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Aaron Larget-Caplan


Aaron Larget-Caplan is a recording and touring guitarist who has performed throughout Europe, Russia and the USA, premiered over 65 compositions, and has recordings issued on Albany, Navona and Stone Records. His arrangements of Bach, Scarlatti, Reynaldo Hahn and Spanish composers have been performed repeatedly and his John Cage arrangement is published by Edition Peters. A graduate of the New England Conservatory with David Leisner and Eliot Fisk, his main teacher was Dmitry Goryachev and flamenco with Juanito Pascual. Aaron is on faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston and formerly at Boston Conservatory.


William Buonocore


William Buonocore has been an active performer in New England for more than 30 years. He has performed with numerous major ensembles in the area including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic.

The Strad described him as "a guitar player of considerable virtuosity and lovely sound" and the Boston Globe said he "played with taste and mastery."

A dedicated teacher, Bill served on the Guitar Faculty of The Boston Conservatory for 21 years.

He has recorded for Koch International, Arabesque, Neuma, Nepenthe, Arsis and Centaur.


Judy Handler
Judy has a teaching studio in North Central Connecticut where she gives private instruction on classical guitar and other styles. She also has performance groups and workshops to augment the lessons. Judy is a devoted teacher who enjoys tailoring the lessons carefully to each person. Judy has developed a career as a professional performer and has given concerts throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She performs regularly in several groups: Handler & Levesque - guitar & mandolin duo, Rosewood Chamber Ensemble - historical programs on period instruments and the New American Mandolin Ensemble – contemporary music for plucked strings. Judy has recorded 5 CDs and has performed on many radio & cable programs. 
She is co-founder of the Connecticut Guitar Society and has given workshops at schools, festivals and guitar societies. Judy received a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with Clare Callahan and a Master of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford with Oscar Ghiglia. She also earned a Certificate from the Vila-Seca i Salou Conservatory in Spain with José Tomás, a Diploma of Merit from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy with Oscar Ghiglia as well as studies with Ghiglia at the Aspen Music Festival. She has received numerous awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council.




Ed Wright


Anthony Bez

I have studied with guitarists Alice ArtztFrank Koonce, Fredric LehrmanStephen Bell, Michael Dadap and Jorge Morel, among others.  In my teens I incorporated Flamenco into my repertoire appearing locally and accompanying Carnegie Hall dance classes.  I am the Director of the Actor’s Shakespeare Company Consort since 2005.  have served on the faculties of the American Institute of Guitar, the Manhattan Institute of Guitar, the Woodbridge Academy of Music and presently at the Hudson School and the New York Music School.  I am an alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Arizona State University and Mannes College of Music. 



Lena Marchetta-Finley


My teachers were disciples of great musical masters. Leonid Bolotine was the concertmeister (first chair and soloist violin) of the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra for many,many years. He was also the head of the Guitar Department at Mannes College in Manhattan.At the age of 11 Pa Leo was teaching doctoral candidates at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia (violin). His teacher, Leopold Auer, had works commissioned for him by Mozart. He taught me repertoire and facilitation (speed) on the instrument (guitar). My first teacher was Miguel A Soles, a disciple and descendant of Miguel Llobet Soles.He taught editing, harmony and theory, and all the notes in their various positions on the fingerboard, as well as Spanish/Flamenco guitar. He had many famous students. Ariadne Mikeshina taught me Orchestration. She was a pupil of Respighi and a graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory, and fellow classmate of Rachmaninov and Stravinski. I have also had many memorable teachers too lengthy to list. These are some of my most memorable ones. I received a certification as an Audio Engineer from the Institute of Audio Research in Greenwich Village, New York City, with Honors. I have an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities from Thomas Edison State College. I am presently seeking a certificate in online teaching and learning from Thomas Edison State College. I received the award for the NEDT test for scoring in the upper 2% nationwide at the age of fourteen.


Keith Calmes


Keith Calmes earned degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, The Juilliard School, and the University of Southern California. His performance credits include a Carnegie Hall recital debut, concerti with the Monmouth Symphony, a performance with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and many concerts with flautist Marjorie Koharski.  Many composers have written  for Keith, including Roger Aldridge, Will Ayton, Timothy Broege, Frank Campo, Ruben Delgado, Chiel Meijering, Maximo Diego Pujol Stepan Rak and Jim Scully. Keith teaches at Wall High School in New Jersey and was presented the Outstanding Teacher Award from The College of New Jersey. Acoustic Library and Mel Bay Publications have published many of his works.. Keith endorses Godin Guitars, K & K acoustic pickups and ZT Amplifiers; and also performs on a custom guitar built by Kristopher Barnett.


Kathleen Mayes


Kathleen Mayes is a well-known Southern New Jersey performer and teacher of Classical Guitar and Renaissance Lute.  She holds degrees from Rowan University and Drexel University and studied with well-known Segovia disciple Larry Snitzler and Julian Gray.  She is Adjunct Professor of Classical Guitar at Rowan University where she also teaches music theory and music history.  When not teaching at Rowan University, she teaches privately in her home in Collingswood, N.J.  She teaches all levels and has been teaching for approximately 30 years.

