Personalized instruction - Preparation for artistic and career success Extensive performance opportunities
At UNCSA, the guitar department buzzes with the energy generated by two dozen guitar students, two full-time guitar professors, and a diverse community of artists. UNCSA provides the ideal setting for artistic and professional growth in an environment where musicians, dancers, actors, designers, and filmmakers live and work together.
UNCSA high school student Jason Lewis (at age 16) plays on WFMT Chicago Classical Radio's "Introductions."
Guitar Program Highlights
Guitar program for graduate, college, high school and summer session.
Weekly private classical guitar lessons are taught by acclaimed faculty members with active professional careers.
Two-hour weekly guitar performance classes enable students to build confidence on stage and master performance skills.
The curriculum centers on classical guitar, but students are encouraged to compose their own music, develop repertoires of individual interest, and participate in jazz courses and ensembles.
Renowned guest artists present on-campus performances, lectures, and master classes.
A one-year guitar pedagogy course prepares undergraduate and graduate students to teach professionally and operate teaching businesses; registered instruction in the Suzuki Method is included.
The one-year guitar literature course supplies undergraduate and graduate students with detailed knowledge of guitar repertoire.
Career development classes ensure that bachelor- and master-degree candidates acquire comprehensive professional skills prior to graduation.
Abundant technology resources allow students to pursue new channels for musical expression and audience development.
Students perform frequently not only on campus but also throughout North Carolina in concerts organized by the UNCSA touring office.
Career development grants help students fund the costs of website development, touring, recording, travel, and more.
Is the UNCSA guitar program right for you? If you aspire to perform classical guitar music fearlessly and rise toward your potential, then you’ll be at home at UNCSA. We seek hard-working students who are eager to master the essentials of music-making, collaboration, and career success. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your musical goals and express your artistic voice. UNCSA graduates consistently rank among the most successful guitarists in America, earning prizes in guitar competitions, appearing on international concert stages, and serving as teachers in higher education and community schools. Visit the Guitar Department Homepage
Joe Pecoraro (pictured left) is the associate professor of guitar. He is recognized as a highly-accomplished concert and recording artist, teach and author. As a recitalist he appears as soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestra across the United States and abroad. Recent seasons’ schedules feature performances in France, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, and across the U.S., including solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Library, and the Chicago Cultural Center.
UNCSA students have won top prizes in competitions sponsored by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, American String Teachers Association, Guitar Foundation of America and numerous regional solo and concerto competitions, and alumni have distinguished themselves as active performers, teachers and recording artists. View performances, recordings, programs and more at www.josephpecoraro.com
Michael Kudirka (pictured right) enjoys a diverse career as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, lutenist, and basso continuo player on both modern and period instruments. His simultaneous interest in collaborations with living composers and artful improvisation in 16th, 17th, and 18th century music provide him with a fresh perspective on the multi-faceted traditions of the classical guitar.
Dr. Kudirka, UNCSA assistant professor of guitar, performs around the globe and has appeared in recital at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), Darmstadt Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik (Germany), Le Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur (Montreal), Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Conservatorio de Las Rosas (Mexico), and Ono Guitar School (Japan). Recordings, videos, arrangements, and academic articles can be found on his website, www.michaelkudirka.com
Interested guitar students are invited to visit our campus. We present numerous student, faculty, and guest artist performances each year as well as an annual Guitar Open House in early December.