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Classical, Early Music, New Music, Traditional Folk (Us/Int)

Sharon Wayne

(2021). Sharon Wayne is an active performer, teacher, and recording artist, who has worked for over 30 years as a classical guitarist in the Bay Area and New England. She has concertized throughout the U.S. and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician with a penchant for playing new music. As a founding member of the San Francisco Guitar Quartet, she has helped generate new repertoire for guitar, commissioning and premiering works by Carlo Domeniconi, Eitan Steinberg, and others. Her recordings include, among others, In the Midst of Winds (M.A. Recordings, Tokyo) with composer/guitarist Dušan Bogdanović; Black Opals (SFGQ2001) with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet; and her solo CD From the Heart (Joplin and Sweeney), which features works by living composers.

Sharon earned her BM and MM degrees from the USC School of Music, and has served on the faculties of San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division, Santa Clara University, and five Community Music Schools on either coast. She was Artistic Director of both the San Francisco and Boston Classical Guitar Societies, and while living in New England performed regularly as a member of crossover group The Back Bay Trio.

Current and recent collaborations include performances of Spanish classical works, traditional Hawai’ian folk songs, and Portuguese Fado with Mezzo-Soprano Nicole Takesono; developing and recording music for a production about Malvina Reynolds with CMC’s Beth Wilmurt; and frequent concerts of Spanish and Latin American music with Martha Rodriguez-Salazar as part of Ave Fénix Duo. Most recently, Sharon has become a new member of the Bernal Hill Players, joining fellow CMC faculty members Jennifer Peringer, Martha Rodriguez-Salazár, and Annelise Zamula, along with Leah DiTullio.

An enthusiastic teacher, Sharon loves teaching students of all ages and levels. She individually tailors lessons to the interests and needs of each student, always with attention to developing a healthy technique that will support a lifetime of playing. With an appreciation for the many different learning styles and preferences, Sharon uses varied teaching strategies including games, hands-on activities, ear training, note-reading, theory, and ensemble playing.