Guitar Studies

Completion of this Music Degree specialization prepares one for a career as an instrumental performer (solo or ensemble) or private instrument teacher. Continued study may include a master's degree instrumental performance or instrumental literature.

Celil Refik Kaya

Celil Refik Kaya has been appointed as Coordinator of Guitar Studies for Fall 2020.

Dr. Kaya expanded his worldwide notice throughout the time he pursued his Master Degree of music in New York City at Mannes School of Music. As a full-scholarship student, he has also received the Excellence in Performance Awards by the Mannes College the New School for Music. Kaya studied in the studio of Michael Newman and privately with Grammy award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin. He studied composition in the United States with Frederic Hand and Donald Grantham.

Besides a concert soloist, Kaya is also known as an avid composer where he has more than 100 pieces including works for orchestra, solo guitar, violin, piano, string trio, duets and many others. His chamber and instrumental works were performed throughout United States, Turkey, South Korea and Sydney’s Opera House. His selected works were published by Les Productions d’Oz in Canada and FDPublications in the United States.

 Dr. Kaya in year 2017-28 was the only the third recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Dumbarton Oaks –Early Career Musician Fellowship as well as the recipient of Harrington Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin under the study of renowned guitarist Adam Holzman.

As the guitar professor of New Jersey City University and performer, Celil Refik Kaya is poised to lead his generation as an artist in the tradition of his masters.



Audition requirements for the guitar program are to be discussed with the coordinator of the program. The audition will comprise classical guitar studies and repertoire as well as scales and other aspects of technique as suitable. Studies by Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Leo Brouwer and Heitor Villa-Lobos will be appropriate.

Master of Music in Performance: a short program (1/2 hour) of works from three different historical periods (Renaissance, Classical, Romantic, Modern/Contemporary) with at least one multi-section work, sets of pieces by the same composer, and two studies by Heitor Villa-Lobos, demonstrating the advanced level that is expected.



Celil Refik Kaya