The Guitar Society of Brantford and Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
Guitarist Dr. Lynn McGrath
Friday November 22, 2019, 7:30pm
Tickets $25.00 available paypal or at Glenhyrst Art Gallery
Dr. Lynn McGrath

Classical guitarist Lynn McGrath is being heralded as a phenom. Blending expressive musicianship with her passion for Spanish Language, literature, and theater, she has shared the poetry and music of “Platero y yo” with audiences on 4 continents in the role of both guitarist and theatrical narrator. She has brought the poetry of Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez to life for diverse audiences that have included children in a Peruvian orphanage to classical guitar connoisseurs. One critic wrote the following after hearing her performance at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention: “…wonderful timing, poise, wit, and grace, while getting a full rich sound from her guitar. Anyone who loves either music or poetry would have been charmed, but those who appreciate both, not to mention stage presence and acting skills, were electrified by this tour-de-force of artistic multi-tasking. —Richard M. Long, Editor, Soundboard


A touring soloist, chamber artist, and respected pedagogue, Lynn McGrath has appeared in North America, South America, Europe, and New Zealand as performer, lecturer, conductor, and an adjudicator for a number of international and national festivals including the Nikšić Festival (Montenegro), Silesian Guitar Autumn Festival (Poland), and the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival (Italy), and the Guitar Foundation of America Convention (US). She has also presented at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Veracruz, and Mannes College and appeared at venues including the Troy Savings Hall (NY), The National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), and the Skirball Cultural Center (LA) in addition to performing on radio stations in the Southwest and along the East Coast. In June of 2015, Lynn performed in 6 cities in New Zealand and on New Zealand National Radio.


In addition to solo performances, Lynn McGrath is a member of the highly acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet, and former member of the trio, Presti. She has been a soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, performed with the Albuquerque-based choir Quintessence, and the Santa Fe Opera. After receiving degrees in Spanish Language and Literature as well as Education, she completed a music degree with Douglas Rubio at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (where she taught as a full-time instructor) and went on to earn a MM and DMA from the University of Southern California, studying with such luminaries as William Kanengiser, Pepe Romero, and James Smith.

While living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lynn established a guitar program at Sandia Preparatory School, taught at Central New Mexico Community College and for The University of New Mexico's Music Prep School, and ran a thriving private studio. She is the Director of Regional Symposia for the Guitar Foundation of America and the Artistic Director of the organization's annual International Youth Competition. Her students have been accepted, and many have received full scholarships to some of the best undergraduate and graduate schools in the nation, have placed in international competitions, and have been featured on NPR’s “From the Top”. In 2016, Lynn taught as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma City University and in Fall of 2017 joined the faculty at the Eastman Community Music School, University of Rochester, NY.

The Guitar Society of Brantford and Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
The Cowan-Cicchillitti Duo
Saturday February 8, 2020, 7:30pm
Tickets $25.00 available paypal or at Glenhyrst Art Gallery
Cowan-Cicchillitti Duo

Guitarists Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan form a dynamic ensemble that focuses on expanding the guitar repertoire through collaborations with living composers. Currently completing doctorates at McGill University with acclaimed guitarist Jérôme Ducharme, Cicchillitti (Dmus., 2022) and Cowan (Dmus., 2019) present daring programs featuring new music from prominent Canadian composers as well as their own arrangements of impressionist works from 20th-century France and Spain. Having recently collaborated on an album of Spanish guitar music under the Analekta label, these two long-time friends and award-winning guitarists will tour the Canadian East with Debut Atlantic in 2018. Their next album, featuring exclusively Canadian works by multiple generations of celebrated Canadian composers, will be released with Analekta in the fall of 2019.



