Classical Guitarist Patrick Rafferty Wins Artist Presentation Society Competition


CAPE GIRIARDEAU, Mo., May 5, 2011 — Patrick Rafferty, classical guitarist and Southeast Missouri State University faculty member, was awarded a prize April 30 in The Artist Presentation Society of St. Louis’s 2011 Competition.

While The Artist Presentation Society has awarded prizes to more than 150 performers since 1947, Rafferty is only the third guitarist to win this competition in its 63-year history.

The open competition features young musicians from Missouri and southern Illinois. Most of the previous winners have been pianists, violinists and vocalists. In addition to a monetary prize, The Artist Presentation Society awards its winners with a concert, and Rafferty will be featured in a solo recital in the coming season.

Rafferty’s prize-winning performance included virtuoso masterworks by Mauro Giuliani and Dionisio Aguado as well as transcriptions of two Renaissance fantasies by John Dowland and an arrangement of Baroque dances by Gaspar Sanz. The contemporary component of the program included Spanish works by Eduardo Sainz de la Maiza and a pairing of a work by Heitor Villa Lobos and a recent work by Roberto Sierra, dedicated to Villa Lobos.

The Artist Presentation Society Competition includes two rounds, the first a recorded submission. The top candidates for the award are selected based on their recorded performances and invited to perform live in the final round before a panel of judges comprised of professional musicians. This panel awards prizes based on the contestants’ “musicianship and readiness to perform in public.” The prize, widely recognized as a confirmation of a young player’s potential, has played an important role in the developing career of many world-class performers.

Rafferty began his studies of the classical guitar at Southeast Missouri State University under Jeff Noonan, earning a bachelor of music in guitar performance in 2004. He continued his studies at the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, earning the master of music degree in 2006 and the graduate performance diploma in 2008. At Peabody, Rafferty studied under Julian Gray and gave numerous performances, most notably in the classes of Manuel Barrueco, and as a featured performer in the Thursday Noon Concert Series. In May 2008, Rafferty was voted the top graduate performer by his peers at Peabody. As a featured soloist, he has appeared with the Gateway Orchestra of Debary, Fla., and the Southeast Missouri University Orchestra.

As an undergraduate, Rafferty won several performance awards including the Southeast Missouri State University Concerto Competition and first place in the Missouri Music Teachers Association. He has performed in the Alexandria Guitar Fest and Mid-America Guitar Festival and has given concerts across the eastern seaboard and throughout the Midwest.

In recent years, Rafferty has also made guest appearances on regional NPR stations, playing live in the studios. He has served on the faculties of The Music Workshop in Baltimore, the Southeast Missouri State University Music Academy, and the Woodbridge Music School in Columbia, Md. Rafferty currently serves on the music faculty at Southeast Missouri State University where he teaches Applied Classical Guitar and Guitar Literature, coaches the Guitar Program’s weekly Repertoire and Master Class, and directs the Southeast Guitar Ensemble.

For more information about Rafferty or booking opportunities, he can be reached through his website,

For further information about St. Louis’s Artist Presentation Society, visit  or call (314) 569-1828.