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These programs represent the best in guitar education in the U.S. Find out more below and apply today to have your guitar pre-college guitar program GFA Certified.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Founded in 1959, Bishop McGuinness is now the largest non-public high school in the Triad in North Carolina. Students enjoy an outstanding high school experience with exceptional academics, extracurricular activities and athletic opportunities. The school’s safe, caring and positive environment makes it the perfect place for students to learn and grow. Bishop is a college prep, co-educational Catholic high school operating under the direction of the Diocese of Charlotte. We embrace the diversity of our student body and invite students of all faiths, ethnic and social and economic backgrounds to attend our school. We strive for a level of diversity in its population which prepares students in a values-centered environment which speaks to the best in Catholic education.

 DIRECTOR: Alan Hirsh

 

Well known as composer/arranger/guitarist/and music educator, Alan Hirsh currently resides in North Carolina where he serves as Music Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Bishop McGuinness High School as well as adjunct guitar instructor at Wake Forest University.  Alan is also the founder and director of the Piedmont Guitar Orchestra and actively directs festival guitar orchestras around the country, including the Appalachian Guitarfest Orchestra, the Greensboro Guitarganza Orchestra, the Long Island Guitar Festival Orchestra, and the Shearer Summer Institute Guitar Orchestra in Zion National Park.  Alan serves as Vice president of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society and Vice President of Education in the Aaron Shearer Foundation. He remains active as a composer, having written and arranged extensively for orchestra, band, chorus, guitar and guitar ensemble.   Alan’s many published works include Mel Bay publications of Twenty Etudes in fixed Positions  and New Music for Classic Guitar, Trio Concertino, Holiday, Folk, Sacred, and Renaissance Collections for guitar ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts offers an enriched arts education for students with a demonstrated talent in the arts. The program develops both the academic and artistic skills of students interested in artistic careers as well as an appreciation of the arts for those who may choose other fields. 

Harrison was created in 1989 and serves students throughout Polk County, Florida. Harrison School for the Arts and Lakeland High School conduct classes on a seven-period day. Students are able to earn 28 credits in four years. Harrison students must earn a minimum of 10 credits in arts-specific classes, including three arts-specific credits during their junior and senior years, to graduate from Harrison School for the Arts.

 

DIRECTOR: Robert Phillips

 

Robert Phillips holds a doctorate in music from the University of Miami, and is a former student of Rey de la Torre, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and David Starobin A recipient of a Japan Fulbright, Dr. Phillips is active as a scholar, and educator, as well as a performer. Phillips has embraced a wide range of repertory preferences; he performs the standard solo classical guitar repertoire and plays in a Brazilian jazz ensemble. He performs his own compositions, and has premiered works by three-time Pulitzer nominee, Frank Brazinski, Eric Ross, Alfred Giusto, and Meyer Kupferman, as well as the premier performance of “Goyescana”, a concerto written for him by three-time Grammy winner, Michael Colina. He most recently has commissioned a set of 6 dances for guitar by Jorge Morel, Troy Gifford, Rex Willis, Howard Buss, Charles Griffin, and Benoit Glazer. Robert has contributed a number of articles to “Soundboard”, and to "American String Teacher", the journal of the American String Teachers' Association. He spent three years as the classical guitar columnist for “Guitar for the Practicing Musician”, and its sister publication, “Guitar Extra” before becoming a contributing writer for “Guitar Player”. Many of his transcriptions and editions of works for classical guitar have been published in these magazines and by Cherry Lane Music Co., Inc. His anthology, “Great Themes and Variations for Classic Guitar” was published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc., which also released his 2 CD recording of the same title. His newest recording, “Lo Mestre: The Music of Miguel Llobet” is on Centaur records. Dr. Phillips teaches classical guitar, and music theory at the Lois Cowles Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts, and is an adjunct professor of applied music (classical guitar) at Southeastern University.

 

 

 

 

Established in 1992 by a task force of district, university and community representatives, the Las Vegas Academy is a public magnet high school which brings together culturally diverse students from all over Clark County. Las Vegas and the surrounding area is a community of over 2 million people and is the 5th largest school district in the country. Founded on August 22, 1993, the school houses about 1700 students who enjoy this nationally recognized school. Located in the center of the Las Vegas Historical District, an urban shopping district, the Academy offers students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to pursue a major in dance, vocal and instrumental music, jazz, liberal arts, piano, theatre or theatre technology, and visual arts. In addition, students take all of their academic classes at the Academy. The Academy offers students an intellectually challenging learning experience and empowers them with the skills and knowledge to compete successfully in the international workplace. Since opening, the school has placed at the top of the Clark County School District's high schools with standardized test scores maintained at the 75th or better percentiles. The Academy, under the district’s new star ranking has been awarded a 5-Star School rating the past two years placing it at the top of the district’s list of performing schools. 

