Scholarship recipients

he G.Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship is pleased to sponsor:

Joseph Seyedan

Joseph Seyedan

oseph Seyedan came to The G. Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship at 12 years old, in January 2012. He has had numerous master classes with many of the best classical guitarists, including Scott Tennant and William Kanengiser. Joseph's teachers with the scholarship include Marilyn Blodget, James Edwards and former scholarship student Sam Shalhoub. Joseph currently is studying locally with Jeff Miley, as well as in Los Angeles with composer and performer Edward Trybek. Joseph has completed two legs of the scholarship; the first was to become familiar with all eras of the classical guitar and give a formal recital. The second leg required focusing on one of these eras until he could give a complete public performance from that era. Joseph completed both legs with great musical skill and understanding. The third leg of the scholarship will involve devoting himself to studying a single classical composer - he has chosen the Romantic period's Francisco Tarrega - and presenting pieces from that composer during a third recital. The scholarship is dedicated to maintaining the art of the classical guitar, and Joseph has maintained that goal for the past four years.

Past recipients

Matt DuBois

Matt DuBois  2010-11

atthew James DuBois was born in Pacific Grove, Calif., and moved to Big Sur in 2000 to settle (more or less) on family property acquired a few years earlier. He attributes his first affinity for classical guitar music to his father's influence; he possessed roughly 4,000 classical music records. Matt's father gave him some classical tapes when Matt took a beginning guitar class at Monterey Peninsula College at age 21; the tapes contained works by Fernando Sor and Matteo Carcassi as well as music performed by Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Francisco Tarrega and Liona Boyd. His teacher recommended the school of music at San Diego State University; Matt studied there under Brian Kilmer and received monthly critiques from Celin Romero. The instruction he received at SDSU provided the building blocks for a fairly dedicated personal study of the guitar. The next 20 years would consist mostly of work in the horticulture field, and Matt received a bachelor of science in environmental horticulture science from Cal Poly SLO in 1997. Matt has never performed nor written but always has listened to and studied classical guitar.

Peter Malouf

Peter Malouf  2010

eter Malouf came to the scholarship with a wonderful classical background. He has an impressive repertoire at this point in his life, listing Bach, Sor, Beethoven and Tarrega among his favorite classical composers. Peter is an active high school student involved in swimming and surfing, and he has five years of guitar practice to his credit. He started with scholarship musical director James Edwards in September 2010.

Clayton Platt

Clayton Platt  2009-10

layton Platt possesses the desire to accomplish many things. The guitar is the first and only instrument he has ever played. Clayton shows an impressive ear for music; at the time he joined the scholarship, Clayton read only tablature but was determined to progress. He shows a positive energy that is quite infectious and great people skills. He spent two weeks in Mexico practicing endlessly through lessons with a couple of American classical guitar teachers. Clayton started the scholarship in September 2009 with only three months worth of lessons but showed an impressive command of what he had learned.

Reuben Westmoreland

Westmoreland  2008-10

aised in the Gold Country of Northern California, Reuben began playing electric guitar at age 12. He moved to the Central Coast in 1999 to study mechanical engineering at Cal Poly; on campus, Reuben discovered the Cal Poly Guitar Ensemble and was introduced to classical guitar music. As a member of the ensemble during his Cal Poly career, Reuben studied under Jesus Saiz-Huedo (now living in Spain) and James Edwards. In addition to accepting the scholarship in September 2008, Reuben currently works as a design engineer for Zurn Wilkins, and he and his wife are the proud parents of a baby boy. In his spare time, Reuben enjoys playing electric guitar for Highlands Church in Paso Robles, as well as dabbling in piano, mandolin, and some songwriting.

Katie Ames

Katie Ames  2008-09

atie was born and raised on the Central Coast and has been studying both classical and contemporary guitar since age 13. She is a music major at Cuesta College, beginning her second year in fall 2009. She enjoys playing many different instruments, including electric bass and piano, and also sings. Katie is interested in visual arts as well as music and is skilled at drawing and sculpture. She has studied guitar under Gary Drysdale and Jeff Peters in addition to scholarship instructor Marilyn Blodget.

Sam Shalhoub

Sam Shalhoub  2007-08

am, a Cambria native, is a versatile musician, including piano and alto, bass and Bb clarinet among his instrumental talents. Sam currently is in the guitar program at Humboldt State University in Northern California and performs on the Central Coast as time permits. Sam is a modern romantic/impressionist classical guitarist who plays 19th and 20th century solos from Spain, as well as a few pieces he has composed for guitar and double bass. Sam has studied with James Edwards, Marilyn Blodget and Nick Lambson and has taken master classes from Ana Vidovic and Tony Kakamakov.