JEFF WARREN GUITAR
Since winning first prize in the 77th Society of American Musicians guitar competition held in Chicago, Jeff has given numerous concerts throughout the Midwest and internationally. Recently he recorded Dave Brubeck's Points on Jazz in a premier recording for jazz quartet and is frequently seen playing out in the Twin Cities area. In 2003 he teamed together with his former teacher, Norman Ruiz, to form the guitar duet, Duos Dialogues. They have performed throughout the Midwest at several universities, guitar festivals, libraries and churches and most recently played Mario Castelnouevo-Tedesco's Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra, Op. 201. In 2009 they gave concerts in Mexico at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra in Paracho, Michoacan and at the Teatro Obrero in Zamora. Duos Dialogues has released their first CD of classical guitar duets Spring of 2010 and played at the Caroso Guitar Festival in Sermoneta, Italy as well as the 4th Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra held in Salamanca, Mexico that same year.
Jeff has been teaching guitar for over 18 years including guitar pedagogy and history as well as directing guitar ensembles. He has been on the tribunal of guitar competitions in both the USA and Mexico as well as having been an adjudicator at several universities. He was involved in a clinic at the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) as part of the North Central University Faculty Jazz Quintet. Jeff has taught classical and jazz guitar at Olivet Nazarene University, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago Academy for the Arts, MacPhail Center for Music and is currently a part of the adjunct faculty at North Central University, Crown College and University of Northwestern, St. Paul.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in guitar performance and advanced theory from Trinity International University, while studying with Norman Ruiz, and a Masters of Music degree in guitar performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, while studying with Paul Henry. He was the recipient of a scholarship to study under the renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra in Cordoba, Spain. In addition, he has had the opportunity to study in masterclass settings with Ricardo Cobo, William Kanengiser, Douglas Niedt, Anti Gonigoni, Angelo Favis and has had the pleasure of performing for Christopher Parkening. He and his wife have five children and reside in Minnesota.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." This is what shapes Jeff as a musician, performer and teacher. His music is played for God's glory and beauty. It is from Him and for Him. Psalm 33:2&3 says “ Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts."