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Chuck Hulihan, M.M.

Department Role: 
Evening Supervisor
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Additional Roles: 
Guitar, Chamber Music, Music Theory, Music History, Music Education

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(623) 845-3715
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Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

My Biography

Chuck Hulihan, has enjoyed a vast career over the past twenty years as a performer, educator, conductor, narrator, arts administrator, and as a classical music radio host. Chuck has Directed the Guitar Program at Glendale Community College since 1999, where he is the Assistant Department Chair for Performing Arts, and serves on the Arts Advisory Board for the Maricopa Community College District. In January of 2015 Chuck was chosen by his peers to receive the GCC Gaucho Globe Award for Supporting Student Success. 

Chuck’s work at GCC is highlighted by collaborations with composers whom have written new works for the GCC Guitar Ensembles, including Phil Moloso’s “Kindertoten II”, Mark Houghton’s “Twangology” and “Frippertron”, and Rex Willis’ “All In A Days Work” and “18 and 49” . Since 2000, his students have won the prestigious MCCD Artists of Promise competition for solo guitar and/or instrumental ensemble categories. Throughout the pasts years his students have enjoyed many opportunities to perform throughout Arizona at venues such as the Grand Canyon Guitar Society and have been recognized by organizations including the National Society of Arts and Letters. Chuck’s students have gone on to complete undergraduate and graduate studies at top universities and conservatories. In 2014, the GCC Guitar Octet won the GFA Ensemble Showcase Competition and went on to perform two world premieres at the 2014 convention.

Chuck’s work as a conductor has included over 50 concerts directing the GCC Guitar Ensembles and includes leading large orchestras comprising students from high school, college, and guitar society ensembles. In 2014, he led the Arizona Guitar Orchestra, a collaboration of musicians from GCC, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Tucson and Grand Canyon Guitar Societies, and Northland Prep Academy in three performances of Shingo Fujii’s “Concierto de Los Angeles” with soloist William Kanengiser, the only time this work has been toured and featured in multiple concerts with one ensemble. 

As a performer Chuck has enjoyed a varied career, recognized as both a classical and jazz guitarist. For the past 20 years, Chuck has worked alongside his wife, flutist Theresa Hulihan, exploring and enriching the repertoire for flute and guitar. Noted guitar composer John W. Duarte wrote one of his final works for the duo, "Five Moods", each of the movements depicting a different aspect of their personalities and reflective of many genres of american music. In 2007, they released their CD, “Colors”, which includes music by Eugene Bozza, Jacques Ibert, and Jan Truhlar, and features original works by Sy Brandon, including the world premiere recording of "Southwestern Suite" written with support from a Co-Op Press Commission Assistance Grant. Their CD has been featured as KBAQ’s CD of the Week, on syndicated programs Classical Guitar Alive and The Intimate Guitar, as well as on public radio stations across the United States. They have been described as “witty, inventive, and musically engaging”, and their concerts hailed “Truly an evening of Bravos” in performances throughout the US including New York’s Vox Novus Composers’s Voice series, Seattle’s Wood Flute Conference, and three appearances at the Grand Canyon Guitar Society in Flagstaff. 

His fascination with Django Reinhardt and love of jazz manouche led to the formation of the Hot Club of Phoenix, performing at venues including the Chandler Jazz Festival, Coconino Center for the Arts, and three consecutive appearances at the New Mexico Django Festival. His journey into jazz has been written about in Japan’s Gendai Guitar and the UK’s Classical Guitar by noted guitar writer Julia Crowe, and Just Jazz Guitar magazine wrote “He is the ‘71 SuperBee Mopar-powered muscle car of gypsy jazz guitar….a bottomless well of energy and ideas, keeping the listeners engaged from first note to last.” 

Chuck holds a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Connecticut, where he studied with guitarist Mark M. Davis, and a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Arizona State University, where he studied with Frank Koonce. He is the former director and conductor of the ASU Guitar Ensemble and the Arizona School for the Arts Guitar Ensemble. 2015 highlights have included a well attended lecture on “College and Careers” at the GFA Symposium in Las Vegas, guest conductor for the Clark County School District Honor Ensemble, and 2015 Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble Festival guest conductor.

Classes I Teach

Spring 2018
Course Name Sect Campus
MTC180 Computer Literacy for Musicians 13968 GCC MAIN
MTC180 Computer Literacy for Musicians 14229 GCC MAIN
MUP123AC Studio Class/Guitar 14032 GCC MAIN
MUP169 Guitar Ensemble 25501 GCC MAIN
MUP181 Chamber Music Ensembles 14083 GCC MAIN
MUP225 Class Guitar I 14133 GCC MAIN
MUP226 Class Guitar II 13942 GCC MAIN
MUP227 Class Guitar III 13943 GCC MAIN
MUP228 Class Guitar IV 13944 GCC MAIN