ST. PAUL GUITAR LESSONS
RICK STACK- DIRECTOR/Owner OF ST. PAUL SCHOOL OF MUSIC. ROCK, BLUES AND FUSION INSTRUCTOR
Available: 5:00-9:00 PM Monday-Thursday.
Rick Stack is a guitarist, guitar instructor, author, and owner of St. Paul School of Music. Rick's own music is a blend of Rock, Funk, and Jazz with influences from Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin music. His book Secrets Of The Electric Guitarist will be available on Amazon early 2017. Rick has taught over 80,000 lessons, teaching an average of 50 students a week for over 30 years.
Rick incorporates a lesson plan that goes through 12 levels. The first level is for the absolute beginner, up to level 12 for the advanced student. Rick also welcomes customizing this plan based on the student's interests. One of Rick's favorite things to teach is rock, blues and fusion improvising. He also loves teaching classic rock.
A graduate of Musicians Institute, Los Angeles, CA. , Rick began playing the guitar at age 11, and was playing and teaching professionally by age 16. Rick has played over 3,000 gigs throughout parts of the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Cuba over the last 32 years for crowds up to 10,000 people.
DREW HURST- ROCK, METAL, CLASSICAL AND JAZZ/FUSION INSTRUCTOR
Available: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Drew is a guitarist, instructor, and composer based out of St. Paul, MN. He has been teaching and performing professionally since the age of 16. He currently performs in his own group, Arrhythmogen: an instrumental progressive-rock trio for which he serves as lead guitarist and primary composer. In addition, Drew is the lead guitarist for the touring stage productions, Power Balladz, Rock Sirenz, and Mudshark and often fills in on guitar duties for various rock, funk, country, and blues groups. Drew has played hundreds of gigs all across the country and abroad and carries this practical experience into his teaching approach.
Drew graduated Magna Cum Laude with his B.M. in Guitar Performance from McNally Smith College of Music and is currently finishing up his M.M. in Guitar Performance (also at McNally Smith). While most of his studies have been rooted in contemporary music, Drew has also studied classical guitar. He has taught hundreds of students of all ages and experience levels and has college classroom experience. In addition to guitar, Drew is experienced in teaching music theory, composition, and performance techniques in both private and group settings.
ROB CASTELLANO- ROCK, METAL, BLUES, FUNK AND BEGINNING ACOUSTIC GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
Available: Thursday evenings. Saturday afternoons.
Rob Castellano is a guitarist, songwriter and composer from Minneapolis, MN. Robert began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and started performing at 14. He has played with a variety of bands over the years, with genres ranging from Rock and Metal to Funk and Hip Hop.
Rob studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music. During his time at Berklee he studied privately with Joe Rogers, David Fiuczynski, Don Lappin, and in labs with Scott Tarulli and Jim Peterson. He also played gigs throughout the Boston area and was involved in several different student organizations helping to enrich the student community.
Prior to studying at Berklee, Robert studied with St. Paul School of Music owner Rick Stack, in order to prepare for the audition and interview process. In addition to being an accomplished guitarist, he also sings and plays drums.
Chris Brantley - Rock, Blues, Acoustic guitar, and Jazz Guitar Instructor
Available: Tuesday evening and Saturday 11:00-3:00 PM
Bio coming soon!
Christopher Olson - Jazz Guitar Instructor
Available: Monday evenings
More info coming soon!
Available: Thursday evenings
Elgin Foster is a fingerstyle guitarist based out of the Twin Cities. Elgin has studied guitar with Jeff Loven, Greg Herzenach, Billy Mclaughlin, Dan Schwartz, Pat Donahue, Todd Duane, Paull Woell, Ben Abrahamson and Park Evans. Elgin currently incorporates fingerstyle, jazz, heavy metal, and blues into his original compositions, and in 2011 Elgin released his first full length CD titled Rough Cuts. Elgin can also be found on the New Folk Records compilation CD Strings Across The North Shore, Loud Folk Records Christmas album Emmanuel, and Tim Reede's compilation CD to promote Tim's guitars.
Elgin has performed fingerstyle acoustic guitar at house concerts, restaurants, wine tastings, bed and breakfasts, weddings and church services. He has shared the stage with some of the artists which continue to inspire him, including: Dean Magraw, Dan Schwartz, Steve Lehto, Greg Herriges. Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckinridge.
Elgin was awarded a certificate of special congressional recognition from congresman John Kline, for his service to the community for benefit concerts to help the homeless, cancer victims, and programs for single moms.