Ms. Mayes regularly performs concerts and lectures as a soloist, or as duo partner with Joseph Mayes, on Renaissance instruments, 19th Century Guitars, and modern Classical Guitars.

She has recorded a solo CD “Music from the Bistro” and 3 Duo CD’s with Joseph Mayes: “The Schoole of Musicke”, “Romance”, and “Sketches for 2”.



Alice Artzt


Alice Artzt, whom Guitar international Magazine has called "America's best player", made her solo concert debut in London in 1969.  Since then critics in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas have unanimously acclaimed her performances as a soloist, in concertos with orchestra, and in chamber music groups.  

She studied guitar with Julian Bream, Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya, and composition with Darius Milhaud at Aspen Colorado, and at Columbia University where she earned a degree in musicology.

In addition to her concert performances, Alice Artzt also appeared frequently on TV and radio, and has been on the juries of many international guitar competitions (CAG, GFA, Toronto, Segovia NYU, Rodrigo, and Alessandria).  She has made 13 solo records (LP or CD), and has written two books on guitar technique (The Art of Practising and Rhythmic Mastery), as well as many articles on music in various magazines.  She has taught for the past 45 years in private lessons and in master classes all over the world.  (Several of her instructional videos are on YouTube.)

Presently she teaches privately in Princeton NJ, as well as online lessons on Skype



Daryl W. Hester



Kenji Herbert


Kenji Herbert is an internationally active guitarist, composer and educator. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (summa cum laude, 2011), where he studied under Mick Goodrick and David Tronzo, he was an inaugural member of its honor program, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. In the past, Kenji has held workshops at such institutions as the Conservatorio Puerto Rico, Koyo Conservatories in Kobe; Nagoya and the National Taiwan University of Arts. He has over 10 years teaching experience as a private instructor on electric and acoustic guitar, as well as in the areas of improvisation and music theory.


Mariano Aguirre


"Mariano Aguirre's sensitive guitar playing shines as a picture-perfect example of emotional power" - Classical Guitar Magazine

Mariano Aguirre is an international concert artist, music professor, arts promoter and arts administrator. He is currently on faculty of Mannes College, Hunter College and The Brooklyn Music School in New York City. He is also the Festival Director and Coordinator of the annual New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes.

Mr. Aguirre is a winner of the Artist International Award and the Greorgy Award for Excellence in Performance.  He has performed extensively in the United States and Latin America, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Noon Concert Series at Trinity Church, The National University in Mexico City, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Conservatorio de las Rosas, among manyother venues. In addition, Mr. Aguirre performs regularly with Duo Cantabile for voice and guitar and is a cofounder of the Six Hands Guitar Trio. Recordings on the Vienna Modern Masters label.

Mariano. Aguirre is a strongly committed guitar and music theory professor. His students have won 1st prizes at major guitar competitions and have been awarded full scholarships at prestigious conservatories. He has taught master classes and workshops at many festivals and universities and he has been invited to be in the jury panel of several international competitions.

“You helped make me understand that there is a story behind every

piece; that there is something far far beyond the black dots on the score.."

— John Bogan - Former student Mannes College - 1st Prize winner at the 2014 GFA Youth International Competition Senior Division


Rupert Boyd

New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” He has performed across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to festivals in Europe, China, India, the Philippines and Australia. His solo CD Valses Poéticos received the following review inSoundboard, the quarterly publication of Guitar Foundation of America: “Boyd’s playing is beautifully refined, with gorgeous tone... musically and technically flawless... [the Granados is] one of the best recorded performances of this work on guitar.” Rupert Boyd holds a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) from the Australian National University School of Music, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music. His major teachers have been Timothy Kain, David Leisner and Benjamin Verdery. In addition to winning the Andrés Segovia award from the Manhattan School of Music, Rupert Boyd was also a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition.

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Isabella Abbonizio


Isabella Abbonizio is an Italian, New York-based classical guitarist and musicologist. After graduating in guitar from the G. B. Martini Music Conservatory of Bologna (Italy) and in musicology at the University of Bologna, she received her Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. As a guitarist, Isabella studied under Griselda Ponce de Leòn and attended master classes with Roland Dyens, Frédéric Zigante, Martha Masters and Joao Luiz. She performs internationally as soloist and with the Contemporanea Guitar Duo. As a musicologist, her pioneering analysis of the guitar works of Maurice Ohana (1913-1992) was published in the journal Il Fronimo and presented at the New York City Classical Guitar Society and GFA annual meeting. Her current research focuses on twentieth-century Italian and French music, musical exoticism, Italian music and politics, colonial/postcolonial studies, and music education. From 2012 to 2015 Isabella was a Visiting Scholar at New York University. Currently on the faculty of the Harlem School of the Arts, Isabella is also a professional music and guitar teacher. A guitar promoter, she is the North American correspondent for the Italian guitar magazine GuitArtand co-founder and artistic director of Lanciano International Guitar Seminar.


Alex Levine

(646) 606-2515

Music to Your Home has been providing NYC with the highest quality music lessons in all instruments and voice for almost a decade. Our teachers have all trained extensively and work well with children and adults of all ages.

