Performing Artists

This page is reserved for those participating in the Performing Artists program. If you've publicly performed or recorded one of my compositions, contact me for more information on this program.  I will be making space on my webpage to help advertise and promote these guitarists. 


Valerie Hartzell

Valerie has performed Anthemusa and Drift live on NPR, and has recorded Drift on her new CD release, "Ex Tenebris Lux."

Listen to Valerie's performances of Anthemusa and interviews on:

KUHA 91.7 FM: "The Front Row."


Listen to Valerie's performances of Drift and interviews on:

KUHA 91.7 FM: "The Front Row."

and KUHF 88.7 FM: "The Front Row."  Drift begins about 2 minutes into the program:

An interview with Valerie about her CD can be found at the Washington Times


Valerie's CD, "Ex Tenebris Lux," can be purchased through Amazon or at:

Soundset Recordings

Downloadable mp3's are available at Soundset Recordings as well.

Valerie's webpage can be viewed here:

Valerie Hartzell began her classical guitar studies on a half-size Ramirez at the age of three. At the age of six, she studied with maestro Alexandre Lagoya at the Académie Internationale d’Eté in Nice, France.


She has performed in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and has appeared on television in Nice, FR. From September 29-October 5, 2002 she toured the Carolinas which promoted her first cd, Fuoco! She has performed in many festivals, including the Eastfield College Guitar Festival and Competition in Mesquite, the Tennessee Festival at MTSU, the ECU Competition and Festival in Greenville, NC, the MANC Guitar Competition Festival in Greensboro, NC and the Pennsylvania Academy of Music Festival (where she shared the stage with Eliot Fisk). In March of 2007, Ms. Hartzell performed with studio members of the Houston Grand Opera at the Rienzi Recital Series.


Ms. Hartzell has also performed as a guest soloist for the NYCCGS, the Troubadour Series at Wofford College, The Charlotte Guitar Society, Arizona State University, Austin Classical Guitar Society, Appalachian University, Texas State University, the Elon Guitar Society, and at Auburn University.


She was a prizewinner at the Portland Guitar Competition, the ECU Competition and Festival, and the Appalachian Guitar Festival and Competition. Was has won 1st prizes at the 10th International Guitar Competition “Simone Salmaso” in Italy and at the Concours de Guitare Classique Heitor Villa-Lobos in France.


At the Peabody Conservatory, Ms. Hartzell studied with Manuel Barrueco on scholarship earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 1997. She was awarded a GTF at Radford University and was placed as Adjunct Faculty while studying for her Master’s Degree in Music, receiving her performance degree in May of 1999. Currently, she is Adjunct Faculty at the Houston Community College.


Valerie Hartzell is the creator and Director of the "Classical Minds" Guitar Institute and Competition as part of the Texas Music Festival at Moores School of Music, University of Houston and is the director of the Greater Houston Guitar Guild. Ms. Hartzell plays a Greg Byers Guitar.