1. Continuing Education
  2. Continuing Education Faculty

Guitar Continuing Education Faculty

Scott Cmiel, guitar

Scott Cmiel is widely known as one of the most effective and inspirational guitar instructors in the United States.  His students have won many prestigious awards and been featured on national radio and television.  His teaching has been praised by some of the guitar world's most distinguished artists including Sergio Assad, Manuel Barrueco, the Beijing Duo, Antigoni Goni, Peter and Zoltan Katona, Martha Masters, David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, Benjamin Verdery, and Andrew York.  For more information visit www.scottcmiel.com or email scott.cmiel@sfcm.edu.

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Lawrence Ferrara, guitar

M.M., B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; performed as soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic and the San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble; prize winner, Carmel Classic Guitar Competition; served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts; author and performer of The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar Vol. 1 and 2; solo CD of American Guitar Works on the VGo label; faculty, collegiate division SFCM, City College. larry.ferrara@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Mark Simons, guitar

A leading Bay Area guitarist and sixteen-year veteran of the groundbreaking San Francisco Guitar Quartet, Mark Simons’ natural musicality and impressive technique have long been critically acclaimed. Mark has released a critically acclaimed solo release, Blue in Green, as well as four recordings with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet. marksimons.net

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Ross Thompson, guitar

English-born composer and international concert guitarist Ross Thompson spent his childhood in Puerto Rico before moving with his family to the United States. He has been invited by a number of international festivals and schools to perform including the International Festival of Contemporary Classical Music (Lima, Peru), Leo Kestenberg Musikschule Berlin, Mozarteum of Uruguay, Seoul National University, National Conservatory of Music (Rio Gallegos, Patagonia, Argentina), Peruvian North American Cultural Institute, San Francisco Performances, San Francisco Opera, and the National Conservatory of Peru. His dedication as a professor of guitar has earned him an honorary chair, dedicated in his name, in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall. During his higher education, he completed his masters and post-graduate degrees at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at the Royal College of Music in London. rthompson@sfcm.edu

Accepting intermediate students.