Artist Bios

Artist Bios

Joseph Pecoraro


Concert and recording artist Joseph Pecoraro has been heralded as one of the most exciting and expressive classical guitarists of his generation.  He appears as soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestra in recitals across the United States and abroad.  His performances have received widespread recognition and awards.  Recent seasons’ schedules feature performances in France, Italy Switzerland, Mexico and over a dozen U.S. states, including solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Library, and the Chicago Cultural Center.  These include appearances in Houston, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Charlotte, Charleston, Washington D.C., Paris, Geneva, and Bologna.  He has performed as featured Soloist with the Roanoke, Wintergreen Music Festival, and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras, numerous vocal ensembles, and collaborated with dozens of prominent singers and instrumentalists.


Pecoraro is featured frequently on radio and television broadcasts. His recordings include major works by Domeniconi, Ponce, Hirsh, Bach, Merlin, and others. Pecoraro’s most-recent CD features world-premier 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”.


A noted pedagogue, Pecoraro currently serves as a member of the Artist Faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Previous teaching positions include Salem College, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado.  Pecoraro is in frequent demand as a guest clinician, and serves on the faculties of renown summer music festivals in Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, where he directs the UNCSA Summer Guitar Workshop.  Following his long-standing interest in excellent music making at the community level, Pecoraro also directs the Piedmont Suzuki-’Young Guitarists’ program.  He has taught young students using the Suzuki method for over 15 years and is a registered teacher trainer in guitar with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. 


Steve Newbrough


As an active solo guitarist and chamber musician, Steve Newbrough has performed across the country, on television, and the radio. An eclectic musician, Steve has played the guitar in diverse venues across the United States, and in vastly ­different styles, including electric guitar with gospel choirs, abstract twentieth century music with dancers, classical guitar on the concert stage, and traveling the nation with the internationally-acclaimed Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. Steve began his studies with Gordon Kreplin in Elizabeth City, NC. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota.


Daniel Seriff


Daniel Seriff was born in the rural town of Waxhaw, North Carolina. Although exposed to popular music from an early age he didn’t pick up the guitar until he was thirteen years old. After a number of years and several teachers later, Daniel was directed to the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. With a brief study of Jazz at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Daniel graduated college from UNCSA with a degree in Classical Guitar performance. Daniel has also attended master classes with such artists as; Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Manuel Barrueco, Branford Marsalis, John Pattituci, Jimmy Herring, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Hubert Sumlin, and many more. Daniel has recorded with Grammy Award Winners Kofi and Oteil Burbridge, from the Tedeschi Trucks/Allman Brothers Band. Currently he is the Adjunct Jazz Instructor at Guilford College and runs a private studio in North Carolina. He has toured the country playing at venues including: Ravinia Festival, National Guitar Workshop, Berklee Summer Programs, Manteo Festival Park, The RBC Center, Ziggy’s and many others. In 2010 Daniel began studies in Hindustani Indian Classical Music with Laximikant and Gaurang Doshi on both slide guitar and the Indian Sarod. Daniel currently plays in several original projects and cover bands in the Piedmont Triad including: The Deluge, The Piedmont Jazz Composers Collective, Megan Marquette, Little Queenie, Diana Tuffin, The Camel City Collective, Twin City Jazz, Court Wynter Group.  Daniel was voted “Yes Weekly’s - Best Guitarist In the Triad” for 2012.


Luke Payne


Luke Payne is a guitarist, songwriter and music teacher based in North Carolina.  After completing a Masters in Music at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Luke established himself in the region as a freelance teacher and performer.  He has held teaching positions at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston Salem State University, The Community Music School and Grace Church Arts Academy.  He also remains active as a performer, both as a soloist and as a member of various bands and ensembles, including Karon Klick and the Hot Licks, Li’l Queenie, Lean In and The Winston Salem Classical Guitar Septet.  Luke remains a passionate student of all kinds of music, including the classical music of India, which has studied for several years with Gaurgang Doshi.  He released his debut CD of original songs in 2012.  



June 24-29, 2018

UNCSA Summer Guitar Workshop