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Alan Goldspiel, Chair

As a solo and chamber music performer, classical guitarist Alan Goldspiel has concertized throughout the United States and in the Caribbean and Europe. He has given the world premieres of From Faraway Nearby for guitar duo at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Rhapsody for solo guitar at New York’s CAMI Hall, and has been featured on KQED (CA) radio, WNYC (NY) radio, KEDM (LA) radio, and (NY) television’s News 12 Long Island. He has been a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic, Sinfonie-by-the-Sea, and served as an Artist-in-Residence for North Carolina’s prestigious Visiting Artists Program, presenting over eighty concerts throughout that state.

Dr. Goldspiel was the first and only guitarist to be honored with the Marshall Dodge Award from the Performing Artists Associates of New England. He was selected for the Louisiana State Artist Roster and Touring Directory, and accepted as a touring artist on the rosters of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. His four CDs with Richard Provost have been favorably reviewed by Fanfare, Soundboard, Classical Guitar Magazine and the American Record Guide.

At Louisiana Tech University (1995-2008), he was the 2006 recipient of the James Alvey Smith Endowed Professorship for excellence in teaching, the 2002 recipient of Louisiana Tech’s University Senate Chair Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and given the Louisiana State Arts Council’s 2004-2005 Artist Fellowship Award for artistic excellence.

Currently, he is Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Music at the University of Montevallo. He has also been a faculty member of the International Guitar Festival held each summer at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.

This past year, Dr Goldspiel recorded a fifth duo CD entitled Latin Magic, completed a third composition for solo guitar entitled Tale of the Bird Mound, and a read his paper “Background Structure, Syntax, and Idiomatic Device in the Solo Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos” at the 2008 International Villa-Lobos Conference.

In 1994, he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. His unique research involved contemporary analysis and the solo guitar music of Heitor Villa-Lobos. He received his Master of Music degree in 1984 from Yale University’s School of Music. In 1981, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music where he was honored with the title “University Scholar” for his performance of and published research on the guitar music of Heitor Villa-Lobos.