The McCallie Guitar Quartet is giving a concert at Southside Casual Classics Concert Series, Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 at the Camp House, 1427 Williams St. This is the second concert this fall featuring young talent in Chattanooga and the surrounding area.
In addition, some of these students, including the McCallie Guitar Quartet are auditioning for "From the Top", a nationally broadcast radio program featuring young talent from around the world. "From the Top" is brought to Chattanooga by WSMC, the local public radio station, housed at Southern Adventist University.
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The members of the McCallie Guitar Quartet are Ralston Hartness, Matthew Norris, Drew Shikoh, and Griff Jayne.
Founded in 1905, and nestled on the side of the famous Civil War battlefield Missionary Ridge, The McCallie School is a college preparatory schools for boys. The music department, serving nearly 900 students in grades six through twelve, offers student performance opportunities in Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Handbells, six choral groups and a classical guitar program. Students also have the option of applied private study on many instruments as well as music history and music theory courses.
The McCallie guitar program began in the fall of 1999 and is a classically-based, college preparatory program serving nearly 70 students. Currently there are five different course levels offered. All guitar classes at McCallie utilize the classical guitar and stress the importance of reading standard musical notation.
Beginning in the middle school, 7th grade students can enroll in Guitar –I, while 8th grade students that have successfully completed that course can enroll in Guitar – II. Both of these courses meet four-days-per-week and are year-long courses.
Course offerings in the upper school include: Guitar Ensemble-I, Guitar Ensemble-II and Advanced Guitar Consort. All guitar offerings at McCallie are year-long, for-credit courses that meet during the school day. Many serious students also choose to pursue private guitar study.
The most accomplished instrumentalists in the program are members of The McCallie Guitar Quartet. This is a select, auditioned group dedicated to the study and performance of advanced music written for guitar quartet. Academically, they are high achievers, usually taking multiple AP courses. This ensemble spends considerable time performing on campus and in the surrounding community. They have performed for the 2006 TMEA Convention in Nashville, participated in regional guitar symposiums, and performed at the Stetson International Guitar Workshop. One past member was chosen to perform on NPR’s “From the Top.” As a group, they have participated in master classes with Roland Dyens and other renowned guitar virtuosos as well as had their performances broadcast on both radio and television. In the summer of 2011, they performed for the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition at Columbus State University. Most recently, they were chosen to perform during the annual convention for the Arts Education Partnership, a national organization dedicated to promoting arts in schools.