Of Note

Covid-19 cancellations

Sadly, we announce that AMGuSS 2020, scheduled for the last week in June, and Mandolin Week at SummerKeys, in July, are both cancelled this year. I hope we will see you all in 2021!

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Posted May 9th, 2020


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

AMGuSS Tuition Scholarships for 2020

Scholarship news: we are committed to extending the expertise of AMGuSS to younger players. So for 2020, AMGuSS is once again offering full and partial tuition scholarships to mandolinists and guitarists between the ages of 18 and 30. Applicants should send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required /* */ attaching a 5-10 minute recording of their playing, and 100-200 words on how they think it will benefit them to rehearse and perform in a plucked-string chamber ensemble and … Read More »

Posted February 17th, 2020


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

In Concert

Mandolin concerts in June!

The American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School will present two free concerts open to the public:

Monday, June 24 @ 7:30 PM
Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams University, Bristol RI
Faculty & Friends, featuring Marilynn Mair & Enigmatica
American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School
free admission


Friday June 28 @ 7:30
University Library, Roger Williams University, Bristol RI
the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra
with an opening set by Matt Flinner, mandolin
free admission

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Posted May 16th, 2019

AMGuSS Guest Artist 2019 – Matt Flinner!

Hot off the presses– Our AMGSS Guest Artist 2019 is…  mandolinist Matt Flinner!

Matt will perform, teach, and may even write a piece for the AMGuSS orchestra. See his bio, and a link to a performance video below.… Read More »

Posted January 10th, 2019

Playing Birdland

Marilynn had the opportunity to play on the famous stage of NYC’s Birdland jazz club in February as a special guest of Luiz Simas, Brazilian pianist and composer, her longtime musical collaborator. She played his lovely “Meu Bandolim,” that Luiz wrote for her early on in their partnership. The hall was packed and the program was amazing. Such a mid-winter  thrill!… Read More »

Posted March 19th, 2018


Marilynn heading back to Rio!

Marilynn returns to Rio for the last half of April, to play and write choro, and join celebrations for the National Day of Choro (aka Pixinguinha’s birthday) and Jacob do Bandolim’s centenary. Birdland last month, Brazil next–transformation seems inevitable.… Read More »

Posted March 18th, 2018

Jacob do Bandolim’ 100th birthday!

To celebrate Jacob do Bandolim’s 100th birthday and Valentine’s Day (USA)—February 14th, 2018— my love Paul and I played: Assanhado, Benzinho, Bola Preta, Bole Bole, Diabinho Maluco, Doce do Coco, Falta-me Voce, Feitico, Ginga do Mane, Gostosinho, Implicante, Migalhas de Amor, Noites Cariocas, Receita de Samba, Reminiscencias, Santa Morena, Simplicidade, Vibracoes, and Voo da Mosca on bandolim and 7-corde.

Happy Jacob Centenary to everyone I have ever played his music with!… Read More »

Posted February 14th, 2018

Wishing you a peaceful holiday!

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Posted December 20th, 2017
  • "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "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 lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "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)
    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)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "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 is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (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)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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)
    "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 brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)