1. Faculty

Lawrence “Larry” Ferrara

"His way with the guitar is subtle, intimate, and inherently musical." —The New York Times


  • Private Lessons
  • Guitar Class
  • Guitar Pedagogy


  • MM San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music


  • Pacific Guitar Ensemble, 2009–Present
  • Ferrara-Leisek Duo, 1990–2004


  • Second Prize, Carmel Classic Guitar Competition, 1977, 1978
  • Runner-up, Toronto International Competition, 1978
  • Best Online Teaching Website in Music Appreciation, California Virtual Campus Award, 2004

What is your hometown?

Pacifica, CA

What is your favorite recording?

Julian Bream Plays Granados & Albéniz.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Teaching, surfing, boogie boarding, and hiking.

Who were your major teachers?

George Sakellariou, Michael Lorimer, and Julian Bream (master classes).

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“The journey is as important as the destination.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“How do you do that?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Hearing Andrés Segovia play the Bach Chaconne.

What was a turning point in your career?

My Carnegie Hall recital debut followed by a New York Times review of the performance.

My Carnegie Hall recital debut followed by a New York Times review of the performance.

Writing code and computer programing.

What is your daily practice routine?

Review repertoire, work on new pieces, transcribe and arrange, and prepare for performance.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

1808, Vienna (and the premiere of Beethoven's 5th Symphony).

What are your most important collaborations?

Pacific Guitar Ensemble; NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) reviewer; Title Three Grant to develop an online course in guitar and music appreciation

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Jon Mendle, Tatiana Senderowicz, and Angelo Favis.

What are your academic publications?

The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar, Volume 1, GSP, 1995
The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar, Volume 2, GSP, 1997
Guitar Study Guide for Beginners

What recordings can we hear you on?

American Guitar Music, VGO
Begin, GSP
One's Face, Oasis Records
Sailing Among the Pheomones, Koch Records

What is your unrealized project?

A definitive edition and recording of the guitar works of Philip Rosheger.