The Classical Guitar Area seeks to produce well-rounded musicians with a thorough knowledge of the classical guitar literature, solid training in music theory and musicianship, as well as solo and ensemble experience. Students learn the broad literature for classical guitar, spanning transcriptions from the Renaissance period to recent twentieth century compositions. Students regularly compose music for the school's classical guitar ensembles, which perform two concerts a year, and are encouraged to participate in jazz guitar ensembles and combos to expand their ensemble experience.
Faculty members Tully Cathey and Todd Woodbury have performed as a duo and separately for decades and studied with greats in the field, allowing them to expertly assist students with both musicianship and technique. In addition to studies with expert faculty, students have opportunities to take master classes from visiting artists, including in the past the Assad Brothers, Lily Afshar and Manuel Barrueco.
Faculty member Tully Cathey was invited to play Orfaly's Cowboy Bill at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony concert in August 2012, conducted by maestro Alasdair Neale.
Tully Cathey performed at the 2012 Moab Music Festival, playing banjo in faculty member Jerry Elias's chamber work Conversations with Essie.