Join us for AMGuSS June 25-30, 2018!

Marilynn Mair & Uncommon Strings invite you to the 26th American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School, June 25-30, 2018, on the waterfront campus of Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island.

At AMGuSS we create musical experiences together. Click for more information on AMGuSS.

AMGuSS registration is limited to 35. You can register here

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Posted February 16th, 2018


SummerKeys registration is open – July 9-13, 2018!

Marilynn will once again host her mandolin week in beautiful, peaceful seaside town of Lubec, Maine. Billed as the “World’s Smallest Summer Mandolin Camp,” enrollment is limited to 5 or 6 students, because it features individualized instruction by Marilynn, with daily private hour-long lessons, a daily mandolin class, 2 hours a day in your own private practice room, and the opportunity to join with other students in coached chamber ensembles.

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Posted December 11th, 2017


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!

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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.

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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
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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 ConcertNews

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


SummerKeys 2012

The dates for SummerKeys 2012 have been announced. The week will convene from July 9-13, 2012 in Lubec Maine. For more information, download the flyer here. Registration information will be available on the SummerKeys website by the end of October.… Read More »

Posted September 21st, 2011
  • "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)
    "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 é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "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)
    "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)
    "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 performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "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 brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    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)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine