Classical Guitarist, Alan Goldspiel Returns To American Village Independence Day Celebrations

4th July, 2018

Classical guitarist, Alan Goldspiel, was invited to perform at The American Village in Montevallo for the third year in a row. The performances were part of American Villages annual Independence Day celebrations and required Goldspiel to return to his role as an 18th Century Spanish guitarist.

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Goldspiel in character as an 18th Century Spanish Guitarist

As an 18th Century Spanish guitarist, Goldspiel was required to wear a period-specific costume despite the soaring July temperatures and humidity. He was also asked to perform three concerts (1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm) of music from the 18th Century while engaging with the audience in character. Dr. Goldspiel, Music Department Chair and Professor at the University of Montevallo, was a perfect candidate for the part.

A natural performer and educator, Goldspiel mesmerized and entertained the attentive audiences with his skillful playing, sense of humor, and tales of the composers whose pieces he performed. Much to the delight of the crowd, Goldspiel delivered the content as though the composers themselves could walk into the Colonial Chapel performance at any moment.


Goldspiel performed works that were roughly composed during the last part of the 18th century and early 19th century. Selecting the repertoire for these performances was a particular challenge due to the nature of the classical guitar literature at that time. The program included many works from composers who are not as familiar with audiences today, transcriptions of classical period composers such as Franz Joseph Haydn, and some early works of Fernando Sor.

When asked how he got involved in the yearly celebrations at American Village and what these performances meant to him, Dr. Goldspiel stated “It has become such a nice yearly experience to bring live classical guitar music to audiences attending the festivities at the American Village. Where else can my performances be included between a cornamuse-playing consort and the “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech by Patrick Henry, himself!”

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Composition, Performance

NACUSA New Music Through The South Tour 2018

The National Association of Composers, USA – Mid-South Chapter inaugural New Music through the South Tour took place during the week of June 18, 2018. Composers represented in this series of week-long concerts were Alan Goldspiel, Joe L. Alexander, Ken Davies, Richard Montalto, David R. Peoples, William Price, Lori Ardovino, Biraj Adhikari, Pam Asberry, and Mark Prince Lee.

Joe L. Alexander and Alan Goldspiel pose for a picture while rehearsing for tour

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Performance, Teaching

Young Musicians’ Camp 2018

June 10-15, 2018

On June 10th the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo celebrated the 15th annual week-long Young Musicians’ Camp. Each year the camp provides young musicians between the ages of 11-18 years old the opportunity to create and perform music on a university campus while working directly with professional faculty artists.

Dr. Goldspiel with this year’s young musicians ready to get started learning.

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Awards and Recognition, Teaching

Dr. Alan Goldspiel Inducted Into International Music Fraternity

On April 28th, 2018, Dr. Alan Goldspiel, Chair and Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo was inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity as a Distinguished Member-Friend of the Arts.


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Composition, Performance, Teaching

November Keeps Dr. Alan Goldspiel Busy


November proved to be a busy month for Dr. Alan Goldspiel with several performances and a Music Educators conference, which had him traveling from Alabama to Mississippi and Arizona and back again.

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Composition, Performance

Goldspiel Performs World Premiere of Yom HaShoah Composition at Montevallo NACUSA Event


October 20th, 2017 – Dr. Alan Goldspiel performed the World Premiere of his composition for guitar entitled Yom HaShoah at a NACUSA (National Association of Composers/USA-Mid-South) event that took place at the University of Montevallo’s LeBaron Recital Hall.

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Festivals, Performance, Teaching

Goldspiel Performs at American Village Independence Day Celebration 2017

IMG_2207As part of July 4th, 2017 celebrations, Alan Goldspiel performed as the house Spanish guitarist in a recreation of the Mount Vernon room at American Village’s Independence Day celebration.

Goldspiel performed three, 30-minute programs of Popular 18th Century Hits for the Spanish guitar. Period composers represented were Fernando Sor, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Francesco Molino.

In the spirit of the celebration, Goldspiel, as well as all other historical reenactors, wore period-appropriate costumes.

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Composition, Festivals, Performance

New Music on the Bayou Festival 2017

blackbayou 2016 Composer John Teske with performers James Paul Waller, Alan Goldspiel, Mel Mobley, Paul Christopher, Jason Rinehart & Mallory Sanchez at Black Bayou National Wild
New Music on the Bayou 2016 Performers James Paul Waller, Alan Goldspiel, Mel Mobley, Paul Christopher, Jason Rinehart & Mallory Sanchez with Black Bayou 2016 Composer, John Teske, at Black Bayou National Wilderness Refuge

May 31-June 3, 2017 brought Classical Guitarist Alan Goldspiel back to the New Music on the Bayou Festival in Louisiana both as a performer and a composer.

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Composition, Performance

Goldspiel Debuts Klezmer Service

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Alan Goldspiel (right) with the members of the Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band

On August 26, 2016, classical guitarist and composer, Alan Goldspiel debuted his 55-minute Klezmer Shabbat Service for Quintet, SATB choir, and soloist as commissioned by Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, AL.

Click here to read more about this momentous event in the Southern Jewish Life magazine!