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David Dueñas, a versatile performer and teacher, began playing the guitar at age 12 at the Guam Academy of Music and Arts, under the tutelage of flamenco guitarist, Adelo Alcaraz, and later earned his B.A. in Music, studying classical guitar with the late James Bertram at California State University East Bay. He continued his studies with internationally renowned composer/guitarist, Dušan Bogdanović, and in 1994 he received a Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Since 1992, David has frequently collaborated with the virtuouso Peruvian woodwind (kena and zampoña) player, Nayo Ulloa. They have performed extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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David is a regular guest artist with the Coro Hispano de San Francisco’s Conjunto NuevoMundo which dedicates itself to promoting the sacred, folkloric, and salon music of the Hispano-American diaspora. He is also active in liturgical music ministry and has served at several parishes in the Diocese of Oakland, CA. David currently directs a small liturgical music ensemble at the Agaña Cathedral-Basilica in the Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam.

In 2005, shortly after the birth of his second daughter, David began teaching preschool music and art through Civic Arts Education in Walnut Creek, California and California First Five. He is a licensed instructor in Musikgarten, the leader in early childhood music education. In 2007, David also completed a nine month practicum for certification in the Walden School Methodology of Music Theory and Musicianship.

In 1997, David cofounded the San Francisco Guitar Quartet (SFGQ). Since then the quartet has risen to international recognition playing concerts in Asia, Europe, and all across the continental United States. In addition to his solo guitar CD release entitled Modes and Expressions (1999), he has released four recordings with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet: Black Opal (2001), Compadres (2003), Silhouette (2006), and Chasing Light (2010). From 2001-2012 David served on the music faculty at Santa Clara University as Head of Guitar Studies and Artistic Director for the Jazz Has a Dream Project. In 2012 he moved with his family to their new home on the beautiful island Guam. David is currently teaching Applied Guitar, Music Theory and Aural Skills, Music History and Appreciation, and Ensemble at the Mt. Carmel School Music Academy in Agat, Guam.