Each member of the Guitar Studies Program is a skilled performer within his or her respective guitar style, and is an active member of the music making community in the Dallas area and abroad.
The Guitar Studies Program in conjunction with the Student Life Office, sponsors the campus Guitar Club. The club, which has elected student officers, provides guitar students numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment. The activities include hearing guest artists and teachers who are internationally known for their expertise in guitar, to field trips, concerts, student performances, and international field trips. In recent years, Guitar Club members have traveled for classes and performances to Mexico and Spain.
Eddie Healy began studying the classical guitar with Dr. Enric Madriguera. He went on to study with Tom Johnson at the University of North Texas, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in classical guitar performance there. He then completed a Master of Music degree with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. He was awarded a scholarship from the Dallas Federation of Music Clubs, and was the recipient of the Alice Jones-Berding scholarship in 1995.
Eddie performs regularly as soloist, accompanist and ensemble member in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He has performed with the vocalists of The Orchestra of New Spain as well as string soloists from The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Eddie traveled to Spain in 2008 for a series of concerts and twice to Mexico in 2009 to perform at the 19th Annual International Guitar Festival of Morelia and the 4th Festival Internacional de Guitarra Ramón Noble. He has appeared on national television and radio programs in Hidalgo, Mexico. At the 2009 Texas Guitar Festival, he performed on the same program as David Russell and shared the stage with William Kanengiser at the Texas Festival in 2010.
He currently teaches at The University of Texas at Dallas, Eastfield College, the Spring Creek and Central Park campuses of the Collin County Community College District and the Gray School of Music. He has been a judge at the Annual Texas International Guitar Competition/Festival and a co-director of the Annual Eastfield Collegiate Guitar Competition/Festival. He served as the assistant festival director at the 2010 Texas International Guitar Competition/Festival.
His original compositions have been performed in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Some were utilized as competition pieces by the Collin College One O’clock Guitar Ensemble when they received First Prize in their category at the University of Texas at Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition in 2007 and by the Guitar Arts Advanced Guitar Trio of Houston, Texas at the same competition in 2009. One of his pieces was featured on the youth showcase of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Festival of 2009. He has composed the theme to a series of podcasts produced by UTD titled “A Conversation With…” the score for the video game “The Digital Calculus Coach,” and the alma mater for Rogers Middle School in Prosper, Texas. Eddie is currently scoring a new slate of video games being produced by the Arts and Technology department at UTD. He has published pieces with Trekel of Hamburg, Germany and he is a member of ASCAP.
Eddie has recorded for the label, Schaefers Recording Cooperative. He is currently pursuing his PhD at UTD with his first guitar instructor, Dr. Madriguera, serving as his advisor.
"Eddie Healy performed each number with much care and precision and at the same time managed to deliver the emotional quality of which the classical guitar is capable."-Gelene Simpson, Corsicana Daily Sun
Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull began playing classical guitar in 1989. She studied with Dr. Madriguera at Eastfield College and the University of Texas at Dallas, earning a B.A. in Art and Performance; most recently, she earned her M.M. in Guitar Performance at Southern Methodist University, studying with Robert Guthrie. She has performed in masterclasses for several fine guitarists and composers, including William Kanengiser, John Duarte, Jorge Morel, and Martha Masters, and has learned at masterclasses taught by Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, Angel Romero, David Russell, and Nikita Koshkin, among others. She has been awarded several scholarships for her playing, including the Alice Jones Berding Memorial Award in Music, the Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, and the John Stewart Fine Arts Memorial Scholarship.
Her studies have been varied and intense, focusing on classical guitar technique (and its reasons), musicianship, music theory, linguistics (and the study of music as a language), and instrumentation and arranging. She incorporates these disciplines into her teaching, emphasizing thoughtful study and performance. She encourages her students to ask “why?”.
Rachel has traveled to guitar festivals in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Texas. She took part in the guitar ensemble competition at UT Brownsville, winning 2nd place in the trio division in 2004 and 1st place in the quartet division in 2005. She served several years as a judge at the Annual Eastfield Collegiate Guitar Competition/Festival, and now serves as co-director of the festival.
As a performer, she maintains and enjoys classical repertoire from the medieval period to the present day—but she has a special place in her heart for contemporary classical compositions and for pieces from the Renaissance. She performs often as a soloist, with other guitarists, and with other instrumentalists. Notably, she has performed with Dr. Liebl (a visiting vocalist from South Africa), and with several impromptu ensembles, from a festival guitar ensemble in the Czech Republic to an ensemble formed with visiting guitarists from Guanajuato, Mexico. She had the honor of performing at the home of a former U.S. President, and of performing Songe Capricorne for the composer Roland Dyens in a tribute concert.
Rachel also teaches guitar at Eastfield College through the Continuing Education division.