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 requiredRead More »

Posted April 16th, 2022

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Announcing AMGuSS ~ June 22-27, 2020!

The 28th American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School dates are set!

At AMGuSS we create musical experiences together. Click on the link to access information on past AMGuSSes, our fabulous faculty, and Registration information!… Read More »

Posted February 17th, 2020

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SummerKeys ~ coming July 6-10, 2020!

Mandolin Week at the legendary “SummerKeys” in Lubec, Maine will return July 6-10, 2020. Enrollment is limited to 5, maybe 6 students, who each get a daily private lesson with Marilynn, plus her mandolin group class, and daily use of a private practice room. Watch this page for registration information to reserve your spot.

If you love Marilynn’s “The Complete Mandolinist” method book, and wish you could access her expertise in a private-lesson setting, this is your opportunity. Lubec is … Read More »

Posted October 31st, 2019


SummerKeys 2017

Marilynn will once again be hosting her mandolin week in Lubec, Maine, July 10-14. Private instruction from Marilynn is the SummerKeys’ focus. If you love her “The Complete Mandolinist” method book, and have wished you could have access to Marilynn’s expertise in a private-lesson setting, please join us in 2017!

Registration is openBut there’s only one more place to fill!… Read More »

Posted June 24th, 2017


AMGuSS 2017

Marilynn’s American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School returns! The pioneer of the American mandolin-guitar summer workshop scene comes roaring back to the campus of Roger Williams University, in Bristol RI.

Registration information is on the front page.… Read More »

Posted May 23rd, 2017


SummerKeys 2015

Marilynn, with Ralph Costanza and Robert N. Martel, will present the Mandolin-Guitar Ensemble Week at SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine from July 6 – 10. For more information.Read More »

Posted July 2nd, 2015


SummerKeys 2014

Marilynn will once again direct her “Mandolin & Guitar in Ensemble” week at SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine. Ralph Costanza and Robert N. Martel will join her on the faculty.… Read More »

Posted September 2nd, 2013


Hybrid music in the post-Colonial Americas

Marilynn will give an illustrated lecture on the quintessential hybridity of original music from the Americas, focusing on Brazil and the USA.

Escola da Musica UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro
See Momento Rio Bandolim webpage for details.… Read More »

Posted September 2nd, 2013


Marilynn teaching in Maine

Marilynn will be teaching with Ralph Costanza, mandolin, and Robert N. Martel, guitar, as part of the SummerKeyschamber music camps. The Mandolin & Guitar in Ensemble week runs from Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 12 and includes a performance by Marilynn & Friends on Thursday July 11th.… Read More »

Posted January 29th, 2013

EventsIn ConcertOf Note

CMSA convention 2012

The Classical Mandolin Society of America 2012 convention will be held in Minneapolis MN, and Marilynn will be performing, giving workshops, and coaching the mandola section of the CMSA all-attendee orchestra. Sign up online at the link above.… Read More »

Posted August 12th, 2012
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