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Stanley Yates



“The most rewarding aspect of my work here at APSU is the opportunity to share in the artistic growth of our talented guitar students.” Dr. Yates on what he enjoys about his interactions with students
  • DMA University of North Texas
  • Mmus Liverpool University (UK)
  • Gdip-mus Sandown College of Performing Arts (UK)
  • LTCL Trinity College London (UK)

A well-known figure in the classical guitar world, Dr. Yates has been the subject of interviews, reviews and articles in numerous international guitar magazines and is a featured artist in the reference works The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800 and Instrumental Influences: Reflections on the Classical Guitar from the Instrument's Most Influential Performers and Pedagogues.

A past prize winner in several international guitar competitions, his performances as recitalist and concerto soloist have taken him to numerous North American and European cities and festivals as well as to South America, Asia, and Australia. He has been the dedicatee of numerous new works written for the guitar and the first modern performer of important re-discovered solo works and concertos from the past.

In addition to chamber music and didactic recordings, he is the featured guitarist for the DVD film Francisco Tarrega: His Life and Music and the featured performer on the best-selling Mel Bay New Modern Guitar Method DVD. His widely reviewed Bach recording has been described as 'a major landmark' (Classical Guitar Magazine, England).

His numerous editions, transcriptions, and pedagogical works are published in the Stanley Yates Series by Mel Bay Publications, Chanterelle Verlag (Heidelberg) and his own imprint CGS; his scholarly articles dealing with a wide range of guitar-related topics have been widely published in several languages.

Described as 'one of the leading pedagogues of our era' (Soundboard Magazine), he has been an advisory board member of the Guitar Foundation of America and an editorial board member of the European Guitar Teachers' Association and has conducted masterclasses, presented lectures, and held residencies at numerous national and international festivals, colleges, universities, and conservatories, including the Guitar Foundation of America, the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), the Manhattan School of Music, the Honk Kong Academy of Performing Arts, among many others.

He has been a recipient of APSU's Hawkins Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Achievement, an APSU Presidential nominee for the Robert Cherry Outstanding Teaching Award, and a recipient of the Bergen College Distinguished Artist Award 'for outstanding contributions of artistry, dedication and service to the world through the performing arts.'