Houghton College is pleased to congratulate Jon Haley ’13, who placed second in the Great Lakes Guitar Society Competition on Sunday, April 15. Haley was one of three finalists, chosen out of 29 guitarists in a competition that drew from schools as far as Yale University and the University of Toronto.
“As I have felt God’s calling on my life this past year to return to performing music, this is such an encouragement to me,” said Haley, who is working on his Master of Music degree in Performance for classical guitar at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College.
The competition occurred over the weekend of April 13-15 in Rochester, N.Y., and consisted of two rounds. The preliminary round was held on Saturday at the Memorial Art Gallery, and on Sunday afternoon the selected three finalists played 20-minute programs in a public concert hosted in the chapel of the Third Presbyterian Church.
The distinguished panel of judges included guitar professors James Piorkowski of SUNY Fredonia and Kenneth Meyer of Syracuse University, along with Julia Figueras from WXXI Radio. Haley received positive feedback from the judges, who said he “played beautifully” and had a “very strong stage presence”.
“This is a testament to God’s grace and mercy in my life, my wife’s love and support, as well as my teacher, Dr. Machleder’s, invaluable instruction,” said Haley. “Without these things I would not have been able to enter a competition after six years of not playing much guitar, and win second place in an environment that drew so many talented musicians!”