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Guitar and Bass Day

Saturday, March 23, 2024

SUNY Schenectady School of Music invites guitar and bass players, ages 11-18 of all ability levels, as well as music educators, to spend an entire day immersed in everything guitar and bass! There will be performances by faculty members Paul Quigley and Kevin Grudecki, students, and more. Parkway Music will be onsite to talk about instrument maintenance. The seminars include fretboard mapping, triads, and fingerpicking. Everyone will get a tour of the state-of-the-art Vianna Brignola Recording Studio. You can end the day with an open jam session with faculty and students.

Register for Guitar and Bass Day


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SUNY Schenectady, School of Music Building

10:00 a.m. - Welcome/Meet and Greet
10:15 a.m. - Performance
10:30 a.m. - Fretboard Mapping Seminar
11:15 a.m. - Instrument Care and Maintenance
11:45 a.m. - Performance
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
12:45 p.m. - Triad Seminar
1:30 p.m. - Practice Techniques
2:00 p.m. - Fingerpicking Seminar (Paul)
2:30 p.m. - Melodic triads/Triadic Embellishments
3:00 p.m. - Performance
3:15 p.m. - Studio Tour
3:30 p.m. - Open Jam Session


Headshot of Kevin Grudecki      

Kevin Grudecki

National and international performances with musical theatre, jazz and popular music ensembles. Former instructor at Anna Maria College, American School of Music. Active composer/arranger of small and large jazz works.

Kevin holds an A.S. from SUNY Schenectady County Community College, a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, and a M.M. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.



Paul Quigley holding a guitarPaul Quigley

Guitarist Paul Quigley has performed with the Glens Falls Symphony and as concerto soloist with The University Orchestra at SUNY Albany. Other solo and chamber music performances include Troy Music Hall, the Riverside Church Christ Chapel series, Hunter College, The Spanish Institute, and the Oberwald Concert Series in Basel, Switzerland. Additionally, Paul was a featured performer on the Queen Elizabeth II World Cruise and the Queen Mary II and Crystal Symphony ships. Paul is a member of the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet which has performed at the Cleveland Guitar Society’s “Up and Coming Artists” series, Marietta College, Lake Luzerne Summer Music Festival, Zankel Music Center, Keuka College, and the Great Lakes Guitar Society.

Recent performances include works written for the FLGQ including premieres of “Forever Wild”, by Evan Mack (written for the FLGQ and the Albany Symphony Orchestra), and “Sonata for Four Guitars” by Brett Wery. A versatile musician, Paul performs electric guitar in the Rock/Blues band “Nite Train with Thomasina Winslow” and is featured on the 2020 recording, “Cat on a Mission”.

A graduate of SUNY Schenectady and the Manhattan School of Music, Paul earned the A.S., B.M., and M.M. degrees in guitar performance. He is currently on faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the College of Saint Rose, and SUNY Schenectady.