Grace Sheppard
Grace Sheppard

Concert-goers rarely have the opportunity to be present at the start of a brilliant musical career. But this coming Tuesday (Sept. 2) at 11:30 a.m., you will experience one of these special moments when 15-year-old classical guitarist Grace Sheppard performs a program of works by Isaac Albeniz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Leo Brouwer and others.

In 2013, Grace was the first young female American to be awarded first place in the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Division, the most prestigious competition in the world for young performers. Most recently she also placed second in the foundation’s older age category, 15-18 years, the first ever contestant to place consecutively in two different age categories.

Grace began her study of the classical guitar at the age of six. She currently studies with Professor Tom Patterson, director of the Bolton Classical Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona. Patterson, speaking of Grace’s promise says, “Grace is wonderfully musical. I think we are witnessing the arrival of the next big star of our instrument.”

Grace has performed in master classes for acclaimed classical guitarists including Sergio and Odair Assad, Vladimir Gorbach and David Russell. She also regularly performs at Tucson Guitar Society concerts and is actively engaged with the Tucson community by performing for senior citizens and autistic children. Grace is a student at Catalina Foothills High School.

Written by Richard Miya, Academy Village Volunteer

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Classical Guitarist Shows Greatness at Age 15: September 2014
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