|The St. Joseph Arts Academy, St Joseph Music Foundation, and the Missouri Music Hall of Fame will jointly host a reception in honor of noted university professor and classical guitarist, Joseph Cozad.
The event will be held Wednesday, December 29, 6:30 PM at the St. Joseph Arts Academy, 2021 N. 36th St., in St Joseph. It is free, open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. All COVID precautions will be observed.
The reception will inaugurate the “Joseph Cozad Guitar Archives,” containing hundreds of books and printed sheet music for guitar which are being donated to the St. Joseph Arts Academy by Mr. Cozad from his private collection.
Following his formal studies in both violin and classical guitar, in the early 1970s, Mr. Cozad became enamored with the classical guitar and launched one of the rst university guitar departments in the United States at the UMKC Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Missouri.
The 1970s is recognized as a unique period in the guitar’s history: it was the rst time in the US that the classical guitar was slowly becoming considered a “serious” concert instrument in formal academic institutions along- side the more traditional instruments such as piano, violin, etc. However, most university music departments had not yet founded degree programs for guitar and Mr. Cozad’s efforts were at the forefront of the instrument’s academic recognition throughout the US and Canada.
Mr. Cozad’s own guitaristic influences included study and long-term contact with some of the most recognized classical guitarists in the world, including Maestros Christopher Parkening (US), Pepe Romero (Spain), Oscar Ghiglia (Italy), and many others.
During his vast teaching career, Mr. Cozad coached hundreds of international guitar students, many of whom went on to develop their own performance, recording, research, and professorship activities in the music industry under his exceptional guidance and friendship.
EVENT DATE / LOCATION:
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 — 6:30 PM St. Joseph Arts Academy
2021 N. 36th St.
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Office telephone: (816) 974-7656
SUBJECT PHOTO ATTACHED — PHOTO CAPTION: “LEFT/RIGHT: JOSEPH COZAD WITH PEPE ROMERO” —
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