Music Department

Northwest Guitar & Vocal Summit

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Northwest Guitar & Vocal Summit
Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, 2017



The Annual Northwest Guitar & Vocal Summit, held on the campus of Northwest College,
includes workshops for Guitar and Vocal educators, adults, and students.


The summit will start with a free Friday evening concert, held in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium, at 7:00 PM. Workshop sessions will begin the next morning, on Saturday the 30th. There will be two sessions in the morning followed by a lunch break, and one session in the afternoon. Following the afternoon session, there will be an informal Q&A/Meet the Artist at WYOld West Brewery (downtown Powell).

All guitar and vocal educators, other adults, and students junior-high age and above are welcome. Please feel free to invite anyone in your communities, who may be interested, to attend as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as the guitar and vocal communities in our region; to expand our knowledge, share ideas, and learn from each other.

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The cost for the Saturday workshop portion of this event is $10.00 per person. The Friday evening concert is free.

Guest Artists for 2017


VOCALIST: Amanda Taylor

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Amanda Taylor was born in Seattle, Washington. Growing up, she participated in a number of the city’s prestigious ensembles, such as the Seattle Youth Symphony, Vocalpoint! Seattle, and the Seattle Girls’ Choir. During these years of growth, she was accepted into the Grammy Jazz Ensembles (one of eight students selected from the USA). Through this organization, she was able to perform throughout Grammy week, at such events as the Blue Note Records party, the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, and the Grammy Celebration After Party (which included performances with artists Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, and Herbie Hancock).

Amanda is currently the lead soprano in Seattle-based professional vocal group Groove for Thought, who appeared on NBC's The Sing-Off, Season Two. Groove for Thought tours throughout the USA and Europe.

Amanda graduated from Central Washington University in Spring 2013 with her BM in Music Composition. She is an active studio singer, and has sung on soundtracks for games like World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Destiny, and more. She has recently moved back to Seattle from Nashville, TN, and is now teaching music at Mt. Si High School, the Northwest Choirs, the Seattle Girls’ Choir, and more.


GUITARIST: Corey Christiansen

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Corey Christiansen grew up in a musical family. His father, Mike Christiansen, started teaching him guitar at the age of five. Corey spent a lot of his youth learning the guitar and music. After high school, Corey received his bachelor’s degree from USU. A year later Corey left for Tampa Florida to study with legendary jazz guitar educator, Jack Petersen. In 1999, Corey received his master’s degree from the University of South Florida and took over the teaching duties of Jack Petersen the next year.

From 2000 to 2007 Corey was the senior editor and guitar clinician for Mel Bay Publications. This job allowed him to tour, give clinics, develop products, produce recordings and rub shoulders with the best musicians in the business. Corey has presented countless clinics and performances around the world and developed a fan base not only for his teaching but his playing. READ MORE


Registration for the 2017 Guitar Summit is now open.

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Please Note

  • Register online by September 22, 2017.
  • Lunch is on your own or it may be purchased in the NWC Dining Hall for $6.
  • Watch for more information and a schedule to be sent following your online registration.




A concert will kick-off the Northwest Guitar & Vocal Summit on Friday evening, September 29th at 7:00 PM, in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium. This concert is free and open to all summit attendees and the public.

If you have any questions, please call or email:

Jeff Troxel - Guitar
(307) 754-6199

Brennan Baglio - Vocal
(307) 754-6475

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The Northwest Guitar & Vocal Summit is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Jeff Troxel
Instructor of Music


Brennan Baglio
Instructor of Music; Director of Choirs; Coordinator of Music