Louis Steele graduated with honors from Florida State University, where he earned Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Classical Guitar Performance. While at Florida State, Mr. Steele also held the position of assistant guitar instructor for two years.
After graduation Mr. Steele moved to Portland Oregon, where he became guitar instructor at Portland State University and founded the guitar department at the University of Portland. Four years ago Mr. Steele was invited to join the music faculty at Fort Lewis College, where he currently teaches.
Mr. Steele has been selected as a performer in numerous master classes given by well-known and respected guitarists, such as, Jose Tomas, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin, Oscar Ghiglia and David Russell. Most notably, Mr. Steele was chosen as one of twelve performers, from among 126 applicants, to play for Maestro Andres Segovia, at the first of two master classes that took place at The University of Southern California.
Mr. Steele has been an active solo performer and also has performed concerts with other instruments. Mr. Steele was given a grant from the Portland Arts commission to perform 20 concerts in the Portland area and other venues in Oregon.
As an educator, Mr. Steele believes in teaching sound technique, great tone and sound musical understanding. He is a supportive teacher whose greatest desire is to see his students grow in the love and appreciation of the guitar and its wonderful repertoire.
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