Yerby, Jon
Title:
Adjunct Instructor
Office:
GT-509-a
Last Updated: 8/27/14 -

Born in Celle, Germany, Dr. Jon Paul Yerby began studying percussion at age 5 before becoming acquainted with the guitar.   In 2008 Yerby was awarded a full scholarship and graduate assistanceship to begin doctoral studies at FSU after having completed his master’s degree with Eliot Fisk at New England Conservatory with the named Sofie and Henry Mydans Foundation Scholarship.  His teachers and mentors include such luminaries as Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, John Gibbons, Tom Johnson, Adam Holzman, and Bruce Holzman. Yerby has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues across North America including New England Conservatory’s prestigious Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and countless venues ranging from the Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall at Domain Forget in Quebec, Canada to the Brau-House in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Yerby remains in high demand as a recitalist and chamber musician. After having completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2012 with professor Bruce Holzman, Yerby is currently serving as professor of guitar at Utah Valley University and heads the guitar department at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Yerby is the founder and artistic director of the Florida based non-profit,  Seven Hills Guitar Series, and currently serves as President of the Utah Classical Guitar Society. In 2013 Yerby formed the Utah Guitar Trio with guitarists Tully Jefferson Cathey and Todd Woodbury.

"It s a pleasure to write in support of Jon Yerby, a fine guitarist of taste and refinement who possesses one of the world's most beautiful natural guitar sounds.  It was my pleasure to work with Jon for some years at the New England Conservatory. I have observed his terrific work since as performer, chamber musician and organizer par excellence with great pride and admiration.  I wish this young  artist of the guitar the great continued success he so richly deserves."
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