Music To Your Home has been providing Rockland County New York, Northern New Jersey and Manhattan, from the Upper East Side to Wall Street with high quality in- home music instruction since 2003.

Music to Your Home provides music lessons in NYC and its surrounding areas with highly skilled teachers who have studied at the most prestigious conservatories in the country including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and NYU and have played on many of the world’s most famous stages. They are hand picked by the owners and are hired based not only on their credentials, but for their ability to work with young students just beginning their musical journey. Our instructors assess the needs of each individual and provide a plan to help each student achieve his or her musical goals.

Music to Your Home currently has students ages 3 through 73, studying a wide range of instruments and learning various genres of music including Classical, Rock, Jazz and Pop. Our teachers can help students prepare for competitions, college auditions, talent shows and of course our yearly recitals!


Kevin Gallagher


New York based classical guitarist and pedagogue Kevin R. Gallagher was the first-prize winner in the 1993 Guitar Foundation of America, the 1994 American String Teachers Association, and the 1993 Artists International Competition. Mr. Gallagher also earned the honor of being the only American classical guitarist ever to win first prize in the prestigious Francisco Tárrega Guitar Competition in Spain (1997). His recording for Naxos Records entitled Guitar Recital - Music from the Renaissance and Baroque was hailed as " of the very best NAXOS guitar recordings" by Classical Guitar Magazine in 2000.


Emma Markham


Emma Markham received her Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College in guitar performance and writing in 2014. While at Ithaca she studied with Pablo Cohen and Jeremy Harting and completed numerous independent studies on flamenco music and culture, including guest lectures on the topic. Emma has taught students ages 5-adult from beginner to intermediate levels. She enjoys teaching beginner students of all styles as well as more advanced classical players.


Randall Zwally

717-766-2511 ext. 2400

Randall Zwally, Director of Guitar Studies at Messiah College, holds Master's Degrees in Guitar Performance (West Chester University) and Library Science (Clarion University) with an emphasis in music librarianship. He has also completed postgraduate music studies at Texas Christian University, Johns Hopkins University, and Ithaca College. He has done postgraduate guitar studies with Richard Provost (University of Hartford) and Julian Gray (Peabody Conservatory). After earning his undergraduate degree from West Chester University in Music Education he taught music in the public schools at the elementary level. He has been a member of the music faculty at Messiah College for over twenty years where he founded and directs the college's Guitar Ensemble. His guitar-related articles are published regularly in: Notes, The National Journal of the Music Library Association. Senior Lecturer Zwally has co-led three Cross-Cultural Courses to Spain for Messiah College, exploring the role of the guitar in the history and culture of that country. He speaks Spanish and, as a hobby, plays bluegrass banjo.


Jamey Mann


Mr. Mann has studied rock, jazz, and classical guitar since the age of fourteen. He graduated from Rowan University with a BA in music performance in 2008 under the tutelage of Joe and Kathleen Mayes and in 2011 graduated from Shenandoah University with a Master’s degree in music performance where he studied with Dr. Glenn Caluda. Jamey is a registered teacher with Suzuki Association of the Americas certified through book 3. Mann’s performance experience includes winning first prize in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Student Competition, solo recitals in Philadelphia, New York, and Perth Australia, where he performed for the Perth classical guitar society and performed with the Australian classical guitar ensemble Plectra. In addition, Mann has performed in Master classes with Ronn McFarlane, Berta Rojas, Martha Masters, and Richard Provost. Jamey Mann has taught guitar since high school to students from ages 6 to 80. An Adjunct Professor of Classical Guitar at Shenandoah Conservatory since 2011, Mr. Mann continues to teach and perform throughout the DC metropolitan area.



Jeremy Lyons


Jeremy Lyons began studying the classical guitar at a young age with his father Glenn Lyons. He also studied the cello and performed as a member of several orchestras and ensembles. He received a BM in guitar performance from the Florida State University, where he studied with Bruce Holzman. He also holds a MM in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy, a MM in Musicology and a DMA all from the Peabody Conservatory where he  studied with Manuel Barrueco. Jeremy has performed widely as a soloist, with orchestras and chamber ensembles, and he regularly performs with his duo partner Soprano, Lisa Perry. He also has an extensive background in early music and performs on the Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, and the viola da gamba. While maintaining an active performing career, Jeremy is the current guitar instructor at Artist music education center in Perry Hall Maryland, and he also teaches guitar at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. An advocate for contemporary music, Jeremy regularly collaborates with composers and participates in music that connects to a variety of audience members. He also delivers lectures concerning classical guitar history and the influences that effect the repertoire of music available to the modern day guitarist.



Robert Trent   


Robert Trent has performed in North and South America and in Europe on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, and historic instruments of the nineteenth-century including the10-string Scherzer.

A first prize winner in National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition (for all instruments) and the chamber music prize at the International Competition  “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy in Period Instrumental performance. A recording artist for Dorian Records©  (with Duo Firenze) in “Italian Nocturnes: Music for Fortepiano and Early 19thc. Guitar” he is featured on the CD “Traveler’s Tales” TownHall Records (CPS-8776) in works by American Composer Byron Petty and on third CD with flutist Leslie Marrs on the Oasis label, entitled, “Robert Fruehwald: Flute and Guitar Music”. He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Julian Gray, Manuel Barrueco and lutenist Ronn McFarlane; a Master of Arts of degree from Trenton State College and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. Dr. Trent is Full Professor of Guitar at Radford University and where he directs Radford University’s Annual International Guitar Festival.


