St. Joseph International Guitar Festival Competition Drawing

The public is invited to the “Drawing for Competition Playing Order” for the St. Joseph International Guitar Festival & Competition, Thursday, May 14, 9:00 AM at Missouri Western State University, Lea Spratt MC Building Lobby.

A “Competition Drawing” is a ceremony when the international competitors receive their playing order for the first round of a musical competition.

The event also gives the public a chance to meet the international players and judges who will be involved in the competition.

Following the first round performances (which are not open to the public), the Final Competition Round will be held Sunday, May 17, 3:00 PM and is open to the public. It will be held at the “DUC,” Downtown University Campus at 515 N. 6th (the former Scottish Rite) in Downtown St. Joseph. Entrance is $5 / $10 general public and seating is limited.

In the final round, the audience (18 and older) will have a chance to hear the top three competitors in a concert setting and vote for placement and the division of over $7,000 prize money and gifts.

The Final Round will be followed by the award ceremony, with the post-concert jam session and closing party held at the St. Joseph Terrible’s Casino beginning at 7:00 PM, hosted by the Jason Riley Trio.

More information is at:

Final Free Guitar Masterclass of the Season

Just a fast reminder that this evening (Wed., April 29), at 6:30 PM is the final FREE GUITAR MASTERCLASS of the season at Café Acoustic.

All guitar majors & minors plus different guitar ensembles will be playing their jury pieces so be sure to be there for some great music!
Former guitar students and ALL other Western Music students are also welcome to come by and try out jury pieces (the Café has a well-tuned upright piano!).

The next big event is the St. Joseph International Guitar Festival & Competition, May 13-17. PS: we still DESPERATELY need more Home Hosts! Please fill out an application form or call (816) 271-4100.

See you all at the Café AND the Festival!

PS the new radio series, “THE GUITAR IN ST. JOSEPH,” highlighting the festival is still running daily at the St. Joseph Music Foundation!


association with the St. Joseph Music Foundation Web Radio is airing a
series of programs named “THE GUITAR IN ST. JOSEPH,” hosted by festival
founder and director, Anthony Glise, produced by The Aevia Group, Ltd.

The series highlights past headliners and competitors who have appeared
at the festival and can be heard (US Central Standard Time) Monday
through Friday at 9:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM.
[EUROPEAN AIRTIMES: Mon.-Fri, 03:00 GMT and Sundays, 20:00 GMT] at the St. Joseph Music Foundation Web Radio’s website.

A PDF with active links to both the St. Joseph
International Guitar Festival and the St. Joseph Music Foundation Radio
can be downloaded here and may be printed for easy reference so you don’t miss a single

“The Guitar in St. Joseph” is an exciting series that also cites
current and historical information about St. Joseph Missouri and other
arts events in the area.

The programs include rock, jazz and classical guitar music by past St.
Joseph Guitar Festival performers such as:

Jan Akkerman (Holland)
Randall Avers (Norway)
Anthony Glise (France / US)
Jason Riley (US)
The Nova Project (US / France)
Ken Sugita (France)
Hungry Monks (US)
Alieksey Vianna (Brazil)
Kevin Gallagher (US)
Felix Kosel (Germany)

We hope you will enjoy “The Guitar in St. Joseph” and look forward to

seeing you at the festival May 13-17, 2009 !

Anthony GLISE,
Festival Founder and Director

Join us on our Facebook and MySpace pages.

PS – If you have appeared at the festival – as either a performer or
competitor – and would like your CD featured on an upcoming program,
please forward a CD (we CANNOT download MP3s) to:
A. Glise – Guitar Program/Festival
Dept. of Music
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Dr.
St. Joseph, MO 64507

Anthony GLISE

Guitar Festival Host Search

The 6th annual ST. JOSEPH INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL & COMPETITION, sponsored by Missouri Western State University, is currently taking applications for home-hosts for the US and international musicians that will be in St. Joseph from May 13-17, 2009. Home hosting is an opportunity to become personally involved in the festival and get to know some of these brilliant artists on a personal level in exchange for 4 full complimentary tickets valid for entrance to all festival events (a $160. total value). More importantly, this is a chance to introduce our tremendous community to the foreign and US musicians that come to St. Joseph every year for this monumental event. Former guests to our festival have come from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Uruguay and throughout the US. Naturally, hosts with varied language skills are a great asset, but a majority of our guests speak English fluently. The prize money and gifts for this year’s competition are in excess of $7000 which places us among the top 5 classical guitar competitions in the US so the festival is expecting more competitors than ever before.

