Susan Rozanc is director of Guitar Ensembles and Orchestra at William B. Travis Early College High School in Austin, Texas. She has taught band, choir, orchestra, piano, musical theater, music appreciation and classical guitar ensemble. She has also had extensive experience teaching disadvantaged and at risk, inner city youth. Ms. Rozanc coordinated the 2017 Austin ISD High School All City and All Region Guitar Ensembles, the AISD content lead teacher for high school guitar and Fine Arts Department Head at William B. Travis Early College High School.
(BA Music Education and Music Performance, MME Kent State University)
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas.
Grigory Goryachev began to play the guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father, Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. Following his debut at the age of nine, Mr. Goryachev enjoyed an extensive career as a child prodigy, performing regularly before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Riga, and other major cities in the then Soviet Union.
Following a tour of Spain, Goryachev was invited to play for flamenco legend, Paco de Lucía, who soon after personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa (subsequently awarded in the year 1997 on the basis of Extraordinary Ability).
Since coming to the United States, Mr. Goryachev has continued his lifelong love affair with flamenco while deepening his involvement with the classical style. His repertoire now includes classical solos, chamber music and guitar concertos and more than six hours of flamenco solos by such composers as Paco de Lucía, Vicente Amigo, Manolo Sanlucar, Rafael Riqueni, and others. As the flamenco repertoire is for the most part unpublished, Mr. Goryachev has performed the somewhat incredible feat of transcribing entirely by ear from the original recordings.
Kyle Comer began studying the classical guitar at age nine and has been a top prizewinner in numerous competitions around the U.S. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Music Performance, from the University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman. Kyle has performed for a wide range of audiences in and around Texas, and has had the opportunity to perform in the presence of two former U.S. Presidents. Kyle has been featured on KUHF’s “Front Row” promoting Guitar Houston and their performances at Jones Hall for the Houston Symphony’s Free Day of Music event showcasing Houston’s diverse musical landscape.
Edward Grigassy is a guitarist, bandleader and music educator based in Houston, Texas. Mr. Grigassy studied classical guitar with virtuoso performers and teachers Adam Holzman (UT Austin), Eliot Fisk (New England Conservatory) and Gene Bertoncini (NEC). He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in classical guitar performance from UT Austin (1996) and a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory (1998). He has been teaching guitar at Bellaire High School (Houston Independent School District) since 1998.
He travels extensively, teaching and performing in schools, on stages, at festivals and at social events all over Latin America and the United States. In addition to being a guest instructor, he has organized numerous guitar workshops and festivals since 2010.
from The Bellaire H.S. Guitar Festival 2015
Jeremy Garcia holds the distinction as the only guitarist in Houston who, as a trained classical guitarist, has made a successful transition to flamenco. Originally self-taught, Jeremy later earned a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Jeremy gave his professional debut recital on March 26, 1999 at the Texas A&M University campus in Corpus Christi, TX. A portion of that recital was televised on the ABC affiliate in that city. In 2001, while preparing for a concert at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Jeremy began working with other musicians creating his own music. Drawing from his classical studies, and love for the music of Spain and Latin America, Jeremy developed original works based in improvisation and a marked flamenco influence. As the co-founder of the Garcia y Reyna, Jeremy has performed in California, New Mexico, New York City, the Vail, Colorado International Dance Festival, and Las Vegas. The band also released a CD, "Baile del Sol," in 2004 featuring all original music.
As a soloist, Jeremy has appeared with the Fort Bend Symphony in a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” in the fall of 2006. He was asked by conductor, John Ricarte, to perform the Aranjuez a second time with the Brazosport Symphony in the spring of 2007. On the same concert, Jeremy performed an original concerto that he co-composed for two guitars and orchestra – “Concierto Nuevo Flamenco.”
In the spring of 2008, Mr. Garcia released “Distancia,” featuring original music and a variety of guest artists.
Flamenco for Kids and Teens, which began at the Houston Spanish and Flamenco Festival, has grown into Houston's largest interactive performance/demonstration intended to introduce a whole new generation to this art-form.
Presently, he resides in Houston where he directs the guitar program at San Jacinto College South while maintaining a busy performance schedule.
Chris Ortiz is a guitarist and educator whose musical background varies in classical, jazz, and rock. He has been an active performer in ensembles and bands for years. His teaching has brought many students to perform regularly both as soloists and with others at local venues, write and record original music, and even earn scholarships in music.
He has taught and conducted guitar ensembles, string orchestras, choirs, rock bands, and even has experience in teaching elementary music. His performance experience includes years of playing violin in orchestras and chamber groups as well as playing guitar in solo performances, guitar ensembles, accompanying soloists and choirs, and as a pit musician in musical theatre productions.
Chris studied music at San Jacinto College where he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music composition, and tutored music theory. Chris is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and studying classical guitar under the tutelage of professor Tom Johnson at the University of North Texas where he was awarded the prestigious and very competitive Terry Scholarship. In 2016, he studied the Kodály music teaching method by traveling to Hungary to attend workshops and lectures at the Kodály institute in Kecskemét. As a teacher of the classical guitar, he has also received training at the annual GuitarCurriculum.com teacher training. He has worked directly with the Austin Classical Guitar education team as an intern.
Chris’ teaching is very student-centered and makes it a priority for each student to walk away with a musical experience that is authentic and meaningful.
Dr. Steve Kostelnik conducting the Houston ISD All-City Secondary School Guitar Orchestra, 2015
Marc Garvin is a guitar soloist, chamber music performer, public speaker and well-known instructor. He’s performed regularly with Houston’s classical music triad: the Symphony, Grand Opera, and Ballet. He’s accompanied Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli, New Zealand’s Hayley Westenra, and legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. The Houston Ballet tapped him as solo guitarist for its American premier of Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances. Whether performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Music Ensemble, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., or as a recitalist through the Texas Commission on the Arts, his enthusiasm and musicality has charmed audiences throughout the United States and Canada. Calling Houston home, Marc made the airwaves vibrate on Houston Public Radio (KUHF-88.7 FM), where he co-hosted Pulling Strings – a weekly show for music lovers with an ear for instruments that are picked, plucked, and strummed. Most recently he was selected to speak on creativity and perform for the 100 Year Starship Convention, a creative organization dedicated to space flight. He will return again as performer and speaker at this convention at Stanford University in the fall of 2015 Marc Garvin’s recent appearances include a Latino/Sephardic concert called “Latin Groove, Jewish Roots” and “The Final Fantasy” concert at Rice University with well-known conductor, Arnie Roth. In addition, he was recently selected by The DaCamera Society to speak and interview Pepe Romero of the Romero Quartet. Marc was a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony in July of 2010 for the “Final Fantasy” concert. In December of 2009, Marc played 3 sold out performances with the Houston Chamber Choir at the prestigious Chapel of the Villa de Matel. In the autumn of 2009, Marc Garvin performed in several locations throughout the Houston area with Israeli vocalist, Etty Ben-Zaken featuring Eitan Steinberg’s arrangements of Sephardic music. Also in the autumn of 2009, Mr. Garvin performed as a soloist at the Byzantine Fresco chapel, sponsored by the DaCamera Society.As a graduate with a degree in music from Carnegie-Mellon University, Marc Garvin has placed a high emphasis on music education. He currently is the principle classical guitar instructor at Houston Community College (Central Campus) where he also teaches music business. He has also worked as an artist on the roster of Young Audiences of America, and was an active teaching artist for the Texas Institute for Arts in Education. As an instructor, Mr. Garvin has been on the faculties of Carnegie-Mellon University, Houston Baptist University, Lamar University and San Jacinto Jr. College. Many of his students have been accepted to prestigious music schools including The New England Conservatory of Music, The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas, The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and The Beinen School of Music at Northwestern University.
Leonardo Garcia is a Music Educator who currently resides in the Houston area.
Mr. Garcia leads the guitar program at The Connection School of Houston in Cypress, Texas which has recently received a "1" rating for their debut performance in the 8th Annual HISD Guitar Festival.
Leonardo earned his Masters Degree in Guitar Performance from Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of Robert Guthrie and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Brownsville under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Quantz.
Leonardo has won numerous prizes in competitions which have included the 2nd Annual UTB/TSC Concerto Competition (1st place), the 10th Annual UTB Guitar Ensemble Competition (Guitar Quartet, 1st place), the 1st Annual ‘Classical Minds’ Guitar Competition (Open Division, 2nd place), the 5th Annual Eastfield Collegiate Guitar Competition (2nd place), the 4th Annual UTPA Guitar Competition (3rd place), and was a semi-Finalist in the Alhambra International Guitar Competition.