Los Angeles Guitar Academy Staff

Devoted to our mission of spreading the joy of playing the guitar to people throughout Los Angeles and the world, our staff works hard behind the scenes to make that happen.

A strong commitment to making our students and clients feel welcome underlies everything they do.

Without them, we, the faculty, would be swamped in paperwork. With their help, we are free to compose, arrange, perform, and teach.


Cheryl Anne Groth

An alumnus of Cedarville University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Cheryl Anne Groth holds a B.A. degree in mathematics with minors in philosophy and religion. But it was a love for and understanding of music handed down from her mother that led to a music-infused career. As a former choir director and a writer, she has been an integral part of the LAGA team. In addition to her native English, Cheryl speaks French and Spanish, and is currently learning Russian, Turkish, and Te Reo Maori.


Faruk Ulay


After graduating with a B.A. degree in graphic design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul, Turkey, Faruk Ulay attended Goldsmiths’ College in London, England for a master’s degree in visual communications. During his four years’ stay in London, he worked in photography, conceptual art and literature. He moved to the United States in 1982. He lives in Pasadena, where he runs a design consultancy, publishes an online literary magazine, writes novels, and tries to play a peculiar instrument known as the guitar.

Adrian Gut


A website developer, designer, music editor and consultant for the Romanian firm Plus2, Adrian Gut has created websites and custom print materials for businesses around the world. As a consultant, he has helped companies create a brand identity and a logo to represent that corporate identity. As a music editor, he has worked with piano, guitar, and chamber music scores, prepared the scores for publishing.

Hazel Torres


Marketing executive Hazel Torres has achieved success in both advertising and marketing. A Singapore expatriate, she now works in the Philippines. Hazel has spearheaded several of Los Angeles Guitar Academy’s marketing campaigns.


Anton Neznaenko


The CEO of Ne.Anton Web Services, Anton Neznaenko earned a Master of Computer Science from Dnipropetrovs’kij Nacional’nij Universitet in Ukraine. He specializes in PHP, MySQL, AJAX, and website optimization.