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What Students are Saying

"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."

Erik Schlosser

Messiah College Graduate (Guitar Major - B.S. Degree in Music Education)
Current Position: Public School Music Teacher: Guitar, Jazz Band, & General Music
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."

Matthew Wagner

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!"

George Waltemire

Messiah College Graduate (Guitar Major - B.M. Degree in Guitar Performance)
Current Position: Full Time Guitarist: U. S. Army’s contemporary music band, “Downrange”
Washington, D.C.

"My experience in the guitar program at Messiah has been wonderful. I have had the opportunity to improve my classical, jazz, and worship music guitar playing. Not only have my skills grown with my studies, but my faith has also flourished during my time at Messiah. I cannot wait to see where the knowledge acquired at Messiah and the Lord leads me."

Avery Bouffard

Messiah College Guitar Major studying for the B. S. Degree in Music Education

"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."

Jesse Schwamb

Messiah College Graduate(Non-Music Major Guitar Student)
Guitarist for Youth Ministries Meetings and Worship
West Shore Evangelical Free Church (Cumberland County, PA)

"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."

Lori Nowaczyk

Messiah College Guitar Major studying for the B.A. Degree in Music and Worship

"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."

David Perry

Messiah College Graduate (B.A. Degree in Christian Music)
Current Position: Minister of Worship Arts
Thornapple Covenant Church, Grand Rapids MI.

"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