Over the past decade, Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada’s preeminent classical guitarists. Known for her innovative programming and powerful stage presence, along with her warm sound and virtuosic technique, an event with Emma Rush is one to remember. She is a compelling and engaging performer, a passionate educator, and a dynamic arts impresario.
Emma Rush’s career has commanded world recognition. Recent touring highlights include a ten-day, 4-city tour in China, starting with the Altamira Shanghai International Guitar Festival, appearances at guitar festivals including Festival de Guitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), the Lonestar Guitar Festival (Texas), Great Lakes Guitar Festival (Buffalo), and a prestigious concert at the Internationales Gitarren Symposion, Iserlohn (Germany). Canadian appearances have included concerts in Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax, Moncton, and Winnipeg, along with performances throughout Ontario as both a soloist and chamber musician. In 2016 Rush is a featured Debut Atlantic artist and will tour throughout Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
Rush has been a prize winner at international music competitions (Great Lakes Guitar Festival and Competition, Columbus State International Competition), and was nominated for a Woman of the Year Award for Arts and Culture (Hamilton, YWCA). She is the only artist to have received three City of Hamilton Arts Awards (as Established Artist in Music, in Arts Education, Arts Administration categories).
Folklórica, Rush’s much-anticipated debut CD, was released in the fall of 2014. The CD showcases a global classical guitar repertoire that draws inspiration from folk legend and traditional music harmonies; programmatic selections that evoke culturally diverse narratives.
“… she captivated the audience with her charm, wit and technical prowess” Frankenpost, Germany
“…wonderful, fantastically played music…excellent performances”
“…among the best we have presented”
Philadelphia Guitar Society
Rush completed her post-graduate studies at the Hochshule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, following an honors Bachelor of Music degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She holds faculty appointments at Mohawk College and Redeemer University College in Hamilton, and is an Artist-in-Residence at Dalhousie University in the fall of 2016.
Rush is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Guitar Hamilton concert series that includes the Hamilton International Guitar Festival.
“If there is a princess of summer concerts, let it be Emma Rush”
The Hamilton Spectator
Kevin Manderville began his classical guitar studies at the age of eighteen with James Chandler. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, where he studied with Stephen Robinson. He also received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Florida State University under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman. In addition, Mr. Manderville has also studied in masterclasses with some of today’s most prominent guitarists, including Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Roland Dyens, and Oscar Ghiglia.
Kevin Manderville has won prizes in several international competitions, including first prize at the Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, second prize at the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and consecutive top prizes at the Columbus Guitar Symposium Competition. In 2006, he was a recipient of the Florida Artist Enhancement Grant.
His performances as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and former member of the Tantalus Quartet have taken him throughout North America and Europe, including appearances in such major cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montreal, Cologne, New Orleans, Miami, and Orlando. He has also performed at major venues, concert series and festivals including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, the Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium, the 2nd Acadia International Guitar Festival, the Hamilton International Guitar Festival, the Columbus State University Guitar Symposium, the New York Guitar Seminar, and the Lachine International Music Festival. Committed to the performance of new music, he has premiered several works including those written for him. His debut CD, titled Through the Centuries, was released in the fall of 2010 on Clear Note.
A dedicated teacher, Dr. Manderville served as a teaching assistant at Florida State University for three years. He has also been on the faculty of Thomas University, Tallahassee Community College, Bainbridge College and the Stetson University Community School of Music. While living in New York, he taught at Medgar Evers College, the Amadeus Conservatory of Music, and initiated an after-school guitar program for Manhattan Youth. Kevin Manderville currently resides in Montgomery, AL, where he directs the classical guitar program at Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School and is on the faculty at Huntingdon College.
Fort Worth, TX native and founding member of Guitar Fort Worth, Dr. Will Douglas has become a leader in the north Texas guitar community. Starting his career under the apprenticeship of Michael Dailey along with Professor Tom Johnson of The University of North Texas and privately with Adam Holzman of The University of Texas. Will has also performed for some of the top names in guitar including; Tom Sheeley, Virginia Luque, Thomas Kirchhoff, Dale Kavanagh, Johannes Moller, Eduado Fernandez, Eliot Fisk, Bruce Holzman and Oscar Ghiglia among many others. He made his concert debut in Guitar Fort Worth’s Atrium Series in 2004 and attended the 2006 Acadia Guitar Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada and the 2008 and 2009 Iserlohn International Guitar Symposiums in Iserlohn, Germany. Will has also given solo baroque guitar and lute performances and played continuo in The University of North Texas’ Collegium Musicum Orchestra, the Fort Worth Opera and many others.
In December of 2008, Will took the presidential reins of Guitar Fort Worth to help provide performances and educational opportunities to the Fort Worth community. In 2011 Will was invited as a guest lecturer and master class teacher at the 2011 Hamilton International Guitar Festival and The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Will Douglas finished his Masters in Music Performance degree at UNT and has since returned from the Graduate Diploma program in Eliot Fisk's studio at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston to seek his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas, which he completed in 2019.
In 2015, he founded the Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition at Weatherford College, which draws performers, competitors and enthusiasts from all over the world and in 2017 the Collegiate Peaks Guitar Retreat in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Will is currently Artist in Residence at Scarborough College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Weatherford College, Arlington Baptist University and Tarrant County College Northwest and a private guitar instructor at The Guitar Studio in Fort Worth, TX.
"Will Douglas is not only a gifted guitarist but a versatile rounded musician and a charismatic person."
-Apostolos Paraskevas, Professor, Berklee College of Music
"[Will] is a wonderful advocate for our instrument, and I would always want to support what he is trying to do artistically." (Weatherford Democrat, July 2015)
-Adam Holzman, Professor, University of Texas at Austin