Joseph Mayes – Judge

Joseph Mayes joins the Beatty Competition in 2017. He was self-taught until 1963 when he began his studies with Mr. Peter Colona at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. In 1968, Mr. Mayes was awarded an invitational scholarship by the government of Spain to study with the internationally renowned concert guitarist Andres Segovia. Mayes holds degrees in guitar from Thomas Edison College and Shenandoah University. He has performed at prestigious venues both in the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and the Wigmore Hall, London. Since 1972, Mr. Mayes has been on the faculty of Rowan University where he teaches guitar, lute, vihuela, and mandolin. Mayes’ many publications of transcriptions and arrangements have been published by Mel Bay, inc., Plucked String Publishing, Creative Guitar International, Galvanized Music, and clear Note Publications. His reviews appear regularly in “Soundboard,” the publication of the Guitar Foundation of America. In 1996, Joseph Mayes began a study of guitar building. Since that date, he has built 140 instruments, which have been played by students and professional players throughout the country. With his wife Kathleen, as the Mayes Guitar Duo, he has performed throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Mayes’ solo recordings  - Lightly Love Ladies, Caprice, Parlor Gems, and The Schoole of Musick - span the complete range of the enormous repertoire for the guitar and lute. The Mayes Guitar Duo has released two CDs: Sketches for Two and Romance. They appear regularly at festivals and university concert series.

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Timothy P. Olbrych  – Judge

Timothy P. Olbrych has appeared in concert throughout the East Coast in both solo and chamber music settings, including Merkin Hall, Club 54, Club A in New York City, Virginia Fine Arts Museum, University of Connecticut-Storrs, University of Massachusetts, The College of William and Mary in Virginia, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University and for the Tidewater and Richmond Guitar Society concert series. He has also performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera, the Richmond Symphony and the Williamsburg Symphonia. His television and radio appearances include WGGB-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts, and WHRO-TV, WAVY-TV, WTAR-TV, WHRO-FM and WGH-FM in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the founder and past President of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society, one of the most active and prominent societies in the U.S.  Mr. Olbrych has degrees in Music Education and Guitar Performance from Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Mr. Olbrych has studied guitar with Richard Provost, Alice Artzt, Gordon Crosskey and Jesus Silva. He has performed in master classes with Alice Artzt, Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Toyohiko Satoh, Michael Lorimer, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Richard Provost and Jesus Silva. He is currently on the performing artist faculties at the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, and resides in Williamsburg Virginia.

Rafael Scarfullery – Composer & Judge

Rafael Scarfullery is a composer, classical guitarist, orchestral/choral conductor and organist. He is the composer of the set pieces for the 11th Annual Beatty Music Scholarship Competition. He was the recipient of the most important classical music award in the Dominican Republic and has organized seven international guitar festivals there. Rafael's compositions have been performed internationally by leading artists and he has received numerous awards for his musical career. Rafael has a BM, MM and DMA in guitar performance, a MM in orchestral conducting, and four of the five professional certifications that the American Guild of Organists awards. He teaches guitar at Randolph College, his website is and his Youtube channel has 100's of his compositions. 

Michelle Horner – Judge

Michele is an internationally recognized Suzuki guitar teacher who has been teaching the Suzuki method since 2000.  Michele completed her Suzuki guitar training with the creators of the Suzuki guitar pedagogy: Frank Longay and Bill Kossler; as well as David Madsen (University of Hartford) and Andrea Cannon (TX).  Prior to her Suzuki training, she studied under Kevin Gallagher (1993 GFA winner) and Frederic Hand (Emmy award winning composer and longtime guitarist of the Metropolitan Opera). Before returning to Greenwich, Michele was the String Director of the State College Suzuki Program (PA). Her students were the youngest featured group at the Ithaca College Winter Guitar Festival (2004). They were also the only American guitar group selected to perform a featured concert at the Suzuki World Convention in Torino, Italy (2006). Several of Michele’s students have gone on to study with concert artist Jason Vieaux (Cleveland Institute of Music) and Frank Koonce (Arizona State University).  In 2007, Michele moved back to her hometown of Cos Cob, CT and joined the faculty of the Greenwich Suzuki Academy.  In 2008 Michele was on the faculty of the first International Suzuki Guitar Festival in Santa Clara, CA. In 2009, she was on the guitar faculty of the 14th Suzuki World Convention in Melbourne, Australia.  In 2017 she will serve as a judge for the prestigious Beatty Scholarship Competition (Washington, DC). Michele has been the Head of the Suzuki Guitar Department at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music since 2008 where her students have won numerous accolades. She is also the author of Life Lens: Seeing Your Children in Color

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John Arnold  – Judge

John Arnold rejoins the 2017 Beatty Competition as a judge, having previously served with us in 2012 and 2013.  He is presently the classical guitar instructor at Moravian College. Prior to this position he taught at Bennington College in Vermont. In addition to numerous solo performances, he is an active chamber musician, performing with ensembles around the world.  In 2002, John was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for distinguished studio instruction at Moravian College where his students have won many competitions including the MC Concerto Competition and the prestigious GFA Competition (Youth Division). From 2000-2012, he founded and directed the Bethlehem Guitar Festival, bringing to the Lehigh Valley some of the most outstanding guitarists the world has to offer. In 2011, Shenandoah Conservatory presented John with the Alumnus of Excellence Award, recognizing alumni for doing outstanding work in their field. In addition to teaching and performing, John has been a judge for numerous guitar competitions including the Schadt String Competition, the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition, the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition, and the Godfrey Daniels Competition. Mr. Arnold holds an Artist Diploma degree from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he studied with Richard Provost; Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Guitar Performance and Guitar Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, where his major teacher was Dr. Glenn Caluda. Mr. Arnold has recorded several CD’s and published arrangements for guitar with ClearNote Publications and Guitar Chamber Music Press.

Jeremy Lutty  – Judge

Classical guitarist Jeremy Lutty has given performances for the Kennedy Center, the Marlow Guitar Series, the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and several master classes with world-renowned guitarists such as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, and Pepe Romero, among many others. He was a 2009 recipient of the Al Sanders Foundation for Music Studies Fund Scholarship as well as the 2009 Maryland Senatorial Scholarship. He is also a 2013-2017 recipient of the Cape Foundation Endowed Scholarship. Mr. Lutty began playing the classical guitar as a sophomore in high school at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland, after having been a cellist since an early age.  In Baltimore, Mr. Lutty began his guitar studies under the direction of Dr. Orlando Roman. Since then, he was the 2009 Senior Division 1st Prize and Grand Prize winner of the 3rd Annual Beatty Music Scholarship Competition and made his solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, shortly afterward, where he premiered music by English guitar composer Vincent Lindsey-Clark. Mr. Lutty is currently studying under the tutelage of world-renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he also received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.