John Paul Shields is the teacher for Holy Names Music Center’s VA Guitar outreach program with the VA Medical Center that serves Veterans with PTSD. If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause visit: Giving
JP is a guitar performer, composer, and instructor with over 20 years of professional experience, currently based in Spokane, WA. A graduate of the University of Washington in classical guitar, with a masters in classical guitar performance from the University of Idaho, John Paul has performed worldwide in a colorful array of settings, from public festivals in Peru to Seattle’s esteemed Benaroya hall to live on radio and television. A passionate musician dedicated to the lifelong pursuit of learning, John Paul has played as both soloist and in ensembles of all types and sizes, in multiple genres of music.
In 2008, John Paul’s career moved him to Peru, where, in addition to performing and teaching, he studied the rich intricacies of Andean folk guitar music. John Paul worked with several renowned musicians in Peru, including Frank Collazos, Luis Salazar Mejía and the legendary guitarist Raúl García Zárate, who was chosen as one of the 100 most influential people in Latin American culture. Recently, John Paul has just edited and recorded all the music examples for the Andean guitar method, Método Guitarra Andina Peruana, written by Luis Salazar Mejía.
Besides his work on Peruvian and classical guitar repertoire, Mr. Shields currently teaches guitar at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, WA. Mr. Shields also plays with University of Idaho guitar professor James Reid in the guitar duo, South Hill Guitars, and recently recorded their first album, Coyote Dances. Meanwhile, Mr. Shields continues to pursue his Alexander Technique studies under his mentors Bill Conable and Shawn Copeland.