Advanced Guitar Ensemble Director
Mickey Jones has had an extensive career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a featured soloist at the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival, played with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Church of Beethoven, Chatter, and the Rio Grande Guitar Quartet. As part of the New Mexico Guitar Duo, Mickey was Artist in Residence at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2012 and in 2014 gave several performances in Santiago de Chile which concluded with a recital at the historic Teatro Casona Dubois.
Mickey has appeared as a clinician at many important festivals and institutions around the United States and in 2008 he was a featured educator and conductor at the Bergen Cultural School in Bergen, Norway. Mickey was music director and conductor for two ballets featuring the Albuquerque Academy Advanced Guitar Ensemble in which he also contributed original music. In 2009 he conducted Shingo Fuji’s Concierto de Los Angeles with famed guitarist William Kannengiser as featured soloist and in 2012, Mickey conducted the world premiere of Carillons by the renowned French composer, Roland Dyens at the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival. Mickey has had compositions dedicated to him by Carlos Rafael Rivera, Roland Dyens, and John Truitt.
Mickey now directs the Awen Classical Guitar studio in Corvallis Oregon. He has served on the faculties of the Albuquerque Academy, the University of New Mexico and Oregon State University. He holds degrees from the University of New Mexico (M.M. and B.M.) and his mentors include John Truitt, Michael Chapdelaine, Matthias Stegmann, Pedro Cuadra, Chuscales, and Bill Wood.
Intermediate Guitar Ensemble Director
Brian Moore is a classical guitarist, composer and music teacher in Albuquerque New Mexico. Born in Albuquerque in 1963, Brian has been teaching and performing in New Mexico for over 30 years.
In the 1980’s Brian studied classical guitar at the University of New Mexico where he earned Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Music Performance. Brian has studied guitar with Michael Chapdelaine, Hector Garcia, Robert Bluestone and Bob Brown. He has also performed in master classes with Sharon Isbin, Michael Newman and Laura Oltman, Ricardo Cobo, and David Tannenbaum. In 1989, Brian won MTNA guitar competition state and division levels and was a finalist in the national level, tying for second place.
Brian has specialized in teaching young students to play classical guitar, as young as five years old. Trained in Suzuki Book one in 1989, Brian has since developed his own method and material for teaching younger children, and has a children’s guitar program at the UNM Music Prep School where he has been teaching for 25 years. Brian has a well established private guitar studio in his home and can often be found performing classical guitar in public either solo or with his guitar trio Typtich.
Youth Festival Director
Classical guitarist Lynn McGrath is being heralded as a phenom. Blending expressive musicianship with her passion for Spanish Language, literature, and theater, she has shared the poetry and music of “Platero y Yo” with audiences on 4 continents in the role of both guitarist and theatrical narrator. One critic wrote the following after hearing her performance at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention: “…wonderful timing, poise, wit, and grace, while getting a full rich sound from her guitar. Anyone who loves either music or poetry would have been charmed, but those who appreciate both, not to mention stage presence and acting skills, were electrified by this tour-de-force of artistic multi-tasking.” —Richard M. Long, Editor, Soundboard
A touring soloist, chamber artist, and respected pedagogue, Lynn McGrath has appeared in North America, South America, Europe, and New Zealand as performer, lecturer, conductor, and an adjudicator for a number of international and national festivals including the Nikšić Festival (Montenegro), Silesian Guitar Autumn Festival (Poland), and the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival (Italy), and the Guitar Foundation of America Convention (US). She has also presented at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Veracruz, and Mannes College and appeared at venues including the Troy Savings Hall (NY), The National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), and the Skirball Cultural Center (LA) in addition to performing on radio stations in the Southwest and along the East Coast.
After receiving degrees in Spanish Language and Literature as well as Education, she completed a music degree with Douglas Rubio at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (where she taught as a full-time instructor) and went on to earn a MM and DMA from the University of Southern California, studying with such luminaries as William Kanengiser, Pepe Romero, and James Smith.
While living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lynn established a guitar program at Sandia Preparatory School, taught at Central New Mexico Community College The University of New Mexico’s Music Prep School, and ran a thriving private studio. She is the Director of Regional Symposia for the Guitar Foundation of America and the Artistic Director of the organization’s annual International Youth Competition. Her students have been accepted, and many have received full scholarships to some of the best undergraduate and graduate schools in the nation, have placed in international competitions, and have been featured on NPR’s “From the Top”. In 2016, Lynn taught as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma City University and in Fall of 2017 joined the faculty at the Eastman Community Music School, University of Rochester, NY.
Guitarist Roberto Capocchi has played to critical acclaim throughout his native Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, as well as Canada and Belgium. Mr Capocchi has performed at the Santa Fe Opera with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, and Bernard Rubenstein, with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra with Linus Lerner, with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale with Joshua Haberman and Mathew Tresler, John Kennedy at Santa Fe New Music, as well as with Tom O’Connor, Tina Sandoval, and Andre Garcia-Nuthman.
He often plays and offers workshops at festivals in North and South America, such as the Society of Composers Inc., Guitar Northwest, Haydn Festival International, Souza Lima Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Serenata of Santa Fe, Peninsula College, San Juan College, Seattle University, Taos Community Chorus, Santa Fe ProMusica, Highlands University Madrigal, Millennium Artists, Portland Classical Guitar Series, New Mexico Guitar Festival, San Miguel Mission Concert Series, Springfield Guitar Society, and Violao em Concerto. He has played with musicians such as David Grusin, Celina Charlier, Carol Redman, Michael Lich, Tabajara Belo, Brian DeLay, Ellen Chavez de Leitner, Nancy Nielson, Gabriel Ayala, and Tracy Doyle.
He has won top prizes in competitions such as the Sholin Memorial, Stevens Guitar Competition, Young Concert Artists, Villa-Lobos Competition, Souza Lima Guitar Competition, Aracatuba Festival, Saint Marcelina Chamber Music Competition, and Mozarteum Competition. He has been a semi-finalist at the Guitar Foundation of America Solo Guitar Competition and Portland Guitar Festival, and he was the only solo guitarist selected for the 1997 Premio Eldorado de Musica.
Mr. Capocchi received music degrees from the Lins de Vasconcelos Conservatory and Carlos Gomes College in Brazil. He is a doctoral candidate in Performance and Music Theory at the Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona, where he received a Master of Music Degree in Music Performance. His teachers have included Thomas Patterson, Henrique Pinto Jorge Caballero, and Sandra Costa (guitar instructors) Conrado Paulino and Kiko Moura (Jazz and Brazilian Popular Music) and Ricardo Rizek (theory).
Mr. Capocchi is artist-in-residence at Adams State University, and is on faculty at Santa Fe Guitar Academy, New Mexico Highlands University and United World College. He offers two guitar classes at Kah’P’O Community School, under the auspices of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. His students have been awarded scholarships at the Oberlin Conservatory, Volterra Project, University of Northern Colorado, Berklee School of Music, North Carolina School for the Arts, University of Arizona, Killington Music Festival, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and New Mexico Highlands University.