Photo of Stephen Aron
  • Teacher of Classical Guitar


  • BM, Hartt College of Music, 1979
  • MM, University of Arizona, 1981


Stephen Aron has dedicated himself to a lifetime of encouraging less-experienced guitarists to find their own voices. Through careful attention to the nuances of both physical technique and musical expression, a gradual mastery is achieved. Each student is recognized as unique, both in their artistic desires and in their musical backgrounds and physical capacities. By helping them find their musical paths, truly original artists begin to emerge.

Aron retired from his post as professor of music at the University of Akron in Ohio, a position he held for 34 years. He continues to work with extraordinary students at Oberlin Conservatory and occasionally teaches privately. He began at Oberlin in 1992, where he is teacher of classical guitar.

Aron performs regularly throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. An avid arranger, his work is published by Tuscany Editions, Mel Bay Publications, and Clear Note Publications. He has released 12 publications and 500 pages of music.

Winner, Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, 1983

Concerts in the United States and Canada; New York debut in Merkin Hall, 1989

He is a dedicated chamber music advocate, and maintains a regular duo with his wife, soprano JoNell Aron, and another with flutist Jane Berkner. He plays frequently with mixed chamber ensembles both traditional and new music.

An avid arranger, his work is published by Tuscany Editions, Mel Bay Publications, and Clear Note Publications. Clear Note also recently published several of his original compositions.

  • Member, board of directors, Guitar Foundation of America, 1988-92, chair, 1989-92
  • Founder, Great Lakes Classical Guitar Competition
  • Faculty member, University of Akron, 1981 to 2015

Aron has recorded chamber music, solo guitar, and vocal music CDs including:

Chamber music CD, Tropicale, Clear Note, 2012
Solo CD, One Fell Swoop/Original Words for Solo Guitar, Clear Note, 2010
Solo CD, Sketches, released on Digital Revolution, 1994
Voice and guitar CD, Shine on Harvest Moon and In My Heart released on Pavonia Music, 1997/98. Original arrangements published by Tuscany Publications