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6522-Malone University Faculty Artist Series presents John Standefer, guitarist, February 11

6522-February 8, 2013

StandeferThe Malone University School of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present the next offering in its Faculty Artist Series Monday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The program – featuring John Standefer, guitarist – is free and open to the public. A program follows.

From his website:

Winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Contest and open division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition, John Standefer is a true master of fingerstyle guitar. He began playing the guitar in 1963, soon learning the Chet Atkins style by ear as well as studying music in a conservatory. These early accomplishments gave John a great start towards a career in music. By age 16, he had begun a lifetime as a professional guitarist and teacher. His musical interests continued to expand to include folk, pop, jazz and bossa nova music (among others). As a result, the guitar arrangements he has developed contain a surprisingly colorful blend of styles and genres.

Over his life John has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad performing concerts, teaching master classes and instructing Christian guitarists through his highly acclaimed Praise Guitar Workshop. John currently performs and teaches yearly at such events as the Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville and the Christian Musician Summit in Seattle. He has also performed and/or recorded with many other guitar greats as well, including Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, Pat Kirtley, Guy Van Duser, Richard Smith and Doug Smith. John also writes regularly for Fingerstyle Guitar and Christian Musician magazines. Recently John was inducted into the Clark County Hall of Fame in Vancouver, Wash. where he also teaches a limited number of private guitar lessons.

Besides these live appearances, John has produced numerous CDs, books, videos and TAB arrangements, which can be found on the 'store' page of this website. John's most recent recording, Guitar Cafe, explores beautiful melodies from around the world, including swing tunes, ballads, South American classics, Chet Atkins style tunes, a European waltz, a Hawaiian piece, a hymn and a new original piece.

John was honored by guitar maker Dave Bertoncini, who incorporated John's ideas into the development of the new 'John Standefer Signature Model' Bertoncini guitar.

The exceptional guitar music of John Standefer is enthusiastically received in both secular and Christian settings worldwide.


I Am A Pilgrim

Ain't Misbehavin'

One Note Samba / How Insensitive


Blue Finger / Drive Inn


Almost Home


Man of Constant Sorrow

Besame Mucho

Paper Moon

My Girl

Chattanooga Choo Choo

His Majesty

Wayfarin' Stranger or What a Friend

Six String Prayers

Dixie McGuire

After You've Gone / Dancing On The Ceiling / Stompin' At The Savoy

Steeplechase Lane

Pu Uana Hulu

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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