Michael Brennan

(434) 592-4920

Michael Brennan was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Southern California. He attended Mount San Antonio Junior College where he enrolled in a guitar class and was introduced to the classical guitar.  Michael went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from California State University, Fullerton where he studied with David Grimes and a Doctorate from Northwestern University where he studied with Anne Waller.Brennan is Coordinator of Guitar Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, where he has taught since 2007.  Before coming to Liberty University, he taught at Mt. San Antonio Jr. College, Huntington College, Judson College, and Benedictine University.  He has held teaching positions in Southern California, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Louisville. He has been a regular contributor to Soundboard guitar journal and was privileged to write two articles in The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History.  Michael has recorded two CDs: One Desire and He Makes all Things Beautiful. Michael currently lives in Madison Heights, VA with his wife Monica, daughter Elizabeth, and son John Luke.  He also has a grown son, Michael, Jr., who is an accomplished guitarist in his own right.


Ellen Whitaker



Andy Jurik


Andy Jurik has taught a wide variety of students, from early beginners to collegiate graduate students. He has served as a graduate teaching assistant at both the University of South Carolina (2012-2015) and Austin Peay State University (2010-2012) where he taught undergraduate and graduate lessons, coached guitar ensembles, and assisted with music theory and music appreciation courses. In addition to classical guitar, Andy has experience teaching jazz, music theory, arranging, and improvisation as they relate to the instrument. Andy currently teaches in Asheville, NC and served as adjunct instructors at the Academy of Music at Prebyterian College in Clinton, SC.


Nicolai Tanev


Mr. Tanev is a guitarist and teacher in the Atlanta, GA area. He released 4 CDs and has been awarded the Runner-up Award of IAMA for 2007.


Fred Bone



David J. Byron



Joette Giorgis



Dr. Alan Goldspiel


ALAN GOLDSPIEL has performed world premieres at New York’s Carnegie and CAMI Halls and has been featured on NPR radio stations from coast to coast. His music has been performed at national and international events including the conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, New Music on the Bayou, National Association of Composers, and International Clarinet Association.  Dr. Goldspiel received the 2014 Alabama Music Teachers Association Composition Commission and in 2013, he was awarded an Escape-to-Create residency. As Music Director of the Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band, he has performed and arranged many pieces from the classic Klezmer repertoire. His new composition project, Klezmer Shabbat Service, helps keep that tradition alive in Alabama. He is the only guitarist to be honored with the Marshall Dodge Award of the Performing Artists Associates of New England. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service including the Louisiana State Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for artistic excellence. He is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo.


Stephen Mattingly


Stephen Mattingly has been warmly received by audiences as a soloist and founding member of the Tantalus Quartet. As recipient of the Theodore Presser Award, he recorded the complete guitar chamber works by Franz Schubert. Stephen enjoys a vibrant career as Assistant Professor of Guitar at the University of Louisville. He is a member of the Kentucky Arts Council Performing Arts Directory and has been featured at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Silesian Guitar Autumn in Poland, Panamá Guitar Festival, GFA Convention, Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany, and the Columbus State Guitar Symposium.


Richard Smoot



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Helene Rottenberg


Helene Rottenberg is a Professor of Music at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, and also taught at the Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor for 39 years.  She has a MM degree from the University of Michigan and was a student of the late Argentinean guitarist Manuel Lopez-Ramos.  Helene has performed extensively in the Midwest- particularly in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, since 1975.  She has often played as a featured performer in chamber music concerts at the “Festival of the Lakes” in Alexandria, Minnesota, and has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio.  She regularly performs in a flute/guitar duo, Divertimente, with flutist Susan Lazar and has recently joined with Chicago guitarist Pamela Kimmel to form the Cecilia Guitar Duo.  Ms. Rottenberg enjoys performing both as a soloist and with a variety of ensembles at venues such as Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, Woodward Corridor Musicians, and the Detroit Concert Choir. She has been on the faculty of the Adult Classical Guitar Workshop at the Interlochen Music Camp and also has judged the Youth Competition at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Conference.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of

the Guitar Foundation of America.  



Geoff Gunderson

GEOFF GUNDERSON began the study of guitar on his own when he was just 10 years old. At 14, we was playing professionally.  Throughout high-school and into young adulthood, Geoff toured the Midwest with the popular 80′s rock group, Wakefield. Along with touring, Geoff was studying classical guitar and teaching others. He went on to study classical guitar under Christopher Johnson at USD. Geoff underwent Suzuki teacher training at the South Carolina Suzuki Institute in Spartanburg, SC to specialize in teaching young children.  Since then he has become well-known in the Sioux Falls area as a premier guitar instructor for all ages. In 2009 Geoff traveled to Austin, TX for training and licensing in the Childbloom Guitar Program. Geoff currently teaches classical and contemporary guitar at Augustana University and University Center in Sioux Falls, SD and at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA and is the director of the Chilbloom Guitar Program of Sioux Falls. Geoff also frequently performs as a solo guitarist at Sioux Falls area venues.  Geoff has performed with the South Dakota Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony, the Sioux City Rockestra, among may others and has attended master classes and clinics by notable guitarists including the L.A. Guitar Quartet, Eliot Fisk, Pepe Romero, and others. A lifelong resident of Sioux Falls, Mr. Gunderson lives with his wife Erin and has two grown daughters.



