Guitarfest 2016

Saturday, April 30

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. William Paterson University Guitar Student Concert
1:30-2:30 p.m.  Galvez - Benavides Classical Violin & Guitar Duo
3:00-3:30 p.m. Lubos Naprstek, luthier: discusses and presents his guitars
4:30-6:30 p.m. Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo Master Class
8:00-9:30 p.m. Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, in concert

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2016 takes place in the Shea Center for the Performing Arts. All events are held in the Recital Hall (room 101) in the Music Department.

Contact Information

For information, contact the William Paterson Music Department at 973.720.2315 or William Paterson guitar faculty:
Professor Gabriel Handy, 646.382.1190 or Professor Seth Himmelhoch, 201.928.1641

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Michael Newman and Laura Oltman form a classical guitar partnership recognized by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP. They recently premiered Concierto Buenos Aires, a new work com- posed by Nuevo Tango Master Daniel Binelli, with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Reims in France. The duo are artistic advisers to the D’Addario Foundation Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, and founders and artistic directors of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes School of Music, Raritan River Music, and the new Lanciano Interna- tional Guitar Seminar in Italy. Newman is on the guitar and chamber music faculty of Mannes College and The College of New Jersey. Oltman teaches at Princeton University and Lafayette College. "The duo played with supple, integrated phasing and a welcome sense of dynamic contrast. Their program offed variety, substance, and originality."—The Los Angeles Times


Benavides-Galvez Violin/Guitar Duo

The Benavides- Galvez Violin/ Guitar Duo is a collaboration between prize- winning soloists to form a dynamic chamber ensemble. Violinist Romulo Benavides, of Venezuela, has performed with the Simon Bolivar Symphony, the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra, the Carabobo Chamber Orchestra, and in the Aspen Music Festival's Starling Recital Series. Guitarist David Galvez, of Peru, has performed solo and chamber recitals at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York and as a guest soloist with the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, and the Trujillo Orchestra of Peru. Benavides holds a degree from the Juilliard School and Galvez from the Manhattan School of Music. Currently, Galvez is a guitar professor at the Long Island Conservatory in Long Island, New York.


Lubos Naprstek, Luthier

Lubos Naprstek, New Jersey-based luthier, will talk about his guitars and their construction, which will be available for purchase. Naperstek learned the craft of instrument repair from guitar technicians and built his first hand- made classical guitar at age 17. After years of work as a guitar technician and as a student of guitar building, he developed a line of custom handmade classical guitars in 2003. Today, he spends much of his time attending various festivals and trade conventions throughout the country to promote his business. His knowledge and expertise in vintage classical guitars grants him privileged access to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Christie’s Auctions in New York for private measuring and photographing of some of the oldest and rarest guitars in the world.



  • Admission to the William Paterson University Guitarfest 2016 is $20.
  • Students wishing to participate in the master class with the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo will pay $60. Any student wishing to participate must contact Gabriel Handy or Seth Himmelhoch and submit an audition recording (see contact information on left panel). This charge will also include admission to all Guitarfest events.
  • All events are free to William Paterson students. (Please bring student ID.)
  • Registration is available at the door.
Guitar Duo

William Paterson University Guitarfest is a one-day guitar festival that occurs each spring. This annual celebration of the classical guitar is a focal point for guitar students at the University and a showcase to the community for world-class artists of the classical guitar. Each year, the festival presents one feature artist whose performance in concert forms the centerpiece of the festival. The students of the University guitar department present a concert of solo and ensemble music. Seminars, master classes and other performances take place, creating an atmosphere of guitaristic and musical excellence

Guitarists who have appeared at Guitarfest in its 19 year history include:

Carlos Barbosa-Lima
Scott Borg
Jorge Morel
Nicholas Goluses
Mak Grgic
Frederick Hand
Eric Henderson
Threefifty Duo

Celia Linde
David Leisner
Newman/Oltman Duo
Douglas Rubio
Benjamin Verdery
Jorge Caballero
Mark Delpriora
Gene Bertoncini

Meliset Abreu
Paul Meyers
Richard Jacobowski
James Marron
Dennis Koster
Francisco Roldan
Jason Vieaux

Gabe and Seth lead the combined guitar ensemble Gabe and Seth with David Leisner Gabe, Seth, Jason Vieaux and Francisco Roldan Jason Vieaux tries Gary Lee's guitar John Stowell and Paul Meyers Jorge Caballero master class Mark Delpriora warms up Recording the guitar ensemble Threefifty Duo rocks out!