University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

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11 SUMMER 2018 I f you heard some strumming — make that a lot of strumming — on campus this summer, there was good reason. The School of Music hosted the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America's Con- vention and Competition in June. The six-day festival, the largest of its kind in the world, drew nearly 800 guitar players to UofL for concerts, master classes, artistic development, lectures and an international competition where the winner of the top prize received $7,500, recording contracts and a 50-city concert tour at venues in the U.S., United Kingdom, Brazil and China. "It's a uniquely formative experi- ence for our students to meet and learn from the best," said Stephen Mattingly, associate professor of guitar and chair of the Guitar Foundation of America Board of Trustees. Mattingly was instrumental in bring- ing the convention to UofL. The School of Music won the bid for the conven- tion for the first time in 2013. Mattingly worked with the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau then to compete with Vancouver, Canada and St. Louis, Missouri, to host the convention for its 40th year. The bureau estimated the event had a $1.5 million economic impact for the city. Even Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher was on hand to welcome attendees. The convention went so well, the Guitar Foundation agreed to bring it back to UofL. "It really puts the school on the map internationally," said Mattingly, who estimates that as many as 30 percent of the attendees come from outside of the U.S. Hundreds of people also livestream the competition and concerts, bringing campus into their own homes. Featured artists including David Russell, Amadeus Guitar Duo, Joaquin Clerch, Tengyue Zhang and Antigoni Goni performed at this year's festi- val. One of the world's most celebrated guitar luminaries, Leo Brouwer, also gave master classes during his visit. UofL hosts its own annual Guitar Festival and Competition in September. CARDINAL CHORDS Marcin Dylla, of The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, performs at the 2013 festival. International guitar convention comes to UofL DENTAL STUDENT GROUP STRIVES TO REACH HISPANIC POPULATION On a Saturday morning, you may find Kelsey Wilson, a third year dental stu- dent, in Carrollton, Kentucky, providing oral health screenings and dental edu- cation at a local Hispanic church. "I majored in Spanish in college, so it is a blessing to use my lan- guage skills to work with Hispanic patients who are sometimes at a dis- advantage," Wilson, who serves as vice president of the UofL School of Dentistry's Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA), said. HSDA has provided screenings for backside workers at Churchill Downs and worked with children involved in boys and girls clubs. The organization encouraged other dental students to take part in a fundraiser to assist the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017. UofL joined a number of other dental schools in contributing to a relief fund estab- lished through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), in part- nership with the ADEAGies Foundation. "It was wonderful to see how other students wanted to get involved, and showed me we have a culture of caring people," Wilson said. Wilson is one of them. She spent a year working at a non-profit dental clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, before starting her dental education at UofL. "I think it is important to reach out to other cultures and look to help those who may be underserved," Wilson said. One highlight of HSDA is the annual Baila Conmigo, which means 'dance with me.' By inviting students at the Health Sciences Center cam- pus to enjoy Hispanic food, dancing and music, Wilson said the fall event is meant to inspire Hispanic culture appreciation — something she hopes future health care providers will take with them as they graduate.

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