Close up photograph of Professor Mark Switzer playing guitar

Guitar Series

About the Guitar Series

The HCC Guitar Series provides an opportunity for our community to experience the artistry of world-class musicians right here at Dale Mabry Campus.  

Sponsored by the campus Student Government Association, the series has been fortunate to host classical guitarists including Pepe Romero, Jason Vieaux, members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Jorge Caballero, Beijing Duo, SoloDuo and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. The series also includes the first prize winner of the annual Guitar Foundation of America’s International Competition, along with other talented performers whose classical guitar careers are ascending.

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Past Performances

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Jay Kacherski

Jay Kacherski, Classical Guitarist


Friday, October 13, 2023 at 7:30 pm

"Virtuosismo" and "technical dominance" are the words used by the press to describe American guitarist, Jay Kacherski.  A native of New York, Kacherski has performed around the world as a soloist and member of the Grammy nominated Texas Guitar Quartet. He has performed at distinguished music festivals and venues such as the Festival International de Guitarra de Taxco, Mexico, the Florida Guitar Foundation, the Brevard Music Center, Round Top, the New Orleans International Guitar Festival, the Austin Classical Guitar Society, and the International Guitar Art Festival in Shenzhen, China. He has also collaborated with Grammy-winners and nominees such as the chamber choir Conspirare, Chilean flutist Viviana Guzman, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and renowned American composer Libby Larsen.

Jay Kacherski is currently on the guitar faculty at Loyola University of New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, and McNeese State University, as well as NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He has presented at music conventions and festivals throughout the U.S. and is often invited to adjudicate at national and international competitions. As a teacher, his students have been finalists and winners of international solo and chamber music competitions and recipients of scholarships for continued study.

Kacherski is the Artistic Director of the Houston Classical Guitar Festival and Competition and the Loyola Guitar Festival in New Orleans as well as the Director of the Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra Guitar Program. His academic studies include a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and undergraduate degrees from Florida Southern College where he graduated with honors.  

Masterclass with Jay Kacherski, classical guitarist:

Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To participate in the masterclass, please contact us at Those who wish to watch the masterclass are welcome to attend without reservation.

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Lovro Peretić

Lovro Peretić

Classical Guitarist


Friday, November 3, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Lovro Peretić is an internationally award-winning classical guitarist from Zagreb, Croatia.  He is regarded as one of the leading guitarists of the younger generation.

He has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious guitar festivals and music concert series, including Paris International Guitar Festival, London International Guitar Festival, Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov” in Moscow, Zagreb Guitar Festival, Antwerp International Guitar Festival, José Tomás Villa de Petrer International Guitar Festival and many more.  He has won more than 30 prizes in international competitions, including the International Concert Artist competition of Guitar Foundation of America in 2022.

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For more information, please contact Mark Switzer or Kathy Pantelis at

Get your tickets

All Guitar Series concerts are $20 each, but are free for current HCC students and employees. To reserve your free ticket, click on the ticket link above and use Promo Code “HCCStudent” (for students) or “HCCEmployee” (for employees) online at checkout. On the night of the concert, all free tickets must be accompanied by a current HCC Hawkcard ID for entry.


Performances and masterclasses for the Guitar Series are located in the Dale Mabry Student Services Auditorium.

DSTU 111
Student Services Building, Room 111
Dale Mabry Campus

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Connect with Us


For more information, please contact Mark Switzer or Kathy Pantelis at or reach out to us at one of our staff.

Contact Information
Mathematics Instructor
Dale Mabry
DSSC 235
Music Instructor
Dale Mabry
DSSC 244