Thank you for visiting the Dana Guitar Association of Youngstown State University. We are a non-profit student organization that is devoted to the promotion and awareness of the classical and jazz guitar in Youngstown, Northeastern Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania. We present several concerts, clinics, and masterclasses every season by students, faculty, and internationally acclaimed guest artists at the Dana School of Music.
ALL EVENTS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Our 2022-2023 concert season will feature performances and masterclasses by acclaimed classical and jazz guitarists including:
Mark Whitfield (Grammy Award winning jazz guitarist)
Jonathan Kreisberg (Jazz guitarist, NYC)
Christopher Mrofchak (Classical guitarist, YSU alumnus, Florida)
Chattanooga Guitar Duo (Classical guitarists, Tennessee)
Stay tuned, additional events TBD
Congratulations to some recent YSU guitar graduates
Nicholas Frank (BM Performance, 2019) completed his Masters in Jazz Guitar Performance at NYU in 2021 where he studied with John Scofield and Adam Rogers. Recently hired as the guitarist for MSC Cruise-ships (full-time, 7 month position on a Mediterranean and Caribbean cruise).
Nicholas Jones (BM Performance, 2017): Hired as guitarist for the Army 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band, Fort Campbell, Kentucky in 2019 (full time position).
Anthony Kunovic (MM Jazz Studies, 2017): Hired as guitarist for the Army 1st Infantry Division Band, Fort Riley, Kansas in 2020 (full time position).
Christopher Mrofchak (BM Performance, 2014) completed his Doctorate in Music at Florida State University in 2021.
Samuel Roberts (BM Musicology/music recording, 2013) hired as a Recording Arts Technician (full time position) by Kent State University in 2020.
Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, Tuition Information
There are many scholarships available to undergraduate and graduate guitar students at YSU, and graduate assistantships are also available to guitar students pursuing a Master's degree. Further, YSU has one of the lowest tuition rates in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Acclaimed classical and jazz guitarists who have performed and taught
masterclasses at YSU.
Mimi Fox (California) 2022
René Izquierdo (Cuba) 2022
Pasquale Grasso (Italy) 2021
Bill Frisell (Legendary Grammy Award winning jazz guitarist) 2021
Miles Okazaki (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) 2021
Paul Holmes Morton (Theorbo and baroque guitarist) 2021
Jim Campilongo and Luca Benedetti Duo (NYC) 2020
Dan Wilson (Grammy Award Nominee and YSU alumnus) 2019
Stephen Mattingly (University of Louisville, KY) 2019
Tengyue Zhang (China—2017 GFA winner) 2018
Zvonimir Tot (University of Illinois at Chicago and Jamey Aebersold Summer Workshops) 2018
Julian Lage (3 time Grammy Award nominee) 2018
Elliot Frank (East Carolina University) 2018
Xavier Jara (USA, GFA winner) 2017
Dave Stryker (Indiana University-Bloomington and The Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop)
Peter Bernstein (NYC) 2017
Patrick Kearney (Canada) 2017
Thibaut Garcia (France, GFA winner) 2016
Ben Monder (Guitarist on David Bowie's last CD Blackstar) 2016
Ekachai Jearakul (Thailand, GFA winner)2016
Tim Miller (Berklee College of Music) 2016
Brad Shepik (New England Conservatory) 2015
Andrew Zohn (Columbus State University, Georgia) 2015
Dan Wilson (YSU alumnus) 2015
Anton Baranov (Russia, GFA winner) 2015
Sharpe/Zohn Guitar Duo (Columbus State University, Georgia) 2014
Ben Monder (New England Conservatory of Music) 2014
Bruce Saunders (Berklee College of Music, University of Texas-Austin) 2014
Mary Akerman (Kennesaw State University, GFA winner) 2014
Jeffrey McFadden (University of Toronto, Canada) 2013
Vladimir Gorbach (Russia, GFA winner) 2013
Joe Negri (USA) 2012, 2013
Johannes Möller (Sweden, GFA winner) 2012
Duo Spiritoso: Andrew Zohn (USA) and Jeff McFadden (Canada) 2011