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Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma in Classical Guitar (BM, MM, Diploma)

The Classical Guitar Performance program prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional classical guitarist. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities, and stylistic knowledge.

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Master's, Diploma

Chamber music and ensemble studies are integrated into the curriculum, giving students regular opportunities to collaborate with students and faculty of other instruments.

Denis Azabagic
, Head of Classical Guitar Program Artist Faculty of Classical Guitar

What Differentiates Us

Location

Location

For students who are looking for an intensive music conservatory experience paired with the rich musical and cultural experiences provided by living in a major city, the CCPA Classical Guitar Program will prepare help prepare students for a successful career in music. CCPA's emphasis on entrepreneurial activities also prepares students for multiple career opportunities after graduation.

Faculty

Faculty

Students learn from Denis Azabagic, who has won twenty-four prizes in international competitions and Mel Bay has published a book based on his experience and insights on the subject of competitions.

Testimonials

There is no better place to study music than in the city of Chicago. One of the world's greatest cultural centers, the resources available to young musicians both within our university and outside our walls are immense. I invite you to visit our campus and see what CCPA has to offer you.
​Denis Azabagic
Head of Classical Guitar Program Artist Faculty, Classical Guitar,
Admission

Classical Guitar Audition Requirements

All repertoire is to be performed from memory.

Repertoire requirements are just a guide as to what kind of repertoire and level of difficulty is to be presented by the applicants. Applicants can play any pieces that will best show their technical and musical abilities, keeping in mind that the repertoire must include three of the following stylistic periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary.

  • Freshman/Sophomore (BM): A study by F. Sor : (Nos.1-10,Segovia ed.); two other pieces of comparable difficulty but contrasting style. Sight reading may be included.
  • Music Education (BM): In addition to the instrumental audition, guitar applicants must present a short vocal audition for the Chair of the Music Education department.
  • Junior/Senior (BM): A study by F. Sor (Nos. 12-20, Segovia ed.); two other pieces of comparable difficulty but contrasting style. Sight reading may be included.
  • Graduate (MM): Two contrasting movements from a Suite by J.S. Bach; an advanced work by Sor or Giuliani; an advanced work by a 20th-century composer. Sight reading may be included.
  • Performance Diploma: Three contrasting movements from one of the Lute Suites by J.S. Bach; a movement from a concerto; an advanced work by Sor or Giuliani; an advanced work by a 20th-century composer. Sight reading may be included.
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