Kithara Project is a collective of internationally acclaimed classical guitarists with the mission of enriching the lives of young people worldwide through the classical guitar. The guitar is unique in its ability to appeal to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Kithara Project currently maintains three long-term classical guitar education programs: one in a community center serving a low-income housing development near Boston; another in a self-governing community in southeast Mexico city; and another in an elementary school in Albuquerque's South Valley.
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Why the Guitar?
The guitar is arguably the most popular instrument in the world. It is versatile, portable, accessible, intimate, and eminently lovable, reaching across socioeconomic and other societal fault lines to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. It might also be said that no instrument provides so poetic a metaphor for shared histories and cultural fluidity. The ancient Greek kithara, which inspired this organization's name, was a prototypical plucked instrument, "ancestors" of which can today be found nearly anywhere in the world. It is from kithara that we get the Latin cithara and, of course, the chitarra, guitarra, and guitar we know and love today. In all probability, the word kithara comes down to us from the Persian setar, which translates literally to "three strings" and which describes an old plucked instrument often heard in the folk music of Iran and Central Asia. Setar is also the etymological root of the the Indian sitar and the Central European zither, to name just two. Down to the very name then, the guitar, as an instrument of diplomacy and education alike, taps into a powerful wellspring of common heritage.
Virtual Guitar Competition: The Results Are In!
Thank you for all the wonderful video submissions. We received 54 entries, every single one of them fabulous. A special thank you to our esteemed jury, which included Mauro Zanatta (Italy-Mexico), Scott Borg (USA-Australia), and Elisa la Marca (Italy). They reviewed all the videos and poured their heart and soul into creating extensive written feedback for each one of our competitors. We would also like to thank our partners who graciously donated prizes. In addition to cash prizes, each winner will receive Augustine strings, and select winners from each division will receive a special prize package from Classical Guitar Magazine. It includes a one year subscription – that’s six issues in both print and digital formats! – plus a download of Acoustic Guitar. Select prize winners will also receive Sharon Isbin's Classical Guitar Technique Answer Book.
Thank you to our sponsors:
The winners of the 1st Annual Kithara Project Virtual Guitar Competition are (drum roll)...
All videos are posted with the consent of participants and their parents. Congratulations to every single participant.
None of our work would be possible without you, our supporters. Thank you!
Kithara Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Donations may be made through our secure online form below, or by mailing a check, payable to Kithara Project, to the following address:
Kithara Project, Inc.
P.O Box 171583
Boston, MA 02117