Guitarist, composer and educator George Hess has been teaching and performing professionally for over 30 years throughout the United States and now recently in Asia. His extensive background includes playing a wide variety of music with such performers as Ryo Kawasaki, Jim Nabors, the Osmonds, David Liebman, Bob Berg, Adam Nussbaum, Randy Brecker, Frank Mantooth, Conrad Herwig, and Rufus Reid. He has also led his own touring groups, performed with orchestras and played dozens of musicals. He has presented workshops and clinics on jazz improvisation, theory and guitar at conferences and schools throughout the world and is a member of the Jazz Special Interest Group committee for the International Society for Music Education.
An award-winning teacher, he is currently associate professor of music at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, where he teaches music technology and improvisation. Dr. Hess was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2010. Prior to coming to Singapore he was at Central Michigan University and taught jazz, technology and music theory. While there was the director and composer for eBand, an all-electronic ensemble, that performed throughout the US. He also coordinated technology sessions for the IAJE annual conference for 5 years.
George graduated from the Berklee College of Music where he studied arranging and compostion with Michael Gibbs and guitar with John Damian and Bret Willmott. He later completed masters and doctoral studies at the University of Northern Colorado studying jazz pedagogy and composition. George also spent five years being mentored by jazz great Johnny Smith and has participated in master classes with Grant Geissman and Barney Kessel.