The Guitar Performance degree at Utah State University has a strong legacy and has
helped many students become international performers, educators, and writers. USU
offers a unique experience for guitar students that transcends style by covering many
styles (not just jazz and classical music). We want our graduates to find THEIR voice
but want them to arrive at originality with skills rooted in tradition that reflects
dedication to their art. We want them to be original voices that are relevant, authentic
and rooted so they will stand the test of time. We will work with students to help
them become performers that will outshine the competition because of their work and
training. Because of strong faculty, history, and dedicated students we have a culture
of excellence at USU. If this interests you, please join us.
In addition to applying for admission to the University, all applicants interested in pursuing a music degree must perform an audition on their major instrument to gain admission into the Department of Music. Specific audition information can be found here.
For additional information on ensemble opportunities at USU, see our Ensembles page.
USU Guitar Program Director, Corey Christiansen, is a celebrated guitarist. With several critically acclaimed albums under his own name as well as being a sought-after sideman, he brings a real-world perspective to USU. Many of this students have gone on to be in-demand performers, teachers and recording artists.
USU was recently named one of the top 25 programs in the U.S. for jazz guitar studies by Jazz Guitar Online.
Many of our graduates go on to successful graduate studies, including the graduate program in Guitar Performance at USU, find employment within public school systems, run successful private studios, are recording artists, and find careers within the music industry.
USU guitar students and ensembles have received high praise from top artists around the country and have toured internationally. We strive to give our students the best education and best opportunities available within a collegiate structure.
Successful alums of the program include:
Pat Boyack - Celebrated blues guitarist, recording artist, resides in Dallas, TX.
Dylan Schorer - Fingerstyle guitar wizard, recording artist, studio musician and renowned author.
Sean Haley - Guitarist and studio engineer in Los Angeles. Sound designer for Line-6.
Brent Wheeler - Head of Guitar Studies at South Plains College in Levelland, TX.
Quint Olsen - Head of the CRAM Guitar Program in Las Vegas, NV.
And many, many others who have had successful careers contributing to music performance and music education.