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Rafael Scarfullery, DMA (Classical Guitarist)
- Houston, TX
- Classical Guitarist
- Travels up to 3000 miles
- Contact for rates
I'm a top classical/acoustic guitarist. I'm also a church organist and pianist, composer and conductor. I play in Texas and any state and I'm committed to making your event a memorable one. Performances include Carnegie Hall and concerts with orchestras. Open to playing almost any music you choose & easy to work with. 30+ years performing regularly for weddings, birthdays, corporate functions and private/public concerts.
Guitar Performance: (BM-Brooklyn College), (MM, DMA-Shenandoah University)
Orchestral Conducting: (MM-Shenandoah University)
Organ/Church Music: (AAGO, ChM, CAGO, SPC-American Guild of Organists), (CMC-Shenandoah University)
Therapeutic Music: CMP (MHTP.org)
Rafael is a truly gifted, professional musician. He arrived early to set up and brought his own speakers that use batteries so there was no need to tap into a sound system. Rafael's musical selection exceeded the expectations of the meeting team and guests. If we are ever in the Houston area again, we would definitely invite Rafael back to share his gifts and talents with us. Highly recommend this wonderful man!
Rafael was perfect. We celebrated my wife's 50th b-day with friends and family in a small, intimate setting (a museum). Rafael was early, always a step ahead. He accompanied all of the night's big moments with beautiful music. Would happily hire him again. He was also fantastic at communication. Thanks Rafael!
Guitarist, Classical Guitarist
Rafael performed wonderfully for my annual client event. Will definitely use him again next year.
Rafael was a perfect professional and so incredibly talented.
Everything worked well, on time and good entertainment.
Mr. Scarfullery's music was the perfect entertainment for a lovely Summer evening. Everyone had a fantastic time. Rafael Scarfullery is fantastic!
We hired Rafael for my mother-in-laws 80th birthday. She was thrilled (and brought to tears) with the surprise. Rafael was extremely professional and talented, playing a variety of music enjoyed by our entire group.
Rafael is absolutely fantastic! His beautiful music set the tone for the entire evening. Rafael played a variety of genres, including classical pieces and everyone loved it. We have already booked him again.
A pleasure to work with. Excellent musician. Some of the guest just sat next to him to listen rather than socialize with other guest.
Will hire him again without any reservations
Rafael was so excellent!!! Highlight of the early evening events. Guests were great to Spanish guitar music that encouraged folks to Chat, meet, interact while listening to music. Great music, will definitely hire him again.
Rafael exceeded our expectations. Musically, he is an outstanding guitarist. He played classical and Spanish music at our wedding. These are very complicated pieces and he played them perfectly. He was very professional and his communication prior to our wedding was great. I’d highly recommend him.
Guitarist, Classical Guitarist
Everything about him was perfect!
He did a wonderful job at my wedding. Everyone enjoyed his music.
Rafael was very professional. His music was beautiful and fit the occasion. I would contract with him again for any occasion.
It is a real pleasure to write up our experience with Rafael Scarfullery at our wedding last weekend. Rafael’s mastery of a wide range of music on the classical guitar made him the perfect choice to provide music for the wedding ceremony, as well as for dancing and family activities afterwards. We were impressed by his readiness to take a long list of requests prior to the wedding day and to fold them into his repertoire throughout the day. Rafael was prepared to offer relaxing background music while photos were being taken, and he was also ready to perform some gorgeous pieces while the spotlight was fully on him. We also appreciated the fact that he was excellent at accompanying a group in the wedding party that had made up words for the bride and groom to the tune of a familiar song. And Rafael also accompanied other musicians who contributed to the music of the day. It was an all around great experience with Rafael and we would recommend him without reservation for future couples planning their wedding day. Thank you, Rafael!
Rafael came to Norfolk, VA to play for our son's and daughter in law's wedding. He played the guitar while guests arrived and the pipe organ during the ceremony. The music was just lovely and we received many compliments from guests. Rafael is professional, punctual and very patient. He plays very, very well and I think anyone would be pleased with his performance. Thank you Rafael for helping to make the day so special for us!
Organist, Classical Guitarist
Rafael helped make our son's wedding a beautiful event. His willingness to meet us under tricky circumstances showed his desire to make sure everything came off well. The music he provided with both the guitar and pipe organ was perfect in setting the tone and honoring the ceremony. Could not have been a better experience. Many thanks to both Rafael and Gig Salad.
So accommodating and talented! We are more than greatful he got to share our special day with us! Highly recommended!!
