Youth Performing Arts School
1517 S 2nd St
Louisville, KY 40208
Guitar Department: Annex Room 25
A passionate educator, performer, and advocate of the classical guitar, Michael Kagan enjoys a vibrant career as the Director of Guitar Studies at the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) in Louisville, Kentucky, serves as the Tour Director and International Ensemble Competition Artistic Director for the Guitar Foundation of America, and is President of the Louisville Guitar Society – a 501c3 that promotes live music, educational opportunities, and musical community through the guitar.
In 2016, Michael successfully passed an eight course curriculum for the first magnet program for the guitar in the state of Kentucky. He is currently building local audiences and initiating after school guitar programs to engage and enrich the Louisville community.
As a performer, Michael has been noted for his “remarkable poise and artistry coupled with a sharp intellectual acumen.” He graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Westfield State University where he received a B.A in Music Education and Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of Phillip de Fremery, a curator of the Segovia legacy. There, Michael received a departmental award for Excellence in Musical Performance among his graduating class. In 2014, Michael completed a Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance with Dr. Stephen Mattingly, noted soloist and member of the Tantalus Quartet at the University of Louisville. Michael’s most recent engagements have included a program of Schubert’s music for guitar and voice and Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano.