Posts from ‘Teacher Spotlight’
Eminent teacher and performer, Lawrence Ferrara has the distinction of being the first guitarist to receive a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Julian Bream, George Sakellariou and Michael Lorimer. A committed educator himself, Mr. Ferrara teaches guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco State University and City College of San Francsico.
Brazilian guitarist Josinaldo Costa, a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) and a Master’s degree from the University of Akron, where he studied with Mauro Maibrada and Stephen Aron. During his undergraduate studies, the successful participation in classical guitar events in Brazil resulted in important opportunities, including performances as a soloist with the Recife Symphony Orchestra, Pernambuco Youth Orchestra, and the award of a FIPSE/CAPES scholarship to study at East Carolina University with Dr. Elliot Frank.
Aaron Shearer was one of the most widely recognized and respected teachers of the classical guitar in America. He had been director of the guitar program at Peabody Conservatory and the North Carolina School of the Arts and towards the end of his life was adjunct professor of Classic Guitar at Duquesne University. Dr. Shearer had lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and had received numerous citations for his contributions to guitar pedagogy. Dr. Shearer also became the first classical guitar teacher to be cited for exceptional leadership and merit by the American String Teachers Association, and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Duquesne University. He was cited as the most prominent pedagogue of the twentieth century by the Guitar Foundation of America.
Honored in 2013 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Guitar Society, Jack Sanders’ performances have included The Sitka, Kapalua, and Arrowhead Bach Festivals. He has performed with the St. Petersburg, Colorado, and Angeles String Quartets. Recent performances include Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Claremont Symphony, and premiere performances of the Concerto for Resonator Guitar and Orchestra by Gabriel Bolaños with the Mill Valley Philharmonic. As a touring artist for the Piatigorsky Foundation since 2005, Sanders performs throughout the United States.
GRAMMY-nominated guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino has been a featured performer throughout the US and abroad. He has been Visiting Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Academy and Music Festival (1993, 1995, 2005, 2009, 2010), the Connecticut Early Music Festival (2002), Ensemble Rebel (2010) and from 1994–1997 was Coordinator of Performance Practice at the Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire. He is the recipient of a Diapason d’Or (a French Grammy) and in 2010 his collaborative project with Ars Lyrica of Houston also received a Grammy nomination.
A multi-faceted guitarist, Dr. Dennis Davis outstandingly directs the Guitar Department at Eastern Kentucky University. His performances for NPR, Miss Kentucky Pageant, as well as clinics with top concert artists like Tennant, Kanengiser, Russell and Barrueco have served to showcase his musical talents; however, establishing core curriculum for his EKU Program, which has been adapted by other universities, as well as coordinating music technology studies are just a few extra facets of Davis’ career that are little known. Continue on to read more about Dennis Davis – the guitarist and educator.
Scott Morris is a guitarist, composer, teacher and a close friend to GSI who has contributed to the guitar community for many years. He has especially contributed to GSI’s blog with very comprehensive and substantial video lessons which have been huge hits. Read on to learn more about Morris’ deep-rooted career as a musician.
Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso as well as a great friend of GSI. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Continue on to read Haque’s story about a life as both a musician and educator.
Guitarist Colin McAllister enjoys a rich musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor and educator. Since 2012, he has served as the Coordinator of the Music Program and Lecturer in Music and Humanities at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A former student of Los Romeros and Stuart Fox, he also studied conducting with Harvey Sollberger and Rand Steiger at the University of California, San Diego, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts. He is recognized as a leading interpreter of new works and has worked with many composers including Christopher Adler, Matthew Burtner, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Pamela Madsen and Tristan Murail.
As many of you already know, Scott Morris is the director of the Cal State Dominguez Hills guitar program. His program is growing so fast that he recently hired Matt Grief (of LAGQ fame) to help him out. Scott and I had been talking about how it might be fun to have some of his students come in and do some videos, so this week he came in with four of his students – one sophomore, two juniors and a senior – to try out some of their repertoire on some of our guitars. I was impressed not only with their playing, but with how quickly they took to playing for a camera, and I think everyone, including the demanding Dr. Morris, was pretty happy with the results.