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B i o g r a p h y

Guitarist and teacher Andrew Marino has performed throughout the East coast and beyond in dynamic chamber groups and as a soloist. He regularly performs as part of the Marino Duo with his wife, Jessica, and has enjoyed performing music for guitar and piano since the duo formed in 2020. Andrew is an avid lecturer, having given notable lectures at the Guitar Foundation of America’s 2023 International Convention and Competition as well as the New York State Music Teachers Association’s 2022 State Conference. He has also given lectures at SUNY Potsdam and Peabody Conservatory on the shift from musical exoticism to realism regarding Middle Eastern influence on guitar repertoire. He has also recently been published in the March 2024 issue of Soundboard: The Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America. His article is focused on cognitive learning strategies applied to guitar pedagogy. He was selected to perform in past master classes with prominent guitarists Benjamin Verdery, Johannes Möller, Stephen Aron, Stanley Yates, and Jason Vieaux. 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.

Andrew is currently a member of the faculty at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY where he has worked to build a substantial pre-college classical guitar program.  He is Co-Chair of District Four of the New York State Music Teachers Association representing Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties. He is a former faculty member of both the International School of Music and Cockeysville Music Education Center in Maryland. Andrew also previously taught the Guitar Methods course at the Peabody Conservatory. He worked with mid-sized classes of undergraduate and graduate conservatory students on guitar technique and repertoire development, as well as classroom teaching methods. He also taught group guitar and applied guitar lessons to students at Henderson-Hopkins school in Baltimore through the Peabody Preparatory Guitar department. Andrew enjoys working with students of all ages and is a certified Suzuki guitar teacher.

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 and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute. While a student at Peabody, Andrew was awarded a full assistantship in Music Education. He received several scholarships to attend the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance. He studied with Dr. Douglas Rubio at SUNY Potsdam. After finishing his performance degrees, Andrew returned to SUNY Potsdam to further his studies in education and earned an Advanced Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. 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.

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