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UNLV Classical Guitar Scholarship Fund

» 11 May 2015 » In News, Scholarships » Comments Off on UNLV Classical Guitar Scholarship Fund

ricardo-cobo-scholarshipI am committed to bringing the highest level of excellence and talent to the classical guitar program at UNLV.

I have dedicated my entire life to performing, recording and teaching music. They are inextricably linked.

This year I have accepted an unprecedented seventeen freshmen. Among them is a nationally ranked soloist, a resident award-winning guitar quartet, and a diverse group of uniquely gifted students from our local high schools.

Together with the UNLV Foundation, I have initiated a guitar scholarship to assist students in achieving their artistic and professional dreams while pursuing a degree at the College of Fine Arts.

Many of our exceptional students come from working families in Las Vegas and qualify for Nevada’s Millennium scholarship by maintaining a higher GPA during their high school journey.

The purpose of the guitar scholarship is to help finance the cost of tuition while these students complete the requirements for a degree in music. In addition, the UNLV guitar scholarship will help recruit top national and international students who will represent UNLV on the world stage now and in many future seasons.

The UNLV Classical Guitar Scholarship Fund will receive donations from a variety of individuals and businesses and will be awarded by a department of music scholarship committee in the College of Fine Arts. Award criteria will include the following:

  • Student must pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in music with a concentration in guitar performance ;
  • Student must be full time;
  • Student must have an entering high school GPA of 3.5 or higher and a continuing UNLV GPA of 3.2;
  • Student must complete a live audition as required by the department of music; and
  • Student must complete an online FAFSA Application.

I invite you to join me and the UNLV Foundation in this noble endeavor. Your gift represents a precious investment in our young scholars, exceptionally talented musicians, and future community leaders.

I look forward to hearing from each and everyone of you and I am grateful for the opportunity to work in this magical city.

Sincerely yours,

Ricardo Cobo
Director, Classical Guitar Studies, UNLV
(702) 498-4000




Guitar Degree programs available at UNLV: BM, BME, MM, MME, DMA

Giving Options 

Give Securely Online at the UNLV Foundation.
Please choose the “Classical Guitar Scholarship” in the Designation drop-down to ensure your donation goes to the appropriate area.

If you prefer to donate via mail, please download and print our Pledge Card or use the information below:

Donate by Check written to UNLV Foundation – Guitar Scholarship
Mail To:
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Music
Box 455025
4505 S Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5025

Contact the Scholarship Liaison:
Karen Kita
Administrative Assistant III
Office: HFA 125 B
Phone: 702-895-4992

UNLV Foundation FAQ

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Tom Humphrey

» 14 June 2012 » In News » Comments Off on Tom Humphrey

A Rare Gift.Humphrey Color photo

One of the reasons I relocated to New York City in 1990 was Tom Humphrey. He was that compelling kid with the crazy guitar talk and a slanted soundboard design that changed the world of lutherie and the way a guitar responded in a player’s hands. 

He was a charming, intense and brashly confident artist who put everything on the line to pursue his heart and his truth. Whether in his dreams or his boundless imagination, his design ideas were pouring out incessantly. He had so many irons in the fire my head would spin every time we would hang. Tom was a profoundly generous and deeply caring friend. He contributed on a human level to such a degree that every player he knew (and even those he didn’t) was remarkably changed by the quality of his spirit.

My visit to his house on April 10 was not planned. My ‘98 Millennium needed new frets for an ongoing recording and I called him out of the blue. He always made me feel like family. Every visit was a homecoming and unique reordering of the guitar universe. He stopped doing everything else in the shop and worked on that Guitar for two days. We spoke and shared volumes while he decisively glued a crack on the back, and pulled twelve worn frets out of the fingerboard. “You might want to go for a walk while I hammer these new ones in- it’s not pretty.”

I took his little dog, Pepe, on a stroll down the river and I could hear the mallet banging away in the distance. I walked for hours taking in the beauty of that evening as the darkness set. The river behind his home spoke deeply and gently in long currents reminding me of that rare gift of friendship. As I climbed back to the house the hammering had stopped and I walked in as Tom dusted shellac crystals and deliberately rubbed the moist cloth in circles on the shiny back of my guitar: “Ric, you’ve totally worn out the finish on this thing- you’re down to the grain.”

I had played thousands of hours on that guitar. It had been my weapon of choice for ten years. I had poured more soul juice into that thing than any other guitar I owned. The next day Martha’s coffee was especially thick, and our breakfast was truly memorable. Her hospitality and friendship was always about sincere joy and heartfelt emotion.
I played on my new guitar unabashedly for hours while someone always listened. Didi worked on her homework and Martha would sporadically come in and intensely focus her ears and eyes on a phrase. Tom’s brain would cue in and absorb every musical thought I could produce into his intent, analytical stare as he lay sprawled on the couch, pursing his lips. I knew that even in his sleep, his soul kept a line open while you played.

While I sat on the bus on the way to La Guardia early next morning, I thought about how lucky I was to have seen my friends. It was not until I performed on Wednesday night that I found out about Tom’s passing. Life has an uncanny sense of timing and we are not aware what will happen next. A chance to say goodbye and have my instrument repaired was a rare gift from the Cosmos. I know in my heart that Tom is up there somewhere still listening.

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