Guitarist/composer Steve Kovalcheck joined the UNC Jazz Studies faculty in the fall of 2009. He holds a B.M. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado. Kovalcheck teaches the Jazz Improvisation sequence and Jazz History for Non-Majors. He also directs a small jazz ensemble and leads the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Kovalcheck maintains an active performance schedule in the greater Denver area. His professional experience includes recording and touring with Columbia recording artist Robinella and the C.C. String Band. Kovalcheck has performed with artists including Victor Krauss, the “New York Voices,” the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Coffin, Tommy Sims, Blue Note Recording Artist Carrie Rodriguez, and the Dana Landry Quartet. He is a member of the Be3 Trio featuring Jim White (drums) and Pat Bianchi (organ). His compositions have been played internationally, including performances at the “Jazz En Tete” festival in Clermont, France. Kovalcheck is listed in Downbeat as a notable alum of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.