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Guitar students, alums, win awards at various competitions

Several Austin Peay State University students and alumni, under the tutelage of internationally renowned guitarist Dr. Stanley Yates, professor of music and head of Austin Peays Guitar Program, have won several noteworthy awards lately.
Several Austin Peay State University students and alumni, under the tutelage of internationally renowned guitarist Dr. Stanley Yates, professor of music and head of Austin Peay's Guitar Program, have won several noteworthy awards lately.

Gary Stewart, a senior music major from Lexington, Ky., won second prize in the Rantucci International Guitar Competition held March 22-25 at Buffalo (N.Y.) State College. Stewart competed against guitarists from New Zealand, Japan, Korea, South America and the U.S., including guitar students from such schools as Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, the University of North Texas and the University of Southern California.

A semifinalist at the Appalachian GuitarFest, Stewart previously won the South-Eastern Guitar Congress in Alabama, where he was the undergraduate division winner and overall competition winner. For Fall 2007, he has been offered a graduate assistantship to study with Steve Aron at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Another of Yates' students, Pat Waters, Manteo, N.C., reached the semifinals of the Rantucci International Guitar Competition.

Luke Finney, Murfreesboro, who earned a Master of Music degree, with honors, from APSU on May 5, 2006, won the graduate division at the South-Eastern Guitar Congress the previous year. Finney has accepted a doctoral teaching fellowship at Indiana University, Bloomington.

John David Sayle, Clarksville, who graduated, cum laude, in December 2006 with a bachelor's in music, has been offered a graduate assistantship to Radford University, Radford, Va., for Fall 2007. He spent Fall 2006 studying in Sweden.

Christopher Bryan Lee, Knoxville, who graduates in May 2007 with a master's degree in music, has been offered a doctoral fellowship from the University of North Texas, Dentonthe largest music school in the U.S. Named Outstanding Graduate Music Major at the recent Honors and Awards Day Ceremony, Lee will graduate from APSU with a 4.0 grade-point average.

British-born, Yates earned a doctorate in music from the University of North Texas. He received performer's diplomas from Sandown College of Performing Arts, Liverpool, and Trinity College, London. He received a master's in music from the University of Liverpool.

An international prize-winning performer, Yates was elected recently to the Artistic Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America. He has received wide acclaim as a virtuoso performer, recording artist, teacher, arranger and scholar.

Yates is featured in the new edition of the important reference work, “The Classical GuitarIts Evolution, Players and Personalities since 1800” (5th edition, Ashley Mark Publishing, 2002). Currently, he is editing a comprehensive series of pedagogical materials for Mel Bay Publications, which established “The Stanley Yates Series” in 1998.

Information about Yates' editions and recordings, along with press quotes, reviews, online articles, audio samples and sheet music may be found at StanleyYates.com.

For more information about the APSU Guitar Program, contact Yates by telephone at (931) 221-7351 or by e-mail at yatess@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke