnegie Hall, Shakespeare Theatre, The Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, numerous universities, guitar societies, and dozens of international guitar festivals throughout the world. Matt is the Director of Guitar Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival and Workshop. http://www.mattpalmerguitar.com

For family members of enrolled festival participants: Admission to Friday and Saturday night concerts is included in tuition for those enrolled in the festival, and their family members are admitted at $5 each.

General Admission to Concerts: Friday and Saturday nights – each concert $15 General Admission, $10 Senior Citizens, $5 Students and Children. Concert package for both nights - $25 General Admission, $15 Senior Citizens, $10 Students

Motivation to Practice - Band Room of Music Bldg

Episcopal High School - Chapel , 4650 Bissonnet , Bellaire, Texas 77401

Motivation to Practice

Our workshop on Motivation to Practice is a topic that touches all ages and levels of musicians. We start playing guitar because we love something about it – the sound, or a song we want to play. But all too soon we can’t seem to find the time or the energy to pick it up and “practice.” This session will cover ideas both on and off the instrument to keep things moving when those practice lulls strike. Practice strategies, short but engaging activities and more. Come ready to get your guitar practice stoked with new ideas! Auditors are welcome, $5 fee

Eddie Healy with Clara McClain and Erin Naylor

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Methodist Hospital, 6565 Fannin, Houston, TX

Free to the public and held at Methodist Hospital in the Crain Garden.

CM Education Director, Eddie Healy, will perform his own compositions. Opening for him will be CM Middle School Coordinator Erin Naylor and CM Education Assistant Clara McClain. The Crain Garden Performance Series is broadcast throughout the hospital for patients and families to enjoy.

Music Education Director to the “Classical Minds” Festival, Eddie Healy, performs actively in Dallas- Fort Worth as well as in festivals around Mexico and Spain. Currently, he is the Director of Guitar and Music Theory Studies at Eastfield College and assistant director of the Annual Texas International Guitar Competition/Festival since 2010. As a composer his music has been published with Joachim-Trekel Musikverlag of Hamburg, Germany and with Les Productions d’OZ of Quebec. In 2012 he released a CD titled Direction which consists entirely of his own compositions. www.eddiehealy.com

Susan McDonald - Crain Garden

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Methodist Hospital, 6565 Fannin, Houston, TX

This event is free and will be held in the Crain Garden of Methodist Hospital.

Susan has developed a series of concerts which incorporate music, literature and science. Her "Animal Ballets" combine original music with video footage to create live performances in which she is the "orchestra" and animals are the "dancers." Her live performance set to video footage will create a multi-sensory experience for the audience.

Susan McDonald, guitarist and composer, has performed at Carnegie Hall, for Holocaust survivors in a Viennese nursing home, and for the President of the United States. Her compositions have been enthusiastically received in concert halls, universities, festivals, and even in tiny villages in the Amazon. She is on the touring roster of Texas Commission on the Arts and has recently become affiliated with the international NGO American Voices. Under their auspices, she recently developed a classical guitar program for the YES Academy Iraq (Youth Excellence Onstage), where she taught and performed in 2013. http://www.animalballets.com/id15.html

"Classical Minds" Preview Concert

St Philip Presbyterian Church - Sanctuary, 4807 San Felipe, Houston TX 77056

We are excited to announce a "Classical Minds" Guitar Festival Preview Concert featuring two of the festival faculty: Valérie Hartzell, CM Artistic Director and international classical concert guitarist and recording artist; and Jeremy Garcia, flamenco and classical performance artist and Professor of Guitar Studies at San Jacinto College. Tickets: $10 children/students; $15 senior citizens; $20 general public.
St Philip Presbyterian Church is located in the Galleria area at 4807 San Felipe, between Post Oak Blvd & Loop 610.

All proceeds of the concert will go to the education and scholarship funds of the festival which will be held June 14-18, 2016 at Episcopal High School.

Matt Palmer and Solero Flamenco

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San Jacinto College Central, 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX

Monte Blue Music Bldg -Corbin Recital Hall An evening of virtuoso solo classical guitar and fiery flamenco ensemble including guitar, singing, percussion, and dancing. www.mattpalmerguitar.com soleroflamenco.com

$15 General/$10 Senior Citizens/$5 Students Age limit: All ages

Susan McDonald

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Methodist Hospital, 6565 Fannin, Houston, TX

Margaret Alkek Williams-Crain Garden Performance Center Parking is available next door to the Hosptial in TMC Garage #1 and Valet Parking is available directly in front of the hospital. The Metro Rail Dryden/TMC Station is also located directly in front of the Hospital.

$5 General Public/Free to Methodist Patients & Staff Age limit: All ages

Isaac Bustos and Members of Solero Flamenco

Fine Arts Bldg, Dudley Recital Hall, Cullen Blvd, Entrance 16, Houston, TX

Jeremías García with guests Valerie Hartzell, Chris Howard, Almudena Navarro Romero, and Solangel Lali Calix share an evening of flamenco with international classical guitar super star, Isaac Bustos. Flamenco Minds meets Classical Minds!

$5/$10/$15 Age limit: All ages

CM Fundraiser with Valerie Hartzell and Andrew Smith

Orgran Recital Hall, Fine Arts Bldge, Cullen Boulevard, Houston

University of Houston, Fine Arts Bldg is located off of Cullen Blvd at Entrance 16. Raffle tickets availble: $5 for smaller gift items like gift certificates, CM faculty CDs, 2 free tickets to one CM concert, etc and $10 for larger items such as gift baskets from No Label, Cellar Door, etc Silent Auction: Valerie Hartzell is putting herself up for auction! Private party, Salon Concert, Corporate Party, or Church Event; performance would happen end of October or early November All ticket sales and raffle tickets will be going toward the CM budget and scholarships. Andrew Smith is a Staff member of CM (for the 3rd time) and recent graduate of Southwestern University. In the fall of 2014 he will attend Arizona State University on a full ride as a student assistant to Dr. Frank Koonce. International concert artist, Valerie Hartzell, is the creator and director of Classical Minds. She has two CDs which will be available for purchase at the fundraiser: Ex Tenebris Lux (solo CD) and Presti (all women's trio). $15 per CD or 2 for $25 or a Digital Download card for Presti ($10)

$5 UH students/$10 college students, children & senior citizens/$15 general public Age limit: All ages

Classical Minds Fundraiser

Organ Recital Hall, Fine Arts Bldg, Entrance 16 off of Cullen Blvd, Houston, Texas, US

'Classical Minds' Institute and Competition Fundraising concert featuring Jay Kacherski; all ticket sales will go toward scholarships and competition prizes for the 2014 Classical Minds. Jay Kacherski recently completed the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance (DMA) from the University of Texas at Austin with one of the premier U.S. guitarists and pedagogues, Professor Adam Holzman. Kacherski's performances include concerts at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, Mexico City; the Ollin Yoliztli Center for the Arts in Mexico City; Tulane University; McNeese State University; the concert artist series at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera in Mexico City; the XI Concurso y Festival de Guitarra de Taxco; and the concert artist series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. Kacherski is currently a Visiting Lecturer at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His scores will be available for purchase at the concert

Call the Moores School of Music Box Office to reserve your ticket: 713.743.3313 Also raffle tickets will be sold at the concert which will be sold for $5 and for bigger gift items, $10. All funds from the raffle tickets will go toward scholarships and competition prizes. http://kacherskiguitar.com/index.html

: $5 UH students /$10 non-UH student & senior citizens/$15 general public Age limit: All ages