on May 16, 2013

We know that many of you are dedicated and hard-working teachers and we'd like to recognize that by doing a feature from time to time on some of the organizations and individuals that make such a difference in the musical lives of young people...  

Suzuki Strings

Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio are experienced and proven pedagogues, having performed and taught at over one hundred colleges, universities and conservatories around the world. Today, they are dedicated and passionate teachers of the classical guitar and chamber music to students of all ages and levels. Ms. Castellani has been on the faculty of the State University of New York since 1975, having created the Guitar Program at Fredonia State College and is currently Adjunct Professor of Guitar at the SUNY at Buffalo. She is also in demand as a Suzuki Certified instructor. Mr. Andriaccio took over the faculty position at the SUNY at Buffalo upon the retirement of Oswald Rantucci in 1978. He continued his work there as an Artist-in-Residence until 1995.

Joanne's students have gone on to be awarded graduate teaching assistantships and full scholarships to such prestigious institutions as the Eastman School of Music, The Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, Indiana University and Ithaca College while others have moved on to concert/recording and teaching careers.

The Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Studio offers state of the art instruction in classical guitar - traditional, Suzuki Certified, Ensemble "Saltarello", recitals and master classes.