Music, Performing Arts
Classical guitarist Candice Mowbray engages audiences as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer. She has been a featured performer and lecturer for prestigious festivals and concerts series such as the Guitar Foundation of American Convention, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest and Ibero-American Guitar Festival. Candice has been a featured soloist with the National String Symphonia, Satori Chamber Ensemble, Hub Opera Ensemble and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the later with whom she premiered two commissioned arrangements. Other performance venues have included the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, Corcoran Gallery and Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts.She was profiled in Classical Guitar Magazine's "Letter from New York" and featured in Maryland Public Television's documentary, "Our Town.” She is praised for her “beautiful tone,” “sensitive music-making” and “nuanced phrasing.” The lyrical and communicative quality of her playing is expressed through programs of classic and modern compositions.
In addition to giving solo performances, Mowbray is very active as a chamber musician. In 2012, Mowbray began performing with flutist Nora Suggs as the Fairfield Duo. The ensemble performs a wide range of internationally influenced concert repertoire with a special focus on music from Japan and France. Their debut recording was released in June 2013 and includes the world-premiere recording of Ghenani by Richard Zarou. Other recent collaborations include Duo Claritare, with clarinetist Michael Hoover, and Satori, an award-winning chamber ensemble. She can also be heard participating in jazz, popular, music theater and opera productions.
Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Virginia’s Shenandoah Conservatory where she completed her thesis “Ida Presti as a Solo Performer and Composer of Works for Solo Guitar.” Mowbray also earned a Master of Music in classical guitar performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and a Bachelor of Art in music composition from Shepherd University. She studied classical guitar privately with Dr. Glenn Caluda and the internationally renowned Paraguayan guitarist, Berta Rojas. She furthered her studies through private lessons and masterclasses with other world-class artists including Angel Romero, Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Eduardo Isaac, Ronald Pearl, Nicholas Goluses, Julian Gray, Ricardo Cobo, Adam Holzman, Maximo Diego Pujol and Victor Villadangos.
An experienced instructor, lecturer and clinician, Mowbray has taught for Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, Frederick Community College, Shepherd University, Mount St. Mary's University, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and community schools of music. In addition to instructing private guitar students and coaching guitar ensembles, she has taught courses in music history, music theory and appreciation of the broader humanities. Her publications include “Recordings to Revisit: Ida Presti’s Solo Recordings” in Soundboard and “A Piece of Carnegie Hall Comes to Maryland” in Bravo! As a clinician and juror, she has worked with students of all ages at festivals and special programs including the TESS Guitar Festival, Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival, Levine School of Music and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School.