Rafael Scarfullery is a versatile Dominican musician who has won several awards for his cultural projects, compositions and performances. He is a classical guitarist, composer, orchestral/choral conductor, church musician, organist and therapeutic musician. He has been invited to perform at the Ibero-Americano Guitar Festival in Washington DC, the Bethelem Guitar Festival at the Moravian College, and guitar festivals and competitions in the Dominican Republic, among others. He has performed in concert halls, universities, churches, TV and Radio stations throughout the USA, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Turkey, Venezuela, and Canada. He has also been judge in guitar competitions and has organized six guitar festivals in the Dominican Republic.
As a composer, Rafael has been awarded top prizes in hymn competitions and his compositions are performed by internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles. Rafael composes a short guitar piece every day and uploads it to his Youtube channel (scarfulleryguitar). He has taught music analysis, counterpoint, harmony and music appreciation in several schools, including the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, the Conservatorio Nacional de Música of Santo Domingo, and the Instituto de Cultura y Arte. Rafael has also studied composition with Tania León, Alice Parker and William Averitt, and counterpoint with the Dominican composer, Manuel Simó.
Rafael teaches guitar at Sweet Briar College and Randolph College. He has also taught at Shenandoah University, the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, and the Conservatorio Nacional de Música of Santo Domingo. He has a BM from Brooklyn College, a MM and a DMA in music performance, a MM in orchestral conducting (all these graduate degrees from Shenandoah University), 4 certifications from the American Guild of Organists, including the AAGO, and other certifications. Rafael has won important awards in the Dominican Republic, such as El Casandra as best classical player and El Premio Nacional de la Juventud. His website is: www.RafaelScarfullery.com.