Photos: ICM’s Board of Director’s Retreat

The International Conservatory of Music (ICM)’s Board of Director invited Dr. Matthew Hinsley from the Austin Classical Guitar Society to speak.



Thank you, Matthew, so very much. Thank you to Duane Morse for organizing retreat and thank you to Charlotte Kuenen and David Kirstein for hosting. Thank you to the Board Members for coming and for your whole-hearted and enthusiastic participation.

Looking forward to our next steps.

This immersive weekend – February 25, 2017

Can we rename this weekend February Classical Guitar Immersion weekend?

For classical guitar students and musical aficionados of any age, this weekend is reaching immersion-style proportions, would you agree? Also a great environment for those planning on competing in the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition in March, eh?

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 Master Class @ 6pm
(Free for listeners. Auditors are pre-selected.)

Master Class with Antigoni Goni, classical guitarist from Greece.

With Levine Music, Silver Spring Campus
Silver Spring Public Library
900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 @ 4pm

Loudoun Youth Guitars @ 4pm Twinbrook Public Library. Free for listeners.
Twinbrook Public Library
202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851

Direct from Twinbrook Library website:

“Do you enjoy music? Do you love guitars? Loudoun Youth Guitars, formed by talented guitar students from middle to high schools in Loudoun County, will perform pieces from classical to contemporary composers like Handel, Vivaldi, Bizet and Chick Corea.

Conducted by Dr. Miroslav Loncar, the group has performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Croatian Embassy, the National Institutes of Health, the Composer Society of Montgomery County, Loudoun County Public Libraries, Salisbury University, Shepherd University, and other venues.”

More info:

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 7pm

Pre-Concert Lecture by Candice Mowbray (included in your Antigoni Goni concert ticket: Get your ticket here:

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 8pm

Classical Guitarist, Antigoni Goni, from Greece
(Get your ticket here:

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 after the concert

Meet-The-Artist Reception with Antigoni Goni
(included in your Antigoni Goni concert ticket: Get your ticket here:

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

Bring your purchased CD or concert program to have it signed by Antigoni. Feel free to share your impressions of her performance and ask questions if you have them.

We encourage you to share! Bring friends or family.

Hope to see you at any or all of these! If you take pictures, tag us on Twitter @marlowguitar or @intlcmusic or Facebook and we’ll share!

Photo Gallery: We Gather Together

A photo collection (taken by Susan Healy) of International Conservatory of Music Board Members and our John E. Marlow Guitar and Education and Outreach Directors gathering together to send out letters to you, our community.

Photo Gallery: Montgomery County Executive Ball, 2016

The International Conservatory of Music: John E Marlow Guitar Series (represented by Directors & some Board Members) visited the Montgomery County Executive’s Ball this evening (Sunday, December 4, 2016) to celebrate the arts and, more specifically, to talk up our classical guitar programs in this area. 

(Also, see the last two pictures, the organizers were raffling off some door prizes – does their Raffle whirligig look familiar to anyone?)

Artistic Director, Danielle Cumming & Education & Outreach Director, João Figurirôa.

Board Member Duane Morse & Diane Morse

Board Members Charlotte Kuenen and David Kirstein

Board Member William Herrmann and Friend of the Series Tomoko Shinagawa

(This attendee’s identity is unknown but as I approached, I distinctly heard Tim Healy mention Zoran Dukić’s name.)

Susan Healy, Board Emeritus and William Herrmann, Board Member

Review, Washington Post: Jason Vieaux

This is a great review in the Washington Post of Jason Vieaux’s concert Saturday night for The John E. Marlow Guitar Series.

Classical Guitarist Jason Vieaux, USA

Welcome to the picture gallery for the opening performance of the 23rd John E. Marlow Guitar Season, Jason Vieaux!








A Toast to Tim and Susan Healy by David Kirstein

Written by David Kirstein. Introduction written by Danielle Cumming, Artistic Director in a post on the John E. Marlow Guitar Series Facebook page.

This toast to Tim and Susan by David Kirstein was one of the many wonderful tributes today, celebrating this special community and the achievements of the past 20+ years: 
“I have been asked to say a few words about Tim and Susan.

The first word that came to mind is family. Tim and Susan are the doting parents of the big a growing family that is the John Marlow Guitar series.
22 years and by my count 130 concerts so far featuring the world’s best guitarists:

Berta Rojas, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Roland Dyens, Margareta Escarpa, Pepe Romero, Xuefei Yang, David Russell – and these wonderful performers just scratch the surface. 
These artists come as performers and leave as friends – Part of the Marlow series family – eager to return again and again. 

Why – because Tim and Susan embrace them as family and part of our community.
Their achievement is “epic” (which according to my millennial son is way more amazing than awesome.)
The next word I thought of was Fortitude. Can you imagine for one minute working on a project of this magnitude with Regis at your side for 21 years!
And that of course led to the word – Patience – which Susan must be blessed with in abundance – keeping the whole ship afloat with Tim and Regis at the helm.
How we got here today was a lifetime in the making. While most of us Easterners do not immediately associate Wyoming with classical music it was ever present in Tim’s home.
He came to Washington to study with the Jesuits at Georgetown U and met Susan in 1965 under most unusual circumstances. It seems they both lived on a quiet little street in Georgetown when one evening shots rang out. Susan and her roommate stuck their heads out the window only to hear someone aka Tim shout “get back – he still has 2 shots left.” In 1965, only someone from Wyoming would have known that!
Married in 1970 they spent time in Boston. Tim studied at the New England Conservatory of Music where he majored in corny jokes and minored in guitar. Eventually and with great luck for us, they returned to DC around 1980, with ideas about bringing music of all types to the public.  
The sudden and very sad loss of John Marlow, did have a silver lining as the Washington guitar community came together in tribute. Tim, Regis and Wade Dunn said let’s try this again and again and again…
And now we are here today to say thank you Tim and Susan for giving so much so we all can enjoy the mysteries and enchantment of the classical guitar.”