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Hattiesburg family donates rare classical guitar to USM

Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, associate professor of guitar at USM, prepares to play a rare classical guitar donated to the School of Music by the Sharon Varnado family. Photo credit WDAM. Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, associate professor of guitar at USM, prepares to play a rare classical guitar donated to the School of Music by the Sharon Varnado family. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A Hattiesburg family is helping music students at the University of Southern Mississippi in a special way.  

Sharon Varnado has donated a rare, classical guitar to the School of Music.

It was hand-made by famed Spanish guitar maker Antonio Raya Pardo and was bought by Varnado's parents in the 1970's.

Faculty say it will be used by accomplished students for degree recitals, graduate school auditions and international competitions. 

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