Rafael played for our intimate wedding ceremony at a winery in Northern Virginia in February of 2011. He was so helpful with song choices but left everything up to us. He wanted to make our day very special. I asked if he could play a popular song for us and he was able to arrange it so beautifully! He made our wedding absolutely perfect and our guests gave repeated compliements about his performance. I would recommend him over and over again!!! Thank you Rafael for a perfect wedding to remember for a lifetime!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 300 minutes
Languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Website: Visit website
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
You can expect the highest level of guitar performance, as I've been playing playing professionally for more than two decades and I have 3 university degrees in guitar performance, including a DMA.
You can choose these musical styles: Classical, Pop/Movie/Folk/Celtic/Irish/Jazz songs, Hispanic, Spanish/Flamenco, Brazilian and Therapeutic music.
I'm committed to help you make your event a memorable one. I'm easy to work with and I perform regularly guitar for weddings, birthdays, corporate functions and public concerts in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, North Carolina, across the USA and overseas. Highlights include two solo guitar concerts at Carnegie Hall in NY and concerts with orchestras, among others.
I have 3 university degrees in guitar performance and my sound is full of expression, musical maturity and technical mastery. 25+ years of experience as a professional guitarist having won several awards. Also a highly trained composer, arranger, orchestral conductor and organist.
My music list is long, but choose almost any music you like and I'll arrange it for you at no extra cost if it's not in my repertoire. I carry my own amplifiers, which can also be used outdoors without electricity. Musical styles include: Classical, Pop/Movie/Folk/Celtic/Irish/Jazz songs, Hispanic, Spanish/Flamenco, Brazilian and Therapeutic music.
Recent News: Watch hundreds of my guitar compositions and 600+ of my guitar videos in Youtube. Type my name (Rafael Scarfullery) in Youtube and you'll find them.
University Degrees and Certifications:
Guitar Performance: BM (Brooklyn College), MM (Shenandoah University), DMA (SU)
Orchestral Conducting: MM (SU)
Organ/Church Music: DSM (Graduate Theological Foundation), AAGO (American Guild of Organists-AGO), ChM (AGO), CAGO (AGO), SPC (AGO), Church Music Certificate (SU)
Therapeutic Music: Certified Music Practitioner (Music for Healing and Transition Program)
I didn't even get to say hello to you! You were Amazing. Thank you for being such a beautiful part of our special day! Jenna & Brian (November 15, 2014, Maidens, VA)
It was lovely music…it filled the space and added depth and meaning to the birthday party. I will be singing your praises for months to all that will hear me. Cathy (August 24, 2013, Silver Springs, MD)
Thank you so much for making our wedding so special. You were a pleasure to work with. Halley & Kevin, June 9, 2012 (Charlottesville, VA)
The music was truly wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Chris and I had a memorable day celebrating with family and friends so thank you for helping to make it a special day for us. Lindsey & Chris (9-10-2011)
Rafael played for our intimate wedding ceremony at a winery in Northern Virginia in February of 2011. He was so helpful with song choices but left everything up to us. He wanted to make our day very special. I asked if he could play a popular song for us and he was able to arrange it so beautifully! He made our wedding absolutely perfect and our guests gave repeated compliments about his performance. I would recommend him over and over again!!! Thank you for a perfect wedding to remember for a lifetime!
Thank you so much for the beautiful job you did for our wedding! The music was perfect. You added such tenderness to our ceremony. Thank you for arriving early and sitting through the heat! We appreciate your talents! Best - Meredith & Jose (7-11-2011).
It was perfect! Your rendition of "Storybook Love" brought tears to my eyes, thank you so much for preparing it for me on such short notice! We really appreciate your time, effort and talent... I can't imagine a more perfect musician for our special day. I am so happy you were available and willing to play for our wedding, your music was absolutely beautiful... Lauren
We retained Rafael to provide accompaniment to our wedding ceremony on a short notice with little direction or guidance. His taste, discretion, and talent served us well. We were provided with an elegant, serene, and ethereal serenade to compliment our celebration. John & Young 12-27-09. Thank you again. Young
Thank you again so much for your lovely music which I feel made the wedding quite special. I also appreciate your flexibility as this was not a highly organized event and your ability to read the situation and add the lovely music was quite special. We so appreciate it. Carolyn
I want to thank you for joining with us on March 18, 2010, to perform at our President's Circle Gala. Your outstanding performance was the perfect touch and contributed so much to the success of the evening. You should know that I received many compliments on the fine entertainment. Your music truly is inspiring and I cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us. We'd love to have you back to perform sometime. Lindsey
On behalf of the Woodbridge Music Club, I would like to thank for your recent performance. Your recital was enjoyed by all present. We are extremely impressed, and hope you will be able to return and perform for us again in the future. In the mean time, we wish you continued success. June
Additional Booking Notes
I bring, at no extra cost, my amplification system, which includes one that can be used outdoors without electricity. If you need an extra microphone for talking, I can bring one for you.
