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Jack Sanders

  • Expertise


    As a long-time concert guitarist, Jack Sanders has performed in a wide range of venues, including the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Kapalua Music Festival of Hawaii and the Arrowhead Bach Festival. He has been heard in solo appearances with numerous orchestras, including the California Philharmonic, Illinois Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Santa Fe, and has toured throughout the United States for the Piatigorsky Foundation.

    With violinist Clayton Haslop, Sanders toured the country for 20 years and appeared at Guitar Foundation of America Festivals, Merkin Hall, the Oregon Bach Festival, and in 1988, performed in concert in China.

    Equally at home performing music of all periods, Sanders has premiered works by Micio Mamiya, Anthony Plog, Karl Kohn, Joseph Brennan, Frank Campo, and concertos by Louis Moyse and Gabriel Bolaños. In 1999 he presented the U.S. premiere of Raymond Luedeke’s Elemental Dances with the Colorado String Quartet.

    Also an accomplished luthier, Sanders builds guitars and vihuelas, and has taught instrument-building courses at California Institute of the Arts and Pomona College. He has made copies of historic guitars for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale, UCLA, UC Dominguez Hills, CSU Northridge, and UC Santa Barbara. Recently, he built two baroque guitars for the Waller/Maxwell duo, on the faculty of Northwestern University and a baroque guitar for Jeffrey McFadden, faculty of University of Toronto.

    Research Interests

    • Vihuela, baroque and 19th Century
    • Instrument construction
      • Recent instruments include two copies of a Rene Lacote guitar, circa 1830, for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

    Areas of Expertise


    • Performance on Classic Guitar, Vihuela, and Baroque Guitar
    • Luthier of Modern and Historical Instruments
  • Work


    “Essay on Playing the Guitar – A Memorable Gig,” Soundboard Magazine 34(1), 2008

    "Heebie-Jeebies," Soundboard (quarterly journal of the Guitar Foundation of America., Vol. XXXV, No. 3, October 2009

    Selected Performances

    Solo guitar music CD "Just Preludes" on Townhall Records; complete preludes of Ponce, Carlevaro and Villa-Lobos.

    Debut duo Cd with violinist Clayton Haslop on Centaur Records; music by Bartok, Kohn, Leisner, Bizet/Sarasate and Giuliani.

    "Continental Flavors" on Townhall Records with violinist Clayton Haslop; music by Ibert, Faure, Debussy, Gabrielle-French, Leisner.

    Recordings with Anthony Plog, trumpet, on Crystal Records, and with violist James Dunham, also on Crystal Records.

    Selected Exhibits

    Built two copies of a Rene Lacote guitar, circa 1830, for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music which were delivered in Oct. 2009

  • Education


    Master of Fine Arts
    California Institute of the Arts

    Bachelor of Fine Arts
    California Institute of the Arts

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Individual Instruction, Level I
    • Individual Instruction, Level II
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Guitar Society, 2013