A comment on our last Marlow Serenade

Candice Mowbray
Candice Mowbray

“Bravo to the Marlow Guitar Series for organizing an intimate late Sunday afternoon house concert by the talented guitarist Candice Mowbray in an “up close and personal” home setting. Candice Mowbray plays in a sensitive cantabile style and she presented a thoughtfully crafted program of mostly late 20th century and contemporary lyrical guitar pieces offset by a legendary composition by Fernando Sor, Beethoven’s contemporary and acquaintance.  The classical guitar is beautifully suited for an intimate home concert setting where you can enjoy every nuance of the melodic phrase and the supporting choral voices in a “living room musical conversation.” It was an enriching, moving and enchanting experience and I urge others not to miss any future opportunities that Marlow may offer.”

– Warren Hamerman

What Can We Do For Young Guitar Students?


Dear Friends,

This Tuesday November 28th is #GivingTuesday, “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.” (GivingTuesday.org)

On this day of giving, we hope you will consider supporting Marlow Guitar International. One of MGI’s most rewarding programs is The Beatty Music Youth Scholarship Competition and it will be the focus of this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign.

You can give through our page on the Catalogue of Philanthropy website: http://cfp-dc.org/CF9R .  You can also help by engaging with us on Facebook and Twitter, and sharing our posts throughout #GivingTuesday.

Most thankfully yours,
Joao Figueiroa
Executive Director

About The Beatty Competition

Since it was founded in 2007, The Beatty Competition has provided hundreds of young guitar students the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and develop their confidence through public performance while making lifelong friendships. Marlow Guitar International is committed to making the event accessible, nurturing and educational. The Competition is open to guitarists 18 and under who reside in the Washington, DC-Baltimore metro area and no application fee is required. This annual event takes place over a weekend in early March, beginning on Friday evening with an introductory meeting of contestants, parents and judges followed by a reception. The playing competition begins on Saturday and concludes Monday evening with the finals. Each round is open to the public and free of charge.

The Beatty Competition incorporates unique and special characteristics that are highly rewarding to participants and contribute to the greater guitar community. The judges are selected from all over the United States (including Puerto Rico) for their performance resumes as well as their dedication to teaching. At the end of each round, contestants who do not advance are invited to five-minute, one-on-one meetings with each judge during which they receive advice on how to improve their playing and performance. Additionally, each year we commission three new set pieces for the competition. Composers of the set pieces are internationally renowned, and for the 2018 competition, we are especially pleased to have Maestro Sérgio Assad (Brazil) as our set piece composer.

The Beatty Competition also celebrates the rich history of the guitar repertoire by selecting an historically significant composer to be the subject of the $1000 Beatty Composer Prize. In 2018, we will honor the great Austro-Hungarian composer, Johann Kaspar Mertz (1805-1856). The best performance of a Mertz composition played by any contestant in any round wins this award.

Your support will help us continue this wonderful youth program. Can you help us by pledging your support for the 2018 Composer Prize or other Beatty scholarships? Whether $25 or $250, we greatly appreciate the consideration.


Photos: Meng Su, Classical Guitarist

Sound check! Meng Su, Classical Guitarist


Pre-Concert Talk: Hart Wells


Meet – The – Artist Reception



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Meng Su at Tom Cole’s Studio at WPFW. Photos by Danielle Cumming.

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Classical Guitarist, Meng Su, China

For the second performance of the 2017-2018 Season:

We invite you to hear classical guitarist, Meng Su (China), perform at the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD. (1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816)

Meng Su has performed throughout Europe, Asia and United States giving solo, duo, trio, and quartet concerts, and playing with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Knights Chamber Orchestra.

Meng gave her Carnegie Hall debut with Yameng Wang, her duo partner in the Beijing Guitar Duo in 2010, which launched the duo’s international
concert career. This season will take them to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland and China.

Meng’s debut duo CD Maracaípe, received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. In July 2016, Meng released her first solo album Meng.

Born in Qingdao, China, Meng began studying the guitar at the age of 5. She showed her talents from an early age and won first prize in numerous international competitions, including the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany, and the Parkening International Guitar Competition.

