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Alfredo Vazquez

  Alfredo Vazquez, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, beginning his classical guitar studies at the age of 15 with James Yancey, director of the Maryvale High School guitar department. During his senior year of high school Alfredo was in the Maryvale Adavance Guitar Ensemble that did a two week tour in Germany and Austria where he made his solo debut. The venues included St.Stephens Cathedral, Munich Cathedral, University Church of Vienna, and the Riverside Cathedral.                 After high...

Jonathan Juarez

Sophomore From Yuma Arizona

Zachary W Empkey

Zachary Empkey, born and raised in Eastern Washington, picked up the guitar at age 14. Soon after, he discovered a passion for the classical guitar; and began studying with Dr. Paul Grove at Gonzaga University at the end of his sophmore year of high school. Zachary played at several competitions and festivals during his time in Washington, including Washington State Solo and Ensemble, and Music Fest Northwest. He is now in the class of 2014 at the University of Arizona, working on a Bachelor...

Brett Lashley

Brett Lashley grew up in rural Illinois and received his first guitar at age 8, soon after began taking guitar lessons. At age 15 Brett began to study popular music with local guitarist August Wilke. During this time Brett performed with local rock and heavy metal bands. At 18 Brett studied for one year with Professor Kim Codo at Illinois Valley Community College. During his studies with Prof. Codo, Brett focused on writing guitar arrangements of popular music and was introduced to the...

Kathy Acosta Zavala

Kathy Acosta Zavala is a classical guitarist born in Lima, Peru. In 2011, she received the Mulcahy Foundation Scholarship and the International Tuition Award after being accepted to begin her studies at the University of Arizona’s Bolton Guitar Program. Born and raised in Peru, Kathy had her first guitar lesson at a summer program; an event that would inspire her life-long career goals. Three years later, she began studying guitar privately with Renzo Tabra, member of the Peruvian Folkloric...

Leo Fodor Simons

A Junior originally from Bullhead City, Arizona, Leo Simons has an eclectic guitar background. Leo has played the guitar for ten years while focusing on the classical guitar for the past three. Leo played in numerous bands in High School ranging from heavy metal to an elegant acoustic/electric duo. It was during this time he developed an interest in the classical guitar. While in High School Leo’s band “The Geneva Convention” competed in multiple battle of the bands competitions, winning 2nd...

Steven Jay Lerman

Steven Jay Lerman San Diego, CA Education: Steven was selected first chair in high school as a member of one the the largest high school guitar programs in the country, West Hills High School - Santee, Ca. where he was selected his senior year as an understudy to his professor Steve Lorenz and also participated for two years as a teacher assistant. He spent a year and half attending Grossmont College in San Diego studying on full music scholarship with Fred Benedetti, a former student of Pepe...

George Adriel Ramirez

George Adriel Ramirez is a Mexican-American classical guitarist currently residing in Tucson, AZ. At the young age of 20, George has already traveled to many regions of the world to perform. Some of his performances have been held in St.Stephens Cathedral, Munich Cathedral, University Church of Vienna, and the Riverside Cathedral.   George’s primary teachers have been Frank Koonce, Chuck Hulihan, Renato Serrano Munoz, and Thomas Viloteau. He has conducted several lessons and masterclass with...

Paul David Oman

Sean Farris

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