Stan Funicelli, is a respected active composer, conductor, theorist, author, guitarist, and teacher. He has written over 700 original works including over 20 string quartets, 12 sonatas for solo violin, 7 symphonies, and numerous works for guitar solo and ensemble. He has written over 20 texts on music theory, composition, analysis, technique and performance. His articles are published in national and international trade journals. He has been hailed as a master composer and performer on the classical guitar. Mr. Funicelli received his BA and M Mus from the University of Utah. He pursued post-graduate doctoral level studies at Columbia University in New York, where he was awarded a full scholarship and stipend, where he was a member of the School of the Arts and the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Seminar. His many awards for composition include the Jerome Foundation First Composer's Award, The LeRoy Robertson Bicentennial Commission, the USWest/Utah Arts Festival Composer's Commission, co-finalist in the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship. He recently received an Award of Special Distinction from the American Society of Composer's, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and has been nominated for the GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award.