Home Hosting Application PDF

Further information is available on line at this link on the Guitar Festival website or call Missouri Western at: (816) 271-4121

Past competition winners: 2004

1st Prize: Isaac Bustos (Nicaragua)

2nd Prize: Munhk-Orgil Turbold (Mongolia)

3rd Prize: Nenad Savic (Serbia)

2005 1st Prize: Alieksey Vianna (Brazil)

2nd Prize: Marco Sator (Uruguay)

3rd Prize: Joseph Williams (US)

2006 1st Prize: Alexandr Tsiboulski (Ukraine / Australia)

2nd Prize: Samuel Klemke (Germany)

3rd Prize: Robert Sharp (US)

2007 1st Prize: Eduardo Minozzi Costa (Brazil)

2nd Prize: Austin Moorhead (US)

3rd Prize: Jonathan Dotson (US)

2008 (festival not produced).

2009 To be announced May 17, 2009.





Anthony GLISE

Guitar Festival/Competition

MAY 13-17, 2009 – application Deadline: May 1.

Classical Guitar Competition with:
– OVER $7,000 in prizes, gifts & award concerts,
– NO required pieces,
– NO age limit,
– FREE home hosting (room & board) for ALL competitors and out-of-town

See the festival’s website for Headliner Concerts – Ticket Information – Application Forms – Jam
Session Sites – Additional Classes (masterclasses, web design
techniques for artists & musicians, arts marketing, guitar
construction, and more!

Also, please join us on the festival’s MySpace page.

Missouri Western Department of Music:
[USA]+ (816) 271-4420

Guitar House Concert

• House Concerts
• German Guitarist, Samuel Klemke
(former Missouri Western’s St. Joseph International Guitar Festival &
Competition Prize winner)
• Co-sponsored by Missouri Western’s St. Joseph International Guitar
Festival and the St. Joseph Music Foundation.

Monday, March 9, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 PM

• CONTACT (reservations / event address):
Maria Windisch, (816) 279-0283
St Joseph International Guitar Festival & Competition:

Classical guitarist, Samuel Klemke of Weimar,
Germany, will be giving two house concerts in St. Joseph on:

Monday, March 9, 7:00 PM,
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 PM.

The performances are free but a $10. donation is suggested. Due to
limited seating, reservations are required. House concert address and
information is available by contacting: Maria Windisch, (816) 279-0283.

Mr. Klemke is one of the many international guitarists who have
visited St. Joseph for Missouri Western’s, St. Joseph International
Guitar Festival and Competition, and in 2006, Klemke was awarded 2nd
prize in the St. Joseph Competition.

While somewhat rare in the US, “house concerts” became highly popular
musical and social events throughout Europe from the early
19th-Century, when concert
halls were used for orchestral performances
and the “drawing rooms” of musical patrons were for solo concerts.
House concerts remain today one of the most revered activities in
European artistic circles. A house concert offers the audience a
chance to hear professional international artists in a more personal
and casual setting.

Mr. Klemke is one of the many competitors from Missouri Western’s
International Guitar Festival who periodically returns to St. Joseph
during their US concert tours.

You can listen to a feature program of Mr. Klemke’s recordings on-line at:

St. Joseph Music Foundation Radio

every evening from 8:00 – 9:00 PM beginning
Friday, February 27 through
Tuesday, March 10
as well as Sundays, 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Missouri Western’s St. Joseph International Guitar Festival &
Competition is one of the premiere international guitar festivals in
the US. Performers have come to St. Joseph for the festival from
Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Germany, Holland,
Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Poland,
Serbia, Uruguay and throughout the United States.

Past St. Joseph International Guitar Festival Competition winners:

1st Prize: Isaac Bustos (Nicaragua)
2nd Prize: Munhk-Orgil Turbold (Mongolia)
3rd Prize: Nenad Savic (Serbia)

1st Prize: Alieksey Vianna (Brazil)
092nd Prize: Marco Sator (Uruguay)
3rd Prize: Joseph Williams (US)

1st Prize: Alexandr Tsiboulski (Ukraine / Australia)
2nd Prize: Samuel Klemke (Germany)
3rd Prize: Robert Sharp (US)

1st Prize: Eduardo Minozzi Costa (Brazil)
2nd Prize: Austin Moorhead (US)
3rd Prize: Jonathan Dotson (US)

2008 (festival not produced).

2009 To be announced May 17, 2009.

Klemke alone conjured so wonderfully on six strings
that the listeners asked loudly for two encores.
He intoxicated his audience with his phenomenal playing!
— Lippische Landeszeitung Press (Germany)

Samuel Klemke

Samuel T. Klemke was born in 1978, and began guitar studies with his
father at the age of 4, and even in early years, received considerable
attention via solo and duo performances and in competitions along side
his sister, Laura Klemke.
In 1999 Samuel began guitar studies at the University of Music Franz
Liszt in Weimar, Germany with Prof. Monika Rost. In 2003 he graduated
with highest marks and completed postgraduate studies with Prof.
Müller-Pering. He has also performed in the masterclasses of Pepe
Romero, David Russel and David Tanenbaum.
In 2004 he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the German
state of Thuringia. In the course of this scholarship, he studied the
pieces of20contemporary composers, Toru Takemitsu and Hans Werner Henze.

