The School of Music and the Bolton Guitar Studies present the 26th Annual Leonard and David Schaeffer Memorial Guitar Competition, Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Fine Arts Box Office in person, by phone (621-1162) or on line at tickets.arizona.edu.
Sponsored by the Leonard and David Schaeffer Memorial Endowment, this competition honors the memories of Leonard and David, and their father, Albert Schaeffer, by showcasing the exemplary talents of The University of Arizona guitar studio. Albert M. Schaeffer practiced law in Chicago and Tucson, and was a Chicago jazz pianist, a five-year combat captain in World War II, and a military judge in Germany following the war. His wife, Clare, was the daughter of Aaron Kritz, a famous Chicago cantor. She was raised in a distinguished musical family and appeared in Vaudeville as a young child. She is a master therapeutic recreation specialist, and garnered national attention for her groundbreaking work in music therapy with the residents of Handmaker home for the aging. Clare's brother, Robert Kritz, is a noted composer of classical music, her sister Brina Roden is a published poet, and her sister Judith Perkins was a an accomplished pianist. Their support and guidance helped to establish The University of Arizona Guitar Studies Program as one of this country’s finest. The Leonard and David Schaeffer Memorial Endowment promotes and rewards excellence in guitar performance. It is an endowed fund, the income of which provides awards for the winners of the annual competition and will continue to advance further objectives of the School of Music at The University of Arizona.
Past winners of the Schaeffer Guitar Competition are: 1989 Ray Sandoval, 1990 Jorge Hernández, 1991 Danny Arias, 1992 Ken Price, 1993 Celso Cano, 1994 William Mericle, 1995 Alieksey Vianna, 1996 Brad Ford, 1997 Evan Hirschelman, 1998 Rick Hill, 1999 Evan Hirschelman, 2000 Dieter Hennings Yeomans, 2001 Dieter Hennings Yeomans, 2002 Cale Hoeflicker, 2003 Rick Hill, 2004 Cale Hoeflicker, 2005 Eric Singh, 2006 David Talamante, 2007 Alvaro Mendizabal, 2008 Daniel Vildosola, 2009 Misael Barraza, 2010 Misael Barraza, 2011 Misael Barraza and Steven Lerman, 2012 Misael Barraza, 2013 Steven Lerman.
The University of Arizona, a major international center for study of the classical guitar, draws students from around the world, and past winners of the Leonard and David Schaeffer Memorial Guitar Competition have gone on to win top prizes in international guitar competitions as well. Additionally, UA guitar students have garnered prestigious awards that include Fulbright scholarships, NEA and Rotary fellowships, and are well represented in numerous universities and conservatories in the USA and throughout the world. For additional information about the School of Music Guitar Studio, contact Tom Patterson, professor of guitar, firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-621-1157.