Dr. Thomas Sergey



David Byron



Chet Romani



Benjamin R. Shepherd


Benjamin Shepherd began a private studio in Longview, TX in 2012. In addition to taking private students, he is teaching guitar as adjunct-faculty at LeTourneau University, on invitation of the professor of worship arts, Dr. Mark Jonah. Previously, he held an adjunct-faculty position at the University of Alaska beginning in 2010 on invitation of the guitar program director, Dr. Roland Stearns. He also served as a guitar adjudicator for the state solo and ensemble competitions. Benjamin completed his BM degree in Performance under University of North Texas guitar professor, Tom Johnson. In addition, Ben studied lute under early music scholar, conductor, and Naxos artist, Dr. Lyle Nordstrom, and worked in Dallas, TX for several years with (Hal Leonard) helping develop software to one of the first interactive music and notation programs for guitar.


Polly Maynard

(940) 231 -1069

Polly Maynard received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from The University of North Texas, where she taught for 10 years. Currently she is the Director of The Denton Childblooom Guitar Program, a music education program for young people. Polly has received numerous teaching commendations, and many of her students are awarded college scholarships, win guitar competitions, and pursue professional careers in music.

Polly is a regular performer with outreach programs, introducing audiences to classical guitar, lute, and other stringed instruments. These performances are held in schools, senior centers, and special care facilities. These 'informances' are both entertaining and educational, bringing music to individuals who may have little contact with the arts.  

Polly has written several one-woman performance pieces including "From Here to Vermeer"; "The Reign in Spain: A Brief History of the Guitar from The Big Twang to the Present"; and "Anon! A Miss! : A History of Women in Music from 1400 - the Present". She enjoys writing songs, and has been featured on radio stations throughout the nation. She enjoys performing both as a soloist and with "Miss Polly and Her Tiny Big Band",   a favorite group at area music festivals.


John Kiefer


John Kiefer holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music composition from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. He is also a graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles California. John is the author of a series of classical transcriptions for electric guitar published by Mel Bay including J.S. Bach for Electric Guitar (MB97068M) and Mozart for Electric Guitar (MB99972) as well as etudes electric (MB20801) a set of modern studies for electric guitar. His sextet (1999) was selected as the winner of the 2000 Brown New Music Composition Competition at Brown University. The percussion octet, ritmica (2001) was awarded the graduate prize of the 2001 Louisa Stude Sarofim Composition Competition. The piece was also featured on N.P.R.’s Theme and Variations radio program. Three orchestral pieces: hexenbrau (2001), ursa major (2003) and karankawa (2005) were commissioned and premiered by the Baytown Symphony Orchestra. The classical guitar solo, san saba (2007) was recently featured in Soundboard: Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America. John Kiefer is a tenured professor of guitar at the College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. He founded the COM electric guitar orchestra which has premiered many new pieces by composers around the world. John has also hosted electric guitar masterclasses by Ron Jarzombek, Marshall Harrison, Rusty Cooley among others at COM. He is also an adjunct professor of guitar at Lee College in Baytown Texas.


Leslie Lyon

Leslie Lyon is instructor of guitar at St. Mary’s University, 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228.



Celil Refik Kaya


International recording and performing artist Dr. Celil Refik Kaya is a prize winner at the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, the youngest First Prize Winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, and is a recording artist with Naxos Record label. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor JoAnn Falletta commends Mr. Kaya as “a superb musician in every sense”. American Record Guide has called his performances “just perfect”, and numerous critiques from around the world applaud Mr. Kaya’s playing as being “seemingly effortless”. Dr. Kaya studied with renowned guitarists including Michael Newman, Sharon Isbin and Adam Holzman. He has been teaching classical guitar over ten years in his private studio.



Anthony Mariano




Thales Smith

(512) 289-1363

Thales Smith has been teaching classical guitar in Austin to students of all ages since 2009.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Adam Holzman.  Prior to UT, Thales studied with Matthew Hinsley, Executive Director of Austin Classical Guitar, and won numerous youth competitions including first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition.


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Kevin Taylor


Kevin Taylor teaches children and teaches guitar teachers how to teach children. He graduated (1971) from Florida State University where he studied guitar with Mario Abril and composition with Harold Shiffman. After graduation he continued studies with Dr. Abril and taught at the Cadek Music Conservatory of the U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1974-1977). He taught at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Tx. from 1978-1992. Mr. Taylor developed the curriculum and systems of The Childbloom Guitar Program in 1980. That program has introduced over 18,000 children to the classical guitar. He currently teaches in Central Texas, and is President of the Childbloom Co. He has been featured in "Fingerstyle Guitar" magazine and the “Great Teacher” series by “Guitar Teacher” Magazine. Taylor's students have won over two dozen prestigious awards, including eight appearances on the national radio show, “From the Top” - more than any other classical guitar teacher in the U.S. His young performance groups have performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He specializes in composing for guitar ensemble. His compositions have been performed and recorded by guitar groups internationally. In 2009 he developed an "Integrated Music Program Through the Guitar Ensemble" for classroom middle and high-school which is currently in use in public and private schools. Mr. Taylor regularly instructs and consults with teachers in child-development, children's guitar pedagogy, studio development and currently instructs a large studio of young people in Austin and Round Rock, Tx.



