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American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School

By Mandolin Cafe
December 16, 2004 - 6:00 am

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Marilynn Mair

Marilynn Mair

AMGuSS, the American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School announces their 20th annual session to be held June 20-26, 2005, on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Students rehearse daily and perform with the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra. Each student also plays in a small ensemble (4-8 players) focusing on Baroque, Classical, Brazilian, Jazz, or Beginner-Ensemble, with daily faculty coaching. Daily technique classes, seminars on mandolin styles, and evening concerts by guest artists, faculty & friends round out the week. Players at all levels are accepted, but a rudimentary music-reading ability is necessary. AMGuSS enrollment will be capped at 50 players, to keep class size down to around a dozen. Students under 30 may apply for the Hibbard Perry Memorial Scholarship.

The Guest Artist for 2005 has yet to be announced, but Marilynn will be joined, as always, by long-time faculty: Robert Paul Sullivan (conductor/guitar/mandolin), Ralph Costanza (beginner mandolin/ensemble), Bob Aspirinio (mandolin, mandola, early music), Adam Larrabee (mandolin, guitar, mandocello, jazz).

For more information and a wrap-up of AMGuSS 2004, visit the AMGuSS web site. To request a brochure (available February 2005), email

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