The Connecticut Guitar Society
P.O. Box 1528
Hartford, CT 06144-1528
Phone: (860) 249-1132
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The society is proud to support nearly 50 talented professional guitarists living across Connecticut and the surrounding New England area.
Alturas Duo (see also Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes)
The Alturas Duo is becoming recognized as one of the most entertaining orchestras performing in the chamber music world today. The only group of its kind, the Duo formed with the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar creating fiery programs that move at ease between J.S. Bach, South American folk rhythms and new music commissioned by the duo.
Constantly in search of new music and diverse collaborations, they have performed with flutist Gonzalo Cortés, charango virtuoso Ernesto Cavour, Chilean guitarist and composer Horacio Salinas, cellists Jason Duckles and Jennifer Combs as well as violinists Katalin Viszmeg and Anthea Kreston. They have worked closely with many composers and have commissioned over a dozen works for guitar and viola, guitar, viola and orchestra and guitar, charango and orchestra. They have recently premiered pieces by Thomas Schuttenhelm, Jaime Romero, Dan Román, Garry Antonio, Alberto Cumplido, Javier Farias, Horacio Salinas, José Lezcano and James Argiro.
The Duo has performed and lectured across the United States, Canada, Bolivia and Chile including concerts at Weill Recital Hall, the Music Mountain Chamber Series, the Choral Arts Society of Washington D.C, The Hartt School International Guitar Festival, The Latin American Folk Institute, The Chilean Embassy in Washington D.C , The Museum of Bolivian Folkloric Instruments in La Paz, The Mexican Cultural Institute, The International Guitar Festival "Entre Cuerdas" in Chile, The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, The Symphony of Southeast Texas, the Hartford Festival Orchestra, the 34th International Viola Congress and the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society. In addition, they won First Prize at the 2006 New England International Chamber Music Competition, held residencies at the Lyrica String Festival and the Hartt School of Music, are founders and artistic directors of the Simsbury Chamber Music Festival and the Music Mountain International Guitar Master Class, have recorded for BRIOSO and NAXOS records and have been featured performers on NPR, Radio Nuevo Mundo and Beethoven Radio in Chile.
The year 2006 will see them maintaining a busy schedule of concerts and lectures in Spain, Canada the U.S and Chile including performances with the Choral Arts Society of Washington D.C, and the Crescendo Choir. They will also continue their relationship with the young Chilean composer, Javier Farias by premiering his piece "Vuelo de tu alma" for charango and guitar and presenting a series of lectures on South American music and its effect on his writing style at universities and conferences throughout the United States.
The name Alturas (Spanish For Heights) is derived from the poem "Alturas de Macchu Picchu" by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).
James Baird received his Bachelor of Science degree in guitar performance from the Mannes College of Music in NY, under the tutelage of Frederick Hand. At Mannes, James formed the soprano/guitar duo of Bartos and Baird, performing in Latin America and greater New York City, including master classes at the Conservatory in Santo Domingo. Mr. Baird went on to found the flute/guitar duo of Windwood which performed throughout Connecticut. Mr. Baird performs professionally as solo guitarist and with Baird/Wyton Flute/Guitar Duo.
Currently, Mr. Baird is musical director for the Milford Fine Arts Council and President of the New England Guitar Society based in Milford at the Center for the Arts. He teaches classical guitar and music theory privately in Milford and at the Cider Mill Conservatory in Wilton. Mr. Baird has contributed significantly to the guitar repertoire transcribing music for classical guitar and chamber orchestras. Transcriptions for solo guitar, flute/guitar, voice/guitar and student orchestras, including a book of music for Christmas, are available at the web store at www.bairdguitar.com.
Francesco Barone, a prizewinning guitarist, holds a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Temple University where he studied with Allen Krantz. He has since been awarded a performance scholarship for graduate school at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music where he currently studies with guitar pedagogue Richard Provost. He has performed in numerous masterclasses including those with Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Julian Grey, Stephen Aron, members of SoloDuo, Bruce Holzman, Antigoni Goni and David Leisner.
Francesco has performed on multiple occasions with the Temple University Opera, Tenth Women’s Choir and various orchestras through the Hartt School. He was a prizewinner at the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society guitar competition in 2009. Currently he teaches all genres and levels of guitar at The Hartt Community Division, The Music and Arts Center in West Hartford and privately in the Greater Hartford area.
Jaime Boss, Luthier
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Based in Enfield, Connecticut, Ray Bishop is teaching many styles of guitar, including bass guitar as well as music theory at his home studio in Enfield Connecticut. Ray began his study of the guitar at age 12. Ray has been playing privately and professionally for over 39 years. Ray continues to study the classical guitar privately under the direction of retired Classical Guitar Teacher with the Hartford Conservatory. Currently Ray is teaching in various styles including classical; pop; rock; country as well as others. Ray is playing classical guitar with the Connecticut Guitar Society's Guitar Orchestra which also includes some solo and trio performances. Professional band experience includes, country music, classic rock, 50's, and 60's and other styles of music.
Born to Catalan immigrants in Santiago, Chile, Carlos Boltes began his first studies in music by learning the charango at an early age with his brother Giovanni Vacani. As a member of the Chilean group Barrocco Andino, he mastered the charango and the mandolin, while touring extensively throughout South America. He has held the position of principal violist with the Orquesta de Cámara del Teatro Municipal de Santiago and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and has recorded for MODE and CBS Records. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in viola performance from the Pontificia Universidad de Chile, and a Master's Degree in performance from Carnegie Mellon University. His main teachers have been Enrique López, Atar Arad, Larry Dutton (Emerson String Quartet) and Steve Larson (Adaskin String Trio). Currently, Mr. Boltes is on the faculty at the Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, Connecticut.
Russ Campbell, Luthier
Luthiers need to advertise to inform, not to push their wares, as they build on average only eight instruments per year. Musicians need the highest quality instruments to create their music. Our Goal is to provide a destination of resources related to Luthierie and American Music Forms. We, at Luthier's Pride, began this labor of love to explorer the possibility of establishing a better way to introduce luthiers and musicians so they may create the synergy that results when these two artistic forces are united. This has been a great thrill for us, and we thank all of the people who help us to continue our success.
