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The guitar session won’t be happening this summer 2020; we look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Guitar Professors

Louis Trépanier

Louis Trépanier, Guitar session coordinator

A native of Ottawa, Louis Trépanier studied under Patrick Roux at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Hull, graduating in 1998 with the Prix en Guitare. Louis has further studied both privately and in master classes with: Sergio Assad, David Russell and Fabio Zanon. He has also studied jazz with Canadian composer and guitarist Roddy Ellias.

Trépanier has performed often on CBC radio and Radio-Canada both as soloist and with the CGQ. His arrangements of orchestral masterworks for the CGQ have received fantastic reviews and have set a new standard in guitar quartet transcription. These and Trépanier’s own compositions are published by Les Productions d’Oz under the special CGQ collection.

He has adjudicated guitar competitions at the provincial, national and international levels and is also known for his dynamic style of teaching in masterclasses. Trépanier is a member of Trio Tangere, with guitarist Jérôme Ducharme, and violinist Marc Djokic. Louis has previously taught at both Laurentian University and Cambrian College in Sudbury. He is currently Coordinator of the Guitar Sector at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music.


Emily Shaw

Emily Shaw

Emily is a young classical guitarist, teacher, and luthier currently located in Ottawa, Ontario. She studied guitar with her father, Mike Shaw until university, at which point she moved to London, Ontario to study with Wilma van Berkel at the University of Western Ontario. Emily recently completed a master's degree (MMus) in guitar performance under the tutelage of Patrick Roux at the University of Ottawa. Emily spends a good deal of her time working with students in her home studio where she teaches classical and acoustic guitar, and piano. As a luthier, Emily has built a variety of guitar-type instruments including classical guitars, steel-string acoustic guitars, period instruments, and a ukulele. In performance, Emily strives to engage her audience with expressive interpretations of music from across the centuries. She has a weakness for emotionally charged, lush harmonies and amusing character pieces. When not practising, teaching, or building guitars, Emily enjoys biking, sailing, cooking, and drinking tea.



Craig Visser

Craig is a guitarist and composer currently based in the Ottawa area.As a guitarist, his interests stem from a variety of styles including jazz and classical, which in turn has presented an array of performance opportunities as a soloist, musician fortheatrical productions, and as a member of small and large jazz ensembles.

Craig’s work as a composer has proven to be equally diverse over the years. His piece for string orchestra (The Red Fields), won the Blue Bridge Festival’s Mary Gardiner Memorial Award for Young Composers in 2011 and his most recent project for guitar quartet and strings will be premiered at the 2018 Guitare Alla Grande festival in the National Capital Region. Craig is a member of the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and his music is published by Heron Creek Music and Les Productions D’Oz.

Craig holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Music) from York University and a Masters (MMus) in guitar performance from the University of Ottawa.His primary teachers have included renowned Canadian guitarist/composers Brian Katz and Patrick Roux, as well as composers Michael Cado and David Lidov.Craig is currently on the board of the Ottawa Guitar Society, where he directs the Ottawa Guitar Orchestra and coordinates the society’s Young Composers Competition.


Please send any questions to Louis Trépanier, coordinator of the uOttawa Summer Music Academy, via email at


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