Steve Vazquez

Steve Vazquez, Elmhurst University

Steve Vazquez

Adjunct Faculty, Guitar
Department of Music

Chicago guitarist Steve Vazquez began his love for the guitar at the age of eleven. Self-taught throughout high school, Steve began his classical guitar studies under Steve Suvada at William Rainey Harper College. He went on for further study with Mark Maxwell at DePaul University (B.M. ‘91) and Anne Waller at Northwestern University (M.M. ‘94). He has played in Master classes for Sergio and Odair Assad, Oscar Ghiglia, Stepan Rak, Paul O’Dette, David Starobin, Dusan Bogdanovic and more.

Steve was a 1996 Chicago Artists International Program award recipient. This allowed him to study with the groundbreaking, great Czech guitarist/composer Stepan Rak in Prague and Chicago. Steve has since performed throughout the Midwest and Chicago area with The Chicago Guitar Quartet, Chicago Guitar Camerata, Elgin Opera, Harper Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Español, Continental String Ensemble, Torosian-Vazquez Duo, Harper Guitar Legacy (founder), plus many other solo and chamber performances. His diverse classical repertoire spans from music of the Renaissance to modern works, including his own compositions. His original work for solo guitar, Planctus, is now available through Guitar Chamber Music Press publications. Steve is also currently rocking with his indie/underground band Blue Eyed Jesus, Santana-tribute band Soul Sacrifice, and has played with Woolworthy, One Foot in the Groove and more.

His numerous Chicago appearances have included the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, The Fourth Presbyterian Church Noonday Series, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Harris Theater, Hothouse, The Metro, Double Door, The Empty Bottle and Reggie’s Rock Club. Steve has been heard on WFMT, WXRT, WBEZ, Q101, WNUR, Radio Arte and more airwaves across the US and Europe.

Steve is on the faculties of Elmhurst University, where he teaches Guitar Studio, Ensembles and Guitar Techniques for Music Education, and of William Rainey Harper College, where he teaches Guitar Studio, Class Guitar and is the Guitar Ensemble Director. Many of his students have won awards in many competitions, including the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, The Wilson Center Guitar Competition and Society of American Musicians competition. Many have been awarded generous scholarships and now have professional careers of their own. Steve also maintains an exclusive, invitation only private studio.

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