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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

♦ presents ♦

SIU International Guitar Festival

Fall 2023—Spring 2024

Dr. Dick Kelley - Director of the School of Music
Dr. Isaac Lausell - Artistic Director of the Festival

Isaac Lausell

Message from Dr. Lausell

I can’t believe we are already up to the 9th edition of the SIU Guitar! We have a concert season that presents the classical guitar in various musical languages and settings.

This year we will have the return of a recent favorite, Mr. Franco Galvão from Saõ Paulo, Brazil. Maestro Galvão is a brilliant guitarist, composer, arranger and researcher with a wonderful body of work. As an artist he is sensible and direct possessing a tremendous gift to communicate with the audience and seamlessly interweave the popular languages of the 7-string guitar. He is a lifelong student of the musical culture and wealth of Brazilian music. Thanks to the SIU Fine Art Activity Fee, The Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society and the SIU School of Music we will get to enjoy once again his music. Franco will be performing a solo concert and with SIU’s Versatlile Chamber Music Ensemble.

This year I also have the privilege of introducing a new exciting project, the MAGIQ Illinois Guitar Quartet. The ensemble comprised of Illinois based guitar professors is comprised of Dr. Guido Sánchez- Portuguez Dr. Angelo Favis, Dr. Michael Patilla and myself. The repertoire engages the guitar with an array of contemporary and classical languages through the works of our own Dr. Sánchez- Portuguez, French composer Francis Kleynjans and even Georges Bizet.

Who is this festival for? Anyone who loves guitar music! We have activities suitable for professional musicians, aspiring guitar students, weekend warriors and anybody that simply enjoys good music.

We hope to see you soon,

—Dr. Isaac Lausell

Featured Artists

Franciso Galvaõ

MAGIQ Illinois Guitar Quartet featuring:

  • Dr. Michael Patilla

  • Dr. Angelo Favis

  • Dr. Guido Sánchez-Portuguez

  • Dr. Isaac Lausell

SIU Versatile Chamber Ensemble featuring:

  • Iasmim Bonfim de Caravalho - violin

  • María del Mar Añasco Mina - viola

  • Noah Brown – viola

  • Catherine Begin - cello

 Costs & Registration

  • “One year of solitude” - The Franco Galvaõ & SIU Veratile Ensemble concert on Sunday, November 12th at 3:00 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship in Carbondale, IL is $15 for general admission, $5 dollars for students with an ID.
  • Franco Galvaõ solo guitar recital on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm, Old Baptist Foundation, SIU is free admission and sponsored by the Fine Arts Activity Fee.
  • The MAGIQ Illinois Guitar Quartet concert is $10 general admission/ $5 for students and the concert date will soon be announced.
  • If you have a high school or middle school music program and would like to be sponsored to attend the festival, contact Dr. Lausell for more information at

There is no need to register for the festival. You can pay with cash or by check at the concert. For checks make them to “SIU International Guitar Festival”.

Donations & Sponsorship

We have opportunities for local and national businesses and enterprises interested in sponsoring the guitar festival. For more detailed information of the levels of sponsorship contact Dr. Isaac Lausell at


For questions regarding the festival and the guitar program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale send us an email at:

For other inquiries:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 South Normal Ave
Carbondale, Illinois, 62901
Phone: 618-536-8742