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2023 Adjudicator


Katie Gavelin

Canadian classical guitarist, Katie Gavelin has been a part of the musical world for over 20 years. Beginning as a young child, her love for the instrument quickly grew resulting in her desire to make it her profession from a young age.


Katie has been a featured artist with the Calgary Classical Guitar Society, and given numerous solo and chamber performances in the Southern Alberta area since 2008. These performances have featured works by Britten, Bogdanovic, Hoppstock, Beauvais, and Tarrega. In 2014 she had the honor of premiering The Second Oldest Question by William Beauvais, which was written for her in 2013. She also was a member of the inaugural US Guitar Orchestra in summer 2019 which premiered 3 pieces written for the group and toured with William Kanengiser in a multi-city tour beginning in Carnegie Hall (NYC) and ending in Paris, France.


Katie has had the honor of participating in masterclasses with renowned guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Kazuhito Yamashita, Michael Partington, and Manuel Barrueco.


As a teacher Katie believes in creating strong musical fundamentals with her students while exploring various styles of music. She strives to help her students achieve a strong technical understanding of how their instrument works, but also how music is constructed, blending music theory with guitar technique.


In 2012 Katie completed her Bachelor of Music under the instruction of Ralph Maier at the University of Calgary. She continued her studies in 2015 with a Masters of Music, and 2016 with a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Marc Teicholz.

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