Jon Sharp, President – Inspired by a succession of great guitar teachers including Michael Bautista, Patrick Francis, Steve Lin and Ben Zussman, Jon has studied music formally at West Valley Community College and at San Jose State University where he received his Masters degree in Classical Guitar performance in 2009. Along the way he has performed with the San Jose State University Guitar Quartet as well as the San Jose State Collegium Musicum early music group. Jon has also played in Master Classes for acclaimed guitarists Adam Holzman, Martha Masters, Berta Rojas, James Smith, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux and Andrew York. In the Bay Area he was an active Board member of the South Bay Guitar Society and remains a member of the Guitar Foundation of America. He has performed at public events including Tapestry for the Arts Festival, the Alameda Guitar festival, San Jose Concert for Hope, musical theater & numerous private events. He has taught guitar classes for the East Union High School District – Adult program, as well as teaching privately for a number of years. Jon’s playing at Fresno VA was featured in the LA Times.
He takes his guitar wherever he goes. It is not unusual to find him practicing outdoors or under a mosquito net on camping trips. Official Website
Berto Boyd, Artistic Director and Public Relations – Berto Boyd began his musical training on the piano at age 5 and has been playing guitar for over 30 years. A rigorous musician and a careful researcher, Berto has studied in Spain and performed throughout the United States with some of the world’s finest Flamenco, Classical and Jazz artists. Born into a family of artists, which includes famed lead singer, Brandon Boyd of the multi-platinum band Incubus, he is one of the rare and few Americans who has dedicated his musical dreams to mastering the art of the Spanish guitar and composing original Flamenco music.
He currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he is musical director for Flamenco Pacifico, artistic director of the Corvallis Guitar Society and the owner of Berto Boyd Presents LLC. His first original solo publication “12 Flamenco Etudes” was recently released in February 2018. Berto has artist endorsements by Hannabach Strings, The2Mic, and Shelton-Farretta guitars.
Berto Boyd is recognized as one of the top professionals in the music industry. As a former music broker/owner of Boyd Music Services and BertoFlamenco Productions in Santa Barbara, CA, he regularly employed over 35 of SoCal’s finest Classical, Jazz and Flamenco musicians for many high-end private events, corporate events, and for many well-known celebrities.
Berto’s debut album “Esmeralda” was released in 2003 featuring all original Flamenco compositions. In 2019 he performed with the Grammy-Award winning guitarist William Kanengiser in the West Coast debut of “The Walls” by Sergio Assad with the PSU Guitar Orchestra. Also in 2019, he performed on the same bill as the Los Angeles Quartet (LAGQ) and Adam Del Monte in a benefit concert to help victims of the Paradise Camp Fire. Additionally in 2019, Berto performed selections of Suite Avalon by Jose Luis de la Paz with the Oakland Youth Symphony directed by Omid Zoufonoun with orchestral arrangements by Alex Conde. In 2018 he was a featured soloist with the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra with his virtuosic interpretation of the Concierto en Re Op.99 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. In 2017, he released the debut album “Convivencia” with his group Flamenco Pacifico which was nominated for “Best World/Global Fusion Album of 2017” by One World Music Awards. Additionally in 2017, he performed in the finale concert of Chintimini Chamber Music Festival Classical works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Boccherini with a string quartet. In 2015, he was commissioned to transcribe the monumental guitar score for Avalon – Suite for Flamenco guitar and Chamber Orchestra by Jose Luis de la Paz, which he performed during its’ debut at the Miami Dade Auditorium. Official Website
Steve Stratton, Board Member – In 2018, Steve decided to take up the guitar again after a 40 year hiatus while working and raising a family. His early musical life included singing in some of the great cathedrals in England with a touring boy’s choir, and playing guitar in various blues/rock bands in his high school years. Now retired from a career in environmental engineering, he spends his time traveling, golfing, fly fishing, and now learning to play classical guitar under the watchful eye of Cameron O’Connor. Steve brings a wealth of experience in non-profit management to the Corvallis Guitar Society, and a passion for his new endeavor.