Michael Vascones

Michael Vascones was born in 1998 in Queens, New York.  Michael began playing guitar at the age of twelve, inspired by watching his father play at home.  At fourteen, he was admitted to the Juilliard Music Advancement Program where he studied classical guitar with Bokyung Byun for two years.  After that Michael spent two years studying at Manhattan School of Music Precollege with Mark Delpriora.  

Michael completed his undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School in the spring of 2021, as a student of Sharon Isbin.  At Juilliard, he performed numerous times as a soloist, in chamber ensembles, alongside dancers, and with the New Juilliard Ensemble.  Michael is now pursuing his master’s degree in guitar performance at Manhattan School of Music, as a student of Mark Delpriora. 

Michael has won first prize in the National High School Classical Guitar Competition at the Long Island Guitar Festival (2015), the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition: Division II (2016), and the Domaine Forget International Music Festival Youth Competition (2016). Michael was also a finalist in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition, Senior Division (2016), the Domaine Forget International Music Festival Adult Competition (2017), and the Boston GuitarFest Academy Competition (2018). 

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Colton Chapman

Colton Chapman is a musician who specializes in Classical and Electric Guitar (Guitar Composition, Songwriting, Rock, Post-rock, Death/Black Metal, and Music Production/Home Recording). Described by a close friend as, “a musical nerd who relishes in coloring outside the box”, he thoroughly enjoys teaching, composing and performing in a variety of styles.

Originally from San Antonio, TX, he began playing electric guitar at the age of 14, writing his own songs and playing in metal bands throughout high school. A late bloomer to classical guitar, he studied with Dr. Kim Perlak (Chair of Guitar at Berklee College of Music) at Austin Community College, where he received his Associates Degree in Music. He then completed his undergraduate studies with Dr. Mathew Dunne at The University of Texas at San Antonio, performing several of his original compositions in recitals, masterclasses, and The Blanton Museum of Contemporary Art in Austin, TX. He later went on to complete his Master’s Degree at The Manhattan School of Music in NYC with renowned guitarist composer Mark Delpriora, including private composition lessons with Dr. Reiko Fueting.

He has performed his compositions for some of the guitar communities leading composers, including Sergio Assad, Benjamin Verdery, Johannes Moller, Sarah Kirkland Snider, David Leisner, and has given premieres in NYC’s contemporary art spaces that include MISE-EN_Place and The Shed. He is also an active member in Riffhard, an online guitar community led by Guitarist John Browne of Monuments, where he participates in monthly songwriting challenges and discussions about everything related to playing, writing, and dissecting guitar riffs.

In 2020, his piece, “Sonata New York” for solo guitar was selected to be performed by himself as part of the The 21st Century Guitar Conference & Research Center in Portugal, Spain. Due to COVID 19, the event was held virtually, and a high quality video for the piece was made instead.

Colton’s teaching style is unique to each individual student, with a hyper focus on helping them achieve their personal goals by creating a fun learning environment with a structured practice regime.



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Claudio Paciocco

Claudio Paciocco is an Italian classical guitarist based in New York City. He began the study of classical guitar at very young age with Rosario Caida Greco and he continued his studies with Sandro Torlontano graduating with honors from the Conservatory Umberto Giordano in Foggia (Italy). Admitted at the prestigious International Guitar Academy of Koblenz (Germany) in the class of Aniello Desiderio, he received in 2011 the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. He has attended master classes by Leo Brouwer, Pavel Steidl, Dale Kavanagh and many others. As a soloist he has been awarded in several national and international music competitions. An active performer, he has played many solo recitals, chamber music concerts and musicals in festivals and events in Europe and United States.

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Joseph Douglass

American guitarist Joseph Douglass began his early formal studies at the Juilliard Pre-College
with Tali Roth. From there he has gone on to finish a Bachelors of Music at the Manhattan
School of Music while working with the esteemed pedagogue, David Leisner. With a focus on
body health, Joseph’s teaching reflects the deep need for mindfulness in guitar performance.
With extensive experience teaching all ages, he provides a varifocal approach to learning the
guitar that adapts to any student.
As a performer, Joseph has played in masterclasses for numerous award winning artists like
Marcin Dylla, Oscar Ghillia, and Sharon Isbin. Currently he collaborates with Lauren Scanio in
the newly founded “The Third Rail Flute and Guitar Duo.” Together, they perform all over New
York City playing music ranging in style from Dowland to Satie.
Joseph is a recipient of the Joseph M Smith Scholarship for Musical and Academic excellence
for the past 5 years, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Music with David Starobin at the
Manhattan School of Music.

