About Us

Clare Callahan, Director

Chair, Classical Guitar Studies at CCM, a program she founded in 1972. A student of Bibobi (England), Papas (US), and Segovia (Spain), she was a scholarship winner to Musica en Compostela. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Guitar Foundation of America, the American String Teachers Association Guitar Division, and the Solo Recitalists Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is a clinician for ASTA, MENC, MTNA, and the Suzuki Association. An Area Chamber Artist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and teacher whose students have won major awards, Prof. Callahan is a frequent competition juror, guest lecturer and teacher. In 2005, she received the Ernest Glover Award for Outstanding Teaching at CCM.

Rodney Stucky, Co-Director

Rodney Stucky, Co-Director
Faculty, CCM Early Music Lab and Preparatory Department. Previous faculty Appointments at University of South Carolina, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, University of Kentucky. Performer also on lute, archlute, vihuela, and baroque guitar. Member, Mano y Arco (baroque improv and continuo ensemble), Apollo’s Cabinet, and the Stucky-Henderson Duo (guitar and voice). Concerts with the Vocal Arts Ensemble, Dayton Bach Society, and Hickory Hill Chamber Players. Performances at the Ecole Normale de Musique and the Conservatoire Superieur in Paris, France, as well as throughout the U.S. Broadcasts NPR, recording for Vienna Modern Masters and Fleur de Son Classics. Voice/guitar arrangements published by Southern Music and “Guitar for the Young” published by Les Productions d’OZ.

Renato Butturi

Head of the Classical Guitar Department at the University of Evansville (Indiana). Performer also on lute, baroque guitar & flute. Coach for jazz, brass & early music ensembles. Lecturer in music history. Adjudicator & coach. Freelance solo and ensemble musician.

Carlos Perez

Chilean virtuoso guitarist. International prize winner. Alirio Diaz Competition, Rene Bartoli Competition, Printemps de Guitare, Forum Gitarre, Fundacion Guerrero. Recitals in more than thirty countries in the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. Concerto performances in France, Belgium, Spain, USA, Portugal, Russia, China. Performer/teacher in Volos, Vienna, Esztergom, Bratislava, Mikulov, Caracas, Cuernavaca, and Martinique. Recordings with Opera Tres in Spain. Publications: Lemoine, Productions D’Oz, Greensland-Verlag. Major teacher: Ernesto Quezada, University of Chile. First Prize, Joaquin Rodrigo Competition, June 2006.

Stanley Yates

Chair, Classical Guitar Department at Austin Peay State University. Award-winning recitalist in Europe and America (Dame Myra Hess Award, London, 1986; GFA Competition, 1990). Guest lecturer and teacher at festivals, universities, colleges throughout England, Canada, and USA. Editor of numerous publications for Mel Bay (the Stanley Yates Series) including “Guitar Music of Stepan Rak,” “ Isaac Albeniz Pieces for Guitar,” “ Bach Six Cello Suites,” and several collections of his own compositions. Recordings: San Francisco, Nashville, St. Louis (Mel Bay).

Karl Wohlwend

Faculty, Otterbein College. A composer and arranger, Karl is featured in New Music festivals. Active as soloist and chamber musician. Performances broadcast on NPR. Versatile session player. Member of several mainstream ensemble groups (including a Celtic Band) in Columbus, OH area. Has longstanding private studio. Degrees from University of South Carolina and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Major teachers: Christopher Berg, John Holmquist, Julian Gray.

Jeffery Van

Faculty, University of Minnesota. Established recitalist whose appearances include Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall (London), plus many NPR broadcasts and recordings. Has premiered over fifty works for guitar, including four concertos. Has held appointments with Affiliate Artists and Young Audiences. Active composer/arranger with Walton, Plymouth, Boosey and Hawkes, Foster and Hal Leonard publications. Respected teacher and adjudicator whose students have won major awards and forged successful careers. Member of the Hill House Chamber Ensemble in St. Paul and the Van/Dixon Guitar Duo.

Extra Faculty/Coaches as needed

Amy Brucksch

Soloist, teacher, and chamber musician. Member, Keowee Chamber Musicians (North Carolina), Duo Ami (flute/guitar), Strings of Choice. Previously classical guitar faculty, University of Toledo (OH). Appearances with Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera. Ohio Arts Council Touring Artist. Performances at Oberlin College, Miami University, National Flute Association, with residencies at schools, colleges, arts organizations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and the Carolinas. Featured artist, Greenville Symphony Spotlight Series, Lake Eden Arts Festival, Haywood County Artists Series. BM Classical Guitar from CCM, MM Music Education from Bowling Green State University. Masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, Robert Guthrie, Pepe Romero, David Russell. Recording for Masterworks Chorale.
Julie Goldberg
Faculty, North Park University, VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Degrees From Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and CCM. First guitarist to receive DMA degree from Northwestern University. Studies with Clare Callahan, Robert Guthrie, Pamela Kimmel, Anne Waller. Masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, Pepe Romero, Sharon Isbin, Christopher Berg, and the Music Group of London. Winner, Presser Music Scholar Award, Farwell Arts Auditions, Three Arts Award. Named 2002 Guitarist of the Year by “Classical Guitar Alive” (NPR). Active as a recitalist and chamber music player (“Guitar Plus” in Chicago). Founder/Director, Chicago Community Classical Guitar Orchestra. Recording: “Dulce” (Sweet Pickle label).

Christopher Hubbard

Faculty, Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH), Cincinnati Christian University, in addition to extensive private teaching. Previous faculty at Antioch College, University of Rio Grande, and Music at Maple Mount Summer Institute for Young Musicians (Owensboro, KY). Degrees from Florida State University (with Bruce Holzman) and Marshall University (with Leo Welch). Recipient of Shirley Turley Performance Award at Marshall University. Active solo and chamber musician. Arrangements for guitar ensemble and voice/guitar. Past President and Board Member, Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society.

Kevin Mulhall

Soloist, teacher, chamber musician, and arranger. Faculty, Sinclair Community College and Antioch University. Degrees from State University of New York at Purchase (Conservatory), and Wright State University. Primary teachers: David Starobin and Minoru. Regular appearances with Nagasaki (Japan) Broadcasting radio and television networks. Active performer/arranger in the Dayton, Ohio area.

Larry Snitzler

Performer, lecturer, composer. Faculty, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Founding member, Washington Guitar Quintet. NPR host, performer, producer (Guitar Notebook, !SEGOVIA!). Music Advisory Panel, National Endowment of the Arts. Music consultant, National Gallery Art. Lecturer, Smithsonian Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Contributor to “ Guitar Review.” Concerts in US, Europe, Latin America. Studies with Andres Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia, Presti-Lagoya Duo, Nadia Boulanger (Paris). Recordings: Blue Lula, Concord Concerto Label.

Christopher Wilke

Faculty, Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University (OH), Marshall University (WV). Degrees from Mount Saint Joseph College and CCM. Masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, LAGQ, Antigoni Goni, Martha Masters, among others. Recipient, Oscar Ghiglia Scholarship, Composer’s Guild Awards. Interests also include early music and composition. Performer on lute and theorbo. Compositions performed by CCM’s Contemporary Music Festival 02, the Clermont Orchestra (OH), the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Northern Kentucky University. Recent performances include CCM’s Music 02 and 03, Opera Theater of Lucca (Italy), College Music Society 04 (works of Mark Zanter), and faculty recitals. Serves as choir director at Old St. Mary’s Church (Cinc.).

Patricia Dixon (on leave)

Guest artists and coaches, as well as additional faculty members from area colleges, universities and music studios are engaged as needed throughout the week.