A close up of a man with a beard and glasses playing an acoustic guitar.

Sean Faccio

Guitar Instructor


Sean Faccio ‘11 is a guitarist specializing in classical, rock, and other in-between genres. A Green Bay native, he took an early interest in the guitar and its possibilities. He began classical guitar lessons with Bob Shebesta and continued through high school with Bob Balsley and Luke Thomas. While at Lawrence University, Sean studied classical guitar under Dr. Nathan Wysock, jazz guitar with Steve Peplin, and took a deeper interest in classical music and art history;  studying at Lawrence’s London Center was a particularly inspiring artistic experience. He has a wide range of work experience, having taught private guitar lessons to youth and adults, worked as an administrative intern with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Fox Valley Symphony, and spent several years in homecare with mentally disabled adults and children with autism. Sean gigs regularly around Northeast Wisconsin as a soloist, with a variety of local bands, and with acoustic acts. Many of his performances involve original compositions and songs. He also enjoys cooking, basketball, fashion, and learning new things every day.

Maybe I’ll see you guys out at a gig. I play solo, duo, trio, and with a band sometimes. If so, say hi!



What is your favorite thing about working at the Community Music School?

Having gone through the Lawrence University Conservatory as an undergrad, and now teaching here, I can say that the Community Music School has all the charm and enthusiasm of the Conservatory. And it’s fun to see how well the students have been progressing, even in the relatively short time I’ve been here.

 

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.”
   —Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius wrote this quote two millennia ago, and it’s as true today as ever.

 

What is your favorite thing to do?

Hanging out at Panera and reading + listening to music. That and multitasking in the kitchen.

 

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

Basically all of my family members. I can think of a specific way each of them inspires me. Oh, and I watch a lot of smart, insightful people on YouTube, all of whom I’d consider inspirational.

 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Vienna, Austria. It’s always appealed to me as a critical hub of Western arts and culture.

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Probably teleporting. I like exploring Google Maps, zooming in on random hamlets and remote locales to see what kinds of shops and houses they have. Which reminds me; I should Google Map-explore Vienna!

 

A close-up of a bearded man with glasses playing a guitar.If you could do another job for a day, what would it be and why?

Probably a doctor, like an internist who does rounds. Just to see how I’d fare.

 

If you could play one instrument that you are not able to play now, what would it be?

Keys (at a high level) because I feel like I’d compose more interesting music. A lot of the music I write comes from a guitar-oriented perspective–which is great–but I think I’d come up with better ideas if I were also a good pianist.