The Parkening Young Artist Program | Pepperdine University | Seaver College

The Parkening Young Artist Program

Thank you for your interest in the Parkening Young Artist Program.

The Parkening Young Artist Program is designed for college-aged international students who qualify to study with Christopher Parkening for one year at Pepperdine.

Parkening Young Artist Program - Parkening with Pepperdine studentsPhoto by Mark Westling. Used by permission.

This program provides instruction for classical guitar students who are not qualified for the traditional academic degree-seeking track at Seaver College.


The cost to participate is $1,200 (USD) per semester. Enrolled students will receive a certificate upon satisfactory completion of the Parkening Young Artist Program.

Each semester, a student in the Young Artist Program will participate in: 

  • seven one-hour private lessons with Christopher Parkening.
  •  weekly private lessons with Adjunct Professor Anastasios Comanescu (optional).
  •  one 30- or 60-minute recording session at a professional studio in Los Angeles.

Group activities include:

  • one four-hour Christopher Parkening Master Class
  • weekly studio classes with Christopher Parkening & Adjunct Professor Anastasios Comanescu
  • MUS 145 Performance Skills for Classical Guitar
  • MUS 150 or 350 Guitar Ensemble
  • two one-hour Group Guitar Classes (open to all Pepperdine students)
  • Pepperdine Student-led Guitar Concert Series

Additional opportunities may include:

  • on-campus performances at special University events.
  • off-campus performances at venues in Malibu and neighboring cities.

Students enrolled in the Young Artist Program study specific works that provide them with a balance of technical and musical challenges and which create a diverse and rich répertoire suitable for performance.

If you have any questions about the Parkening Young Artist Program, please contact Adjunct Professor of Guitar, Anastasios Comanescu.