Randy Wimer is a long-time teacher and performer in Tulsa. He started teaching guitar while a junior at Broken Arrow High School in 1970 and has never stopped. Early on he studied jazz guitar with Pat Kelley and classical and flamenco guitar with Ronald Radford. After graduating from TU his teaching was primarily done in a college setting with positions at TU, NSU and TCC, from which he retired in 2016. Over the years he has continued his own musical journey with classes from classical guitarists Scott Tennant and Andrew York, jazz guitarists Howard Roberts and Johnny Smith, and fingerstyle guitarist Alex deGrassi. He has taken private instruction from classical guitarist Doug Niedt and jazz guitarists Larry Coryell and Gene Bertoncini.
As a performer, Randy has prized variety. He has appeared as a soloist with Signature Symphony and led a 7-piece rock band in musical revue for American Theatre Co. He’s done classical recitals and played steel guitar in a country band. He has been in the orchestra pit at the PAC for productions of “The Lion King”, “Chicago”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Godspell” and many others. His current projects are a latin jazz band, Bossa, and the Silverwood Duo, a flute and guitar ensemble with Cherie Thomas for which Randy arranges the music.
The popularity of guitar attracts students with widely divergent interests. As a teacher, Randy calls on his wealth of experience to help students achieve their individual goals, whether that’s studying music at a university/conservatory or simply playing some folk songs for family and friends.
Randy and his wife, theatrical costumer Jo Wimer, enjoy travel, vegetarian cooking and making the trek to St. Louis to visit their grandson, Beck.