Canadian guitarist Steve Cowan has performed and taught extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. His critically acclaimed debut album, Pour guitare, features exclusively Canadian music and has helped to establish him as “one of Canada’s top contemporary classical guitarists” (Classical Guitar Magazine). He has commissioned several new works for guitar and given world premieres in major cities such as Paris, Toronto, and New York.   Steve has won awards at 9 major national and international performance competitions, 7 of which are first prizes. He holds degrees from Memorial University, the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at McGill University in Montréal.



There were several media accolades in 2017 for Montreal-born guitarist Adam Cicchillitti. The renowned American magazine Classical Guitar called him “a superb Canadian guitarist” and CBC Music included him on its list of Canada’s top thirty most promising young musicians in classical music, describing him as an “ardent ambassador for classical guitar.” His debut album Canciones, which was financed by the Canada Council for the Arts and MusicAction, was released in early 2018 under the Analekta label.  Cicchillitti is an active performer, composer, teacher and arranger. His compositions and arrangements are published by renowned editor les Productions d’Oz. In 2016, he toured Eastern Canada with Jeunesses Musicales and baritone Philippe Courchesne-Leboeuf.  Adam is the founder of the guitar program at Ottawa Suzuki Strings and is a specialist in child pedagogy.

Steve Cowan

Steve Cowan is an award-winning guitarist from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has performed and taught extensively throughout Canada and the United States, where he has been praised for his powerful sound, insightful interpretations, and unique repertoire choice. Concert programs often include pieces from a variety of eras, but Steve focuses primarily on new music. Commissioning composers and presenting Canadian guitar works are driving forces in his musical life.

International awards include first prizes at the Indiana International Guitar Competition (2016), Guitare Montréal (2015), the Wilson Centre Guitar Competition (Wisconsin, 2014), and Boston GuitarFest (2013). Steve was also the grand award winner of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals national competition in 2012, as the only musician from Newfoundland and Labrador to win the prize in the festival’s 50-year history.

Steve holds degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at McGill University in Montréal. With the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he is collaborating with composer Jason Noble on a Newfoundland-themed research-creation project entitled The Music of Dialect. The project involves gathering recorded samples of folk songs and various dialects from around the province, to eventually be used in a documentary-style piece for guitar and electronics. His debut album, Pour guitare, was recorded with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and McGill University. The album features new music by exclusively Canadian composers and was released in spring, 2016.

Steve is spending 2017 teaching and concertizing throughout Europe, as well as recording his second album in Madrid for the EMEC Discos record label.

Adam Ciccillitti

Adam Cicchillitti is an exciting young talent emerging on the classical guitar scene in Canada. Originally from Montréal, Adam’s recent competition successes have placed him on concert stages across Canada and the United States.

Adam is an active performer, teacher, arranger and composer. Most recently in 2016, Adam and baritone Philippe Courchesne-Leboeuf toured the Canadian east coast with les Jeunesses Musicales Canada. Their duo entitled Lieder & Canciones performed his arrangements for guitar of German and Spanish masterpieces originally written for piano and voice, most notably the world premiere of Adam’s arrangement of Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte, published by Les Productions d’Oz. Lieder & Canciones has been featured regularly on Radio-Canada/CBC television and radio throughout Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Adam has also been featured as one of Canada’s new generation of guitarist-arrangers when he was contracted, again by Radio-Canada and the CBC, to complete twenty arrangements of Schubert lieder for voice and guitar as part of the series Révélations, accompanying international superstar Philippe Sly. The live concert was nationally broadcast on Espace-Musique accompanied by a series of video recordings in 2013. Adam has performed as a featured soloist at Ottawa’s premier guitar event Guitare Alla Grande and the Ottawa Guitar Society’s Young Artist Series, Angèle Dubeau’s Fête de la musique and at several of Eastern Canada’s prominent concert halls including Place-des-Arts and Salle Thomson.

Adam’s debut album of Spanish nationalist music will be recorded by Drew Henderson and released with Analekta in the spring of 2018. His second album, dedicated to the music of his mentor Patrick Roux and produced by European record label MusicOrpheus, is scheduled to be released in 2019.