Born in Houston, TX to a French mother and an Ecuadorian father, Fernand Vera is an active performer, event organizer, educator, author, and arranger. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas.
Since 2012, Fernand has directed the thriving Guitar Studies program at Collin College in Plano, TX. He is the Artistic Director of the annual Collin College Guitar Festival, held each spring semester. He is also the creator and director of the annual Collin College Guitar Competition, the only event of its kind specifically for Texas community college students, held every fall semester. For more information, please visit our Collin College Guitar Studies website: http://www.collin.edu/music/guitar/.
As an educator and author, Fernand has written several guitar method books: The Beginning Guitar Method, Vol. 1, now in its fifth edition (co-written with Olga Amelkina-Vera), The Beginning Guitar Method, Vol. 2 for continuing guitar students, and Guitar Fitness: Technical Studies for the Advancing Guitarist. These publications are used as guitar studies curriculum at Collin College for class guitar and applied lessons.
Fernand’s students have won prizes in solo and ensemble competitions, most recently at the 2013 Hill Country International Guitar Ensemble Competition and the 2014 University of Texas at Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition.
He continuously contributes to the guitar ensemble repertoire through his numerous arrangements and transcriptions. Always eager to learn new skills, Fernand was the recording engineer and sound editor for Kithara Duo’s critically acclaimed debut CD, Beings (Soundset Recordings, 2011) and the group’s recent release, Lingua Franca (2015).