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Guitarist and teacher Andrew Marino has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups. Recent solo performances include recitals at the Cohen-Davison Family Theatre at the Peabody Conservatory, The Walters Art Museum, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore, and Villa Maria College of Buffalo, NY. He has performed with his guitar and cello duo, as well as his guitar and piano duo, for the Union Square Chamber Music Series, Sowebo Music and Arts Festival, and at the H.L. Mencken House in Baltimore, MD. He has also performed in chamber groups at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD, the Guitar Foundation of America symposium in New York, First Christian Church in Baltimore with the Baltimore Musicales, and the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York in Oswego, NY among others. Andrew is a prizewinner in several competitions, including Appalachian State University's GuitarFest Competition, the Crane School of Music's Chamber Music Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition. Through his dedication to excellence in performing, he has been selected to perform in past master classes with prominent guitarists Benjamin Verdery, Johannes Möller, Stephen Aron, Stanley Yates, and Jason Vieaux. He is also an avid researcher and has recently presented lectures on the shift from musical exoticism to realism regarding Middle Eastern influence on guitar repertoire titled Changing Viewpoints: The Evolution of Middle-Eastern Style Influence on Guitar Works from the Nineteenth Century to Present-day.
Andrew is an active teacher. He has been a faculty member of both the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD and Cockeysville Music Education Center in Cockeysville, MD since 2013. Through both faculty positions he teaches lessons in applied guitar, class guitar, and music theory. In addition to his faculty positions, he teaches lessons online via Zoom. His teaching focuses on classical technique, note reading, rhythm comprehension, and repertoire development. Andrew teaches lessons to students ranging in age from pre-school to adult. His students perform regularly in biannual recitals held at American University in Washington, D.C., and at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church in Towson, MD. Several of his students have been accepted to university guitar programs including programs at Towson University and Arizona State University. Former students of his have acquired teaching positions themselves. In addition to his studio teaching, Andrew has taught the Guitar Methods course at the Peabody Conservatory. He successfully led mid-sized classes of undergraduate and graduate conservatory students in learning essential guitar techniques. This class is focused not only on learning to play the guitar, but on training students to effectively teach guitar in classroom settings. He has also taught group guitar and individual guitar lessons to students at Henderson Hopkins elementary school in Baltimore through the Peabody Preparatory Guitar department.
Andrew holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with renowned guitarist and pedagogue Julian Gray. He also holds the degree of Master of Music in Guitar Performance/Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute. While a student at Peabody, Andrew was awarded a full assistantship in the Music Education department. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music where he studied with Dr. Douglas Rubio. Andrew began his guitar studies in Buffalo, NY through lessons with Jeremy Sparks of the Buffalo Guitar Quartet with whom he continued his studies while attending Villa Maria College.