Upcoming Booked Events
|September 30, 2023 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|March 18, 2023 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|March 04, 2023 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|February 24, 2023 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|December 18, 2022 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|December 07, 2022 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|December 03, 2022 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|November 04, 2022 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Rehearsal Dinner|
|October 15, 2022 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 14, 2022 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Engagement|
|August 11, 2022 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|July 22, 2022 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|July 03, 2022 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Birthday Party|
|June 23, 2022 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 04, 2022 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 04, 2022 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 14, 2022 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Graduation|
|April 09, 2022 • 8:00pm - 10:30pm||Birthday Party|
|April 02, 2022 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 30, 2022 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|March 04, 2022 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 14, 2022 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Nightclub Event|
|February 05, 2022 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|January 25, 2022 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|June 05, 2021 • 12:30pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 09, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 17, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 24, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 25, 2015||Cocktail Party|
|June 10, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 27, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
A Whole New World - from Aladdin Across the Universe - The Beatles Ain't No Mountain High Enough - M. Gaye & T. Terrell Air on the G String - J. S. Bach All I Ask of You - A. L. Webber All My Life - J. Hailey All The Way - J. V. Heusen All You Need Is Love - The Beatles All Through the Night - J. Shear Amazing Grace - USA Folk Melody Anda Jaleo - F. G. Lorca Annie's Song - J. Denver April in Paris - V. Duke Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - B. Bacharach As Time Goes By - H. Hupfeld At Last - E. James Aura Lee - G. Poulton Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod Ave Maria - F. Schubert Baile Me - Gipsy Kings Blackbird - J. Lennon & P. McCartney Bei Mir Bist Du Schon - S. Secunda Blue Moon - R. Rodgers Blue Sky - Alman Brothers Both Sides Now - J. Mitchell Bridal Chorus - Wagner Boleras - J. Arcas Bolero - D. del Castillo Calico Skies - P. McCartney Can You Feel the Love Tonight - E. John Can You Read My Mind? (From "Superman") - J. Williams Canon in D - Pachelbel Can't Help Falling in Love - Weiss-Peretti Careless Whisper - Michael Caro Mio Ben - G. Giordani Carolan's Welcome - T. Carolan Castle on a Cloud - Andrew Lloyd Webber Cavatina - T. Myers Chariots of Fire - Vangelis Classical Gas - M. Williams Colgado en tus Besos - C. Baute Como me Besabas Tu - arr. R. Scarfullery Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye) - F. Sartori Criolla en La Mayor - R. Bullumba Landestoy Cuando Seas Mia - Son by Four Danza del Molinero - M. de Falla Days of Wine and Roses - H. Mancini Deep Purple - P. de Rose Derroche - M. Jimenez Die Moldau - Smetana Drume Negrita - Leo Brouwer East of Eden - L. Rosenman Edelweiss - R. Rodgers El Cafe de Chinitas - F. G. Lorca El Reloj - R. Cantoral Ella - R. Blades En Mi Viejo San Juan - J. Solis Embraceable You - G. Gershwin Endless Love - L. Rick Estrellita - M. Ponce Eternally Terry's Theme - C. Chaplin Evergreen (from "A Star is Born") - B. Streisand Every Breath You Take - Sting Fantasia - R. Bullumba Landestoy Fantasia Espanola - D. del Castillo Fascination - Hansen/Marchetti Feelings - M. Albert Five Hundred Miles - H. West Flashdance What a Feeling - G. Moroder Fly Me to the Moon - B. Howard Guantanamera - Jose F. Diaz Gymnopedie No. 1 - E. Satie Gymnopedie No. 2 - E. Satie Hallelujah - L. Cohen Hand in Hand - G. Moroder Happy Ever After - J. Fordharm Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles Home on the Range - American Folk Song Hornpipe (from Water Music) - Handel Hush-A-Bye - S. Fain I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - E. John I. O. U. - Roberts/Chatter In My Life - The Beatles It Had to Be You - I. Jones January Rain - D. Gray Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach La Golondrina - Traditional Mexican Song La