Isaac Lausell | School of Music | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Isaac Lausell

Assistant Professor

Isaac Lausell

OBF 211

Dr. Lausell leads the guitar program at SIUC School of Music where he joined the faculty in the Fall 2012. At SIUC Lausell teaches classical and jazz guitar, Fretboard harmony, Guitar ensembles, Sight-reading for guitar, Studio class, History of fretted instruments, and plays with the Jazz ensemble in residence the New Arts Jazztet.

Prior to his appointment at SIU Dr. Lausell taught at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Consevatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Escuela Especializada Ernesto Ramos Antonini (public music school grades 7-12), State University of New York at Stony Brook, University of North Texas (Community music program), Ridgecrest Elementary School in Houston, Texas, Escuela Libre de Música de Humacao (public music school grades 7-12) and Academia de Música Peña in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Lausell has played with artists such as Ray Anderson, C.E. Askew, Ignacio Berroa, Coco Freeman, Chris Carrington, Kenwood Dennard, Ricky Encarnación, Jon Faddis, Eddie Gómez, Heaven Report, Rick Latham, Matt Margvulio, Paoli Mejias, Fidel Morales, Zvonimir, Tot, Marcello Pellitteri, Marco Pignataro, Proyecto EVIF, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Jorge Vizcarrondo, Bill, Smith, Oscar Stagnaro, Norbert Stachel, 33DC and the Stony Brook Baroque Players.


Bachelors degree in Music Performance (Classical Guitar) and a Teacher’s Certification from Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.

Professional Studies in Jazz Performance from University of Houston.

Masters Degree in Jazz Studies with a related field in Music Performance (Classical & Jazz Guitar) from University of North Texas.

Doctorate in Musical Arts with a concentration in Music Performance (Classical Guitar with studies in Early Music and Jazz) from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Studied the guitar with Jerry Willard, Benjamin Verdery, Thomas Johnson, Richard McClure, Fred Hamilton, Terry Hankins, Mike Wheeler, Luis Enrique Juliá, Ismael Falcón and Sandra Reyes.

Had master classes with Andrew York, Dale Stuckenbruck, Pepe Romero, John Benitez, Alexander Sergüei, Eladio Scharrón, Carlos Barbosa- Lima, Mark White, Oscar Stagnaro, and Walter Quevedo.


The Sound Matrix (Book-2005)

Returning to the path (CD-2007)

Proyecto EVIF (CD-2007)

Jazz Misionero: Uruguay (Live DVD - 2011)

A reference guide for the improvising musician (Book - 2012)

Lausell’s jazz guitar notebook: Repertoire for solo jazz guitar (Book – 2012)

Book I: A new approach to scales for classical guitar (Book - 2013)

Jazz Misionero: Primicia para las naciones (Live DVD – Fall 2013)

The Stony Brook Suites (CD – currently in production)