Philip Pivovar

915 494 1472

Mr. Pivovar's education includes a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Music Education.

He has taught guitar in the public schools for 13 years and applied guitar from pre-school to the university level.

As well as having attended numerous master classes across the united states, Mr. Pivovar is a certified Suzuki teacher in books 1 and 2.



Felicity Muench


Felicity Muench began studying the classical guitar at age 7 with the Cuban born concert artist Hector Garcia. She continued her musical education graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Music degree and California State University, Northridge with a Master of Arts degree in classical guitar. She headed the guitar department at Colorado Christian University from 1997 - 2015. A dedicated music teacher, she formed the Boulder Guitar Society in 1995 to give adults the opportunity to perform in a supportive environment. She currently teaches privately with a full studio of students ranging in age from 5 to 80 and keeps an ongoing waiting list for students. As an advocate for music education, she emphasizes the importance of starting children early with a musical instrument and keeping them involved with music for life. Felicity performs both as a soloist and in the Amoroso Guitar Duo with Dr. Kevin Garry. The duo has released their first album "Romantic Music from South America". She provided music for the award winning documentary "Vinnie Ream' which is currently being sold at the White House and is currently working on a teaching method for children.


Kathryn Lewis


After studying violin as a child, Kathryn fell in love with the guitar when she was 12.  She holds a degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University and National Certification in Guitar from Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA).  She studies guitar with Alex Komodore in Denver Colorado.

Kathryn’s sequentially-graded classical guitar curriculum follows the Royal Conservatory Development Program starting with the Introductory book and continuing through Book 5.  Adult students start with Frederick Noad’sSolo Guitar and the Royal Conservatory Series.  Children start with Kathryn’s preparatory method book, First Guitar For KIDS, followed by William Bay’s Classic Guitar for the Young Beginner.

Kathryn also teaches steel string acoustic guitar: folk music, Delta Blues, praise music, strumming, finger picking, accompanying singing, and beginning electric guitar.


Kate Benessa


I accept all levels of students, from absolute beginners to those preparing for college auditions, and especially enjoy helping adult players transition from tablature to reading music. I direct a guitar ensemble for all levels of students to participate in. I can also help players with the repetitive stress disorder of focal dystonia. I love teaching all periods of classical music from Renaissance lute music to Spanish Romantic repertoire to Latin American composers and 20th and 21st-century music. I also teach beginning flamenco guitar and beginning lute. I’ve been teaching since I was 16 and hold a master’s in guitar performance and am currently working on a doctorate in music. I teach music history, theory, and guitar at a community college, and music theory at Colorado State University.

Jeff LaQuatra
Jeff LaQuatra is head of Colorado State University’s newly-founded guitar program. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff has been described as “a guitarist of enormous talent, both musically and technically” (Classical Guitar Magazine). In 1996, Jeff was awarded first prize in the Oswald Rantucci Guitar Competition in Buffalo, New York. In 2002, Iznaola Guitar Works released Jeff’s debut solo recording entitled Twilight: Guitar Music at the End of the Century,
which includes world-premiere recordings of works by Ricardo Iznaola, James McGuire and Štěpán Rak. In a review of Twilight, Classical Guitar Magazine’s Steve Marsh stated, “his technical abilities [are] strong enough for him to control every nuance and phrase to perfection. This is a first-class debut album and a name to watch out for.” Located in Northern Colorado, CSU’s idyllic campus is nestled in the heart of Fort Collins’ thriving music scene. Degrees offered include Bachelor of Music (performance and therapy), Master of Music, Bachelor of Arts and a Music Minor.
“Jeff LaQuatra is not only an extremely fine guitarist, performer and chamber musician, but an excellent and effective teacher. He clearly cares about his students and their musical development.” Jason Vieaux, 2015 Grammy Award-winning guitarist



Mike Zimmerman


Mike Zimmerman began playing classical guitar over 40 years ago. His love of music led him to the College of Music at the University of North Texas, one of the premiere music schools in the US, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree and an all-level teaching certificate. As a Guitar instructor registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, he has attended Suzuki Teacher Training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Colorado Suzuki Institute, where his instructors were David Madsen (Connecticut) and Andrea Cannon (Texas). Mike also has a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University. Mike is the director of Foothills Guitar Studio in Colorado Springs which he opened in 2003, and where he teaches classical guitar using the Suzuki Method to students ranging in age from 3 to adult. Mike is a certified K-12 Music teacher in both Colorado and Texas. In addition to his private studio, he has taught guitar classes at both elementary and high school levels in School District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Ruth Cutcher


Ruth Cutcher received her BA in Music with an emphasis in classical guitar from Metropolitan State College of Denver.  Ms. Cutcher did graduate work at Colorado State University in Music Therapy, Music History and Women’s Studies. Ms. Cutcher is a member Suzuki Association of the Americas, The Guitar Foundation of the Americas, and the Suzuki Association of Colorado.


