Kritzer Studio Opening Report

Jeffrey Elliott and Cyndy Burton in the new Kritzer Studio

It was an exciting night – thanks everyone for your participation. It was a nice mix of students, friends, and fans! I welcomed everyone in the main area of the building, and shared some of the upcoming events.


Part of what made this evening special was the performance I was able to share with my first teacher, my brother Jack Kritzer. Beginning a week-long family visit was a nice way to share some exciting studio news and at the same time give my brother the nod he deserves for igniting my interest in the guitar, an interest that grew into an obsession and eventually a career. When I began my classical guitar lessons, Jack joined me, and for a year we’d drive and study together, working on the same technical exercises and assignments.

Jack and Scott

On the night of the Opening, we performed a mix of classical and pop music in the Euphoria Studios down the hall (the home of future Kritzer Studio Student Recitals). We spent so much time catching up that day that we didn’t set the order until people filed in for the performance. I jokingly reached over to correct his right hand position after he played, but I couldn’t seem to rattle my older brother. (I even tried psyching him out earlier in the day, but the guy has nerves of steel!) People commented that they noticed the brotherly rivalry – something that just comes as naturally to us as does the signature Kritzer silver hair (we were both redheads in our youth).
We had a nice time chatting with those who stayed afterwards. And then we were off to Clark Lewis for a great post-event reception with my wife, my boys Andrew and David, my brother, and my best friends from high school, Phil Morford, Robin Bieker, and Joe Keller.

Post Event Reception at Clark Lewis in Portland' Produce Row

I hoped to express my thanks to those who have helped me get where I am today. I don’t believe anyone achieves success without the help of others, and I’ve had a number of ‘angels’ who have made that happen. In addition to my personal friends who have come through for me, I thanked my teachers and especially my students, who have given me the inspiration to define a new method for the classical guitar: which I’ll soon be releasing and will hopefully have finished by the end of this year. For those who didn’t make it, let me get you up to speed on the new Kritzer Studio news – there something for everybody, including new classes, performances, and special appearances in the studio. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The Kritzer Method – Phase I, Primary Skills Development for the Classical Guitarist will be released in a beta version beginning March 31st, 2012 and in its final version on June 1st. I will post much of the information here on my website, so please subscribe. For those wanting a strong technical foundation, Phase I is just the ticket. Phase I delivers a conscise and thorough application of bio-mechanical principles with regards to sitting, hand position, and mastery of the two primary movement forms required to master the instrument: sympathetic motion and alternation. The student will recieve written and video instruction as well as a ‘Practice-Along-With-Scott’ video for each of the 15 chapters in Phase I. What makes this approach unique is the delivery system. A student can study with me directly, or work with me remotely by sending in videotaped homework for each chapter of Phase I (or, just one at the final stage of Phase I). Also, this method will be available in PDF book form, with accompanying DVD, sometime later this summer. Contact me if you’d like participate!

  • Performance Anxiety Rehab Meeting and Workshop
    Preparing for the Recital

    Student Recital Preparation

    I’ll be holding an open Q & A on performance anxiety issues on Saturday, March 24th, at 2:00 pm PDT both for local and remote students. This is free and open to the first to respond. I’ll also be holding my popular Performance Anxiety Rehab Workshop beginning on Saturdays April 7th-May 19th, culminating in a Student Recital on Saturday, June 2nd at Euphoria Studios. Cost is $195.00. For more information, you can go to Workshop or contact me directly.

  • Chvatal/Kritzer Duo Reunion Tour The C/K Duo will be joined by Marc Gremm for a series of concerts in the Pacific Northwest in October 2012. This popular Duo has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe to sold-out crowds and standing ovations. So we’re excited to announce our return to the very first venue we played, Long Beach Washington and the Water Music Festival on the Long Beach Peninusula on Friday, October 12th, followed the next day by my solo performance (October 13th, 1:30 pm).

    Janet and Scott

      In conjunction with the Water Music Festival we are offering a weekend package that will include a two-night stay at the historic Shelburne Inn, as well as admission to all performances and the private reception held on Saturday night. For more information you can go to the Water Music Festival website. Also, we are scheduled for a Portland appearance, which will take place at the Newmark Theatre on Tuesday, October 9th, at 7:30 pm.

  • Kickstarter is a funding clearing house for a wide variety of projects. I have applied and have been accepted for a special project slated for the fall of 2012. I am planning on recording a live DVD and CD of concerts with music by

    St. Thomas Church, Leipzig

    Bach and Weiss in the last two churches where Bach was last employed in Leipzig and Cothen.

  • Saturday Fireside Chats – Okay, so I have an electronic fireplace, but I’m sure you’ll warm to the idea of having some of the top classical guitarists available via SKYPE for an informal Q & A. Our first guest is none other than Michael Lorimer, favorite protege of Andres Segovia, on Sunday, March 18th at 2:00-4:00 pm PDT. This is available on a first-come basis for my students, so reserve your spot A.S.A.P.!

    Michael Lorimer

    Space will be very limited, so those who are students will be given first priority and others as space becomes available. There will be no charge. If you want to keep informed, please Subscribe to this website.

  • Classial Guitar Immersion 2012 is scheduled for June 15-22 at the Menucha Retreat Center on the Columbia River Gorge. Space is available for this popular week-long immersion into classical guitar technique, practice techniques and performance skills. CGI ends with a public performance in Portland, Oregon. For more information, go to Classical Guitar Immersion. Contact me if you’d like to join!.

    CGI 2011 Participants

  • KSGQ Meeting on the third Tuesday of each month the Kritzer Studio Guitar Quartet will be working up some popular ensemble pieces to be performed on the June Student Recital. This is perfect for those who are

    KSGQ hard at work.

    uncomfortable with playing solo works in recital and who want to enjoy the wonderful music making that comes with ensemble playing. Our first meeting is Tuesday, March 20th at 7:30 pm.

  • Kritzer Studio Student Recital
    Join the stage with other students and ensemlbe in the Kritzer Studio Recital on Saturday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Euphoria Studios. It’s highly recommended that those wishing to participate enroll in the Performance Anxiety Rehab Workshop mentioned above. 

    2009 Scott Kritzer Rimini, Italy Student Recital Performers

  • Scott Kritzer

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