Based in Springfield MA , John has been playing professionally for 25 years in a variety of musical contexts. Everything from jazz or folk acoustic duos to an electric fusion trio, to a hard rock bank, to a funk horn band. He is currently teaching at home while performing with his wife in the blues rock band "Christina and the Flying Cantalini's", as well as playing solo. Over the years, John has always composed at home on an acoustic guitar, and then arranged the compositions to suit the band he was playing with at the time. This year, he released his first solo acoustic CD, Moment of Clarity. This CD expresses his eclectic history in a collection of tunes ranging in influence from classical, to jazz, flamenco, and Celtic styles.
For the past two years, Rob has been heard as a member of
the Casserino-Pizzoferrato Classical Guitar Duo with partner
Ralph Pizzoferrato in performance/lectures at local elementary
schools, community colleges and bookstores. He holds a BFA
from UConn were he graduated in 1973 with a major in classical
guitar. He music background includes former teaching positions
at numerous educational institutions throughout the state
including Southern Connecticut State College, Tunix Community
College, Mattatuck Community College, and West Hartford School
of Music. Rob currently sits on the board of directors of
the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society.
Steve Connor, Classical Guitar Maker
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Described by the Hartford Courant as "a guitarist for music lovers to catch.", Seattle native Daniel Corr pursues a busy career performing and teaching across North America as a specialist on modern and 19th century guitars. He has performed recitals for the Northwest, Upstate New York, and Seattle Classical Guitar Societies, as well as the Villa-Lobos, Aranjuez and Giuliani concertos with the American Classical Orchestra, and the Seattle Creative Orchestra among others. A CD, "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the Auburn Symphony was released in 2005.
Daniel took 1st place at the 2002 Northwest Guitar Competition, was a prizewinner in the 1999 Crane New Music Performance Competition adjudicated by George Crumb, and was the recipient of the 2001 Eliot Fisk Prize as the "outstanding graduate in guitar". Daniel holds the Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale School of Music under Benjamin Verdery, and the Bachelor of Music from Cornish College under Steven Novacek. He has also studied under Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music School. A dedicated teacher, Daniel teaches guitar at Gateway Community College and privately in New Haven, and at the Suzuki Music School of Westport.
Nick Cutroneo is part of the new generation of classical guitarist. An active performer, he has performed at The Juilliard School of Music, The Hartt School of Music, Christ Church in New Brunswick, NJ, the Miller Chapel at Princeton’s Theological Seminary in NJ. In the summer of 2007, he was invited to participate with an international group of students at the Volterra Guitar Project in Tuscany, Italy. He has also performed at Yale’s “Guitar Day,” the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society’s “Guitar Extravaganza Weekend,” and several alumni events at the University of Hartford. Mr. Cutroneo maintains an active private teaching studio and is currently on faculty at the University of Connecticut’s Community School of the Arts in Storrs, CT and at Valley Music in Avon, CT. He also performers regularly at assisted living facilities providing solo recitals for the residents. Mr. Cutroneo has performed in master classes with Andrew York, William Kanengiser, Ana Vidovic, Carlos Bonell, Carlo Marchione and most recently with Manuel Barrueco. Mr. Cutroneo is currently attending the Hartt School of Music for completion of his Masters in Music, studying with Richard Provost and Christopher Ladd and graduated the Juilliard Pre-College where he studied with Antigoni Goni.
Normand L. Decelles
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Member of the Castle Heights guitar Duo with Robert Martel.
These two veteran guitarists have performed extensively the
past twenty -five years in southern New England.The duo's
repertoire spans five centuries, ranging from anonymous Renaissance
dances to contemporary Brazilian music. The Duo is avialable
to provide music for weddings, receptions, restaurants or
any occasion where the beauty of classical guitar music is
esired. Mr. Decelles is an active, full-time Rhode Island
"More than a very good guitarist; also a good arranger and a particularly fine communicator with his audience." wrote New York Concert Review -one of the many accolades that guitarist Cem Duruöz has received from critics.
His recent concert appearances include his Carnegie Hall Debut Recital at the Weill Recital Hall in New York, performances of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey and recitals at the Hondarribia Guitar Festival in France, the Gliwice Guitar Festival in Poland and Redwood Arts Council Series in the USA. His 2005-2006 season performances include a French Baroque concert at the prestigious Istanbul Festival, a repeat appearance with a tango concert at La Guitarra California Festival as well as recitals and master-classes in Gliwice Guitar Festival in Poland, Ramon Noble Guitar Festival in Mexico, and in Merkin Hall New York in a concert of Mediterranean music.
Being interested in early music, Cem Duruöz transcribed and recorded some of the gamba music by French baroque composer Marin Marais in his first solo CD "Pièces de Viole" , which received critical acclaim in international magazines such as American Record Guide, Fanfare, Classics Today, Classical Guitar and BBC. On the other hand, being a contemporary music enthusiast, he commissioned new works from emerging composers and recorded them in his second CD "Contemporary Music for Guitar", along with masterpieces of the guitar repertoire by Walton and Davidovsky. His new solo CD Desde El Alma - Tango Classics has been released under Karinca label.
Turkish born guitarist Cem Duruöz (or "Gem" as pronounced in his native tongue) won the first prize in the Turkish National Guitar Competition at the age of seventeen. After moving to the United States he completed his graduate guitar studies at The Juilliard School with Sharon Isbin. He performed in Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, France, Greece, Serbia-Montenegro, Poland, Mexico, and throughout Turkey and the USA. Cem Duruöz has been running a guitar summer school in the resort city of Antalya in Turkey, conducting master-classes throughout the world and teaching guitar performance at Wesleyan University in the USA.
Eric Elias is a multi instrumentalist - guitars, basses, saxophones, dulcimers, mandolin and banjo. He has performed internationally and throughout the US as a soloist and with several jazz groups. Eric has authored several jazz instructional books and writes for Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.
Annalisa Ewald, playing classical guitar for weddings, corporate
events, and giving private lessons in Fairfield County, draws on the
400 years of classical guitar repertoire to create unique musical
settings which realize your vision of a perfect event. She also
specializes in early music from the baroque era and performs on
Baroque guitar, cittern and theorbo in Manhattan and such venues as
the Boston Early Music Festival. She feels fortunate to have studied
with many fine masters of the classical guitar including Sophocles
Papas (pre-eminent colleague of Maestro Andrés Segovia) and Patrick
O'Brien in early music.
