Fr. George (Rajiv) Hatcher, Guitar

Fr. George (Rajiv) Hatcher has a broad and varied music education
in guitar, voice, choir, composing, arranging, and conducting. He has enjoyed teaching students of all ages and experiences in private lessons, as well as guitar classes, choirs, and music theory lessons. He taught choir and general music in various schools
ranging from Preschool through High School for about 13 years, as well as a college level choir as a graduate teaching assistant. He studied classical guitar with Leon Atkinson and Paul Grove. In 2004, he studied flamenco guitar in Granada, Spain with Alberto Fernandez Lopez. Fr. George holds a bachelor’s in music composition from Gonzaga University, a Master’s in Music Education and a Master’s in Music Conducting from Portland State University.

He has a background performing guitar in varied styles, such as classical, flamenco, folk, blues, rock, and jazz. He also studied voice with Max Mendez, Andrea Olsen, Charles Stevens, and Carl Halvorson. Fr. George also sang tenor with Portland State Chamber Choir under Bruce Browne, the Tucson Chamber Artists (now known as the True Concord Voices and Orchestra) under Eric Holtan, as well as locally in Max Mendez’ ensemble, Spokane Choral Artists.

Fr. George enjoys playing his flamenco guitar, made by our local master guitar maker, Eric Sahlin. Fr. George believes that a good musical education can add joy to life and increase intelligence and personal connections across culture, art, history, science, theology, and more. He was recently ordained to the holy priesthood and serves as assistant priest at St. Gregorios Orthodox Christian Church in Spokane, WA.


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