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2006 American Mandolin and Guitar Summer School

By Mandolin Cafe
March 28, 2006 - 6:52 am

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Marilynn Mair

Marilynn Mair

AMGuSS, the American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School announces their 21st annual session to be held June 26 to July 2, 2006 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 55 players, to keep class size down to around a dozen.

Guest artists for 2006 are mandolinist Radim Zenkl, and the Boston group, the New England Mandolin Ensemble, directed by August Watters. Radim will be in residence all week, and will be coaching small ensembles, performing, giving workshops, and teaching. NEME will come down for the day on June 29, and August, Jim Dalton, and Mitch Nelin will all give workshops for mandolin and/or guitar, as well as sharing the evening concert with Radim.

Marilynn Mair will be performing and releasing a new CD on June 27, and Enigmatica will play half of that concert. The annual Faculty Recital on June 28 will feature Bob Sullivan, Adam Larrabee, Ralph Costanza, and Bob Martel, as well as the Faculty Quintet. And the final concert, July 1, will feature a set by the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra (everyone at AMGuSS--students & faculty) and a set by "Marilynn Mair & Friends" and will be held in the RISD Auditorium as part of a lighting of Providence's celebrated "WaterFire".

Students may consider applying for the Hibbard Perry Memorial Scholarship, for mandolinists or guitarists age 18-30, or the newly-instituted Norman Levine Mandolin Teacher's Scholarship.

For more information on the scholarship application process and other related details visit the AMGuSS web site. To request a brochure, email

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