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Honors Guitar Orchestra and Festival



Saturday, October 26, 2019


Reinhardt University

Falany Performing Arts Center


2019 Clinicians

Festival Director and Assistant Professor of Guitar at Reinhardt University 

Dr. Matthew Anderson 


Honors Orchestra Clinician and Conductor 

Erik Herndon - Centennial Academy

Section Leaders

Ciyadh Wells - Agnes Scott College

Greg Shivers - Suwanee Community Guitar Ensemble

Dr. Adam Kossler - Kossler Duo

Dr. Michael McCallie - McCallie School (Chattanooga)

World Premiere of works by:

Erik Herndon

Dr. Rob Pethel - Sutton Middle School


8:30-9:00 – Arrival/sign-in to festival (White Atrium) 

9:00 – Welcome; separate into parts for sectional rehearsal 

           -Welcome (Flint Hall) 
           -Break out to Sectionals 
           -Part 1 (Flint Hall – Adam Kossler) 
           -Part 2 (Band Room – Ciyadh Wells) 
           -Part 3 (Choral Room – Michael McCallie) 
           -Part 4 (FPAC 132 – Greg Shivers) 

10:00 – Honors Orchestra rehearsal with Erik Herndon (Flint Hall) 

11:00 – Workshop on soloing and improvisation

             with Erik Herndon (Band Room) 


12:00 – Lunch (White Atrium) 


1:00 – Explore the Grounds! (Free time to explore Lake Mullenix)


2:00 – Sectionals 

         -Part 1 (Flint Hall – Adam Kossler) 
         -Part 2 (Band Room – Ciyadh Wells) 
         -Part 3 (Choral Room – Michael McCallie) 
         -Part 4 (FPAC 132 – Greg Shivers) 


3:00 – Honors Orchestra rehearsal (Flint Hall) 


4:00 – Break 
          -Bluegrass Jam Session! (White Atrium) 


4:45 – Honors Orchestra rehearsal (Flint Hall) 


5:30 – Dinner (White Atrium) 

            -Break; get ready for concert backstage 


7:00 – Concert (Flint Hall) 


           -Dr. Matthew Anderson
           -Honors Guitar Orchestra

Eric Herndon

We are excited to have Erik Herndon returning for this year's festival to teach another improv class!! Erik will also be serving as an Honors Orchestra Section Leader. 

Erik Herndon is an educator, composer, and guitarist in Atlanta, GA. Erik is currently the Orchestra Director and Guitar Instructor at Centennial Academy, an active contributor to the Georgia Music Educator’s Guitar Division, and a performing artist in Metro Atlanta with the groups Acoustic Soul, the Expats, the Clibber Jones Ensemble, and the Vesna Quartet. 

Erik is featured in the book American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom for his work with Little Kids Rock in the classroom while at Jean Childs Young Middle School. Erik completed his foundational music studies at Georgia Perimeter College and then earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Georgia State University, obtaining the Theodore Presser scholarship. Erik also earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University. 

Adam Kossler

“Virtuoso technique, beautiful sound and a sincere musicality” are terms music critics are using to describe American guitarist Adam Kossler.   In addition to performing regularly as a solo artist, Adam joins his father William and brother John in both duo and trio concerts. 

Adam Kossler is a top prizewinner in a number of national and international guitar competitions including the Boston Guitarfest, Columbus Guitar Symposium, East Carolina Guitar Competition, MANC Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Music Teacher National Association Competition, and the Appalachian Guitarfest Competition.

In addition to his performance career, Kossler is also in demand as a teacher, clinician, and arranger.  Recent engagements include The Denver Guitar Summit (Denver, CO), Festival Internacional Suzuki (Guatemala City, Guatemala), University of Alaska Guitar Festival (Anchorage, AK) Rantucci Guitar Festival (Buffalo, NY), and in 2015 Kossler was the featured Artist in Residence for Utah Classical Guitar (Salt Lake City, UT).  Kossler was recently commissioned to compose and arrange works based on Chinese folk music and will assist in the premier of these works in Taiwan in September of 2017. 

Adam Kossler began his musical studies with his father William Kossler, a co-author of the Suzuki Guitar Method.  He went on to earn his BM degree at East Carolina University with Dr. Elliot Frank, his MM degree at Appalachian State University as a teaching assistant to Dr. Douglas James, and completed a DMA in Guitar Performance at Florida State University where he served as a teaching assistant to Bruce Holzman. 

Ciyadh Wells

Ciyadh Wells is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia. Ciyadh also serves as the Artist Affiliate of Guitar at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis and the University of Louisville. Her area of research focus lies at the intersection between classical music and the African diaspora. Ciyadh was recently awarded a Young People For community activist fellowship and a Diversity and Inclusion Graduate fellowship from the University of Georgia for her work in her community. Her work has also led her to be chosen as an member of the inaugural cohort of the Sphinx LEAD program. She maintains a career as an international concert guitarist and teaching artist having concertized from California to Ghana, Africa. The Margins Guitar Collective is an initiative that Ciyadh founded in 2018 which focuses on creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive guitar community. Ciyadh is also one half of Duo Charango, a guitar duo charged with defying the notions of what is means to be a classical guitar ensemble. Outside of performing, Ciyadh spends her time advocating for social and environmental justice movements. To learn more about Ciyadh visit,

Michael McCallie

Chattanooga native Michael McCallie has distinguished himself as one of the most promising young performers and teachers working within the classical guitar community today. As a performer, Michael has garnered several awards including a prize in the 2004 Stetson University Concerto Competition and top prizes in both the Chattanooga, TN and Cleveland Young Artists’ Competitions. He has performed in concert halls throughout the United States, including Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale University, the Cohen-Davison Theatre at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Dohnanyi Recital Hall at The Florida State University and has twice performed on the Guitar Sarasota Concert Series. In 2015, he shared the stage with The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist.

Michael holds a Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance from Yale University where he was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University. Additionally, he has recently completed the Doctor of Music degree at Florida State University, where he was a scholarship student of the world-renowned pedagogue, Bruce Holzman. In 2004, Michael was one of fifteen young guitarists chosen from around the world to perform for acclaimed guitarist Manuel Barrueco in a week-long summer master class at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Michael’s principal teachers include: Charles Evans, Dr. Stephen Robinson, Kevin Gallagher, Benjamin Verdery and Bruce Holzman.

In addition to his skill as a performer, Michael McCallie has earned a substantial reputation as a teacher of young children using the Suzuki Method. From 2006-2011, he transformed the fledgling guitar department at The Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, CT from a studio of six students into one of the largest studios in the state of Connecticut. For his outstanding teaching at Talent Education Suzuki School, Michael was awarded two prestigious career development grants from Home Box Office in New York City.

Greg Shivers

Greg Shivers is a Georgia-based guitarist and teacher. After earning
his Bachelor's Degree from Berry College studying under Dr. Luther
Enloe, he then studied with the renowned John Sutherland at the
University of Georgia and earned a Master's Degree in Performance.
Greg now leads his own studio in Suwanee, Georgia at Town Center Music
and directs the Suwanee Community Guitar Ensemble.

School of Performing Arts

Phone: 770-720-5600

7300 Reinhardt College Circle

Waleska, GA 30183

For more information contact

Dr. Matthew Anderson

(770) 720-5569

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