Steve Sloan is the guitar instructor for Suzuki Strings at USC (University of South Carolina) and adjunct professor of music at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. He was the 1st prize-winner in the 2007 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition and 3rd prize-winner in the 2010 Rosario Guitar Competition, Sloan has been heard in a variety of venues across four states. His first solo recording, “Constellations”, was released in 2009. Sloan has given performances at Presbyterian College (SC), Nashville Public Library (TN), Oberlin Conservatory (OH), Weaver Academy (NC), and many others. He has performed in master classes for such luminaries as Raphaella Smits (from Belgium), Pepe Romero, and Benjamin Verdery. In addition to his activities as a soloist Sloan has accompanied singers, flutists, violinists, saxophonists, and directed the Columbia Guitar Orchestra. Mr. Sloan has been teaching guitar since 2004. Steve received his bachelor’s degree from of the University of Akron’s School of Music studying under Stephen Aron, and his Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina where he held a graduate teaching assistantship under Professor Christopher Berg.