Clyde Witmyer

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Experience

Student  - Joe Fava Studios

Classical Guitar Principal  - Eastern Michigan University

Education

Joe Fava Studios

Bachelor’s Degree  - Composition , Berklee College of Music

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by Clyde Witmyer
Clyde Witmyer Clyde Witmyer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1951 and began the study of guitar at the age of 12. After hearing Segovia perform on television, Clyde became inspired to study classical guitar. The opportunity arose in 1967, when he enrolled as a student at the Joe Fava Studios in Northland, Michigan. After two years of study at the Fava Studios, Clyde entered Eastern Michigan University as a classical guitar principal. There, he studied under the tutelage of Professor Robert Bluestone from 1969 through 1971. In the early 1970’s, while teaching and performing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Clyde was introduced to and subsequently studied with the great Flamenco guitarist, Juan Serrano. During this time, Clyde also attended his first master class with Maestro Manuel Lopez Ramos. In 1976, Clyde entered the Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition in 1980. That same year, Berklee also honored Clyde with the annual Levi Award for Composition for his piece, “Suite for Solo Guitar.†While attending Berklee, Clyde continued his study of classical guitar with Professor Neil Anderson at the Boston Conservatory of Music. During this time, Clyde participated in many master classes with artists such as Manuel Barrueco, David Tannenbaum, Robert Guthrie, and David Russell. In 1981, Clyde entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Clyde graduated in 1984 with a Master’s Degree in Composition. In 1986, Clyde was granted a teaching position at his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music. He has been there since and is currently an Associate Professor of Composition. Clyde also continues to perform in and around the Boston area.

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by Clyde Witmyer
Sincerely, Clyde Witmyer About The Author Clyde Witmyer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1951 and began the study of guitar at the age of 12. After hearing Segovia perform on television, Clyde became inspired to study classical guitar. The opportunity arose in 1967, when he enrolled as a student at the Joe Fava Studios in Northland, Michigan. After two years of study at the Fava Studios, Clyde entered Eastern Michigan University as a classical guitar principal. There, he studied under the tutelage of Professor Robert Bluestone from 1969 through 1971. In the early 1970’s, while teaching and performing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Clyde was introduced to and subsequently studied with the great Flamenco guitarist, Juan Serrano. During this time, Clyde also attended his first master class with Maestro Manuel Lopez Ramos. In 1976, Clyde entered the Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition in 1980. That same year, Berklee also honored Clyde with the annual Levi Award for Composition for his piece, “Suite for Solo Guitar.†While attending Berklee, Clyde continued his study of classical guitar with Professor Neil Anderson at the Boston Conservatory of Music. During this time, Clyde participated in many master classes with artists such as Manuel Barrueco, David Tannenbaum, Robert Guthrie, and David Russell. In 1981, Clyde entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Clyde graduated in 1984 with a Master’s Degree in Composition. In 1986, Clyde was granted a teaching position at his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music. He has been there since and is currently an Associate Professor of Composition. Clyde also continues to perform in and around the Boston area.

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