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Learning the Guitar for Music Therapists and Educators

After forty years of teaching and thoughtful consideration of why students struggle and sometimes fail to learn good playing habits (technique), struggle at note reading, refuse to count rhythms, adopt ineffective practice habits, and lose motivation to improve their skills PZ presents innovative and creative new approaches to address all the above-mentioned issues…and more. While […]

Peter Zisa at Vanguard University

Dr. Peter Joseph Zisa was a featured artist on February 23 and 24th Guitar Festival at Vanguard University, located in Santa Ana California. The Vanguard Guitar Festival was organized by Michael Nigro, the university’s classical guitar director. Dozens of High School programs participated in the Festival. Opened festival performances Friday evening at Needham Hall. In […]

Zisa Student Gracie Flowerday Receives Guitar

The Portland Guitar Society recently gifted a guitar to Gracie Flowerday, a student of Peter Joseph Zisa. This high quality guitar was donated to PGS by Dawn Waugh which had belonged to her father who had recently passed away. Upon receiving the guitar, PGS added it to its Student Instrument Loan program and it quickly found a new home with Gracie.

Zisa Returns To Japan

This spring, Zisa returned to Japan to give the keynote address for the five-year anniversary 2011 Earthquake-Tsunami and premiere an original composition dedicated to the city of Hiroshima. He also performed works by Vivaldi, Carulli, and Ibert with classical guitarist Kazuhiko Yamada and flutist Naoko Hamamoto.

Luciano Tortorelli Interview

This past August I had the great opportunity to speak with Classical Guitarist Luciano Tortorelli about the wonderful music community we have in the Portland/Vancouver, Washington area. In this interview, Luciano and I discuss the Portland Guitar Society and my work in the community as an educator and performer. It is always wonderful to connect with […]

Interview with former student Shota Nakama

In an interview with Zack Wheat of 4Player Network, Shota Nakama speaks about his work as founder of the acclaimed Japanese Video Orchestra, and what he gained from studying classical guitar: SN: I was in Oregon in 2005, and I had an opportunity to study with Peter Zisa, who is one of the very best classical guitar teachers […]

Interview with Travis Johnson on From the Top

Under the tutelage of Peter Zisa, Travis Johnson advanced quickly and began  to receive public recognition at a very young age. Travis’ career took flight with a performance at Carnegie Hall and other distinguished performance opportunities. He also received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Scholarship in 2007. In an interview and performance for From the Top […]

Season of Lights 2009

The Season of Lights free benefit concert returns for its third holiday season. This year the concert will feature the following performers: Amy and Jeff Shapiro: Singer songwriters John Dodge: Guitarist & composer Elizabeth Eklund: Mezzo soprano LeeAnn Sterling: Flutist Alton Chung: Story Teller First Christian Church Choir Thousand Waves: West meets East Kend’alin : […]

Season of Lights 2008 Slideshow

Season of Lights 2008 Slideshow Peter brought back the “Season of Lights” concert for a second year to The Old Church in downtown Portland, Oregon. It was a wonderful night of music to celebrate the Season of Light. Click here to see a slideshow from the 2008 Season of Light concert.