Frederick Krug, sought after for his versatility and dynamism as a performer, has delighted aficionados of classical, jazz, rock, and country music alike.
Mr. Krug holds a bachelor degree with high honors from the Eastman School of Music where he studied classical guitar performance under Nicholas Goluses, composition under Stephen Fruend, classical theory under Alec Brinkman, and post-tonal theory under Ciro Scotto. As a founding member of the Eastman Guitar quartet, he has premiered works by Tellef Johnson and Matthew Fuerst, and, with that group, was featured in the Eastman School of Music pop symposium where he opened for Steve Vai (Whitesnake and David Lee Roth). This meeting of styles inspired Tellef Johnson to write The Prisoner, a piece for string quartet, heavy metal trio, and male soprano, which Fred premiered at Julliard's VIA festival (Life Through Art). He has also played in master classes with Bruce Holzman and William Kanengeiser (L.A. Guitar Quartet). He currently performs as a soloist, as a member of the Louis Romeo and Fred Krug Duo, and as a member of the Jazz Soul Fusion group Closed 'Til Dark.
Fred has worked extensively as a producer, developing and recording bands and solo artists. Bands include Dakota, Pushing Mary, Opanna Oxtium, Veloray, Country Music Radio, and The Busted Honeys. With these groups, he has performed at the Knitting Factory, CBGB's, Galapagos, Moheegan Sun, The Block Island Music Festival, and NY Symphony Space. He has also worked alongside legendary producer Paul Leka (Steam, Harry Chapin, REO Speedwagon). He is currently producing country artist Emily Colt.
Mr. Krug has developed an innovative curriculum to teach guitar, classical theory, and voice to a variety of students age 5-70+. He taught at the National Guitar Summer Workshop at the age of 18, where he performed with Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big and Racer X), John Pettrucci (Dream Theater), Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult). Fred is a visiting artist Connecticut's Region 15 school system, and is the guitar instructor at both the Rumsey Hall School in Washington, CT, and the Taft School in Watertown, CT.
Lorena Garay plays guitar that reflects her unique background - her roots in Spanish music and her formal training in classical guitar at the Hartt School and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. She plays a range of solo styles from traditional classical guitar to a beautiful blend of Spanish guitar and lively Latin rhythms. An unforgettable journey through the strings of Latin America! She also performs guitar and Cuban tres with various Latin bands and teaches at the Hartt School Community Division and the Community Music School of Springfield.
Yovianna Garcia Alvarado
Puerto Rican guitarist, composer, and teacher Yovianna Garcia Alvarado is becoming known as a unique, young promise in the classical guitar scene. Born into a family of musicians in Ponce, she began violin studies at the Escuela Libre de Música Juan Morel Campos at the age of eight and later enrolled in the Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos to study classical guitar with Santos Torres Toro and Héctor Hernández Maldonado. She later went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree in classical guitar performance from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico where she studied with Leonardo Egúrbida. She completed a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance at the Hartt School of Music under the guidance of Richard Provost and Christopher Ladd.
She's performed in the North East Coast, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Brazil, including noted venues such as the Connecticut Guitar Society's "Guitar Day", featured artist in the New Music Hartford contemporary music series, featured artist in the Primer Festival de Guitarra Clásica en Ponce, Puerto Rico, soloist with the Sgt. Katherine E. Brunelle Memorial Orchestra in New Hampshire, a Puerto Rican tour in collaboration with the Alturas Duo, a tour of performances and first solo CD recording in Santa Catarina, Brazil; and a performance in the Festival de Guitarra en Córdoba, España.
Her compositions have been performed by artists such as the 2010 CMA/ASCAP Innovative Programming and Commitment to Featuring New Works Award winner, the Alturas Duo. García's music has been featured in festivals in Puerto Rico and the United States including most recently the New Music Hartford contemporary music festival, the Annual Women Composers Festival in Hartford, Connecticut; and the Primer Festival de Guitarra Clásica in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Ms. García has won several awards including: Second Place at the National Classical Guitar Competition in Puerto Rico, the Hernán Rodríguez Medal from the UNESCO Association of Puerto Rico, the Guitar Department Award from the Conservatory of Puerto Rico, the Instrumental Performance Excellence award from the Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos, the Thomas Armstrong Toro Fine Arts Excellence Award, and various grants from the Corporación de las Artes Musicales.
García has performed in master classes with renowned artists such as Nicholas Goluses, David Pavlovitz, Iván Rijos, Pavel Steidl, Roland Dyens, Manuel Barrueco, Berta Rojas, René González, Eduardo Fernández, Benjamin Verdery, Oscar Ghiglia, Angel Romero, and William Kanengeiser. In 2006, Ms. García founded, organized and performed at the First Annual Classical Guitar Festival in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Ms. García teaches at The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, Music and Arts Center in West Hartford, Connecticut, and has her private guitar studio. She is the Artistic Director of a Concert Series at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford, Connecticut, where she also serves as a Music Minister, and she is currently finishing the production of her first solo CD recording to be released later this year (2011).
Dave Giardina, Guitar and Mandolin
B.A. St. Anselm College, Longy School of Music, performs and teaches in the following genres: classical, Latin and standard jazz , blues and flamenco. With roots in the sixties folk- rock culture, he studied classical with Sharon Isbin and Philip Defremery, jazz with Sal Salvador and Bob Kobus and flamenco with Mario Escudero and Paco Pena (Spain). He also played in master classes for John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Ben Verdery and Abel Carlevaro, and Oscar Ghiglia.
He has been teaching for 15 years on the faculties of Trinity, St. Joseph and Manchester Community Colleges as well as privately in his studio. As a 15 year member of the CT Commissions on the Arts, Dave has performed extensively throughout the Northeast in schools, bandshells, major festivals and clubs with orchestras he has formed such as Fiesta del Norte and the Dave G Latin Jazz Sextet which was featured at Guitar Under the Stars concert in Hartford. His latest release, Fiesta Grande, features music of Mexico.
