Studio Music Instructor, Classical Guitar
Michael LeFevre has been committed to bringing the art form of the classical guitar to audiences and students for over 20 years. He began his formal music training while in high school, taking classes at the Willoughby School of Fine Arts in Northeast Ohio. After two years of study at Kent State University he relocated to Seattle, earning his bachelor's degree in music from Cornish College of the Arts in 1992 with Steven Novacek as his principle teacher. Michael studied with some of the world's most renowned guitarists, performing in master classes for artists such as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Paul Odette (lute), Pepe Romero, and Eduardo Fernandez.
In 1993, Michael won first prize at both the Northwest Guitar Festival (regional) and the Portland Guitar Festival (open enrollment) competitions. In 1995, he took first prize at the International Guitar Congress in Corfu, Greece. In 2001 he won the Northwest Young Artist Award (now named the Frances Walton Competition), an event open to emerging classical instrumentalists residing in the Pacific Northwest.
Some highlights in his performing experience include appearances at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, performing solo in the Seattle Symphony's 2008 ‘Subscriber Exclusives Series' and in ensemble with the St. Helen's String Quartet in 2005. In 2003, he performed with the Seattle Opera Orchestra during the run of Donizetti's Don Pasquale. From 1995-1997 he was guitarist-in-residence at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. He has been a frequent recitalist in the Seattle Classic Guitar Society's Frye Concert Series, a headliner at several Northwest Guitar Festivals, and a soloist at the Whidbey Island Music Festival. He has performed in ensemble with Cornish College's New Performance Group, the Seattle Guitar Trio, the Walla Walla Choral Society and with early music specialist Stephen Stubbs. He has performed and recorded with Walla Walla University's I Cantori choir and has released a solo recording, Chronicle, on the Rosewood Guitar label. In 2012, he commissioned and premiered a new major work, Sonata, from acclaimed composer Bryan Johanson.
Prior to his engagement at Whitman, Michael was classical guitar instructor at Cornish College of the Arts from 2007-2009 and has been on the faculty of Walla Walla University since 2011. He adjudicates and gives workshops for organizations such as the Washington Music Educators Association and Musicfest Northwest. He has taught seminars on classical guitar technique for the National Guitar Summer Workshop- Northwest Branch and has given master classes at many of the region's colleges, including Portland State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Idaho. Michael is a charter member of the newly formed Classical Guitar Society of the Tri-Cities and a member of Guitar Foundation of America.