14-Year-Old Tucson Girl Wins the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition

Congratulations to Grace Sheppard, a 14-year-old resident of Tucson who won first prize in the International Youth Competition, Junior Division at the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Competitions, held June 25-30, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky. Her participation in the competition was partially underwritten by the Tucson Guitar Society, a grantee of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
See Grace perform, here, or in the video below.

More about Grace Sheppard: Grace actively engages with the Tucson community by performing for senior citizens and autistic children. She recently performed as a guest for the fundraiser Lead Guitar, an organization who partners with schools to develop permanent guitar programs. In addition, she will be the special guest artist for the Tucson Guitar Society’s monthly free community event at the Woods Library in Tucson on Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 (open to the public). Grace studies classical guitar with Professor Thomas Patterson of the Bolton Guitar Program at the University of Arizona and will enter Catalina Foothills High School this fall.

The Tucson Guitar Society is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the guitar and other stringed instruments to people of all cultures, ages, abilities, and economic means in Tucson and the surrounding areas. Formed in 1987, the Society sponsors workshops, concerts and classes throughout the year. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.tucsonguitarsociety.org/index.html.

The Guitar Foundation of America is regarded as America’s leading guitar organization. Their annual competitions are subsequently recognized as some of the most important classical guitar competitions in the world, comprising a competitive international field of musicians in each age group. The GFA is a non-profit educational and literary organization whose mission is to inspire artistry, build community, and promote the classical guitar on an international level through excellence in performance, literature, education and research. The GFA is currently the largest multinational guitar organization worldwide. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.guitarfoundation.org/

This blog post is by Mimi Ringness, Communications Intern at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Mimi is a full-time student at Arizona State University and will graduate in December 2013, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a focus in Performance Studies and Interpersonal Communication. She is very involved in the arts community, performing across the Phoenix metropolitan area in her fourth season with Phoenix-based Terpsicore Dance Company. In addition, Mimi teaches classical and contemporary ballet in Tempe.

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