 

DIRECTOR: Bill Swick

Bill Swick currently teaches guitar and chairs the music department for the twelve-time GRAMMY award winning Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (a magnet high school) and is the guitar task force chair for Clark County School District, the nation’s fifth largest school district. Swick holds two degrees from the University of North Texas and has served as faculty of Drake University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Swick is a publisher of guitar education materials (BillSwick.com) and the creator of the Swickster Fingerboard System (Swickster.com). Swick is currently the chair for the NAfME Council for Guitar Education. Swick was recently identified as a Top Ten Music Educator by the GRAMMY Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

The mission of the McCallum Fine Arts Academy (Austin, TX) is to foster and advance a diverse group of student artists who will create, lead, inspire, and contribute to a global community. The Five Pillars of McCallum Fine Arts Academy are: 1. Focuses on the individual development of each student. 2. Provides high quality instruction. 3. Integrates collaborative, intentional, reciprocal relationships with the broader Austin arts community into our programs/classrooms/instruction. 4. Encourages an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and instruction, and. 5. Graduates students who can produce a pre-professional level of product in their chosen art form. The McCallum Classical Guitar program features four levels of classical guitar ensemble instruction that boasts ample opportunities to perform in large ensemble, quartet/trio/duo, as well as solo classical guitar settings. 
 
DIRECTOR: Andrew Clark
 
Andrew Clark moved to Austin from Canada to join the Fine Arts Academy music faculty. Mr. Clark began musical studies at the age of 5 and guitar at the age of 13. A Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medallist, he attended The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance. That same year, he was selected for a full 2 year scholarship to continue his guitar studies at L’Escuela Nacional de la Musica in Havana, Cuba. Mr. Clark has attended and performed in classical guitar symposiums such as Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, the Iserlohn Guitar Festival in Germany, and the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Italy. An avid pedagogue as well as performer, Andrew Clark attended Columbus State University in Georgia, where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Music Education with a concentration in guitar pedagogy.

 

 

 

 

 

Always keeping God and family as our priority, Notre Dame Preparatory (Arizona), a diocesan Catholic high school, engages in the formation of students by integrating faith in a college preparatory curriculum, promoting academic excellence, moral values and lifelong service. Mutual cooperation and respect among our faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and surrounding community is critical to Notre Dame Preparatory’s continued success as a premier Catholic college preparatory school. Faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and community members work together to achieve common goals and objectives that promote the best interests of the school and our community.

DIRECTOR: Philip Hemmo

Philip Hemmo is known throughout the Unites States as a teacher and performer of the classical guitar. As a faculty member at the University of Arizona, Pima Communtiy College, the University of Illinois, Springfield, and his new post at Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, AZ, he continues to foster the next generation of classical guitarist. His academic training includes degrees from the University of Arizona (B.M.) and Illinois State University (M.M.), as well as study at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv. He has been featured in concert throughout the US and Mexico as a soloist as well as working with symphonies and chamber ensembles. He has performed such large ensemble works as Ramancero Gitano by Castanuavo-Tedesco, Concerto in D Major by Antonio Vivaldi, Fantasia para un Gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo, as well as numerous small ensemble work. Mr. Hemmo’s students include international competition winners, performing artists, and current University Instructors. Mr. Hemmo is the author of the guitar method text ‘Beginning Classroom Guitar’ (Thompson Learning 1998 & 2004) which is the textbook of choice for guitar courses across the United States. His recordings ‘Guitar Recital’ (2013), ‘The 20th Century Guitar’ (2012) as well as ‘Romantic Works for Classical Guitar’ (2010) have been released on the Project Aurora Recordings label to national acclaim. Originally from Catskill, NY, Bob Powers (guitarist/trumpeter) has worked extensively in the rock, funk and jazz idioms. Robert holds a Jazz Performance Degree from Arizona State University (Magna Cum Laude), where he received the Bob Ravenscroft Jazz Bird Scholarship. He studied under great artist such as Mike Crotty, Mike Kocour, David Hickman, Ryan Lehr and Chris Champion. While studying at Arizona State Robert had the great pleasure to perform with artist and composers such as Gunther Schuller, Scott Wendholt, Jerry Bergonzi, Chris Vadala, Sheamus Blake, John Stowell and David Friesen to name a few. Over the years Robert has worked on many great projects as well as musicians such as Chris Vadala, Mike Kocour, Mike Vax, John Lewis, Chris Champion, Mike Crotty, Tom Miles, Fred and Ike Sturm, Tony Vacca, The Show Chicago, DreamWorks, Desert House Productions, Proper Villain Entertainment, World Famous Rani G, Glendale Jazz Festival, Chandler Jazz Festival, Lake George Jazz Festival,Prescott Jazz Festival, Tempe Festival for the Arts, The New School for the Arts. Robert has also opened up for Blues Traveler and working with his own band -The Energy Trio -a funk, rock, jazz, experimental B3 organ trio joined by great musicians Shea Marshall (B3) and Erik Teichmann (Drums). As well as working as a freelance trumpeter/guitarist/bandleader and composer, Robert has instructed as music faculty for the Metropolitan Arts Institute, Jazz faculty for Phoenix College and the Desert Ridge Music Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently Mr. Powers is The fine Arts Department Chair for Notre Dame preparatory High School in Scottsdale Arizona were he Instructs Class Guitar, Jazz Ensemble and Brass Ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

