WIU Guitar Studio visits Brazil
During the week of May 16th, 2010, the Western Illinois University guitar studio embarked on its first international tour when they visited the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais. The ensemble was comprised of Professor Matthew Warnock, current students Evan Desaulnier, Marcos Rios and Brady Lavin, and guitar studio alum Tyler Ross. Setting out from the Midwest, the group performed, gave workshops and taught lessons at Pro-Music in Belo Horizonte and at the Federal University in São João Del Rei. Though none of us spoke Portuguese, and only I had been to Brazil before, the tour went off without a hitch in large part due to the planning, and expert translating, of one of Brazil’s young guitar lions Dr. Guilherme Vincens.