Renaldo Guadalupe Álamo
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Renaldo Guadalupe Álamo is getting well known in the guitar world not only as a classical guitar performer, but as a composer as well. His CD Incógnita, which includes some of his compositions, has received good critics among important figures in the classical guitar world. Jorge Morel says: “It is a joy to listen to this recording. Mr. Guadalupe has chosen a very attractive program for his new CD, including works of great quality. His interpretation of all the pieces here are played with the quality that these composers deserve. Splendid Performance!” Mr. Guadalupe holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance from the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami. His doctoral dissertation A Compilation of Selected Callisthenic Exercises Designed to Address Specific Technical Aspects in Guitar Performance is considered as a great contribution to the classical guitar world in which he discusses issues like the need of working certain technical exercises for the mechanical improvement of the hands, avoiding serious illnesses such as the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and others. He has studied with important artists such as Leonardo Egúrbida, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Roland Dyens, Alirio Díaz, Abel Carlevaro, Norbert Kraft, Antigoni Goni, Ricardo Cobo, Ana María Rosado, Iván Rijos, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Juan Mercadal, René González, Thomas Patterson, and Pepe Romero. He has not only been a well-educated classical guitarist, he has also moved on and explored flamenco guitar studying with Paco Serrano at Córdoba, Spain. He also played for two years with Antonio Santaella Flamenco Dance Company, and taught flamenco guitar at Casa España in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Competing, he won the Third place at the 10th Carrefour Mondiale de la Guitare, Martinique, December 1992; and the Second Prize at the 2erne Prix d’Interprétation des Caraïbes, May 1995. He has played in different parts of Puerto Rico, the United States, México, Venezuela, Martinica and Spain. He was Artist Director, Organizer, and Coordinator of the team that presented the 1st Guitar Festival at Ponce, Puerto Rico in October 2006. He has taught at the University of Arizona, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, and at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, among other music institutions. He is currently a faculty member of The Hartt School, Community Division.
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Judy has performed and given workshops throughout the United States. She received a Master of Music in guitar performance from the Hartt School of Music and certificates for studies in Spain and Italy. Judy is known for her diverse styles of music including classical, Latin American, Spanish, Brazilian, and jazz arrangements. In addition to concerts, she has performed for hundreds of weddings and special events. She also has produced two acclaimed CDs with her husband, Mark Levesque. Judy teaches in the music department at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and at a private studio in Vernon. She is founder of the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society.
Judy Handler and Mark Levesque (see also Judy Handler and Mark Levesque)
Guitar Duets/Mandolin & Guitar Duets/Orchestras with bass, percussion & flute.
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Judy and Mark perform throughout the United States for arts centers, universities, libraries, community events, weddings and other special occasions. They skillfully blend many influences including Brazilian, Latin, swing, European, classical and an array of international music. Judy and Mark are on the roster of artists for Cantaloupe Music Productions in New York, the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and the Connecticut Library Consortium. They have received international acclaim for their three CDs, Passion (2008), Two Guitars Live! (2003) and Acoustic Blend (2001). They are also featured on all 5 of the CDs produced by the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society.
Daniel Hartington is a highly sought after classical guitarist as both a performer and teacher. He performs regularly as a soloist and extensively as part of a number of chamber orchestras. In 2009 he performed with flutist Gonzalo Cortes and violist Jessica Heller at the opening night of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at The Hillstead Museum in Farmington, CT. He has performed with guitarist Nick Cutroneo in recitals at the University of Connecticut, Atria Hamilton Heights, and Yale University. He is also a member of a guitar quartet with Mr. Cutroneo, Christopher Ladd, and guitarist/composer Thomas Schuttenhelm with performances scheduled for the 2009-2010 concert season. Daniel is also a member of Blackledge Music Inc., and as part of this non-profit organization has performed with flutist Helene Rosenblatt and dancer Allison Bogatay at events such as the Ted Hershey Dance Marathon at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT and the Connecticut Dance Alliance performance showcase. In 2008 he was a member of the orchestra which premiered “A Coney Island of the Mind,” a song cycle by Anthony Cornicello, at Eastern Connecticut State University. As a teacher, Daniel maintains a full studio, serving on the faculty of the Hartt Community Division at the Hartt School, Miss Porter’s School, and as director of the Connecticut Guitar Society’s Classical Guitar Orchestra. He completed graduate studies at the Hartt School with Richard Provost and undergraduate studies at the University of Rhode Island with Daniel Salazar Jr. He has performed in many master classes including classes with world-renowned guitarists William Kanengiser, David Russell, David Tannenbaum, and Oscar Ghiglia.
Contemporary acoustic guitarist Marian Heyman's compositions are filled with beautiful melodies and imagery, combining elements of classical, folk, and new age musical styles. She has performed throughout the Northeast for over 35 years in a variety of duos, trios, quartets, and as a soloist. Her 1996 instrumental compact disc release, At Dawn's Edge, received rave reviews from critics, performers, and fans. It has received radio airplay on college and public radio stations from coast to coast. Marian's guitar works can also be found on several compilation recordings, including three CDs of guitar music by New England artists, produced by the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society. "Her strings sing with grace and eloquence" - Dirty Linen Magazine.
Marian also plays mandolin along with classical guitarist Gayla Matos, performing as the Heyman-Matos Duo. The duo performs music from around the world, specializing in classical, Celtic, and Brazilian music, and can be heard on New England Landscapes II, and The Gift of the Guitar, compilation CDs produced by the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society.
A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Scott Hill earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Lakehead University with Sean Mundy and a Masters Degree and Graduate Professional Diploma in chamber music from the Hartt School, where he studied under Richard Provost. Mr. Hill has performed and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Chile and Bolivia as both a soloist and chamber musician and has collaborated with many diverse instrumentalists including flutist Myrtle Thomas, and the Adaskin String Trio. Mr. Hill is a Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient and has performed in master classes for some of today's finest musicians, including Oscar Ghiglia, John Willams, and the Miami String Quartet. Currently, Mr. Hill is on the faculty at the Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, West Hartford Connecticut.
