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Guitar Faculty




Nathan Borton

Master of Music, Jazz Vocal Performance
Level II Certified in Somatic Voicework (tm) - The Lovetri Method
Performing Artist/Songwriter

Nathan Borton spent the younger part of his childhood moving around the country, but around middle school he settled in Wichita, Kansas, and developed a passion for the guitar. Starting out playing rock music, he formed his first band at the age of 14, Crestfallen, which recorded and released an EP through The Quarry Studios. In 2011, he attended Friends University, under the direction of Lisa Hittle, studying Jazz guitar with Randy Zellers. During his tenure there he co-founded the band Commonfolk, a pop/folk group, recording two albums as their guitarist. As a jazz guitarist he has preformed with names such as Cyrus Chestnut, Brad Leali, Tanya Darby, and Jerry Hahn. In 2014, he was accepted into the Jazz program at Berklee College of Music. There he studied under jazz greats such as David Gilmore, Tia Fuller, Peter Bernstein, and the guitar chair Larry Baione. Early on in Nathan's career he has kept a studio of guitar students. Nathan is an avid educator because of his passion to teach and mentor the next generation of musicians. As a teacher, Nathan is striving to motivate musicians who are passionate about music. He is constantly honing his ability to mentor the future generations. Currently, Nathan is a Teaching Assistant at Michigan State University, under the direction of Rodney Whitaker, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies. There he is studying guitar under the tutelage of the great Randy Napoleon.

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Andrew Saliba

Master of Music, Vocal Performance
Over 12 years private teaching experience
Performer of Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre

Aksel’s grandfather introduced weightlifting to him at an early age, so it’s no surprise that he went on to compete nationally. He approaches his own training with patience and resolve and brings that same attitude to his clients.