Welcome to Marilynn’s webpage!

For over four decades Marilynn Mair has played music across the globe, released two dozen solo and ensemble recordings, published four method books, written countless columns, and taught as a Professor of Music at Roger Williams University. She has dedicated herself to establishing the mandolin as an instrument of importance, for her lifetime and the future. Learn from her journey here. para portugues… Read More »

Posted April 16th, 2022


AMGuSS 2022 ~ June 27-July 2!

Registration for the American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School 2022 is now open! We’ll start on June 27, with check-in at 1:00, and end July 2, with check-out after morning workshops and lunch. We will once again meet on the scenic waterfront campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Excitement is growing, enrollments rising, and orchestra music will be sent out mid-May. If you aren’t on our mailing list, send your info to: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Here’s a link to the information for AMGuSS 2022.

If you want to register now online, you can do that here.

Posted April 16th, 2022

Guest Artist for AMGuSS 2022

AMGuSS is thrilled to announce that our Guest Artist for 2022 will be the multi-talented Barry Mitterhoff! He performs and records in an astonishing array of styles including bluegrass, jazz, classical, Brazilian Choro, and Klezmer. Barry is also a great teacher, one of the reasons he has been our AMGuSS Guest artist an unprecedented 3 times already. Come learn from him as well as our talented faculty. A great week of music is in store. More information

Posted April 16th, 2022

Mandolin Week at SummerKeys ~ July 11-15, 2022

Dates have been announced for my Mandolin Week at SummerKeys– July 11-15, 2022. You’ll have daily hour-long private lessons with me and a class on ensemble musicianship, a private practice space, plus concerts and camraderie, in the bucolic seaside town of Lubec, Maine. Enrollment is limited to 6 students. More information, and a sign-up page are available here: https://www.summerkeys.com/ 


Posted February 6th, 2022

We did it– AMauGust 2021!

The happy masked crew just before the final concert of our AMauGust weekend. A great time was had by all!

Posted October 19th, 2021

My latest book

Mel Bay has published my new book! It’s 288 pages with 100+ scores and 2 dozen essays adding historical perspective. I am so psyched to be able to release this book that combines the wisdom of my long careers as a performer and professor of music. It’s available from the Mel Bay website in book and download form. A print-to-order version, a slightly smaller size, is also available on Amazon. Check it out!

More info here!

Posted March 25th, 2021

Virtual performance ~ November 2020

Hi all– Luiz has released a compilation concert video with lots of interesting collaborations, including mine. Free admission!

Access it by clicking this link.

Posted July 5th, 2020

“Nopening Day” AMGuSS 2020

Sadly we had to cancel AMGuSS 2020 due to the pandemic. But here, to mark the day, is our virtual…




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Posted June 22nd, 2020

Enigmatica – check out the update!

Enigmatica has a new look and has increased from 8 to 9 players, adding a 7-string guitar. Check out the page update here!


Posted March 14th, 2018


Marilynn joins 2018 Mandolin Mondays

Thanks to Scott Tichenor’s Mandolin Cafe, and David Benedict, creator of the “Mandolin Mondays” series, here’s my solo-mandolin arrangement and performance of Chiquinha Gonzaga’s “Gaucho.”

Posted January 15th, 2018
  • "Stepping back to the 18th-century masterworks gave her the opportunity to highlight her technique with a fresh light... her playing is thoughtful, vibrant and a delight to listen to." -- Terence Pender, Mandolin Quarterly (USA)
    "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "Smudging the lines between folk and classical is an intrepid endeavor... Mair's a superb mandolin player who has brought the instrument to unexpected places..." - Jim Macnie, The Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    Bring a talented ensemble of gifted musicians together playing some of the great concertos and chamber music pieces of the 1700s, present the extraordinary classical mandolinist Marilynn Mair front and center, and you have a rare combination of the right musicians performing the right music at the right time. – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "Marilynn Mair acquits herself very well indeed, a most accomplished player, able to deal with the many intricacies the repertoire demands of her." - Chris Kilvington, Classical Guitar (England)
    "Marilynn Mair has always had the keen ability to balance classical mandolin traditions and repertoire, while constantly breaking new musical ground…a superb and versatile mandolinist and composer." - – Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    "Mair displays an exceptionally gifted approach to this music, using her formidable mandolin technique with grace and sensitivity… It’s the next best thing to a trip to Rio." – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "The final repeat of the melody transmitted a strong feeling of peace and tenderness that escaped no one in the audience. It is this sensitivity and subtleness that characterized the overall performance." - Brian Hodel, Guitar Review (USA)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)