ASU School of Music announces lineup for 2017–2018 Guitar Series

June 12, 2017

For more than 35 years, the ASU Guitar Series has impressed audiences with a selection of unforgettable performances by virtuosos from around the world. This year’s lineup continues this tradition, showing off the skills of seasoned musicians as well as introducing fresh new talent.

All performances are in Katzin Concert Hall in the School of Music. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., except for the Máximo Diego Pujol concert, which will be at 2:30 p.m. Frank Wallace to perform in ASU Guitar Series Frank Wallace will perform in the ASU School of Music’s 2017–18 Guitar Series. Photo by Nancy Knowles Download Full Image

Tickets are available online beginning Aug. 1 at or may be purchased at the door. 

Tickets: $22, general; $16, ASU faculty, staff and alumni; $15, senior; $12, student.

Xavier Jara
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

At the age of 24, Xavier Jara has already won many important competitions, including first prizes at the 2012 Andrés Segovia competition in Velbert, Germany, the Boston Guitarfest, the International Guitar Competition of Viseu in Portugal, the Sinaia International Guitar Competition in Romania, and most recently at the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in 2016. Jara studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Judicael Perroy for six years and earned his bachelor’s degree.

Frank Wallace
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

One of the most prolific guitarist/composers of our time, Frank Wallace’s works have been called “contemporary musical emancipation” by As a performer, Wallace is known for his “elegant virtuosity” (Classics Today) and tours internationally as a soloist and with mezzo-soprano Nancy Knowles as Duo LiveOak. Wallace is a two-time winner of the NH Individual Fellowship Award and has served on the faculty of institutions such as the New England Conservatory, Keene State College, and the Guitar Foundation of America.

Stephen Robinson
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

Stephen Robinson has been heralded by The New York Times for his “effortless virtuosity with intelligence and good taste” and by Puerto Rico’s El Nuovo Dia as a “magnificent North American guitarist, full of virtuosity, magnificent technical precision.” He is a professor of music at Stetson University, where he founded and has directed the Guitar Program since 1983. Robinson has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony and Boston Pops and has eight critically acclaimed recordings.

Dimitris Kotronakis
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Greek guitarist Dimitris Kotronakis has won prizes in many guitar competitions in Greece, Spain and Romania. He holds a doctorate from the University of Athens (2014) for which he focused his studies on the guitar in Greece. Kotronakis teaches guitar in three music institutions in Athens: Music School of Alimos, the International Athens Conservatory and the Panarmonio Conservatory. He has recorded seven albums of solo and concerto repertoire, receiving many rave reviews from the critics.

Máximo Diego Pujol
Sunday, April 8, 2018

Argentine guitarist/composer Máximo Diego Pujol has performed throughout South America and in the U.S., Europe and Australia. His guitar compositions have won awards including, in 1989, the Argentine Composers’ Union prize as Best Composer of Classical Music. Since his earliest days as a professional musician and composer, Pujol has strived for an ever-closer fusion of traditional Argentine Tango and formal academic concepts. Today, his compositions are performed and recorded throughout the world and studied in master classes and in the most prestigious international festivals dedicated to the guitar.

ASU student committed to preservation, conservation of world-heritage sites

June 12, 2017

Doctoral student Ashley Wheeler believes in the importance of protecting cultural world heritage.

This summer Wheeler is part of an international team that will study and help create new doctrines that guide worldwide heritage management practices. Ashley Wheeler Ashley Wheeler, ASU doctoral student Download Full Image

Wheeler, a doctoral student in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, is one of thirteen graduate students and young professionals from all over the world chosen to participate in the International Exchange Program for the U.S. National Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS).

“I feel very fortunate to have been selected to participate in the incredible experience of working for an international organization on a project with multinational partners,” Wheeler said.

She will spend the next ten weeks of summer in New Delhi, India helping a firm complete a Conservation Management Plan for the site of a large industrial disaster.

The industrial disaster which occurred over 30 years ago is estimated to be one of the world's largest industrial disasters and is still impacting people today.

Ashley shared the following answers about her summer research project prior to her departure for the program’s orientation in Washington, D.C.

Question: Why did you select this international program to attend?

Answer: ICOMOS is an incredible organization that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration across the world. The organization is committed to helping people globally connect with and protect their heritage. In this spirit, they promote and facilitate the exchange of ideas across cultures.  It is the only non-governmental international organization of its kind, making it an ideal organization for partnerships and unbiased advocacy. The organization is instrumental in crafting doctrines guiding heritage management practices worldwide.

The International Exchange Program provides opportunities to connect with top professionals in preservation and heritage conservation management and offers an extensive alumni network for future career possibilities. This project will provide me the experience needed to pursue a career in the preservation and conservation fields after graduation.

Q: What is the anticipated results from the Conservation Management Plan project that you will be working on?

A: The company I will be working for is in the process of creating a memorial for the industrial disaster. The Conservation Management Plan will help move the project forward by proposing best practices for the conservation of the site of the tragedy. There are still many unknowns about the extent of residual contamination at the site and I will help conduct research that will help them decide what conservation methods will be utilized at the site. I will be communicating with other conservation firms around the world to compile information about the successes and failures of other similar projects. 

Q: Will your international project translate into something that can be incorporated into an ASU classroom or benefit to ASU?

A: The project will help me gain insight into multinational organizations which I can use as I teach and conduct research at ASU. I will make international connections that may create new opportunities for other ASU researchers and it will also be beneficial for my future research opportunities. This project is highly interdisciplinary and I will gain experience working with people in various fields from various cultures.

Q: What are some of the takeaways you hope to gain from this international experience?

A: It will provide an opportunity for me to learn from other people who have significantly different educational training than me. Likewise, I will be able to bring something interesting to the table from my communication education. I also plan to establish a network of potential collaborators that that will help me pursue research and other projects with likeminded academics and practitioners. 

During my time in India, I plan to conduct additional research about memory and communication practices in India which will further my current research on time perception and memory. 

Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music