SOLD OUT – Classical Guitar Immersion 10th Anniversary – June 12th-19th 2015

UPDATE: CGI ’15 is sold out before the open registration date of September 1st! Cancellations do happen so those who would like to be put on a waiting list can send a refundable deposit of $395 to the address listed below. You’ll be notified by April 5th (after final payment is due) if there is a spot available. If there are no spots available for you you’ll be refunded your deposit by April 10th. The good news is that with your deposit you’ll get the preparation benefits of my online practice plan and introduction to my Practice Directives in preparation of your potential pieces at CGI.

The 10th Annual Classical Guitar Immersion will take place June 12th-19th, 2015 at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center located on the beautiful Columbia River Gorge 20 minutes east of Portland, Oregon. CGI 2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of this annual workshop led by international touring classical guitarist Scott Kritzer. With the picturesque Columbia River Gorge as a backdrop Mr. Kritzer shares 35 years of performing and teaching experience in a friendly and engaging manner. Mr. Kritzer leads a handful of students through practice concepts, technical exercises and the philosophy behind his performance skills. The week ends with two informal student recitals.

CGI ’15 Highlights

  • Week-long series of master classes and lectures
  • Ensemble Rehearsals
  • Supervised Practice Sessions
  • Filming of each lesson available for immediate review
  • Private opening night concert by Scott Kritzer in Creevey Hall
  • The preparation of two informal public performances
  • Bi weekly video and written practice directive instructions beginning in April, 2015
  • Registrants will receive the Scott Kritzer Practice Plan (an online automated practice plan that will allow you to organize your practice leading up to CGI ’15)

“Scott’s coaching at CGI provides the ‘missing link of knowledge’ for going from the practice room to the performance stage”.  Teresa Jaworski – 2012, 2014 participant

The CGI immersion process takes place through a week-long series of master classes, lectures, supervised practice sessions and ensemble rehearsals (see CGI ’15 Schedule below). CGI participants prepare two performances. The first recital is an informal performance for the Menucha Retreat Community and special guests. The second performance is a private performance for CGI participants.

How is CGI Different from other Guitar Events? CGI is unlike most other week-long guitar events. Often guitar festivals or workshops include a series of performances and different teachers from which the student draws a diverse and often diffused message. At CGI students are immersed in a single effective approach to repertoire choice, practice techniques and performing skills that are tailored to each player’s needs. The student develops and grows tremendously throughout the week. The transformed player can take these learned skills and continue to apply them to his or her practice and performing.

To aid in the immersion process, beginning in April 2015, each participant will receive biweekly practice directive assignments in written and video form. Registrants will also be given the Scott Kritzer Practice Plan; a tool of immense value for managing your practice sessions. In addition each master class lesson at CGI is recorded for the student’s immediate review.

One final bonus, to mark CGI’s 10th Anniversary I’ll be performing a private opening night concert in Creevey Hall for CGI Participants.

Beginners through Advanced Players Welcome! CGI accepts beginners through advanced players. The only requirement is that you agree to have 10 minutes of memorized repertoire ready by
June, 2015.

Registration The fee for CGI ’15 is $1895 and includes entrance to all classes and workshops, lodging and meals. To register for CGI ’15 send a non-refundable deposit of $395. Registration is on a first come first served basis. Students from the previous year’s CGI have first options until September 1st, 2015 at which time registration opens to the general public. Final payment is due April 3rd, 2015.

Send payment to:
8285 Sw Canyon Lane
Portland, Or 97225

Morning Walks at Menucha

CGI ’14 Schedule
The Schedule at CGI is optimized for the CGI Recital with intense work early followed by more practice and reflective time. Most people arrive late morning to early afternoon of the first day. Airport pick-ups, and drop-offs, will be provided by our generous local students.

Friday, June 12th
1:00-3:00 Portland Airport Arrivals and Pick-ups
4:00-5:00 Check-in
5:00-5:30 Orientation
7:00-8:00 Dinner
8:30-10:00 Scott Kritzer, Concert

Saturday, June 13th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class
3:30-6:00 Open
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Sunday, June 14th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class
3:30-6:00 Open
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Monday, June 15th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class
3:30-6:00 Open
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Tuesday, June 16th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class
3:30-6:00 Open
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Wednesday, June 17th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Ensemble Rehearsal & Performance Staging
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-4:00 Ensemble Rehearsal
4:30-5:45 CGI Recital in Creevey
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Performance Reviews & Goals

Thursday, June 18th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-10:30 Open
10:30-11:30 Private CGI Student Recital
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class (New Works)
4:30-5:30 How to Practice
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30:00-10:00 Outdoor Fireplace

Friday, June 19th
7:30-8:00 Check-out
8:00-9:00 Breakfast

Schedule subject to change

At work @ CGI ’13

Scott Kritzer

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