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Stelios Michas

Inspired by the infinite sonic possibilities of the guitar, Stelios’ activities range from contemporary music to classical guitar with a strong focus on improvisation. Equally committed to the nylon as well as the electric guitar he combines elements of both worlds in his sound. 

His guitar has gotten him from playing dive bars & sticky basements to accompanying divas in prestigious concert halls, as well as rocking out in stadiums.

Based in NYC he is currently splitting his time between his own projects, freelancing & teaching.

In the summer of 2017 he was invited to perform with the performer, writer & multi-grammy recipient René Juan Pérez Joglar, known professionally as Residente, as part of the Spanish leg of their world tour.

Earlier on, he recorded with pianist & composer Leo Genovese’s cross genre large ensemble ‘the Legal Aliens’ in their 2016 album after the group performed in & around NY.

In June of the same year he released an album of acoustic improvisations in duo with NYC based bassist Zach Swanson, Chamber Music as in the music of friends.

In 2015 he got invited to join a large ensemble, this time by the NYC based multi instrumentalist Daniel Carter. The Listening Group went on to play the Forward Festival in NY in 2015 and 2016 and is preparing its first release on 577 records in 2018.

Prior to the Listening Group Stelios had been in the studio with Daniel twice in 2015 to record two sessions of free improvisation.

‘Unanimity’ featuring fellow greek drummer George Spanos, clarinetist Vasko Dukovski & Kansas based bassist Jeff Harshbarger was recorded in September of 2015 while a couple months earlier in June ‘Why not Now?’ was recorded with Aleksandar Petrov on drums & Francesco Marcocci on Bass. Leo Genovese guested the recording on bandoneon.

During the same summer he recorded an album his native Athens, Greece with the Meating for Business group led by Don Stavrinos. The album was mixed & mastered in NYC in 2017 by Jeremy Loucas and will be released in 2018.

In 2014 and after 3 summers of collaboration, a record of (mostly) original intuitive music was released by ‘Surd’ : a trio formed with long time friends & partners in crime, composer Nikos Ioakeim & multi instrumentalist Alexis Kotsopoulos.

Between 2006-13 he composed, toured & recorded in the US with acclaimed singer Arooj Aftab.

In 2008 he recorded & toured with the award winning Banda Eclectics based in Boston, MA.

Stelios is also an active music educator. After being a faculty member of the South Shore Conservatory in Boston he has joined the faculty at Ezra Guitar based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2014 he also is running his own distinguished music studio at Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

After completing studies on Musicology and Classical Guitar in Athens, he moved to Boston, MA to study Contemporary Guitar at Berklee College of Music with jazz greats such as Mick Goodrick, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook & Dave Santoro.



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Adam Bilchik

Adam Bilchik: Classical Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter and Percussionist

A Cleveland, Ohio native, Adam started his classical guitar training at the age of 8 with teacher Erik Wagner. He attended Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree, studying with composer and guitarist Dr. Loris Chobanian. His studies took him to New York City and the Manhattan School of Music where he began his graduate studies with world-renowned composer and guitarist, David Leisner.

Adam has given solo and chamber music recitals in NYC at the Manhattan School of Music, in Cleveland at Baldwin Wallace and the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, as well as competing in the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. As a member of the Baldwin Wallace Guitar Trio, he premiered works by Armenian-American composer, Loris Chobanian and performed them in honor of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. He was also featured performing on the classical FM radio station, WCLV.

Unlike most guitarists, Adam started on the classical guitar and branched out later to other styles, including songwriting. Adam has performed with singer-songwriter and violinist, Adrianna Mateo and other contemporary ensembles at venues across NYC including: Symphony Space, Spectrum, Arlene’s Grocery, Cornelia St. Café, The Firehouse Space, and more. You can listen to his music on social media outlets like Instagram and YouTube.

Adam is an experienced teacher with over 11 years teaching all ages and levels from “twinkle twinkle” to preparing for NYSSMA. In addition to teaching guitar, he also teaches percussion. Adam is passionate about making a difference in the lives of kids through music. He currently is a teaching artist at the EzraGuitar Conservatory, as well as teaching at iSchool Music and art and privately in NYC.

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Damien Kelly


Damien began his guitar studies at the age of 10 with renowned Irish teacher Marion Hyland at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. During this time he won a number of national competitions and also scholarships to continue his studies at the RIAM. He completed a BA in Applied Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2009 and an MMus in performance in 2010 studying with Dr. John Feeley at the DIT Conservatory of Music. In 2014 he was awarded a scholarship by Manhattan School of Music, New York study with Mark Delpriora as part of the Professional Studies Diploma.


