Guitar

 

Michael Donahue, Classical Guitar
Mr. Donahue has dedicated himself to teaching since he has entered into professional life and has eight years of experience teaching guitar lessons with students at all ages, levels, and styles, teaching classical,   acoustic,   and electric guitar.  He is the classical guitar instructor at Camp MSM, Manhattan School of   Music’s summer camp. He also teaches introductory to precollege level guitar at Rutgers’s Mason Gross School of the Arts – Extension Division and introductory to intermediate guitar at the Areté Music Academy.

Michael has guitar studios in Denville and Chatham, where he has students actively participating in the Royal Conservatory’s – Music Development Program.  Mr. Donahue’s students have gone on to win awards and have performed in Carnegie Hall.  Many of his past students are now pursuing professional careers as guitarists, now studying at renowned colleges and establishing their own careers as performers.  He has committed himself to developing not just guitarists, but musicians; to elevate guitar pedagogy to the highest possible level. Mr. Donahue also teaches general music and chorus at Saint Mary’s Prep in Denville.

Guitarist   Michael   Donahue   regularly performs in various events throughout the New York Metropolitan Area.  He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in Manhattan, Boston, and New Jersey at Greenfield Hall, Jordan Hall, St. Botolph Hall, Pforzheimer Hall, Myers Hall, Schare Hall, Nicholas Music Center and the Kirkpatrick Chapel.   Michael was the director and featured performer of a benefit concert titled, Harmonies for Healing, raising funds for Denville’s disaster victims of Hurricane Irene.

A native of Denville, New Jersey, Michael, scholar-athlete Luzzi scholarship winner, hadn’t begun serious study of the guitar until age 16.  After rapid progress, he decided to dedicate his life to the instrument.  During his college auditions he met world renowned guitarist, Eliot Fisk.  That summer he traveled to Vienna to study with Eliot at the “Wiener Meisterkurse”.  Michael continued his studies with Mr. Fisk throughout his undergrad at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance.  Winner of the Joseph M. Smith scholarship  for   outstanding   talent  and  academic achievement, Michael graduated from Manhattan  School  of  Music,  with  a Master  of  Music, where  he   studied  with Mark Delpriora.   Michael Donahue has  played  in  master  classes  for  Adam  Holzman,  Dmitri Goryachev,  Stephen Goss, David  Leisner,  Nicholas Mann, and Emanuele  Segre. He has also been coached in chamber music by Oren Fader and Robert Sullivan.

     
   

Sean Richey, Electric Guitar
Sean Richey is a performing artist and music educator living in New York City. As an active freelance guitarist, Sean has performed with a variety of different productions at venues such Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Monterey Jazz Festival, The Cutting Room, Central Park SummerStage, Rockwood Music Hall, National Center for the Performing Arts (Mumbai, India), The Mahindra Blues Festival, and many others.

Sean is the recipient of two Student Composition Awards for "Best Original Songs" from DownBeat Magazine. He has also received the Monterey Jazz Festival's Gerald Wilson Big Band Composition Award and the New York Regional Scholarship Award for Jazz Guitar from NFAA Young Arts.

On faculty at Camp MSM at Manhattan School of Music since 2012, Sean teaches guitar, composition, and songwriting classes, as well as leads the R&B ensembles. From 2013-2015, he worked with the True School of Music in Mumbai, India as Head of the Guitar Department (2013), Course Director of Foundations Program (2014), & Course Director of Professional Certificate Program (2015). Sean has also taught for the Larchmont Music Academy and the Camp Encore/Coda in Maine. He now runs his own private teaching studio in Brooklyn NYC. 

During his studies at MSM, Sean studied with Chris Rosenberg. Sean graduated from the Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Arts Program in 2012, receiving his BA in Jazz Performance and the Outreach Commencement Award.