Klemke has won many national and international competitions, including
the St. Joseph Guitar International Guitar Competition (2006), the
Stafford Classical Guitar Recital Competition and has performed in
countries as diverse as Martinique, Japan, the US and South America.
A highly versatile guitarist, Mr. Klemke’s interest extends from
historical through contemporary music and has released a solo CD and a
solo single CD. He also performs with his sister Laura in the Guitar
Duo Klemke and their first CD “Danza española” was released in 2005.
In this upcoming performance, Klemke will be performing the
contemporary work, Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten, a set of variations
that lead “backwards” to the final theme Come heavy sleep by John
Dowland. He will also be performing the great works Chaconne in d
minor by J.S. Bach and Introduction et Caprice by Giulio Regondi. He
will also be presenting works by the 19th-Century master, Fernando
Sor, the contemporary Italian composer, Carlo Domeniconi and others.

Great blog about The Nova Project

THANKS to EVERYONE who made it to the midwest Nova Project Shows !!!!!

A GREAT blog about Nova is up (courtesy of PITCH MAGAZINE [owned by the
Village Voice in NYC] & Crystal Wiebe).

We’ll be back at the St. Joseph International Guitar Festival May 13-17!

Anthony, Jason,  James & Nick

PS – Be sure to join The Nova Project MySpace for further
updates or join Anthony’s email list to be on the regular
mailing list !

Anthony Glise / The Nova Project on EQ Magazine’s “EQTV”

Dear Friends,
EQ Magazine – the most respected publication in the recording industry – is offering a series of 4, on-line Recording Lessons featuring Anthony Glise (“The Nova Project”), hosted by producer and EQ Magazine staff writer, Jeff Anderson at the following links:
#2-OTRF Miking
#3-Rock Miking
#4-Nova Miking
The free, on-line lessons address miking techniques when recording traditional classical instruments as used by the progressive rock group, The Nova Project (Anthony Glise, Jason Riley, James Kew & Nick Baker).
Jeff Anderson, staff writer for EQ Magazine and owner of Sound Logic Studios, is producing one of the new Nova Project CDs, “The Nova Project – Unplugged,” slated for 2011 release.
Anthony Glise was also recently interviewed by Anderson in EQ Magazine (8/07) alongside famed producers, Thomas Ransom, Michael Siefert (for Tori Amos) Alan Moulder (for Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Melissa Etheridge, etc.).
Current Nova Project updates are at the Nova Project website and myspace page.

Anthony Glise and LaBella Strings

Anthony Glise and The Nova Project are being featured in an endorsement insert appearing in sets of classical guitar strings distributed world-wide from the famed strings manufacturer, LaBella String Company. Anthony signed with LaBella in 1983 and he remains one of their strongest endorsers – not only for their astounding products but for their sincere commitment to arts education and outreach activities.
The Nova Project is an avant-garde “classical prog” ensemble featuring Anthony Glise, Jason Riley [guitars] James Kew [6-string electric ‘cello] and Nick Baker [percussion]. Free MP3s and Videos are available at The Nova Project’s myspace page.
LaBella, founded in 17th-Century Italy, supplied strings to makers such as Amati and Stradavari. Today, LaBella is still recognized as the most respected string company in the world with an incredible range of products including nylon, steel and even gut strings for historical instruments.
More information in this pdf or the LaBella website.

Free Music Marketing Workshop

The St. Joseph Music Foundation is pleased to announce a free public seminar at Café Acoustic, 2605 Frederick Ave., Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 PM featuring Jean Graeff, Director of Marketing Brand Strategy for VML, one of the nation’s top-rated digital marketing firms with offices in Kansas City, New York, and London.

Location: Café Acoustic (2605 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO)
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM
Featured Speaker: Jean Graeff, Director of Brand Strategy, VML Marketing
Sponsor: St. Joseph Music Foundation and Café Acoustic
Contact: Café Acoustic: (816) 671-1141

According to Ms Graeff, “The digital landscape has transformed the marketing and advertising world.Today, the power to influence audiences doesn’t just belong to big companies with big budgets. Now a single individual can have an equal, and sometimes more powerful voice. It’s an exciting time, especially for musicians who in the past were often at the mercy of opportunistic record companies.”

Ms. Graeff, who has led creative strategies for multi-million dollar brands such as AMC Theatres, Colgate, Hallmark, and Microsoft, will share insights, marketing tools, and tactics that advertising agencies use to achieve success for their clients.

Anyone who is interested in marketing themselves – especially individual musicians, bands, artists – will leave this presentation with a new perspective on marketing, especially on marketing themselves.

Ms. Graeff, who began her career as a copywriter and broadcast producer, has spent the last 18 years in the advertising industry.She is a veteran of the television and radio business, first working in broadcast news and later producing hundreds of radio and television spots.She has been a featured speaker at seminars throughout the U.S. prior to joining VML in 1996 where she has led creative campaigns and brand development for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Microsoft, AMC Theaters, and Colgate.

Jean Graeff, Linkedin professional profile