Bob Ingeno has been playing guitar for 35 years and teaching guitar for
almost as long. He has taught several hundred students over the years
ages 8 to 80. He began his musical training taking guitar lessons in
music studios in Conn and by taking several music theory and writing
in high school. His first guitar studies were in modern guitar with
Fetta and later with Fred Pascucci. Beginning in his senior year of
school he began classical guitar lessons the Hartt School Community
with Alan Spriestersbach and in the following year enrolled in the
School of Music, University of Hartford continuing to study guitar
received his Bachelors of Music degree from Hartt as a guitar major in
instrumental performance in 1977. Bob has also attended master classes
Oscar Ghiglia and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Bob has performed in classical
recitals in the Hartford area and played in several bands throughout
area. His main efforts now are in teaching guitar at all levels and
styles including classical, fingerstyle and modern/rock in the central
area. He can be reached at email@example.com or by calling (203)
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Christopher Ladd, Classical Guitar
Award winning guitarist Christopher Ladd is rapidly becoming known throughout
the country as one of the most promising young classical musicians. Praised for his
remarkable talent and richness of sound he is highly sought after as a soloist and
chamber musician. Fingerstyle Guitar reviews his performances as
“... rendered confidently and expressively.”
Performances of note as a soloist or as part of an orchestra include the Viennese
Opera Ball hosted by the Austrian Embassy, the Kennedy Center in Washington
D.C., the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock, NY and for former vice-
president Al Gore at his residence in Washington, D.C.
In addition to performing pieces of standard repertoire, Mr. Ladd has premiered
numerous new works by composers such as Thomas Schuttenhelm, Lief Ellis, Dan
Roman, Kathryn Swanson, Ty Alan Emerson, Ernst Bacon and Phillip Houghton.
Mr. Ladd has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the
Appalachian Guitar Festival Solo Competition, American String Teachers
Association Competition and was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Guitar
Foundation of America International Competition.
He has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned guitarists including Julian
Gray, Raphaella Smits, Elena Papandreau, Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni
Goni, David Tanenbaum and John Williams.
He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Guitar Performance
from Shenandoah Conservatory where he studied guitar with Glenn Caluda. He
received the highly coveted Artist Diploma from The Hartt School where he studied
with Richard Provost and was a member of the prestigious 20/20 Honors Chamber
Mr. Ladd currently serves on the faculty of The Hartt School in West Hartford,
Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University and the New England Music
Camp in Sidney, Maine
Classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout New England. Beyond, he has performed in Italy, Spain and across the United States, including such venues as Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado, and the Liberty and River Theaters in Astoria, Oregon. He has appeared repeatedly on radio including National Public Radio’s Sounds from Chautauqua, NY, and KMUN Radio Astoria, OR., and 2003 saw his Internet debut recital on www.evolvingartist.com. The 2003-2004 season will hear solo concerts in Boston, Sturbridge, Southbridge, and Webster, Massachusetts; collaborations with trumpeter Geoffrey Shamu, and with flutist John Rank; the premiere of Tracing a Wheel on Water by Kevin Siegfried, new works by composers from Tufts University; school residencies in the Massachusetts towns of Concord, Southbridge, Pembroke, and Quincy.
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Mark has performed many genres of guitar music including jazz, Latin American, blues, rock and classical. He plays guitar, mandolin and Brazilian bandolim in groups ranging from duos to big bands. Mark's unique playing style ranges from lyrical & passionate to energetic and dynamic. He has studied and arranged music from all around the world. Mark performs throughout the United States with his wife, guitarist Judy Handler.
David grew up in Wethersfield where he began his studies with
Walter Kaye Bauer. He recieved his B. Mus. from the University
of Connecticut and went on to study with David Leisner and
Pepe Romero. He teaches at the Loomis Chaffee School and at
the Hartt School of Music, Community Division, where he is
the founder of one of the largest Suzuki Guitar programs in
Ms. Marlow's international performance in the classical and jazz fields continue to give her acclaim as master of the 10-string guitar. As a composer, arranger and recording artist, Ms. Marlow offers a spirited presentation to all her stage shows. Her guitar studies include Julian Beam, Andres Segovia and Leo Brouwer and she was a protégé of Narciso Yepes. Clinics and private classes are available.
Gayla D. Matos
In early 2002, Gayla, as part of Heyman-Matos Duo, was privileged to be chosen as one of the featured performers for the Bushnell's new Center for the Performing Arts inaugural celebration. Gayla's musical programs have been wide ranging including music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and romantic periods of Classical music as well as Celtic, Spanish, South American and contemporary styles. Gayla has many years of involvement in contemporary and traditional Christian music. She has contributed to two CDs produced by the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society.
Since arriving in CT 20 years ago, Tim Maynard has been and active teacher and performer. Like most, he started playing electric guitar as a teenager before changing course and earning his degree from The Hartt School in classical guitar. He has recorded 3 CDs of solo guitar music spanning the repertoire of the classical guitar, holiday music and his own compositions. These albums enjoy regular airplay on CT public and internet radio stations, and are available in the iTunes store. Beyond the traditional scope of the classical guitar repertoire, he has incorporated the sounds of flamenco, bossa nova, jazz and pop to his playing. As a freelance musician, he maintains an active schedule of concerts, weddings and other functions on the classical guitar.
His knowledge of the guitar has been integral to becoming proficient on other fretted instruments. In addition to the electric, acoustic and classical guitars, Tim has added electric bass, banjo, mandolin and ukulele to list of instruments he performs on. Currently, he plays banjo with The Eastside Rambler Dixieland Band. And most recently, he performed with Waterbury Symphony playing mandolin on Respighi's "Feste Roman" for their 75th anniversary season opener. Tim is also very active in musical theater. He has performed at Goodspeed Opera House (Main Stage and Chester), Spirit of Broadway Theater (Norwich) and many other regional theaters throughout CT.
When not performing, Tim spends time teaching from Highland Guitar Studio (www.highlandguitarstudio.com) in Manchester. He opened this studio in 2011 catering to students of all ages, styles and abilities. The studio offers guitar classes and private lessons on a variety of instruments, music theory and songwriting/composition.
