What Students Say about Guitar Studies
at Messiah College
"The guitar curriculum at Messiah has helped to prepare me for my current job of directing a high school guitar program. I am able to share the wealth of knowledge that I discovered about the guitar's unique heritage, technique, and repertoire with my students."
Messiah College Graduate (Guitar Major - B.S. Degree in Music Education)
Current Position: Guitar Lab Teacher (Full Time Position)
Manheim Township High School (Lancaster County, PA)
"Studying the guitar with Randall Zwally has helped me develop and refine techniques that help me in every style of guitar-playing whether it be folk-fingerstyle, classical, or jazz. His approach helps his students learn to play with ease and confidence. Overall, being a music major at Messiah College provides an opportunity to artistically thrive in a positive environment where you get to know your professors on a personal basis."
Messiah College Guitar Major studying for the B.A. Degree in Music Composition
"Studying guitar at Messiah College has encouraged me to broaden my education in many different ways that the guitar can be used. I have had the privilege to study classical guitar, jazz, Guitar Ensemble repertoire, worship music, and even bluegrass!! It's been a true blessing to have studied four years of music in such a wonderful and versatile music department!"
Messiah College Guitar Major studying for the B. M. Degree in Guitar Performance
"The guitar major at Messiah College offered some distinct advantages over programs at larger schools of music. I received personal attention from music faculty, a customized guitar curriculum that fit my needs as a developing artist, and many opportunities for performance. Studying with Randall Zwally helped me refine my playing technique and inspired and challenged me musically."
Jon Michael Eberly
Messiah College Graduate
(Guitar Major - B.A. Degree in Music Performance)
Currently living and working in Italy
"Studying guitar and music at Messiah has exceeded my expectations, not only with the exceptional faculty, but the quality of the students I have had the opportunity to work with."
- Messiah College Guitar Major studying for the B.S. Degree in Music Education
"I have found the Messiah College music department to be an incredible environment for growth. Specifically, as a guitar major, I have discovered a new depth in the guitar, and have come to realize what a versatile and beautiful instrument it is. Overall, my experience has been a real positive one."
Messiah College Guitar Major studying for the B.S. Degree in Christian Music
"Studying with Randall Zwally has greatly benefited my musicianship as both a student and an aficionado of the guitar. His agile
technique and deep musicality has helped to holistically develop my understanding and appreciation of music by focusing not only on the theoretical characteristics of the art, but also on the flourishing details, which bring life to the instrument. Zwally is a master at his art; a dynamic instructor who is able to teach the poignant gaiety and technical brilliance of the guitar in consummate communion."
Messiah College Graduate(Non-Music Major Guitar Student)
Guitarist for Youth Ministries Meetings and Worship
West Shore Evangelical Free Church (Cumberland County, PA)