Master of Music, Guitar Performance
Johnny Peñahas a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from UTSA (December 2014). He has been a music educator for the last 15 years and has taught private guitar instruction, guitar ensemble, guitar literature, music theory, guitar pedagogy, and elementary music. He has been on faculty at two Universities: The University of Texas of San Antonio (2018-2022) and The Baptist University of the Americas (2016-2018) as a lecturer of guitar. He also spent time as the guitar director of the UTSA String Project and String Project guitar pedagogy (2018-2022).
Mr. Peña has participated in many international guitar competitions where he has earned 1st prize from the Mountain View College Festival and Competition (2018) and 3rd prize from the Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition (2017). He has also had master classes with many world class guitarists including David Russell, Berta Rojas, Xuefei Yang, Adam Holzman, Fabio Montomoli, Bill Kannengiser, and more. One of his favorite performances includes being invited to perform the “Concierto de Aranjuez” at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX with Symphony Viva in November 2021.
On his time off, Johnny enjoys spending time with Jenny, his wife, and their son, Desmond. He has various interests outside of music such as skateboarding, gaming, and is a foodie. Johnny is also an active real estate agent in San Antonio and Austin.
Johnny is fluent in English and Spanish.