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Jay Sorce

  • Degrees and StudiesD.M.A., Stony Brook University; M.M., University of Arizona; B.M., Manhattan School of Music
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2018
Born in: Basking Ridge, NJ

Performances and Distinctions: A classical guitarist noted for his unique blend of refinement, intensity, and virtuosic technique, Jay Sorce has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Germany as soloist and chamber musician. Highlight appearances include solo performances at the Long Island Guitar Festival, Iserlohn Guitar Festival, Tuckamore Festival, Brooklyn’s UNPLAY festival, the East Bank concert series, and at New York’s Staller Center for the Performing Arts where his solo recital was hailed as “simply brilliant” (Jerry Willard). Jay is a founding member Hypercube, an ensemble of guitar, piano, percussion and saxophone, and of Sorce/Lodge Duo, a piano and guitar duo. Jay is also a member nief-norf, a Knoxville, TN based ensemble and summer festival dedicated to contemporary chamber music, composition and research.

A strong advocate for new music, Jay is committed to expanding the role of guitar as a chamber instrument. He champions the music of living composers and has premiered and commissioned new works by Eric Wubbles, Nicholas Deyoe, Christopher Adler, Christopher Cerrone, David Lang, and Juan Trigos among others. Jay’s 2018/2019 season includes several solo and ensemble appearances around the US, Canada and Mexico, notably, ensemble residencies at Duke University, California Institute of the Arts, festival appearances in Mexico City at the 40th International Festival of New Music "Manuel Enríquez" FIMNME, and in Canada at the New Music Edmonton Festival. Concerto appearances include Malcolm Arnorld’s Guitar Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Guanajuato, a Mexican premiere, Luca Francesconi’s A Fuoco with Ensemble/Parallax, and Juan Trigos’ Guitar Concerto No. 1; Ricercare VI with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players. Jay is a recipient of the Toccata Award from the Aaron Brock Foundation, the Manhattan School of Music Excellence Award, as well as full-tuition scholarships from the University of Arizona, and Stony Brook University.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "My goal is to provide well-rounded music instruction through the guitar, this includes the careful development of healthy and efficient instrumental technique, sight-reading, understanding harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic patterns, and the ultimate goal of developing a rich and life-long relationship with music. Each student is unique and I try to tailor the lessons to the individual, working together with them to find music that is both challenging and exciting."