Paul Sweeny earned a BA in music from Harpur College, presenting the first student classical guitar recital in the history of the school. He later returned to earn his master's in music history.
Sweeny has taught at SUNY Broome more than 30 years and created the school’s guitar program, its sequence of music history classes and a class in the history of popular music. Over the years, Sweeny has taught music history, including 10 years of teaching pop rock and soul music, as well as guitar lessons at Binghamton University and is currently directing the reconstituted Guitar Ensemble.
Sweeny is the president of the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York and is a frequent performer in the area, both as a soloist and as a member of the duo Simple Gifts with recorder player Barbara Kaufman. He also maintains a private guitar studio in Binghamton.
- MA, BA, Binghamton University