Greg Hays is a guitarist originally from Bel Air, Maryland who currently studies classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the instruction of Julian Gray.
He began playing guitar when he was seven after his parents convinced the local music store to give lessons to such a young student. Greg has gone through quite the musical transformation over the years, listening to 80’s rock in middle school, gravitating towards blues in high school, and finally arriving at jazz and classical music in college. It was during his undergraduate time at Frostburg State University in the hills of western Maryland that his musical world got exponentially larger
As a performer, Greg has co-founded two guitar duos: EastWest Guitar Duo and, most recently, the Un/Strung Guitar Duo. He regularly performs with these groups in cities such as Baltimore, Cumberland, Frostburg, and more around the tristate area. In these groups, he focuses on expanding the guitar repertoire by arranging pieces not originally for the instrument.
Greg maintains an active teaching studio and teaches many different styles of guitar to a wide array of ages. He creates personalized exercises and study songs to help his students achieve their own artistic voice and highest potential
Greg is passionate about many genres, instruments, and disciplines in music; whether it is Romantic era piano music, Avant Garde music theory, the most obscure music history, or even the recording arts. When not in a practice room, Greg enjoys reading a good book and sailing on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Photography by Emilie Shephard Photography