Guitar Faculty

JOSEPH PECORARO, Professor of Guitar      Website       Email

Guitarist Joseph Pecoraro is recognized as a highly-accomplished concert and recording artist, teacher and author. As a recitalist he appears as soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestra across the United States and abroad. Recent seasons’ schedules feature performances in France, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, and across the U.S., including solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Library, and the Chicago Cultural Center. These include appearances in Houston, Denver, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Charleston, Washington D.C., Paris, Geneva, and Bologna. He has performed as featured soloist with the Roanoke Symphony, Wintergreen Music Festival, and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras, numerous vocal ensembles, and collaborated with dozens of prominent singers and instrumentalists.

Pecoraro’s commercial recordings present stylistically diverse repertoire from around the globe. His most-recent releases include ‘Perennials’, which features world-premiere solo guitar works by noted American Composers, as well as the holiday recording ‘This Little Light’ with multi-Grammy-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey. He is also author of the widely-acclaimed music-reading text “Read this First”. In addition to his recital career, Pecoraro performs traditional Celtic-inspired music with violinist Katherine Wiley and enjoys playing jazz and fingerstyle guitar.

Mr. Pecoraro joined the artist-faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 1998 as a full-time professor of guitar-teaching graduate, college and high school guitar majors. Previous higher-education teaching positions include Salem College, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado. He is in frequent demand as a guest clinician, and serves on the regular faculties of renowned summer music festivals in Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, where he directs the ‘Nothing but Nylon’ Summer Guitar Workshop. Following his long-standing interest in excellent music-making at the community level, Mr. Pecoraro has been involved with teaching guitar students using the Suzuki approach for the past 20 years. He is a registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, offering courses in guitar pedagogy to teachers across the Americas. His UNCSA students have won top prizes in competitions sponsored by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, American String Teachers Association, Guitar Foundation of America and numerous regional solo and concerto competitions, and alumni have distinguished themselves as active performers, teachers and recording artists. View performances, recordings, programs and more at

Joseph Pecoraro, Professor of Guitar
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
phone: (336) 945-8666




LUKE PAYNE, Visiting Instructor of Guitar  Email


Luke Payne has held a long relationship with UNCSA, teaching in the guitar program as interim professor, as resident artist for the UNCSA summer guitar workshop, UNCSA community outreach programs, and now as visiting faculty in the School of Music. A passionate and dedicated teacher with many years of experience, he has also held teaching positions for Winston-Salem State University, Salem Academy, Grace Church Arts Academy, Wake Forest University and the Suzuki School of the Arts.  A versatile and multifaceted artist, Payne has appeared with numerous ensembles around the southeast US, performing in a wide palate of styles ranging from classical to rock to contemporary fusion.  Luke remains a devoted student of all kinds of music, including the classical music of India, which he has studied for several years with Gaurgang Doshi.  A recent CD release of original songs in was completed in 2012.

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