Guitar Festival Concert

Saturday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.



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Classical guitarist Lynn McGrath is being heralded as a phenom, blending expressive musicianship with her passion for Spanish Language, literature, and theater, she has shared the poetry and music of “Platero y Yo” with audiences on four continents in the role of both guitarist and theatrical narrator. McGrath has brought the poetry of Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez to life for diverse audiences from children in a Peruvian orphanage to classical guitar connoisseurs. One critic wrote the following after hearing her performance at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention: “…wonderful timing, poise, wit, and grace, while getting a full rich sound from her guitar. Anyone who loves either music or poetry would have been charmed, but those who appreciate both, not to mention stage presence and acting skills, were electrified by this tour-de-force of artistic multi-tasking," Richard M. Long, Editor, Soundboard
A touring soloist, chamber artist, and respected pedagogue, Lynn McGrath has appeared in North America, South America, Europe, and New Zealand as performer, lecturer, conductor, and an adjudicator for a number of international and national festivals including the Nikšić Festival (Montenegro), Silesian Guitar Autumn Festival (Poland), and the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival (Italy), and the Guitar Foundation of America Convention (US). She has also presented at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Veracruz, and Mannes College and appeared at venues including the Troy Savings Hall (NY), The National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), and the Skirball Cultural Center (LA) in addition to performing on radio stations in the Southwest and along the East Coast. In June of 2015, Lynn performed in six cities in New Zealand and on New Zealand National Radio.
In addition to solo performances, McGrath is a member of the highly acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet, and former member of the trio, Presti. She has been a soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, performed with the Albuquerque-based choir Quintessence, and the Santa Fe Opera. After receiving degrees in Spanish Language and Literature as well as Education, she completed a music degree with Douglas Rubio at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (where she taught as a full-time instructor) and went on to earn a MM and DMA from the University of Southern California, studying with such luminaries as William Kanengiser, Pepe Romero, and James Smith.

While living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lynn established a guitar program at Sandia Preparatory School, taught at Central New Mexico Community College and for The University of New Mexico's Music Prep School, and ran a thriving private studio. She is the Director of Regional Symposia for the Guitar Foundation of America and the Artistic Director of the organization's annual International Youth Competition. Her students have been accepted, and many have received full scholarships to some of the best undergraduate and graduate schools in the nation, have placed in international competitions, and have been featured on NPR’s “From the Top.” In 2016, Lynn taught as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma City University and in 2017 joined the faculty at the Eastman Community Music School, University of Rochester, NY.


Marina Tomei | Latino Arts Guitar Festival | February 20Praised for his clear interpretive powers, technical finesse, and engaging performances, Samuel Hines is an award-winning classical guitarist from Southern California. After an arbitrary decision to teach himself classical guitar at the start of high school, Hines’ passion for music quickly grew into a calling that would become his career. Hines has enjoyed performing and competing throughout the United States, in Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, as well as Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Indiana, and Wisconsin, among others.

He has performed in master classes for esteemed artists such as Christopher Parkening, Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Andrew York, Rene Izquierdo, Edoardo Catamario, Martha Masters, Thomas Viloteau, David Grimes, Luis Orlandini, Ricardo Gallen, Matt Denman, and others. Hines has performed in numerous chamber music groups, in addition to guitar duets, trios, and quartets; he’s collaborated with orchestra, flute, violin, voice, piano, organ, string quartet, percussion, and dancers. He’s also competed in several competitions, winning the 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota scholarship, the 2013 Aron Green ASTA Guitar Competition, the 2013 Musical Arts Competition of Orange County, the Vanguard University Concerto Competition. He was selected as one of 15 competitors for the 2012 Parkening International Guitar Competition, and one of five competing from the United States. He was a 2nd place recipient at the 2014 Pacific Guitar Festival in Monrovia, a semifinalist in the 2012 Indiana International Guitar Competition and Festival, a Finalist in the 2013 Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition, and was named the 3rd prize recipient at the 2011 Pacific Guitar Festival in Monrovia.

He’s performed at many venues, both solo and featured with the Vanguard Guitar Ensemble, in and throughout Southern and Northern California, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, Washington, including the Orange County Performing Arts Center, at Segerstrom Hall, at Museum of Latin American Art, (MoLAA), Long Beach Classical Guitar Society, Ventura Classical Guitar Society, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, in Newport Beach, and was featured on TV for Channel 6, M55 services.

He is graduate of Vanguard University of Southern, receiving his Bachelors in Music Performance, under the tutelage Michael Nigro, and is continuing his studies for his Masters of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, with Rene Izquierdo, for whom he is also the Graduate Teaching Assistant.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds
from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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