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Michael Chapdelaine

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Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the GFA International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championship. He has twice won the coveted NEA Solo Recitalist Grant, and took First Prize in the Music Teachers National Association Guitar Competition. He also won the Silver Medal in Venezuela's VIII Concurso International de Guitarra "Alirio Diaz".

His Sonata Romantica CD, (now re-released as "Mexico"), is considered one of the definitive recordings for the instrument. Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote “…I have seldom heard a more beautiful album. Other young guitarists have excellent technique, but few have such style and musicality, and Chapdelaine's beautiful tone is the nearest to Segovia's that I can recall." Michael is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico. His teachers included the great Spanish maestro Andres Segovia.



Richard Hannemann


I have been playing, performing, writing for and about, and teaching guitar for 45 years. In 1998-99 I wrote a series of on-line lessons that appeared in the America OnLine Guitar Special Interest Group. Those lessons became my first guitar instruction book, "Music and Guitar: Fundamentals" published in 2000. In 2014 I did a major revision to "Fundamentals" and in 2015 I wrote and released my second volume "Music and Guitar: Melody and Harmony". Both books are available through my website -- see the guitar scores and books page, Though I lived and worked in Los Angeles for some 20 years, I have since re-located to my hometown of Los Alamos, NM where I teach students, ages 9 and up, finger-style guitar in a variety of musical genres.


Travis Raab

(323) 474-2124

Travis has toured with Katharine McPhee and Andrew McMahon (Jack's Mannequin/Something Corporate). His songwriting was featured in the Warner Bros. Film "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase" & his guitar playing is featured on TV commercials for Pedigree and Remington. He has performed on Jay Leno and was the houseband guitarist on the CW TV Show "Oh Sit". Travis Raab is available for Skype guitar lessons.  



David Isaacs


Since the beginning of his obsession with music at 8 years old, David Isaacs has focused his attention on the guitar. An Eroica Classical Recording Artist, David has been playing guitar since 1988 and has performed throughout the US and Greece as a soloist, a chamber musician, and with guitar orchestras. David has released 5 CDs and has been featured on radio stations across the US. As a pedagogue, David is Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Guitar at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Cerritos College, Cypress College, and Long Beach City College where he conducts guitar ensembles, coaches chamber groups, and guides young players on their path to and through university study. In addition, David teaches masterclasses, judges guitar competitions, teaches at Morey’s Music, and teaches at his home studio. In print, David writes sheet music reviews for Soundboard, coauthored The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book, and edited Classical Guitar Complete, Vol. 1, Second Edition by Scott Morris. David helped establish and operate the Long Beach Classical Guitar Society and the Southern California Classical Guitar Summer Workshop for over 7 years. David earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Classical Guitar Performance at CSU, Fullerton under the tutelage of David Grimes.



Ebaa Khamas


A graduate of California State University Fullerton’s School of Music, Ebaa Khamas holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree’s with emphasis on classical guitar performance. During his time in Fullerton, he studied with Dr. Martha Masters and Andrew York. In addition to his private teaching, performing, and being a section leader in the Orange County Guitar Orchestra, Ebaa is the operations administrator for the Guitar Foundation of America, and serves on the board of the Orange County Guitar Circle. His teaching experience spans all ages and settings, highlighted in his time as faculty at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, where he taught Classical Guitar Technique, Chamber Guitar, and Theory Classes. Ebaa is a firm believer in continued education and is a lifelong learner. 

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Amy Hite
Amy is a classical guitarist teaching in Temecula, CA, and Tustin, CA. Amy has been teaching the guitar since 2005. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Fullerton, where she studied under David Grimes.  Amy has had an extensive performance career as a soloist and with various chamber groups.  She has performed with vocalists and flutists as well as in guitar duos, trios, quartets, and orchestras. She has recorded three albums, "Classical Guitar Christmas", "Classic Guitar Wedding" (flute & guitar duets), and "The Nutcracker Suite" (with the Campanella Guitar Quartet).  Amy was a member of the Fullerton Guitar Orchestra from 2006-2010, during which they performed throughout California and on a tour of Bulgaria, which culminated with a concert at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. She was a founding committee member with the Orange County Guitar Orchestra and the Guitar Syllabus Committee for the Certificate of Merit program with the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC). Amy is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and incorporates it in her guitar teaching.  



Tony Harmon


Tony Harmon is an internationally recognized concert guitarist/composer who has performed on concert tour, was a performing student at the iconic 1978 Christopher Parkening Master Class, has appeared on numerous television shows and as part of special events across the globe.

He composed and performed the musical soundtrack for ABC television's The William Randolph Hearst Story, and performed at the Western White House for President Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

He is a three time performer for the renowned La Guitarra California Festivals too!

Tony has fans across the world and thousands of international CD sales and resides in Pine Mountain Club on the Central Coast of California. Tony is also part of the popular guitar group Calmenco!



