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.
Weekly individual lessons focus on establishing technical skills, with special attention
given to developing proper physical control. Students learn to play with efficient
movement and a responsive coordination of both hands and mind.
The main objective is for the student to be able to insightfully interpret music through
the refined and expressive voice of the classical guitar. By being equipped with the
tools of a developed technique, one’s 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.
Fredonia Guitar Ensemble - The student will explore a varied repertoire of original
works and transcriptions, while developing ensemble playing abilities and sight-reading
Fredonia Guitar Quartet - Members perform music of a high caliber from the library
of the Buffalo Guitar Quartet. This touring ensemble has performed in Europe, South
America and in the United States.
Guitar Chamber Ensemble - The student is presented with the invaluable opportunity
to learn and perform chamber music with other instruments, such as voice, violin,
A one-semester study abroad program has been developed for students to study at the
Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel Castillo de Sevilla, Spain, or at the Instituto
Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Caracas, Venezuela.
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings