Jon Paul Yerby
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Classical Guitar
DMA Florida State University
MA New England Conservatory
BA University of Texas, Austin
Born in Celle, Germany, Dr. Jon Paul Yerby began studying percussion at age 5 before becom- ing acquainted with the guitar. In 2008 Yerby was awarded a full scholarship and graduate as- sistanceship to begin doctoral studies at FSU after having completed his master’s degree with Eliot Fisk at New England Conservatory with the named Sofie and Henry Mydans Foundation Scholarship. His teachers and mentors include such luminaries as Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, John Gibbons, Tom Johnson, Adam Holzman, and Bruce Holzman. Yerby has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues across North America including New England Conser- vatory’s prestigious Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and countless venues ranging from the Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall at Domain Forget in Quebec, Canada to the Brau-House in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He has given clinics and workshops for the Berklee ! College of Music, Bridgewater State College, Connecticut Guitar Society, Aguado Concert Se- ries, Loudoun County Public Schools, and many more. Yerby remains in high demand as a recitalist and chamber musician. After having completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2012 with renowned pedagogue, Bruce Holzman, Yerby is currently serving as area coordinator for the guitar program at Utah Valley University and heads the guitar department at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Yerby serves as President of the Utah Classical Guitar Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1981 and dedicated to bringing classical guitar concerts and education to the Utah community. Dr. Yerby resides in Salt Lake City since 2012 w!ith his wife Alexandra and their dog, Aida.
"It s a pleasure to write in support of Jon Yerby, a fine guitarist of taste and refinement who pos- sesses one of the world's most beautiful natural guitar sounds. It was my pleasure to work with Jon for some years at the New England Conservatory. I have observed his terrific work since as performer, chamber musician and organizer par excellence with great pride and admiration. I wish this young artist of the guitar the great continued success he so richly deserves." - Eliot Fisk
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