Ethan Elseth- Fusion, Rock, and Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Instructor
Available: 5:00-9:00 Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Ethan Elseth is a composer, arranger, guitarist, and pianist currently based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ethan actively performs in the Twin Cities music scene as both a guitarist and pianist in solo and ensemble settings. He performs freelance and as guitarist in the Adam Meckler Orchestra; one of the two groups which he performed with at the 2016 Twin-Cities Jazz Festival. Ethan’s playing is most influenced by his favorite modern jazz/fusion players Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny, Tom Quayle, and Adrien Moignard, but is still deeply rooted in his early Rock and Metal influences. As a composer and orchestrator, Ethan is most disciplined and inspired by his passion for the great composers of the late Romantic era onward, and the the film music of the Golden Age.
Ethan will graduate with a double bachelors degree in Guitar Performance and Instrumental Composition from McNally Smith College of Music in Spring 2017. Ethan has toured various parts of the country playing in two of McNally Smith’s Premier Ensembles; Fusion and Hot Club Jazz. Aside from his contemporary music studies in school, he has also studied privately with German classical guitarist Eva Beneke and Blues guitarist Greg Koch, as well as jazz composer/arranger Adi Yeshaya and film composer Sean McMahon.
Ethan is excited to be an instructor at the St. Paul School of Music and is a determined teacher who is versed in a variety of teaching styles designed to suit students of all ages and learning types.
Jeff Ray- Acoustic/Delta/Pre-war Blues and Slide Guitar
Available: Yearly clinics
MIKE HEDDING- BANJO AND MANDOLIN INSTRUCTOR
Available: Sunday afternoons.
Mike Hedding has been a staple of the Minnesota Bluegrass scene for the better part of a decade. He has played with the bands Blue Wolf, Sweet Grass, and The New North String Band, of which he recorded an album with. He currently plays with The High 48's, Sans Souci, and The Katey Bellville Band. His band Sweet Grass won the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association's Race For A Place band contest and came in 2nd in Rockygrass' esteemed band contest.
In 2014 Mike traveled to Nashville to do banjo work on No Grass Limit's all original project, which was produced and recorded by dobro ledgend Randy Kohrs at Slack Key Studios. His playing can be heard on the same tracks as Tim Crouch, Dustin Benson, and Randy Kohrs himself.
Mike is committed to building a positive relationship with each of his students. He strives to create a comfortable atmosphere where the lessons are designed to help the student achieve their objectives. He enjoys working with youth to adults, beginners to advanced. Mike is passionate about music and wants to help his students get inspired reach their musical goals, and most of all, have fun in the process.
Al Vorse- Rock, Funk, Blues and Jazz Bass instructor
Available: Monday evenings
Al Vorse has experience playing rock, metal, funk, R&B, jazz, fusion, country and folk music. He can also help students interested in making the switch from electric to upright/acoustic bass.
Al is a veteran bass player in the Twin Cities having logged gigs and recording sessions since 1995. A graduate of Bloomington Jefferson High School he went on to study music at Normandale Community College in Bloomington and Allegheny College in Pittsburgh. He has also studied with such Twin Cities bassists as Chris Bates, Anthony Cox, Jim Anton and Ron Evaniuk.
He has toured/performed/recorded with Rebecca Leland (a country artist who opened for Gary Allan, Joe Diffy and Ty Herndon), Thomas Kivi (featured on 89.3 The Current's "The Local Show") Metabots (featured on 93X's "Loud and Local"), Sirens of Titan (Picked by Earl Root for the City Pages' "Pick To Click" issue), Art For Hunting and many others. He is currently playing in an original progressive rock band called Nostromo and a covers/private party band called Rokk Club. He also has performed as a solo artist at Jazz Central in Minneapolis.
More info coming soon!
Branko Barnic - Classical Guitar Instructor
Branko Barnic began to play guitar at the age of 11. He graduated at Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia, with major in classical guitar. During his studies he took part at many national and international festivals, where he attended workshops and master-classes with many world renowned guitarists such as: A. Desiderio, O.Assad, R.Dyens, M.Tadic, P.Steidl, J.Caballero.
Important field of his activities is pedagogy. He worked nine years (2004-2013) in Elementary Music School and Music High School in his home town as a guitar teacher. Students from his class won many prices on national and international guitar competitions. His career as a performer begins while he was still a student and he played: solo recitals, in chamber music ensembles, duos and as a soloist with orchestra. Beside classical guitar, Branko also played electric guitar in two pop-rock bands for several years.
In May 2014 he finished Performer Diploma in Guitar Performance at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, under the guidance of maestro Ernesto Bitetti. He graduated at University of Minnesota in May 2016 and earned a Master’s in Music, in guitar performance. While he studied at Indiana University and University of Minnesota, he held a position of a Teaching Assistant and he taught beginner and advance guitar classes as well as individual guitar lessons. Branko performs on a regular basis in the Twin Cities area, mostly in a guitar duo with Milena Petkovic.