The award-winning Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) (California) provides a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts. Founded in 1987 by visionary educator Dr. Ralph Opacic, OCSA has grown from a smallafter-school arts program into one of the premier arts 

schools in the nation. This innovative public charter school embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence, and produces lifelong learners who matriculate to top tier colleges, 

universities, and conservatory programs. Orange County School of the Arts serves a diverse student body and is accessible to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic standing. The school is tuition free and donation dependent, and no student is admitted or denied based on financial capacity. OCSA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

GUITAR PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Daniel De Arakal

TEACHERS: Iren Arutyunyan (Former), Duane Broberg, Jose Hernandez, Ebaa Khamas, and Ryan Navales

 

Daniel de Arakal, M.M., is the Coordinator of the Guitar Program at the Orange County School of the Arts and teaches the classical guitar practicum, classical guitar arranging and composition, and classical guitar master class courses. Mr. de Arakal earned the Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he studied privately under Scott Tennant and Martha Masters. Mr. de Arakal has performed for and work with several prominent names in the guitar community, including William Kanengiser, Shingo Fujii, and Pepe Romero. In addition to his Master of Music degree, Mr. de Arakal holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Guitar Performance and Music Composition, graduating cum laudefrom Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. An active performing musician, Mr. de Arakal has been a member of several award winning guitar ensembles, including top honors guitar quartets and duo at the 2009 Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival. In 2012, his arrangements for guitar trio and acumen for both small and large ensemble playing earned him the University of Southern California’s prestigious Guitar Ensemble Award. Additionally, Mr. de Arakal’s achievements in solo guitar performance and contributions to the Classical Guitar Program earned him the Guitarist of the Year award at Chapman University in 2010. In conjunction with his performing career, Mr. de Arakal has been teaching guitar, music theory, music history, and other topics in the Orange County area since 2009 in both private and classroom settings. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Guitar Circle, is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society in 2012. 

 

 

Iren Arutyunyan, M.M., began studying classical guitar at the age of seven under the instruction of her father. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California’s Flora L. Thornton School of Music, where she studied with Dr. Brian Head and Scott Tennant. Ms. Arutyunyan began teaching guitar and music theory at an early age, and works to educate a diverse group of middle-school and high-school students. From 2010-2014, she was involved in leading the guitar department for Youth Policy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing enrichment activities to empower youth. Ms. Arutyunyan performs and teaches extensively in Southern California. Guitar Salon International and Cordoba Guitars have produced many of her performance videos and tutorials.

 

 

Duane Broberg, M.A., is one of our spectacular jazz/contemporary guitar instructors here at OCSA. Mr. Broberg holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Florida International University. As a performing artist, Mr. Broberg has performed across the United States in festivals, concert halls, and clubs from Miami to New York to Los Angeles and many locales in between, performing with jazz luminaries such as Ira Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Arturo Sandoval, and Kevin Mahogany, among others. As a recording artist, performing as Duane Allen, Mr. Broberg has an extensive discography as both a leader and a sideman. Many of his jazz recordings are produced by the Tritone label. Mr. Broberg has been teaching guitar and general music for over twenty years in various music schools and conservatories. In addition to his work at OCSA, Mr. Broberg serves on the faculty at Cypress College in Cypress, California, and Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.

 


Jose Hernandez is the newest member of the OCSA Guitar faculty. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Musicology from the University of Salamanca, Spain, a Graduate Degree in Classical Guitar from the Conservatorio Profesional de Salamanca, Spain, and a Professional DIT Certificate from Musicians Institute of Hollywood, California, where he graduated with honors. Before arriving at OCSA, Mr. Hernandez has been developing pedagogy and software for various musical education sites and apps, including Rock Prodigy, Music Prodigy, The Dave Mustaine app, The Offspring app, and the Grateful Dead app. Additionally, Mr. Hernandez has over ten years of private guitar instruction experience. As a performer, Mr. Hernandez has twenty years of experience performing and touring in all manner of musical styles, including pop, rock, country, world music, and metal. Among his artistic highlights is performing with the iconic Spanish rock band Mana at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

 


Ryan Navales, M.A., is one of our jazz/contemporary guitar specialists at the Orange County School of the Arts. Mr. Navales graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a Master Degree in Jazz Performance and is a freelance musician based in the Los Angeles area. As a performing artist, Mr. Navales has shared the stage with several jazz luminaries, including New York Voices, John Hollenbeck, John Clayton, Poncho Sanchez, Joe LaBarbera, Vinny Golia, and Alphonso Johnson. In addition to his live performance work, he has also recorded at Capitol Records and performed on a track with Freda Payne. Mr. Navales currently teaches courses in repertoire, improvisation, and general jazz history. Additionally, Mr. Navales directs two of the OCSA Guitar Program’s elite ensembles: The Jazz/Contemporary Guitar Ensemble and the Fusion Ensemble.



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