In 2006, Meng came to the US to study with the world-renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and earned her Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diplomas at Peabody Conservatory.

– from our Program.

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Hart Wells

Director of Guitar for Potomac Falls High School (PFHS) in Sterling, VA, Hart Wells completed his Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA studying under the direction of Dr.
Glenn Caluda. (…more…)

Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org
See you there!

Pre-Concert Speaker, Hart Wells

Hart Wells

— Hart Wells will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Meng Su’s performance, November 18, 2017. —

Originally from Kings Mountain, NC, William Hart Wells’ initial classical guitar studies were under Dr. Douglas James at Appalachian State University. A North Carolina Teaching Fellow scholarship recipient, Wells graduated in 1999 with his Bachelor’s in Music Education and began teaching K-5 general music at Granite Falls Elementary School in Granite Falls, NC and directing the guitar program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, NC.

In 2004, Wells accepted a teaching position with Loudoun County Public Schools and has since served as the Director of Guitar for Potomac Falls High School (PFHS) in Sterling, VA. With an annual enrollment of approx. 120 guitar students, the program at PFHS continues to be at the forefront of pre-college guitar education.

In 2013, Wells completed his Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA studying under the direction of Dr. Glenn Caluda. Mr. Wells has performed in masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, Eduardo Fernandez, Jason Vieaux, Bruce Holzman, Julian Gray, Matteo Mela, Stanley Yates, Raphaella Smits, Andrew Zohn, among others. In 2015, Mr. Wells appeared on a cd produced by Les Productions d’Oz celebrating the solo and ensemble compositions
of noted performer, educator, and composer, Miroslav Loncar. Wells recorded the composition entitled “Lullaby with Variations” that he commissioned from the composer in late 2012.

Mr. Wells also is an active member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the Virginia Music Educator Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Aguado Guitar Concerts of Sterling, VA.

Classical Guitarist, Richard Miller, Brazil

We kicked off our 2017-2018 Classical Guitar Season with a celebration of bossa nova!

For the first performance, we invited you to the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD to hear Classical guitarist, Richard Miller (Brazil) perform. He was joined by special guests Débora Watts (voice) & our very own, João Figueirôa (classical guitar).

You may have heard Richard Miller perform in last year’s partnership with Montgomery County, MD Public Library as part of our Education and Outreach series.

RIchard Miller, BRAZIL

Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music, inspired by Brazil, on October 21, 2017, 8pm. Find tickets here: marlowguitar.org

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Richard Miller’s recent concerts include special performances for Pope Francis and President Obama. He has played at Strathmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and Merkin Hall; as well
as jazz clubs in New York City and Washington DC. As a teacher, he has given workshops at Texas Southern University, University of Florida, Georgetown University and NYU, among many others.

Hailed as “an ambassador of Brazilian music” by The Washington
Post, João Paulo Figueirôa is a foremost interpreter of music from Brazil, performing solo and with orchestra throughout the US and South America in guitar festivals, on television and radio. João is Executive Director of Marlow Guitar International, and head of Guitar at The Catholic University of America.

Born in Saquarema, a small beach town north of Rio, Débora Watts grew up believing she was going to be a scientist, but left Organic Chemistry to explore life outside the lab. After traveling from Peru to India, Débora moved to New York City, where she heard Brazilian music performed at the legendary “Cafe Wha?” and realized that her true dream was to be a singer.

Débora performs samba, Latin jazz, and bossa nova, and has recently recorded her second CD, of original compositions.

-from our Program

(Photos to come)

Pre-Concert Talk given by: Brian McCann

Bryan McCann is Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. He has written extensively about Brazilian music, particularly the samba and choro traditions of
Rio de Janeiro. (…more…)

Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

Pre-Concert Speaker, Bryan McCann

Bryan McCann

— Bryan McCann ,speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk at the Richard Miller performance, October 21, 2017. —

Bryan McCann is Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. His books include Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (Duke, 2004) and Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Duke, 2014). He has written extensively about Brazilian music, particularly the samba and choro traditions of Rio de Janeiro.