GEORGE BENTON ENGLAND
A native of Northern California, I currently reside in New York City where I perform and teach classical/modern guitar and lute. I create programs that span several style periods and highlight rare works as well as established favorites. I am regularly engaged as an ensemble player, most recently with the New York-based Renaissance group, Ensemble Musica Humana, on vihuela and lute; on baroque guitar and theorbo with Sinfonia Spirituosa, based in Sacramento, California; and with soprano, Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, in Duo Raccontare.
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While I perform music from the Medieval through Modern eras, my teaching is informed by my interest in this music. Motivations for using the guitar (and other plucked-strings) in ensemble and solo settings is rooted in a preference for variety of sound, timbre, and interpretation. My students likewise become excellent collaborative musicians, comfortable in many settings.
I teach with a concern for the total development of the student; rather than strictly adhering to pre-determined "markers" of development, I first meet the student where they are and work with each individual to reach for realistic and ambitious musical goals.
I have lectured at California State University Northridge and Yuba Community College in California. I currently teach at the Great Neck Music Conservatory on Long Island, Brooklyn Guitar School and New York City Guitar School. I hold a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University . I received scholarships to study with Jerry Willard at Stony Brook as well as Drs. Steven Thachuk and Richard Savino within the California State University.
With Ensemble Musica Humana. Pictured left to right: Laura Osterlund, Lidia Chang, Dr. Corrine Byrne.
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GUITAR & LUTE