Damien has given solo recitals in Kings College, Cambridge, the Irish Embassy, London and the American Irish Historical Society, NYC.  In 2008 he played support to James Galway in the National Concert Hall, Dublin as part of the RIAM’s platform series. As a recording artist he has worked with the Irish composer Ciarán Farrell to produce two releases under the collaborative title ‘Farrell Kelly’. Their first EP ‘Jolt’ (2011) reached number one in the Irish iTunes chart. This was followed by the compete guitar works of Ciarán Farrell which was released as the album ‘New Frontiers’ (2012). In addition to performing the works of Ciarán Farrell he has premiered many new works by composers such as Eibhlis Farrell, David Stalling, Ricardo Romaniero and Victor Lazzarini. Damien also performs as the other half of Redbrick Duo with American flautist Jessica Lipstone. Performing their own arrangements of popular muisc combined iwth more traditional repertoire, they have engaged with audiences of all musical backgrounds. 2015 will see him performing in Washington DC for a private recital in the residence of the EU Ambassador. They have played many recitals around the US in addition to their outreach work in various schools and retirement communities throughout New York State.


Damien is an experienced teacher and has taught all levels and in different teaching environments both in the US and Ireland. At university level he has taught at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Dundalk Institute of Technology. In addition to teaching undergrad students individually he also lectured group classes in popular music performance and guitar technique. At the Royal Irish Academy of Music he taught group classes of adults as part of the Diploma in Community Music.

He has also taught at Kilternan School of Music and Newpark Music Centre (Dublin), teaching mostly the younger generation of aspiring guitarists. In addition to giving students the core basics in technique and performance practice, Damien also works with students in a variety of projects such as this video for the Irish charity ‘Childline’.

In the US he is currently teaching at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, NYC as part of the Manhattan School of Music Outreach Program. Click here for a full resumé. He now teaches at Long Island City Academy of Music is the newest member of the EzraGuitar Faculty in Brooklyn, NY.

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Jordan Dodson

“One of the top young guitarists of his generation” (Performance Today), Jordan Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. He has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition.  In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

An advocate for contemporary music, Jordan has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He is a performer in several New York City ensembles, including Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Ensemble sans maître, and Tempus Continuum.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan started playing music at a young age. His past teachers were Clare Callahan, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He has received degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the Manhattan School of Music. In the Fall of 2011, Jordan was one of two guitarists selected to inaugurate a new program in classical guitar at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.


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Nancy Goudinaki

Nancy Goudinaki: Greek Classical Guitarist and Jazz Vocalist 

At the age of 8 years old, Nancy knew she wanted to pursue music, and learned how to play the classical guitar.  Nine years later, she continued her studies with master classical guitarist, Costas Cotsiolis, and received her degree and diploma with honors in classical guitar. Her career as a vocalist began when Lakis Tzimkas, an accomplished Greek bassist, discovered her tantalizingly unique voice and chose her as a feature vocalist in his new band. While in Greece, Nancy performed as a vocalist in various jazz venues, restaurants, hotels and private functions, both in Athens and in her hometown, Thessaloniki.After receiving her B.A. in Music/Fine Arts in 2007 from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, Nancy moved to New York City to pursue her career as a guitarist, jazz vocalist and composer.Her debut album entitled, “I Wanna Be Your Star” with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Dwayne Burno, saxophonist JD Allen, and drummer Rudy Royston, featuring special guests, vocalist Miles Griffith, bassist Richie Goods and percussionist Daniel Sadownick, was released on January 6, 2014. Record arrangements by Orrin Evans spice up this album produced by Richie Goods. Nancy currently performs with her trio in the New York City and Philadelphia area.  She has performed at the legendary Birdland and The Zinc Bar. She also teaches classical guitar with the EzraGuitar Conservatory and voice throughout NYC. www.jazzynancyg.com

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Anna Mnich

Anna Mnich, of Poland,began her guitar studies at the age of ten. Between 1999 and 2004 she studied at the State Academy of Music in Katowice in the guitar class of Ms. Wanda Palacz. She is a laureate of the competitions in Kielce, Sanok, Koszalin, and Rust (Ausria). Anna has played in the master classes of David Russell, Sharon Isbin, Jorge Morel, Joaquin Clerch, Carlo Marchione and Denis Azabagic. She performed for the New York Historical Society, the Long Island Guitar Festival, the Pilsudski Institute of America in New York, 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony and Metropolitan Museum of Art . In addition, she was a member of the Silesian Guitar Octet and has recorded with the Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra of Katowice. In May of 2010 Anna graduated from prestigious Manhattan School of Music where she earned a Master of Music degree under professor David Starobin.

Listen to Anna on Youtube HERE

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