You can find out more about Tim and the Recording Club at www.themayocks.com and at www.therecordingclub.net
CT native Tim Mayock, has been a student of music, guitar player and professional musician for more than 30 years. Tim teaches guitar full-time in his Granby, CT recording studio and his focus includes critical listening in his lesson plans. He also hosts The Recording Club, a collaborative resource for songwriters and musicians of all levels interested in playing, producing and recording original songs and coming away with a finished CD. For more than 20 years, Tim and his brother John have enjoyed performing together as The Mayocks and have recorded many CDs and have played countless venues all over the east coast and in Ireland.
Laura Mazza-Dixon studied guitar with Kent Sidon, Jerry Willard and David Leisner and assistant taught at the Guitar Workshop in Roslyn Heights, Long Island, before completing a Bachelors of Music in classical guitar from Penn State University, where she studied with Ann Willard. She has taught classical guitar for thirty years, twelve of those using the Suzuki method and is certified to teach Suzuki Books I through VII. She teaches students of all ages at the Windy Hill Guitar Studio in Granby, CT. She and her students perform several times a year in local libraries and bookstores.
In 1992, Laura founded the Granby Family Dance Series, which meets every first Friday at South Church in Granby, CT and the contradance band, Heart's Ease, which plays for the family dances. The series is supported by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's Neighborhood Arts and Heritage Grants, the Granby Education Foundation and the Holcomb Farm Learning Centers. The website is www.granbyfamilydance.org.
In the Village Fair Duo, with hammered dulcimer player, Carrie Crompton, Laura has performed for the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Trinity Music Series, and numerous dulcimer festivals. The Village Fair Duo was on the Performing Artist Roster of the Connecticut Commission for the Arts and is included on two of the CCGS compilation CD's, A Winter Fantasy and Gift of the Guitar.
Laura also holds an MFA in the Performance of Medieval and Renaissance Music from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied viola da gamba with Judith Davidoff, recorder with LaNoue Davenport and notation with Alex Blachly. The programs of Baroque music she has directed include "Stately Sarabandes and Sprightly Ayres", "The Art of Henry Purcell", and "Psalm Settings of Sundrie Sorts." Popular programs combining music with poems and stories include "A Robert Burns Night", "Now, what is Love?," a program of music and sonnets from Shakespeare's time and "Near the Hearth," a program of Irish music, stories and poems.
Laura has presented workshops on sightreading for the Suzuki Association of America annual conference, and on Renaissance improvisation for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and the CCGS. She is presently leading two early music orchestras for University of Hartford Hartt School of Music Community Division.
Since 1979, Michael Nix has performed throughout the United
States and Asia. He performs as a soloist playing traditional
classical repertoire, and 'New Classics', a program of modern
music for guitar and electronics. The Moser/Nix Duo, with
mandolinist Charles Moser, performs a crossover program of
classical, folk, jazz, and original music. Michael writes
as a composer, opera librettist, and music critic. In 1991,
he was the Massachusetts Music Teacher's Association 'Composer
Of The Year'.
Jean has studied privately over several years, beginning her music
studies in Beginner Guitar, Piano, Theory, and Songwriting with Carl
Sauerbrunn, M.A., Music Director at Saint Joseph Church, Poquonock, CT
from 1992 to 1998. She continued her studies privately with John
Arnold, M.A., Artist Diploma University of Hartford in his Windsor
Studio with Guitar Studies ( Suzuki, Classical, Folk), Songwriting, and
Theory from 1997 to 2000. In 1997 began studies with Thomas
Nazziola,M.A., Musician, Composer, Director of BQE Project, Brooklyn,
N.Y. in his Simsbury Studio which included Piano, Guitar, Composition,
Theory and Voicing Studies which continue to present.
Jean has been teaching privately since 1999 accepting students of
all ages. She includes Composition, Creativity, and Theory as part of
her Guitar Program for students with interest in these areas. With her
nursing background in pediatrics, as well as teaching swimming for the
YMCA pre-school and school aged programs, she has extensive knowledge
on growth and development. Coupled with her studies in learning
disabilities, these all give her great insights into her students needs.
She feels strongly on treating each person as an individual with their
own journey in music and creativity. She has a specialty working with
Visually Impaired and People with Special Learning Needs. Jean has been
teaching an Adult Ed Guitar Program since 2002 with the Windsor Public
Jean's performances have included acoustic guitar and vocals. She
has joined in Christian Folk Music with various church groups, as well
s soloing in performances at various coffee houses and special events.
Composing at home and arranging on acoustic guitar continues.
Thorne is a Suzuki-registered instructor specializing in classical guitar, rock, folk, and pop, with
students ranging in age from 4 years old to adult. He encourages young students to develop
confidence by taking a lead role in their own progress, setting solid goals and working to achieve
them. This is a talent they can apply to their music and to any part of their lives.
Thorne has been a guitar teacher since 1988 and a player since 1980. He studied guitar with Dick
Provost, Judy Handler, Mark Davis, Frank Varela, and Tom Majesky and received a BFA in Music
Composition from the University of Connecticut.
Thorne currently teaches at the Uconn Community Music School for the Arts, the Community Music
School in Northampton, MA and out of his home studio in Amherst, MA. To schedule lessons or for
more information, call 413-230-3290.
A jazz guitarist who plays classical guitar intertwining elements of both genres.
Located in Hamden, CT
Shawn Persinger is one of the most innovative composers, guitarists and singer/songwriters composing, teaching and performing today. Drawing on a wealth of influences Shawn has combined the best of classical, rock, jazz, folk, world music and the avant-garde to develop a sound that is uniquely his own.
From his solo guitar music to his work with the groundbreaking, avant-rock band, Boud Deun; his pieces for the “concert” music world to his aggressive folksinger style, Shawn has proven that his musical sensibility is unlimited. The press and public agree. Praise for his playing ability and composition style by publications as far reaching as Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Guitar World and countless others, has helped Shawn gain worldwide recognition.
Starting his professional music career after graduating from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA in 1991, Shawn has had a seventeen-year history as composer, performer and teacher. As a composer and performer Shawn has had his music publicly performed countless times, in varying orchestras, on 5 continents, in 35 countries and countless cities. He continues to tour and perform constantly around the world.
As a music educator Shawn has taught hundreds of students and instructed and directed multifarious orchestras and group workshops. He has also written articles, features and lessons for Guitar Player Magazine, Frets and Taylor Guitar’s Wood & Steel. Shawn is currently a faculty member of Guitar Intensives in Bar Harbor, ME, The Center for Creative Youth in Middletown, CT and has also served on the faculty at The National Guitar Workshop in New Milford, CT and Nashville, TN.
