Saint Xavier University Music Department

Music Faculty

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Aural Skills



Bryan Guarnuccio is a flutist, pianist, and music theorist based in mid-Michigan. Originally from Indiana, he attended Ball State University where graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College with a bachelor's in flute performance. During his undergraduate years, he performed solo with the wind ensemble and orchestra after winning the concerto competition. As part of the prize, he performed a recital at a women's university in Nishinomiya, Japan. He also studied oboe and piano prior to beginning graduate work in music theory. As a graduate assistant, he taught aural skills along with an accompanying fellowship in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Guarnuccio completed his master's degree in music theory and flute performance from Bowling Green State University where he served as the applied flute and class flute teaching assistant in addition to teaching music theory and aural skills. He received the Most Outstanding Thesis Award for his work, which includes a chapter on connections between analysis and performance. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies at Michigan State University, he was on faculty at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio where he taught theory, aural skills, applied piano and class piano. While there, he was a teaching assistant in the theory department for applied flute and class flute. For his performance in the orchestra and wind symphony, he received awards including: the Stanley and Selma Hollander Endowed Scholarship for First Chair in Flute, the Leonard Falcone Scholarship and the Kenneth G. Bloomquist Award. A dissertation fellowship award-winning document, entitled "Michael Torke's 'Telephone Book:' A Case Study in Post-Minimalism," analyzes a late twentieth-century chamber work with connections to performance.

Guarnuccio is also passionate about chamber music. His former quintet advanced in several local and regional competitions and made it to the top six wind entrants in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist, he has advanced regional and national competitions and has won a soloist competition, which enabled him to perform Liebermann's Sonata for flute and piano at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

In addition to teaching at Saint Xavier University, Guarnuccio plays second flute in the Lansing Symphony and continues to sub with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Traverse Symphony and the Arbor Opera Theatre orchestras. He is also active as an accompanist, private flute and piano instructor and church pianist in the mid-Michigan area.