Leonardo Garcia

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Described as “a faithful interpreter of Mangore’s musical art” by Alirio Diaz and as “conscientious, intelligent, musical, and technically impeccable” by Eliot Fisk, award-winning guitarist, author, and educator Leo Garcia is the founder of KinderGuitar. He has worked with hundreds of children and families for over 15 years through KinderGuitar, and also is an active performer who has performed across North America, South America, and Europe. His writings have appeared in Guitar Review, the popular KinderGuitar blog (, and Six String Journal (, and he has been a guest lecturer at the Boston Guitar Festival and the GFA International Festival. Leo grew up in Venezuela but left to pursue higher education in the U.S., eventually earning a B.A. in economics from Yale, an M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, and a Graduate Performance degree from the New England Conservatory, before developing the KinderGuitar music education system. The success of KinderGuitar led quickly to its expansion, and now with three San Francisco Bay Area locations and one in New Mexico, KinderGuitar offers training and licensing to highly qualified aspiring educators to help them create successful and sustainable music-teaching studios for children in their communities.


Yuri Liberzon


Russian-born and Israeli-raised guitarist Yuri Liberzon ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists in the United States and the world. His playing has been described as “Transcendent technical prowess at the service of gracious musicality. He is a natural born guitarist”. Washington D.C. Guitar Society wrote: “Mr. Liberzon was terrific. World-class mental acrobatics. Very pleasing results.”Mr. Liberzon has been recognized for his technical ability and musicality at both international competitions and non-profit organizations. In 1996 and 1997 he won top prizes at the Ariane Yerushalmi Eldor Classical Guitar Competition of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and remains the youngest prizewinner in its history. Since 1996, he has been a frequent recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, an organization with the reputation of only nurturing the best in Israeli culture. Yuri Liberzon's expertise in classical guitar performance has a solid foundation built on training with Manuel Barrueco at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University (B.M., GPD) and with Benjamin Verdery at Yale University School of Music (M.M.). His post-collegiate success did not go unnoticed; Yale alumniVentures chose him among two others as a grant recipient in the 2009-2010 period to establish and promote classical music in the San Francisco Bay Area.Even outside of the typical classroom, he has been invited to lead master classes at festivals such as the Classical Minds Guitar Festival in Houston, Texas and served as a judge for the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar in Washington D.C. To expand upon these abilities further, Mr. Liberzon has also developed the proficiency in teaching ensemble performance at the 92nd Street Y. His skills have also earned special recognition by the USCIS; Mr. Liberzon was granted Alien of Extraordinary Ability United States Permanent Residency based on his achievements in the music field.



Xavier Jara
612 900 8871
American classical guitarist Xavier Jara (1993), is the 1st prize winner of the 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition.  A native of Minnesota, Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicaël Perroy. Jara studied in Paris for six years with Perroy.  During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist Olivier Chassain, and lute master Eric Bellocq.  He received 1st place in a number of international competitions including the Viseu International Competition (2014), the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015), the Ciudad de Coria Competition (2015), and the Tokyo International Competition (2016).  In 2016, Jara returned home to the United States to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s Rose Augustine Grand Prize. He currently teaches private lessons from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area and is available for video lessons as well.



Daniel Roest


GFA member Daniel Roest has enjoyed a lifetime in guitar – teaching, performing and presenting other guitarists. His concerts are called “fun and entertaining,” (Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series) and moving – “listening to him, we get the feeling that we are with one of the great players of the guitar.” (Tiempo Latino) He heard and met Segovia at age 11 and went on to three degrees as a classical guitar major and be in dozens of masterclasses with the world’s best classical guitarists. In addition to running his private studio and teaching guitar at several colleges in the 90’s, he presented classical guitarists in concerts and masterclasses for the South Bay Guitar Society, one of the largest in the country. After relocating to Folsom, he began leading the Sacramento Guitar Society, also one of the largest and active in the country. In addition to private teaching and performing, Daniel has adjudicated guitar performances, led many workshops and written numerous articles on teaching for Mel Bay’s Guitar Sessions webzine. “After reading your writing I am more excited than ever to have you teach my students. Your teaching is the most inclusive of the essential details I've seen to date.” — Gordon Rowland, GuitarWork

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Galina Jitlina


Galina Jitlina is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher with a  Baccalaureate, honors, in classical guitar from the Mussorgsky College  of Music in St. Petersburg, and is currently trained up to Book 4 in the  Suzuki method. She has over 30 years teaching and performing experience.

Galina  was born in the cultural capital of Russia, the city of St. Petersburg.  She received the first prize at a solo guitar competition in St-Petersburg and at the Vancouver Unplugged competition.

Since moving to Canada, Galina has continued teaching and developing her solo and ensemble repertoire, performing with flute, violin as well as solo and in ensembles with fellow guitarist. After going through Suzuki training, and she has she has been using the Suzuki method in her teaching. Galina's students are among the RCM Gold Medal, local and provincial festival winners. Additionally, she has been an advocate of classical guitar music in Vancouver and is a founding director and the Chair of the Vancouver Classical Guitar Society. Galina is a member of Registered Music Teachers Association  as well as the Suzuki Association.


Jim Skinger


self employed, Cape Cod, Ma.




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