"Enthusiastic and insightful"

–Julia Crowe, Classical Guitar Magazine

"Marvelous...a talk that illuminated the genre"

–Michael Jonnes, Executive Director, Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Candice Mowbray's in-depth study of the classical guitar combines with genuine enthusiasm and years of experience as a college classroom lecturer to present talks that are engaging and informative. Dr. Mowbray has presented lectures for the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival, Maryland Symphony Orchestra "Let's Talk Music" series, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Charlottesville Guitar Festival, Kreykenbaum Lecture Series, Performing and Visual Arts Northwest, John E. Marlow Guitar Series, Rock Star Jam and public schools.


Giving insights into historic and artistic context as well as technical aspects of music, she has given pre-concert lectures for renowned performers including Jason Vieaux, Sharon Isbin, Chris Brubeck, Alvaro Pierri and Antigoni Goni.

Schedule of Talks:

  • November 23, 2019 - Pre-concert Talk for Alvaro Pierri - John E. Marlow Guitar Series

  • December 16, 2019 - The Art of Classical Guitar: An introduction to its music, composers and great performers, Washington County Free Library - Hagerstown, Maryland

  • March 7, 2020 - Women in Classical Guitar History - Rockville Memorial Library, Maryland

  • March 21, 2020 - Women in Classical Guitar History - Connie Morella Library Bethesda, Maryland - Postponed

  • June 22, 2020 - Women in the Classical Guitar History - Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Indianapolis, IN

If you attended a recent lecture and would like access to lecture notes, follow the link.

Sample lecture topics:

  • The Art of Classical Guitar: An appreciative look at the instrument's history, players and music

  • Women in Classical Guitar History: In a presentation that includes discussion, listening and live performance, Dr. Candice Mowbray leads audiences through an appreciative look at the accomplishments and contributions of women as players and composers throughout the history of the classical guitar. 

  • Ida Presti as a Solo Performer and Composer of Works for Solo Guitar: A discussion of the wonderful guitar virtuoso, Ida Presti, includes a look at her career as a solo artist, her compositions and the ways in which her style of performance is manifested in her compositions and a selection of works written in her homage.

  • Guitar Concerti: A look at the music and stories behind select concertos from the Baroque to Modern Age

  • Classical Music 101: A friendly guide to terminology, genres and musical forms for the casual concert goer

  • Pre-concert Lectures: Tailored to concert programming

Past lectures:

“The Art of Classical Guitar: An Appreciative Look at the Classical Guitar’s History, Music and Players”

            Montgomery County Libraries, 2019

“Women in Classical Guitar History: Player-Composers”

            Boulanger Initiative, Washington DC, 2019

            Washington County Free Library, MD, 2019

            Walkersville Library, MD, 2019

            Loudoun County All-County Guitar Festival, VA, 2018

            Marlow Guitar Series, Washington D., 2017

“Ida Presti as a Solo Performer and Composer of Works for Solo Guitar”

            Toronto Guitar Festival, 2019

            Guitar Foundation of American Convention, Los Angeles, CA, 2014

            Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival, PA, 2014

            Kreykenbohm Lecture Series, Hagerstown Community College, MD, 2013

“Torroba, Ponce, Barrios and Legacy”

            Marlow Guitar Series, Washington DC, 2019

“Rossini, Giuliani and Paganini: Guitar, Opera,Virtuosity and Friendship”

            Marlow Guitar Series, Washington DC, 2018

“Transcription and Arrangement”

            Marlow Guitar Series, Washington DC, 2016

“Arranging Piazzolla”

            Kalnasy Concert Series, Leonardtown, MD, 2016

“Guitar Concerti and the Performers Who Bring the Music to Life”

            Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Let's Talk Music Lecture Series, MD, 2015

“The Vihuela Music of Milan and Mudarra, and its Revival in the Twentieth Century”

            Marlow Guitar Series, 2015

“Survey of Great Guitar Concert from the Baroque to Present Times”

            Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Let's Talk Music Series, MD, 2014

“Guitar Through the Ages”

            Shippensburg University, 2014

“Musical Inspiration: Trumpet and Guitar”

            Shenandoah Conservatory, VA, 2010

“Villa-Lobos' Contemporaries”

            3rd Ibero-American Guitar Festival, Smithsonian Museums, Washington DC, 2009

“Female Figures in the Guitar World”

            Bethlehem Guitar Festival, PA, 200



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