Well known as composer, arranger, guitarist, and music educator, Alan Hirsh currently resides in North Carolina where he works as Music Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Bishop McGuinness High School.   Alan also teaches guitar at Wake Forest University, and is the founder and director of the Piedmont Guitar Orchestra.  He actively directs festival guitar orchestras around the country, such as the US/Mexico Guitar Orchestra at GFA 2000 and Southwest Guitar Festivals, the Appalachian Guitarfest Orchestra, Guitarganza Orchestra, and the Long Island Guitar Festival Orchestra. Alan serves as Vice president of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society and Vice President of Education in the Aaron Shearer Foundation. He remains active as a composer, having written and arranged extensively for orchestra, band, chorus, guitar and guitar ensemble.   Alan’s many published works include Mel Bay publications of Twenty Etudes in fixed Positionand New Music for Classic Guitar, Trio Concertino, Holiday, Folk, Sacred, and Renaissance Collections for guitar ensemble.

Alan began a collaboration with world-renown pedagogue, Aaron Shearer back in the 1980’s, composing music for the  ground-breaking 1988 three-volume method series: Learning the Classic Guitar published with Mel Bay.   He since continued his collaboration with Aaron (until his passing in 2008) as composer and editor of the three-volume Alfred Music publications:  The Shearer Method, a work representing Shearer’s lifetime culmination of thought on how the guitar should be taught.