Thomas Clippinger

Thomas C.

Leesburg, VA

About Thomas C.

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Thomas teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: May 2011
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I am a classical guitarist who recently graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD as a student of Ray Chester. I began my studies at Peabody with a classical and jazz guitar double major with a computer music composition minor. I have performed in masterclasses with Manuel Barrueco, Andrew York, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, Gohar Vardanyan, Adam Holzman, Marcin Dylla, Matt Palmer, and others.

In 2014 and 2015, I was selected to perform in the Peabody Conservatory's "Thursday Noon Recital Series", where I performed "Impromptus" by Richard Rodney Bennett, and "Sonata III" by Manuel Ponce. In 2015, I commissioned and presented the world premiere of the guitar duo piece entitled "Sol Negro" by composer Peter Dayton.

For summer 2015, I was granted a merit scholarship to Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, where I studied with Bruce Holzman. I was a finalist and top prize winner in the 2015 ASU guitar competition. During my last year of study at Peabody, I also studied privately with Matt Palmer, who authored "The Virtuoso Guitarist: A New Approach to Fast Scales."

In 2016, I was granted a scholarship to study at the Aspen Music Festival under Sharon Isbin. I am now pursuing my masters degree under Bruce Holzman at the Florida State University College of Music, where I am a graduate teaching assistant for the guitar studio.

I play and teach classical, jazz, rock, acoustic, and have extensive knowledge of theory, ear training, and guitar technique/pedagogy/fretboard harmony.

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Private Guitar Teacher

Jun 2011 - Present
Tom C.


Classical Guitar Performance MM

Jul 2016 - Present
Florida State University College of Music

Classical Guitar Performance BM

Aug 2012 - May 2016
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Jazz Guitar Performance

Aug 2011 - May 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Merit Scholarship

May 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School

Graduate Assistantship

Apr 2016
Florida State University College of Music

Top Prize Winner

Apr 2015
ASU Guitarfest Competition

Merit Scholarship

Mar 2015
Le Domaine Forget International Summer Music Festival

Jazz Program Grant

Jan 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University
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