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, a cash 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.