Artist-in-Residence

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Guitar New Mexico’s Artist-in-Residence Program brings a renowned classical guitarist to selected local schools to work with student guitar ensembles and teach master classes at no cost to the school or students. The 2018 Artist in Residence is John Truitt, a local guitarist/educator, who will surely inspire both students and teachers alike. The program offers teachers an opportunity to encounter new teaching ideas through music teacher workshops.

2018 Artist-in-Residence: John Truitt

February 12-18, 2018

  • 2/12-16 School Visits-Please register and state preferred time/day for school visit
  • 2/17 Guitar Director Workshop
  • 2/18 Student Performance, Keller Hall

John TruittTRUITT_JOHN_cropped is a native New Mexican, bi-lingual Spanish/English, who is steeped in the culture and traditions of our state. Throughout his career as a music educator he has come to know the educational system of the state and many of the people involved that system. He is a highly effective teacher, leader, and advocate for the arts in the lives of young people. He is a good communicator, adept at visioning programs and initiatives, and works well with colleagues and superiors. He is proudest of the many young teachers that he has mentored as a part of his years in teaching. He is vigorous, enthusiastic, humorous and goal oriented. He is now in his early sixties, married with two children.

John has taught at all levels of the educational system, public and private, Kindergarten through college.  He initiated and overseen instrumental programs at Albuquerque Academy, including the Band Program, The Jazz Program, and the nationally renowned Classical Guitar Program.  He founded the Renaissance/Medieval performance group, Musica Antigua de Alburquerque, (1977).  He has participated in successful faculty and administration searches for the UNM Music Department, and Albuquerque Academy.  He has served as an evaluator for purposes of accreditation of schools for the Independent School Association of the Southwest.  He initiated and administered the New Mexico All-State Guitar Initiative, resulting in the implementation of the first All-State Guitar Ensemble in the history of music education in the United States. (2010)  He is the composer of more than thirty pieces for school instrumental music groups, mainly guitar ensembles.  He has presented clinics and workshops for many national groups, including the Guitar Foundation of America, American String Teachers Association, and Music Educator’s National Conference.  He has helped in the design and programming phase of the construction of two music facilities, working closely with administrators, trustees and architects.  He has mentored and supported many young music teachers.

Past Guitar New Mexico Artists-in-Residence Matt Denman and Michael Nigro