Professor of Guitar, founder, and former chair of the
Guitar Department at the Hartt School of the Performing Arts
Mr. Provost is an active teacher and performer. Upcoming concerts
include performances at: The Hartt School, Miss Porter's School,
and the Taft School.In February, The Goldspiel/Provost Duo
will be touring in the Southeastern United States. Area events
that Mr. Provost will be performing for include UTC's United
Way Campaign and the reception for the Presidential Debate.
Val Ramos has become one of the finest Flamenco guitarists in the United States. He has three recordings: Olive Green Eyes (1992), Boricuas Flamencos (1995) and Por Mi Camino (2001). A featured artist at international festivals in the United States and Spain, and venues such as the Yale Cabaret, the Village Gate, the Iron Horse, the Regatta Bar and NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. He has also been featured in the CPTV documentary Puerto Rican Passages and the WNET-Thirteen (PBS) documentary Nuyoricans. He has been described by Guillermo Christi of Flamenco Connection as "a hidden treasure of Flamenco in the Americas...superb musicianship." Brian Grosjean of Rootsworld.com has described his music as "the best of classical Flamenco brought to modern standards".
Nathan specializes in fretted instrument repair, restoration and construction. His work encompasses all fretted instruments including, guitars, basses, mandolin, banjos, dulcimers, autoharps, and more. He has worked in several well known shops throughout New England, he currently serves all of New Haven County and most surrounding areas. As well handles all string repairs for Goldie and Libro Music center in North Haven, Connecticut (where he also teaches guitar), and for Horns for Kids of Hamden, Connecticut (a nonprofit focused on improving music education in Connecticut). He has also worked with Yale School of Music guitar students and staff since 2009. Nathan possesses a full understanding of instrument design and construction, musician preferences, and string action geometry, this along with a holistic and individualized approach assures quality service every time.
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Lessons available in Jim's private studio in Avon,Connecticut.
All styles. Instructor at Hartt School of Music Community
Division (West Hartford, CT) and at the Community Music School
of Springfield (Springfield MA) Bachelor of Arts, Central
Connecticut State; Studied w/Alan Spriestersbach; performances
include solo and orchestra; guitarist w/CCSU Jazz Band.
Connecticut guitarist Louis Romao is an active performer and teacher of classical, jazz, and popular styles of guitar. Appearing in the United States and Europe, he is named by the New Haven Advocate as one of Connecticut's ten most recognized guitar soloists two years in a row. Since his New York City debut in March 1992, Mr. Romao's concerts continually draw the enthusiastic acclaim of audiences. Appearances include the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Cheshire Symphony Chamber Players, the Waterbury Symphony, and numerous small chamber groups. As a featured soloist, his performances include Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in D and Claude Bolling's Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano.
Daniel Salazar, Jr.
Daniel Salazar, Jr. has been recognized internationally for his “warm, virtuostic playing” and “truly brilliant” performances. His tours have taken him to prestigious international venues in Rome, Prague, Malta, Vilnius, Warsaw, Spain and Mexico, among others. Daniel has toured Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union as United States Artistic Ambassador and his performances have been broadcast by television and radio stations in ten countries. His recordings sell as far away as Japan. In 2007 Daniel was chosen as one of “the Mayor’s Nine”, a group of Hartford residents recognized for their important contributions to the city. His portrait is on display at Mayor Mike’s Restaurant in Hartford.
Daniel’s debut Compact Disc, “Malagueña!” was released in 1996 and features the premiere recording of Lecuona’s universally famous music, especially arranged for guitar and orchestra. With his second release, titled “Daniel Salazar”, the guitarist introduced a new musical style that combines various musical elements that have influenced his playing. Daniel’s latest
recording “Mosaico”, features an orchestra of guitars, bass, keyboards and percussion playing a unique fusion of Spanish guitar with Latin and World rhythms. . Daniel holds a Master's Degree from the Hartt School of Music and has also studied guitar in Spain. He is a founding member and current Artistic Director for the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, the largest organization of its type in the country, and is on the faculty at the University of Connecticut and the Hartt School
During the past few years American born guitarist, Scott Sanchez has been recognized by audience members, concert presenters and reviewers for his unique artistry and solid musicianship. Steve Marsh of Classical Guitar Magazine, referring to his 2001 debut concert in Derby, England, said, "Scott Sanchez charmed the audience with a well-delivered, musical performance of a well balanced, interesting and entertaining programme." Some of the highlights of Mr. Sanchez's past concert seasons have included recitals and masterclasses for St. Bride's Church (London), Dorset Classical Guitar Society, Lower Makefield Society for the Performing Arts, Tabor Arts Center, Denver Classical Guitar Society, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, and Casper Chamber Music Society.
In 1997 Sanchez released his debut compact disc recording, Preludio!, which includes the music of Lauro, Iznaola, Torroba and Bernstein/Morel. Mr. Sanchez's second CD, Songs and Dances, released in April 2002, includes the music of Sainz De La Maza, Mendelssohn, Morel and Pujol. Sanchez received his Master of Music degree from Yale University. He is currently the head of the guitar program at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. In addition to performing, he is also active as a freelance writer on music, and has contributed articles to periodicals such as Classical Guitar Magazine and Soundboard Magazine.
Richard Schile, Luthier
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Paul is a versatile jazz guitarist and committed teacher with over three decades of one-on-one teaching experience. He was the jazz guitar instructor at U Mass Dartmouth for 6 years and a member of the guitar faculty at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA for 20 years. Paul received a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from New England Conservatory in 1978 and also studied at the Eastman School of Music and Berklee College. His teachers include Gene Bertoncini, Mick Goodrick, Barry Galbraith, Charlie Banacos, Chuck Wayne and Robert Paul Sullivan. He relocated to the Hartford area from Boston in 2000. You can learn more about Paul's teaching at http://beyondbasicsguitar.com.
In addition to solo jazz guitar, duo and small orchestra dates, Paul co-managed and recorded two CDs with the Boston-based worldbeat band, Wildest Dreams. Inspired by infectious African and Caribbean dance rhythms, the sextet played over 700 concerts, festivals, clubs, TV and live radio broadcasts from Maine to Aruba between 1989-2000.
David Speir has a varied musical life. As a guitarist and lutenist he performs both as a soloist, accompanist and in chamber music activities in Connecticut and in New York, and on club dates with a mix of classical and flamenco guitar material. He is also active as a tenor soloist and orchestra singer. David studied guitar with Regino Sainz de la Maza at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, and with Julio Prol, Jerry Willard and Dennis Koster in New York. He has played in master classes with Manuel Barrueco and Benjamin Verdery, among others. He teaches guitar privately in Greenwich and Darien.
Mr. Spriestersbach, an accomplished classical guitarist and
baroque/renaissance lutenist, currently serves as chair for
the guitar department at Hartt School of Music and as President
of the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society. In 1988 at the
age of 38, Alan began a second career as a painter. Within
seven years, his award-winning oils, water colors, and lithographs
gained broad recognition in regional, national, and international
juried shows across the country. Most recently, Alan's works
were chosen from a national field of applicants for a month
long, two-man show exhibited during the 1996 Presidential
Debates at the Bushnell Memorial Hall in Hartford, Connecticut.
Nancy Tucker blends outrageous comedy, spirited guitar instrumentals and moving songs of human experience in her shows for people of all ages. She is the recipient of the Connecticut Songwriter of the Year Award, among many other awards. In addition to winning several competitions she has released seven CDs. She has been performing and writing professionally for 25 years.
It is no wonder that Benjamin Verdery described David in the following way; "David Veslocki is an example of a new breed of classical guitarists whose musical gifts allow them to excel in several different musical arenas.". David Veslocki is one of the few guitarists today who can really play the great classical literature, and improvise. David graduated from the Eastman School of Music as the Schools first Jazz and Classical guitar double majors, and holds a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University.
While at Eastman, "Mr. Veslocki has developed a refined technique, an exquisite tone and a sophistocated sense of style and artistry"- Nicholas Goluses. David focuses primarily on the Lute Suites of J.S. Bach, the complete Etudes of Heitor Villa-Lobos, the works of Toru Takemitsu and Augustin Mangore Barrios in his repetoire. While at the school, David gave a world premier of faculty member Ricardo Muldoon's "Guitango", performed with jazz giants Clark Terry, and Conrad Herwig, was featured soloist with the Eastman Jazz Orchestra, and performed with the Rochester Philharmonic.
David Has received the Elliot Fisk Award while at Yale, an award given to a guitarist who most contributed to the environment of Yale University, who possesses a great technique and Artistry. Also while at Yale, David collaborated with several of his peers and John Adams, putting on a performance of Adams' "Scratchband" at the Beinecke Rare Books Library. David Performed in masterclasses while at Yale for Elliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin, Anthony Newman, the Eden-Stell Duo, Jose Cabanero, Fred Hand, and Frank Tirro. David World Premiered "10,000 Cranes" a piece for studio orchestra and electric guitar by composer Pete Wier in Avery Fisher hall in 06. David Also performed the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto, with the Giovanni Solisti Orchestra in 2007.
As a Jazz and studio guitarist David has performed many times at the Hartford Jazz Festival, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Hartford Jazz and Roses, and won best New Pop Rock Band with his group "Groove Brewery" in 2000. David was featured on the front page of the Hartford courant at the age of 14 with his band Funk Brothers United, with whom he performed on the same bill as Kool and the Gang, and the Average White Band. David also performed with Derek Trucks from the Allman Brothers. David Performed the music of Fred Frith at the Stone in NYC with the Dither Electric guitar quartet. David Performed in a club in London while touring their at the age of 14, holding his own with London's established Jazz Musicians.
David has been a part of week long recording sessions in the mid west for political pop musician BJ Bleu, doing all of the guitar work for the album "American Salvation". David has performed in Maui, Hawaii at the Annual Ben Verdery "Guitar Love Event", and will live in Siena for a month this summer performing and studying.
David Currently teaches at Conard High School and the Community Music School. David Will perform the Ponce Guitar Concerto with the Hartford Symphony in 2009 on Valentines Day. David complete and total thanks to God, to whom he knows all things are made possible.
Erin Vivero graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies. After one year at UCSB she won an Artsbridge scholarship which places college music students in the public school system to further enhance their education in teaching while assisting and supporting the music programs and teachers at those schools. Before returning to Connecticut she spent five weeks abroad with the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival performing in venues throughout Italy. Currently she has a private studio of flute students that she enjoys teaching and works full time as the Operations Manager of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Charter Oak Flutes, and throughout the state as a soloist. She is continuing her flute studies with Greig Shearer through The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Mr. Vlassenkov teaches guitar at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and at Springfield Music School. He earned two Master's degrees from Guildhall School of Music and drama in London (UK) and Belarus Academy of music, Minsk. Alex has performed recitals and concerts all over - former USSR, UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and more recently in the USA. He released three CD's that include his original compositions. Guitarist/teacher/composer.
Brooks Williams, a native of Statesboro, Georgia, now based in Amherst, MA, spent nearly fifteen years on the road playing folk and blues clubs throughout the US and beyond. Inspired by the response to his first all-instrumental CD, LITTLE LION (Signature Sounds, 2000), in recent years Brooks has turned his focus solely to the guitar, his first love. His new recording, HYBRID, reflects Brooks’ unique Baroque-Blues-Brazilian fingerstyle guitar playing with arrangements of songs from Luis Bonfa, Vasco Martins, Bill Evans, and J.S. Bach, in addition to original compositions. Brooks’ guitar can also be heard in between news segments on NPR and on PBS. He teaches at UMASS-Amherst, ArtsSpace in Greenfield, MA, and the Community Music School of Springfield.
Bruce Yelle heads the Guitar Program at Falcetti Music in
Massachusetts and Connecticut. He teaches a full schedule
of private guitar students, organizes pop combos, classical
orchestras, and conducts two guitar orchestras with 12 and
17 members. He studied at Holyoke Community College under
Philip de Fremery and Dana Mayo, and has performed in numerous
master classes and concerts. He is a board member of the Connecticut
Classical Guitar Society.