Luther Enloe, Classical Guitar – October 18, 2015 3:00 PM First United Methodist Church

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Classical guitarist Luther Enloe possesses a distinctively resonant sound quality, lyrical phrasing, and technical finesse. John Sutherland, his teacher at the University of Georgia, has said, “His performances are wonderful. His sound is one of the best I have ever heard, and his knowledge and musicianship I pay attention to.” The expressive command of his live performances has received acclaim from concert presenters and audience members alike:

“His sense of line is both lyrical and nuanced and his tone impeccable. His performance was a study in orchestration for students of the guitar as he expertly exploited the wide range of color so many modern guitarists have seemed to have forgotten. Enloe is a Romantic in the best sense of the word and he left this audience wanting more.”

-Terry Cantwell, Concert Presenter and Guitar Instructor, Mercer University

“Luther captivates his audience through the beauty and intensity of his performance, while he engages even audience members who are less than fans of classical guitar.”

-David A. Brose, Folklorist/Concert Presenter, John C. Campbell Folk School

“Our ‘Live! at the Library’ concert goers thoroughly enjoyed his masterful performance and his informative introductions to pieces. Attendees sung his praises as they exited, exclaiming: ‘What a gifted musician!’ and ‘Invite him back soon!’”

-Clare Auwarter, Asst. Director for Grants and Programming, Athens Regional Library System

An active recitalist, recording artist, and clinician, Dr. Enloe has recorded for Sonic Grapefruit Records and has appeared in the southeastern and northwestern United States. Recent solo recital engagements include performances at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Fickling Hall, in Macon, Georgia, Ramsey Concert Hall in Athens, Georgia, Frost Chapel in Mount Berry, Georgia, the Susan B. Harris Chapel in Young Harris, Georgia, Hoag Auditorium in Dahlonega, Georgia, Max Noah Recital Hall in Milledgeville, Georgia, John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, the Ursuline Centre in Great Falls, Montana, and the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture in Bozeman, Montana. He has appeared as a guitar soloist and chamber musician with numerous ensembles, including Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, the U.S. premiere of Enjott Schneider’s oratorio Klange des Lichts in collaboration with the Vega String Quartet and the Glenn Chancel Choir at Emory University; as well as performances with the Berry Singers, the Montana State University Chorale, the Dekalb Choral Guild, and the Peachtree Symphonic Winds.

In 2011, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia under the guidance of John Sutherland and David Starkweather. His dissertation, The Technique and Artistry of Melodic Phrasing in the Spanish Classical Guitar Tradition, elucidates four hundred years of melodic aesthetics and techniques found in the writings and music of Spain’s most prominent guitar composers.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Enloe holds the positions of Part-Time Instructor of Guitar at Georgia State University and Artist Affiliate in Guitar at Emory University.
His students have performed in master classes with Christopher Parkening, Sharon Isbin, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, David Tanenbaum, John Sutherland, Dieter Hennings, and Rovshan Mamedkuliev. Additionally, students from Luther Enloe’s studio were finalists in the 2013 International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, and the Finger-Style Guitar Division of the 2013 Georgia State Fair Fiddlers’ Convention Competition. In 2010, Luther Enloe was an advisor in the development of performance standards for middle and high school guitar classes for the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Music Educators Association. In 2012, he was appointed the first Guitar Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association and in 2014 Luther Enloe was appointed as a board member to the ASTA Guitar-in-the-Schools Task force. He lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with his wife, Victoria, and their son, Cole.

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