Candice Mowbray, classical guitarist
Regarded by audiences and colleagues for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making,
classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her
playing through programs of modern and classic works, often providing new listening
experiences by researching and performing lesser-known repertoire. From the playful acrobatics
in works by French guitar virtuoso Ida Presti to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor's
Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations.
Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Mowbray has been a featured artist
at many prestigious festivals and concert series such as the Guitar Foundation of America
Convention in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Knoxville Guitar
Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the
Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Kreykenbohm Lecture Series and Maryland
Symphony Orchestra "Let's Talk Music" Series. She has performed with the National String
Symphonia, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, Washington National Opera at
the Kennedy Center, Hub Opera Ensemble, Satori Chamber Ensemble and the Maryland
Symphony Orchestra, the later with whom she premiered two dedicated arrangements. Mowbray
is highly active as a chamber musician and can be regularly heard performing in The Fairfield
Duo with flutist and shakuhachi player, Nora Suggs.
Mowbray was profiled in Classical Guitar Magazine’s, "Letter from New York" and her lectures
have been described as "enthusiastic" and "insightful" in Classical Guitar Magazine and The
Morning Call. Her recent solo CD, Reverie, has been met with positive acclaim and was featured
on radio shows such as InTune (BBC Radio 3), The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH), G-Strings
with Tom Cole (Washington D.C.) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). Classical Guitar Magazine
deemed the release "A revelation!" and one of the Top 10 albums of the year. The CD features an
evocative program of twentieth-century and contemporary French compositions including rarely
recorded solo works by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya.
Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance at Shenandoah
Conservatory where she studied extensively with Dr. Glenn Caluda, who has profoundly guided
her playing. Private lessons with internationally renowned Paraguayan guitarist, Berta Rojas,
were also impactful and inspiring. Her playing and musical understanding have been further
influenced and broadened through lessons and masterclasses with distinguished performing artists
including Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Angel Romero, Ricardo Cobo, Eduardo Isaac, Maximo
Diego Pujol, Victor Villadangos and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.
As a clinician and adjudicator, Mowbray has worked with students of all ages at festivals and
special programs including the TESS Guitar Festival in Connecticut, Mid-Atlantic Guitar
Ensemble Festival and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School. Dr. Mowbray
has taught courses in music and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah
Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, and other colleges and schools of music in the
mid-Atlantic region. She also enjoys writing about music. Her publications include “Recordings
to Revisit: Ida Presti’s Solo Recordings” in Soundboard and “A Piece of Carnegie Hall Comes to
Maryland” in Bravo! Magazine.