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Keith GehleKeith Gehle, Guitar

Even as a young boy Keith Gehle knew he wanted to be a professional musician. Today he enjoys a busy career as a concert guitarist, recording artist, composer/arranger and teacher. Keith began his performing career in the late 1980’s with a simple goal: advance the art of guitar performance through diverse music that appeals to a wide audience. His many musical experiences (from rock to classical, folk and flamenco) have produced an artist with a perspective and style unique in the community of solo/classical guitar. His numerous concert performances have delighted audiences at universities, music festivals and community concerts throughout the Southeast. He is also in great demand as a performer for special events, corporate gatherings, receptions, dinners, and weddings.

Keith was recognized for his outstanding musicianship by the Georgia Council for the Arts by being selected every year since 2000 for their prestigious Touring Roster. His widely acclaimed recordings include Keith Gehle, Guitarist (1999), Winter Song (2002), Nocturne (2003) and Songs of December (2006). Keith has made many television and radio appearances in support of his work and has had performances aired on Public Radio stations in several states. Some of his original compositions and arrangements for solo guitar have been published by Willis Music Company and Mel Bay Publications.

A classically trained musician, Keith earned his Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from The University of Georgia in 1990, under the guidance of acclaimed guitar teacher John Sutherland, a protégé of Andres Segovia. In addition to his collegiate studies, Keith was selected to participate in the 1991 master class of Grammy nominated guitarist Christopher Parkening at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. There, he was chosen by fellow students as one of six distinguished performers to represent the class in a public concert.

Keith’s extensive training with master guitarists has helped him become a very sought after teacher in his own right. Since 2000, he has directed the undergraduate guitar studies program for Toccoa Falls College in northeast Georgia and teaches privately for The Academy of the Arts at Perimeter Church in metro Atlanta. Other teaching positions have included Augusta State University Conservatory Program, Brenau University Preparatory Music Program and Georgia State University Community Music Schools. The Suwanee Academy of the Arts is proud to have Keith join our faculty. To contact Keith about private lessons call 770-932-9271 or send an e-mail.

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