LVA Guitar Program News

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March, 2019 Two LVA students, Andrew Amaya and Summer Mower tied for Second Place in the annual University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Classical Guitar Competition

March, 2019  Varsity 3 travels to Orange County, CA to participate in the Orange County Guitar Festival and Competition hosted by Chapman University.  This was an invitational performance.  Varsity 3 was the only large high school guitar ensemble to be invited.

January, 2019  Bill Swick travels to Orlando, FL to conduct the Orange County School District Honor Gutiar Ensemble

January, 2019 LVA students make a clean sweep at the Best in Southern Nevada Solo & Ensemble Tournment taking the top three places in solos, duos, trios and quartets.

December, 2018  Bill Swick selected as the conductor for the 2019 All Natioanl Honor Guitar Ensemble

November, 2018  Bill Swick and four selected students attend and perform in the nation's first All National Honor Gutiar Ensemble in Orlando, FL 

August, 2018  Four LVA students selected to participate in the nation's first All National Honor Gutiar Ensemble-Taizja Broadnax, Aidan Corea, Chloe St. George and Paolo Uno 

June, 2018  Bill Swick travels to Washington, DC to participate in the NAfME Hill Day and to meet with Nevada leaders to secure full funding for the Every Student Success Act (ESSA)

June, 2018 Bill Swick receives Teacher of Excellence Award from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

May, 2018 Four LVA students auditioned and made the nation's first All National Honor Guitar Ensemble which will perform in Orlando, FL in November, 2019

January, 2018 LVA students make a clean sweep at the Best in Southern Nevada Solo & Ensemble Tournment taking the top three places in solos, duos, trios and quartets.

November, 2017   Bill Swick named ensemble manager of the nation's first All National Honor Guitar Ensemble

November, 2017 The LVA Senior Guitar Quartet participates in the first annual Guitar Festival and Competition at Oklahoma City University

October, 2017 Bill Swick’s book, Teaching Beginning Guitar Class: A Practical Guide is published by Oxford University Press

September, 2017 LVA Guitar Program receives certification from the Guitar Foundation of America

September, 2017 Varsity 3 travels to St. Louis Obispo, CA for the La Guitarra Bi-Annual Guitar Festival

June, 2017 Bill Swick travels to Washington, DC to participate in the NAfME Hill Day

June, 2017 Bill Swick presents Fifty Years of Guitar Education in the U.S. at the Guitar Foundation of America International Conference in Fullerton, CA

June, 2017 Bill Swick receives Teacher of Excellence Award from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

April, 2017 Both Varsity 2 and Varsity 3 take Superior Ratings at the CCSD Guitar Ensemble Festival

March, 2017 LVA Senior Guitar Quartet takes second place in the University of Texas-Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival

February, 2017 Varsity 3 participates in the South Bay Guitar Festival held in San Jose, CA and received three Superior Ratings and a cash prize for highest scoring high school

November, 2016 Bill Swick presents at the National Association for Music Educators National Conference in Garland, TX

October, 2016 Varsity 3 performs a world premiere of 4 commissioned compositions by Jurg Kindle, Red Train, Green Train, Yellow Train, and Blue Train

June, 2016 Bill Swick travels to Washington, DC to participate in the NAfME Hill Day

April, 2016 Bill Swick receives the Top Ten GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award along with a cash prize

April, 2016 Both Varsity 2 and Varsity 3 takes Superior Ratings at the CCSD Guitar Ensemble Festival

March, 2016 Senior Guitar Quartet travels to Brownsville, TX for the UTB Guitar Ensemble Competition and took first place

November, 2015 Bill Swick is offered an opportunity to write a book on guitar education for Oxford Press Publications

October, 2015 Bill Swick identified as Top 10 Finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year

October, 2015 Bill Swick presents at the National Association for Music Educators Convention in Nashville, TN

September, 2015 Varsity 3 travels to St. Louis Obispo, CA for the La Guitarra Bi-Annual Guitar Festival

June, 2015 Bill Swick presents at the Guitar Foundation of America International Conference in Oklahoma City, OK

March, 2015 LVA Senior Guitar Quartet takes First Place in the University of Texas-Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition in Brownsville, TX

February, 2015 Bill Swick hosts the Guitar Foundation of America Regional Symposium in Las Vegas at Coronado High School

January, 2015 Bill Swick presents at the NAMM Winter Convention in Anaheim, CA, Varsity 3 also performed

 

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