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A Fine Arts Organization Dedicated To Promoting The Classical Guitar

Many of Guitar Houston's members are established teachers and outstanding performers. If you are looking for a great teacher, or want to find a classical guitarist in your area for hire to perform, you may contact any of the people listed below.
The following is a partial listing of our professional membership, alphabetically by last name.
The individuals listed below are of a high professional caliber and are recommended by Guitar Houston. Because of the size of our city, we have included the part of town where the private studio of each teacher is located.

If you would like to be added please contact GuitarHoustonWebmaster @ yahoo.com. You must be a current active member of Guitar Houston. Please provide contact information and qualifications, as well as studio location. Guitar Houston reserves the right to decide who will be listed by board of directors vote, based on your credentials.
We generally require teaching at a college level and graduation from an esteemed guitar degree program, plus audition at a public Guitar Houston meeting to demonstrate performance ability.


Teachers & Performers


Dr. Isaac Bustos

Performance and Instruction (Cypress)
Isaac has experience working with all levels and ages.
Currently, he is Director of Guitar Studies at Texas A&M University
Department of Performance Studies in College Station. Isaac holds a
Bachelor of Music from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of
Music from the University of Texas at Austin where he completed the
DMA in performance under the tutelage of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman. He is a Top Prize winner in 13 major international guitar competitions 7 of which include first prizes. Concertized extensively all over the US and has also appeared in concert in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Central America. He is regularly invited as clinician and masterclass teacher for several guitar festivals all across the US. His commitment to teaching is reflected in the success of his students whose prize-winning performances have included the Eastfield Guitar Festival and competition, The Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition, the Classical Minds Guitar Competition and the Houston Young Artist.
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James Caldwell

Guitar Instruction - Pearland/Friendswood area.

James Caldwell has more than thirty years of experience with the guitar
playing a variety of styles from blues/rock to classical. During the late
1980's and early 1990's he performed as lead guitarist in local rock bands around the Houston area, but later developed a deep passion for the classical guitar. He began offering private instruction in 2010 and works with students of all ages and levels of accomplishment.

(281)648-1765
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Andrea Cannon

Instruction-Students ages 3 and up (1960/Klein/Champions)

Apprenticeships available in Suzuki Guitar Method
Suzuki Certified Teacher Trainer
Berklee College of Music Performance Major
Studied with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University
281.320.9656

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Jeremy Garcia

Performance and Instruction
Master's degree (guitar) from Southern Methodist University with
Robert Guthrie
“Professor of Guitar” at San Jacinto College South
281.484.1900 x3313




Marc Garvin

Performance and Instruction (Neartown and Beaumont)
Guitar Instructor, Recording artist
Guitar performance degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Performed and toured with The Houston Ballet. Performs with The
Houston Symphony and The Houston Grand Opera. Former Professor of Guitar, Houston Baptist University, Houston Community College and San Jacinto Jr. College.
713.729.0850

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Terry Gaschen

Instruction (Museum District)
Terry Gaschen (B.A. Rice University 1973) has taught classical guitar at St. Thomas University since 1988. A student of Spanish guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero, he has also studied in master classes with Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Leo Brouwer, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin and others. Gaschen has performed as soloist with with the Houston Grand Opera and Theater Under the Stars. In 1973, he co-founded Guitar Gallery of Houston, which became an internationally recognized center for classical guitar. In addition to teaching there, Mr. Gaschen has taught at Rice University, Houston Baptist University, St. Johns School, and The Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. A number of his students have gone on to successful careers in classical guitar performance and recording.
713.320.9827

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Edward Grigassy

Performance and Instruction

Based in Houston since 1998.
Master's degree (guitar) from New England Conservatory with Eliot Fisk. Studied jazz and bossa nova with Gene Bertoncini. Bachelor degree (guitar) from U.T. Austin with Adam Holzman.
Guitar instructor, College of the Mainland and Bellaire High School.
713.995.1729

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Mark Moore

Performance

Master of Music Performance degree from U.T. at Austin with Adam Holzman.
Performs with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony. Performs for many weddings, receptions and corporate events.
Teaches guitar at Bellaire High School.
713.498.2362

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Dr. Alejandro Montiel

Performance and Instruction (Rice Village)

Alejandro has been performing and teaching since 1993. He holds
multiple degrees from the University of Texas and Peabody Conservatory and completed his doctoral degree with Adam Holzman. Dr. Montiel has performed throughout the US and Italy to much critical acclaim. Alejandro has been invited as judge and performer in several international guitar festivals. Besides keeping an active performance schedule as both soloist, chamber recitalist, recoding artist, and as a founding member of the Texas Guitar Quartet, Dr. Montiel is currently on faculty at Sam Houston State University and Lone Star College - Montgomery,  where he spearheads their respective classical guitar programs.

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Valdemar Phoenix

Performance and Instruction (Gulfgate Mall/Hobby)

Flamenco Guitarist, soloist & accompanist of Gitanerias Flamenco Artists

CD recordings: Ritmo Azul (2005); Nuestra Sangre Flamenca (1998) Performance video: Grafico
713.428.1491

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Christopher J. Renzi

Instruction (West Houston)

Owner of private studio for guitar lessons with over ten years teaching experience. Guitar instructor at Houston Community College

Taught elementary music in Alief ISD and Katy ISD.  

Performed at Classical Minds Festival.
Composed solo guitar works for Classical Minds Festival Composed solo guitar works for concert artists.

Studied with Tony Sano and Joel Brown in Upstate, NY Master’s in Music Education. Certified All Levels Music PK-12. Certified Secondary Music Grades 6-12
713.302.1652

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Ingo Sveinsson

Performance and Instruction (Central Houston).  

Graduated with a doctorate in Classical Guitar Performance from Reykjavik Conservatory in Iceland.

Concertized internationally for four years as a solo performer.

Has also been the soloist with symphony orchestras in major American and European cities.

Recognized for his beautiful interpretive playing of repertoire including classics from
the masters along with contemporary music.

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