Students

Current Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Julio Alejandro Arenas, Undergraduate

Alejandro Arenas is a young classical and rock guitarist from Nogales, Sonora who has performed throughout Tucson, Nogales and Hermosillo. Alejandro started...

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Misael Barraza-Díaz, Doctoral Candidate

Misael Barraza-Diaz is one of the most outstanding mexican guitarists of his generation. He graduated "Summa Cum Laude" from the Master Guitarra Alicante, a special program where he studied with world renowned musicians David Russell, ...

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Isaac Brodkin, Undergraduate

Isaac is a from Phoenix, Arizona where he studied with Josh Pierce and Laura Meador. He has participated in a variety of ensembles such as the All-National Honor Ensemble with NAfME ...

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Ryan Chen, Undergraduate

Ryan Chen, from Tucson, Arizona, began studying classical guitar at the age of 6. He was a prize winner at the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition (2016)...

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Nicholas Epple, Doctoral Candidate

Nicholas Epple is pursuing his DMA at the University of Arizona with Tom Patterson and artists in residence David Russell, Odair Assad and Sergio Assad. Nicholas received first prize at the David Russell Bach competition in 2017...

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Pablo Gonzalez, Doctoral Candidate

Pablo Gonzalez started classical guitar at the age of 14 at the Liceo Experimental Artístico under Professor Eduardo Gomez. Since 2000 he has studied at the School of Fine Arts of the Universidad de Chile under Professor Ernesto Quezada,...

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Edwin Guevara, Doctoral Candidate

Guitarist, composer, arranger, and conductor.  He began his studies at the age of three under the guidance of his father Roberto Guevara and later at the Colombian National Conservatory ...

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LeeLee Hunter, Doctoral Candidate

LeeLee Hunter was initially introduced to music, though somewhat reluctantly, through her enrollment in the church choir at the age of four; however, she grew to love it very quickly. Ms. Hunter first experienced the guitar while living in Hong Kong...

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Ana Maria Iordache, Master's Candidate

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ana Maria Iordache began playing the guitar at the age of six with Eugen Mang. She received her Bachelor in Music Performance within the National University of Music in Bucharest under the tutelage of...

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Job Jimenez, Undergraduate

Within the areas of southern California, Arizona, and Baja California in Mexico, Job Jimenez has performed guitar music from composers such as J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, ...

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Yunchen Liu, Doctoral Candidate

Classical guitarist Yunchen Liu was born in Shanghai in 1992 and began playing the guitar at the age of 10. In 2010, he was admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he completed his bachelor's degree under the instruction...

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Everton Maia, Master's Candidate

Everton Maia was born in Itabira/MG – Brasil. He started his guitar studies with his Father at 6 years old and he has been playing a lot of guitar concerts since ...

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Pavel Meza, Doctoral Candidate

Born in Culiacán, México, Pavel Meza graduated from Escuela Nacional de Música-UNAM, where he studied guitar performance under Professor Juan Carlos Laguna...

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Ignacio Mondaca, Doctoral Candidate

The Festival del Pitic is one of the biggest cultural festivals celebrated in Sonora, Mexico, celebrating the foundation of Sonora’s capital, Hermosillo, and in 2017, Ignacio Mondaca made his first appearance in the festival,...

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Ashley Novela, Undergraduate

From the small border town, Nogales, Arizona, Ashley Novela is an aspiring classical guitarist. Her main background on guitar derives from Mexican Music, specifically in Mariachi...

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David Oregon, Undergraduate

David Oregon is an undergraduate classical guitar performance major. He has performed in multiple recitals and guitar competitions throughout his studies, and is a member of the Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra....

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Andres Pantoja, Doctoral Candidate

Andrés Pantoja was born in Chillán, Chile, in 1981. He started his guitar studies at the age of 13 with Professor Edith Vásquez, his mother. He completed his undergraduate studies in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile...

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George Ramirez, Undergraduate

George Ramirez is an active performer and classical guitar instructor in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Making his concert debut at the age of 16 ...

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Andrea Roberto, Master's Candidate

Andrea Roberto, born in Foggia on 26 October 1995, began studying guitar at the age of 4 with his father., At the age of 9 he was admitted to the "U. Giordano" conservatory ....

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Grace Sheppard, Undergraduate

Grace Sheppard is an nineteen-year old classical guitarist from Tucson, Arizona. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from the Bolton Guitar Program at the University of Arizona,...

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Yihui Wang, Undergraduate

Yihui began studying guitar in October 2004 with Ren Haipeng; she then studied with Li Le in 2007. In July 2011, she won first place in the “Manshi cup” Classical Guitar Invitational, and third place in the “Martinez cup” National Classical Guitar...

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