The American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School

AMGuSS (The American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School) was founded in 1986 to promote the art of ensemble playing for the guitar and mandolin family. The plan is to combine classical study with an exploration of folk and world music, in workshops, chamber ensembles and an all-school plucked-string orchestra. From Baroque ornamentation to Brazilian choro, AMGuSS is dedicated to broadening the musical horizons of its students.

One of the first American summer schools for mandolin & guitar, AMGuSS ran annually the last week in June every summer from 1986 until 2009, when it paused for a few years. It came roaring back in 2017, in response to student requests, and that success reestablished its annual status. With small classes, accomplished faculty, and an emphasis on fun, AMGuSS continues on!

You can register for AMGuSS 2018 by clicking the link at the top of the page. Or contact Fran email hidden; JavaScript is required for information on how to register by mail.

AMGuSS dates are June 25-30, 2018

on the waterfront campus of
Roger Williams University,
Bristol, Rhode Island

 The All-School orchestra,
ready for its final concert in 2017.


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Why not join us for the 2018 session where you will…


Play in the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra,

to develop your musicianship and interpretation skills through rehearsals, sectionals, and a concert performance.

Learn about decision-making in a small ensemble,

in groups created and coached daily by our faculty.
Or bring your own ensemble for our coaching.

Broaden your musical horizons and knowledge,

through informative workshops, inspiring concerts, and informal jam sessions.

Tuition is $425, with a discount
to $375 for early registration (until January 31st).

Register online now!

On-campus room & board options are available.

More information and online payment will be available here soon.

Registration is limited to 35 players

on mandolin-family instruments & guitar.

For more information now:

Email: Fran Rivkin, Registrar, at email hidden; JavaScript is required

  • “A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary.”
    – La Rioja (Spain)

    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

    — Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)

    “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)

    “A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…”

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)

    “She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound.”

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

    “Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance… her commitment to the music shines through.”

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

    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 lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness.”

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)

    “Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure.”

    – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)

    “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)

    “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 performs Brazilian mandolin music… she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions.”
    – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (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)

    “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)

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

    “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)

    Marilynn Mair on mandolin…touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate ‘Latin soul’.

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine