Lars Frandsen, Coordinator
The guitar program at Brooklyn College focuses on solo classical and contemporary concert repertoire, as well as ensemble skills. The core of our instrumental training is rooted in the standard and modern classical guitar repertoire, but we also incorporate the electric guitar as part of building the skill set needed by the contemporary professional guitarist. The guitar ensemble is the forum where these skills are developed, and, to date, the Conservatory Guitar Ensemble has given the first performance of more than twenty new works for classical and electric guitars.
Our guitar students are usually distributed evenly in numbers between graduate and undergraduate, and, similarly, between international and domestic. Over the years, we have graduated students from Asia, Europe, South America, and North America, many of whom have built impressive professional careers as performers and educators. Of recent graduates, one is currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, while another is the Director for the Guitar Department at Mersin University in Turkey.