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Herb Alpert Music Center

Full-Time Faculty

Charles Suovanen

Charles Suovanen

Professor, Guitar

Contact Info

Office: HAMC 141
Extension: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2886

Biographical Statement:

Mr. Suovanen received his Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance and Master’s Degree in Music from California State University, Northridge.

His primary teachers were the guitar faculty at CSUN under the leadership of Dr. Ronald Purcell. He furthered his education through master classes under the direction of Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Alirio Diaz, Elliot Fisk, Robert Guthrie, Oscar Ghiglia, John Mills, John Duarte, Alice Artz and Manuel Barrueco. In 1977, he was selected from among his classmates to perform for the great Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia.

Personal Statement:

Mr. Suovanen and the other outstanding guitar faculty of LACC have developed one of the most comprehensive classical guitar programs found in any community college district in the State of California.

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 Upcoming Events

Concert Flyer: Applied Music Completion Concert. December 4, 2019 at 7pm. Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall.

Concert Flyer: Studio Jazz Band. December 5, 2019 at 7pm. Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall.

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Herb Alpert Music Center 106
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2880

Christine Park
Department Chair


Caroline Reyes
Instructional Assistant


Sam Plotkin
Instructional Assistant


Mailing Address:

Department of Music
Los Angeles City College
Herb Alpert Music Center
855 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029

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 Office Hours

FALL 2019

Monday - Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Hours are subject to change.

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911