A Fine Arts Organization Dedicated To Promoting The Classical Guitar
Many of Guitar Houston's members are established teachers and outstanding performers.
If you are looking for a great teacher, or want to find a classical guitarist in
your area for hire to perform, you may contact any of the people listed below. The
following is a partial listing of our professional membership, alphabetically by
last name. The individuals listed below are of a high professional caliber and are
recommended by Guitar Houston. Because of the size of our city, we have included
the part of town where the private studio of each teacher is located.
If you would like to be added please contact GuitarHoustonWebmaster @ yahoo.com.
You must be a current active member of Guitar Houston. Please provide contact information
and qualifications, as well as studio location. Guitar Houston reserves the right
to decide who will be listed by board of directors vote, based on your credentials.
We generally require teaching at a college level and graduation from an esteemed
guitar degree program, plus audition at a public Guitar Houston meeting to demonstrate
Teachers & Performers
Dr. Isaac Bustos
Performance and Instruction (Cypress) Isaac has experience working with all levels
and ages. Currently, he is Director of Guitar Studies at Texas A&M University Department
of Performance Studies in College Station. Isaac holds a Bachelor of Music from the
University of New Hampshire, a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin
where he completed the DMA in performance under the tutelage of world-renowned American
guitarist Adam Holzman. He is a Top Prize winner in 13 major international guitar
competitions 7 of which include first prizes. Concertized extensively all over the
US and has also appeared in concert in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Central America.
He is regularly invited as clinician and masterclass teacher for several guitar festivals
all across the US. His commitment to teaching is reflected in the success of his
students whose prize-winning performances have included the Eastfield Guitar Festival
and competition, The Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition, the Classical Minds
Guitar Competition and the Houston Young Artist. Email
James Caldwell has more than thirty years of experience with the guitar playing a
variety of styles from blues/rock to classical. During the late 1980's and early
1990's he performed as lead guitarist in local rock bands around the Houston area,
but later developed a deep passion for the classical guitar. He began offering private
instruction in 2010 and works with students of all ages and levels of accomplishment.
Performance and Instruction Master's degree (guitar) from Southern Methodist University
with Robert Guthrie “Professor of Guitar” at San Jacinto College South 281.484.1900
Performance and Instruction (Neartown and Beaumont) Guitar Instructor, Recording artist
Guitar performance degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. Performed and toured with
The Houston Ballet. Performs with The Houston Symphony and The Houston Grand Opera.
Former Professor of Guitar, Houston Baptist University, Houston Community College
and San Jacinto Jr. College. 713.729.0850
Instruction (Museum District) Terry Gaschen (B.A. Rice University 1973) has taught
classical guitar at St. Thomas University since 1988. A student of Spanish guitar
virtuoso Pepe Romero, he has also studied in master classes with Joaquín Rodrigo,
Federico Moreno Torroba, Leo Brouwer, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin and others. Gaschen
has performed as soloist with with the Houston Grand Opera and Theater Under the
Stars. In 1973, he co-founded Guitar Gallery of Houston, which became an internationally
recognized center for classical guitar. In addition to teaching there, Mr. Gaschen
has taught at Rice University, Houston Baptist University, St. Johns School, and
The Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. A number of his students
have gone on to successful careers in classical guitar performance and recording.
Based in Houston since 1998. Master's degree (guitar) from New England Conservatory
with Eliot Fisk. Studied jazz and bossa nova with Gene Bertoncini. Bachelor degree
(guitar) from U.T. Austin with Adam Holzman. Mr. Grigassy has organized the Houston
I.S.D. All-City Guitar Festival for 4+ years, and the Congreso de Guitarra de Nicaragua,
in Esteli, Nicaragua. Guitar instructor, College of the Mainland and Bellaire High
Master of Music Performance degree from U.T. at Austin with Adam Holzman. Performs
with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony. Performs for many weddings,
receptions and corporate events. Teaches guitar at Bellaire High School. 713.498.2362
Alejandro has been performing and teaching since 1993. He holds multiple degrees
from the University of Texas and Peabody Conservatory and completed his doctoral
degree with Adam Holzman. Dr. Montiel has performed throughout the US and Italy to
much critical acclaim. Alejandro has been invited as judge and performer in several
international guitar festivals. Besides keeping an active performance schedule as
both soloist, chamber recitalist, recoding artist, and as a founding member of the
Texas Guitar Quartet, Dr. Montiel is currently on faculty at Sam Houston State University
and Lone Star College - Montgomery, where he spearheads their respective classical
Kyle holds a Bachelor of Music (Guitar Performance) degree from the University of
Texas at Austin under the tutelage of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman.
Kyle has performed for a wide range of audiences in and around Texas, and has been
a top prizewinner in numerous competitions around the U. S. as a solo artist and
as a former member of the UT Guitar Quartet.