The Elon Music Department hosts various guest artists throughout the year, including composers, soloists, ensembles, producers, songwriters and engineers. Guest master classes and presentations have been conducted by:

Itzhak Perlman

Classical violinist

Jimmy Webb

Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer, orchestrator

Rob Lewis

Engineer, National Sales Director for Studer

Elliot Mazer

Record producer & engineer (Neal Young, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan)

Alex De Grassi


Douglas Neidt

Classical guitarist

Awadagin Pratt

Concert pianist

Gene Bertoncini

Jazz guitarist

Carmine Appice

Drummer (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Stanley Clarke, Ted Nugent, Pink Floyd)

Bart Feller

Principal Flute of the New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Arlene Shrut

Faculty member of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music

Lori Laitman

Composer of art songs

Adeline Tomasone


Eugene Rousseau

Professor of saxophone, Indiana University

Arnold Jacobs

Principal tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Renold Schilke

Manufacturer of Schilke trumpets and former member of Chicago Symphony

Bill Chase

Jazz trumpet recording artist and leader of “Chase”

Wolfgang Basch

International trumpet soloist

Leon Breedan

Director of Jazz Program, North Texas State University

Thomas Murray

International organ soloist and head of organ department Yale University

Joe Lavano

Jazz tenor saxophonist

Marcus Roberts

Jazz pianist