Jota Aragonesa - J. de Anguera La Rejoiussance - Handel La Vie en Rose - Louieguy Las Morillas de Saen - F. G. Lorca Las Tres Hojas - F. G. Lorca Largo (from Winter, The Four Seasons) - Vivaldi Largo from Xerxes - G. F. Handel Le Cyclamen - N. Leclercq Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves) - J. Kosma Let It Be - The Beatles Los Cuatro Muleros - F. G. Lorca Los Mozos de Monleon - F. G. Lorca Lover Come Back to Me - S. Romberg Love is a Many Splendored Thing - S. Fain Love Me Tender - G. Poulton Love Story - F. Lai Love Theme - The Godfather Lover's Waltz - J. Ungar Lucky - J. Manz & C. Caillat Main Title (The Color Purple) - Q. Jones Malaguenas - Luis de Soria Mam'selle - M. Gordon Mazurka - R. Bullumba Landestoy Medicina de Amor - R. Rodriguez Meditation from Thais - Massenet Mediterraneo - J. M. Serrat Melancholy Rhapsody - R. Heindorf Memory - Andrew Lloyd Webber Mentira - G. Santa Rosa Mi Lirio - arr. R. Scarfullery Minuet - Boccherini Minuet in G - Beethoven Missing You - J. Waite Misty - E. Garner Montana - Gipsy Kings Moon River - H. Mancini Moonlight Serenade - M. Parish Moonlight Sonata Mov. 1 - Beethoven Moorea - Gipsy Kings My Bonnie - Traditional Scottish Folk Song My Way - J. Reveaux My Own True Love - M. Steiner Nana de Sevilla - F. G. Lorca Night Shift - W. Orange Ninfa del Alma - arr. R. Scarfullery Nocturne Op. 4 No.2 - J. K. Mertz Norwegian Wood - The Beatles Nowhere Man - The Beatles Ode to Joy - Beethoven One Hand - One Heart (from "West Side Story") Otono - R. Pena Over the Rainbow - H. Arlen Parlez-Moi D'Amour - J. Lenoir Pasa Calle - J. Bosch Personally - P. Kelly Petenera - Luis de Soria Plaisir d'Amour - G. Martini Preciosa - R. Hernandez Prelude - C. Boydston Preludio 1 - R. Bullumba Landestoy Preludio 2 - R. Bullumba Landestoy Pretend - L. Douglas Pueblerino - R. Bullumba Landestoy Quelques Notes Pour Anna - P. de Senneville Rio de Noche - G. Yeatman Romance - Anonymous Romance de Don Boiso - F. G. Lorca Rome and Juliet - N. Rota Rondeau - Mouret Rujero - G. Sanz Ruta Montanosa - Sad Songs (Say So Much) - E. John Satin Doll - D. Ellington Say Say Say - McCartney/Jackson Secret Love - S. Fain Seguidillas Manchegas - Luis de Soria Sencillo - R. Bullumba Landestoy Serenade from Les Millions D'Harlequin - R. Drigo Sevillanas - L. de Soria Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach Si La Ves - V. Manuelle Some Enchanted Evening - Rodgers & Hammerstein Somebody's Knockin' - E. Penney Something About the Way You Look Tonight - E. John Somewhere My Love - P. F. Webster Somewhere Out There - J. Horner Sons da Carrilloes - J. T. Guimaraes Spring - Vivaldi Stardust - H. Carmichael Summertime - G. Gershwin Sunrise - Harnick & Bock Stand By Me - B. King Tennessee Waltz - P. W. King Storybook Love - M. Knopfler Tango - L. de Soria Tea for Two - V. Youmans Tengo Ganas - V. Manuelle That's All - A. Brandt & B. Haymes The Entertainer - S. Joplin The Irish Wedding Song - L. Betterridge The Lord's Prayer - Malotte The Man That Got Away - H. Arlen The More I See You - H. Warren The Music Played - U. Jurgens The Rose - A. McBroom The Shadow of Your Smile - J. Mandel The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart? - G. Auric The Sound of Music - R. Rodgers The Summer Knows - M. Legrand The Way We Were - M. Hamlisch The Way You Look Tonight - J. Kern Theme from "A Summer Place" - Max Steiner Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To? - M. Masser Three Coins in the Fountain - J. Styne Through the Eyes of Love - M. Manchester Time After Time - C. Lauper To a Wild Rose - E. MacDowell Too Late for Goodbyes - Julian Lennon Torna a Sorrento - D. Capua Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden Trumpet Tune - Purcell Trumpet Voluntary - J. Clark/H. Purcell Try to Remember - H. Schmidt Un Amor - Gipsy Kings Unchained Melody - A. North Unforgettable - I. Gordon Up Where We Belong - B. Sainte-Marie & J. Nitzsche Valotte - Julian Lennon Vals Criollo - R. Pena Vals en La Menor - R. Bullumba Landestoy Vals en Mi - R. Bullumba Landestoy Waltz - Brahms Wedding March - Mendelssohn What a Wonderful World - B. Thiele What I Did for Love - M. Hamlisch What's Love Got to Do With It - T. Britten When I Fall in Love - V. Young When You Wish Upon a Star - L. Harline While My Guitar Gently Weeps - G. Harrison Winter (Largo) - Vivaldi With a Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles With You On My Back - L. Umegaki Woman in Love - Bob McDill Wonderful Tonight - E. Clapton Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys Wrapped Around Your Finger - Sting Yesterday - The Beatles You Needed Me - Randy Goodrum Your Song - E. John
Influences & Inspiration
Classical music, folk music, popular music, sacred church music, Hispanic and Caribbean music, Jazz, Native-American music, and so many other music styles.
No required equipment. I bring all I need.