James Piorkowski, Distinguished Professor
About the area:
The Classical Guitar Program at the Fredonia School of Music is long-established,
well respected, and is one of the largest and most active programs in the nation.
We offer solid foundational training in technique and historical interpretation, plenty
of performing opportunities, and a variety of ensemble experiences.
The curriculum for classical studies at the Fredonia School of Music is designed for
a student to grow as a multi-faceted musician while developing important technical
skills in order to become an expressive musical artist.
Weekly individual lessons will focus on the development of:
Technique: Students receive personalized guidance in order to develop proper physical skills
and self-direction. Students learn to play with efficient movement, projection, a
desirable tone and timbre control.
Musicianship: The main objective is for a student to be able to insightfully interpret music, both
historic and contemporary, through the refined voice of the guitar. By being equipped
with the tools of a developed technique, musical ideals can then be realized.
This weekly seminar is designed for the student to learn how to perform by performing
regularly. These sessions allow the student to develop essential performance skills
such as self-confidence and musical communication.
Student Guitar Ensembles
Fredonia Guitar Ensemble explores a varied repertoire of original works and transcriptions while working under
a conductor. Essential ensemble playing abilities and sight-reading skills are developed.
The Fredonia Guitar Quartet
members perform music of a high caliber from the library of the Buffalo Guitar Quartet
and beyond. This touring ensemble has concertized in Europe, South America and in
the United States.
Guitar Chamber Ensemble gives a student the valuable opportunity to explore and perform settings with voice,
violin, flute, etc.
Craig Einhorn Guitar Award and Fellowship
This annual award supports a one-week fellowship in Eugene, Oregon for a guitar student
to study with Fredonia alumnus Craig Einhorn, and perform recitals in Eugene, Oregon.
Oasis Guitar Jury Award
The Oasis Guitar Jury Prize, acash award of $500, will be presented to one State University of New York at Fredonia
freshman, sophomore or junior guitar major each semester that exhibits outstanding
improvement in terms of musical expression and technical skills. This award will acknowledge
the hard work and dedication it takes for a student to become the best of the best
in Fredonia’s acclaimed guitar program.
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings