Guitar Ensembles

Guitar Ensemble Members of the Guitar Ensemble study, perform, and record music for multiple guitars and bass from Renaissance through 20th-century composers, including American jazz and rock styles. Students learn improvisation, composition, and arranging techniques. The ensemble presents at least two performances each semester and participates in a recording session in a major recording studio.

Small Guitar Ensemble This course is intended for the guitarist who is interested in the performance of music for guitar and other instruments. Typical combinations include bass, drums, keyboard, full band, and all other orchestral instruments. All styles and genres welcome. Students present a live performance at the end of each semester.

What styles of guitar are taught at UST?

All styles of music are taught, learned and performed here and are encouraged. We believe the guitar is the ultimate "crossover" instrument of the 20th and 21st centuries. That is to say that whether your tastes run to the electric or the ethnic, to the classic or to rock, UST Guitar Studies honors your choice and has a faculty member to serve your needs. 

Must I have a different guitar for each style?

Ideally, yes. Specific styles most often times require different instruments -- i.e. classical and Brazilian on a nylon string guitar, jazz on an electric (although this one can go on all the guitars), folk on steel string, etc.

Are instruments available for beginners?

Yes, UST provides free loaner guitars to beginning students.

Can I pursue a guitar major or minor at UST?

Yes, guitar players can major or minor in music.  Majors in performance, music education, music business, liturgical music, and music (B.A.) are available.  Guitar players may also minor in music, recording arts, popular music, or composition.  

Are there scholarships available for guitar students?

Yes, incoming guitar majors have the opportunity to audition for music scholarships at the UST Music Audition Days.  Current guitar majors may audition for scholarships during In-House Auditions (held in May).  Guitar players may fulfill their Fine Arts Requirement FREE of charge by participating in Guitar Ensemble for four semesters (a tuition savings of over $4,400).  Freshmen members of the Guitar Ensemble are also eligible for free 30-minute guitar lessons (a tuition savings of over $1,400).

About UST Guitar Studies

UST Guitar Studies offers ensembles and courses designed to meet the artistic and educational goals of both the aspiring professional and the dedicated amateur.  A professional faculty with strengths in performance, technique, interpretation, improvisation, and songwriting embraces all styles of music including rock, classical, jazz, ethnic/folk, flamenco, and ancient music.  Founded in 1984 by Dr. Christopher Kachian, UST Guitar Studies welcomes all students, from the absolute beginning seeking to round out their liberal arts experience to those pursuing a professional performance career.  Free loaner guitars are provided to beginner guitar students.