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Peter Tolias received his BA and MM in Classical Guitar Performance with a minor in Cello from Wayne State University. He studied guitar with Joe Fava and Charles Postlewate, and pursued post graduate study with Manuel Barueco and David Russell. He also studied jazz with Charles Harrington and Joe Pass. Peter has taught classical guitar, chamber music, and pedagogy at Wayne State University, Marygrove College, and Macomb Community College. Mr. Tolias is conductor emeritus of the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra of which he was founder, music director, and conductor. For his contributions to the musical and cultural life in Royal Oak, the Royal Oaks Arts Council presented Peter with its Arts Activist Award in 2000. As a jazz/classical guitarist, Peter is a ubiquitous performer having appeared in numerous venues including Brunch with Bach, Nightcap with Mozart, Kithara Guitar Series, Michigan Opera Theater, Guitar Society of Michigan, Montreaux/Detroit Jazz Festival, and numerous faculty and solo recitals throughout Michigan and Canada. He is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and jazz guitarist.
Meet Peter Tolias
DGSP Classroom Instructor