Student Outreach Program

Student Outreach Workshop + Breakfast

Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Student Outreach Breakfast is a special new element of the Artisan Guitar Show. This by-invitation event focuses on adolescent through college-aged guitar students who are best described as serious students. Invitations to this educational event are extended through respected regional guitar instructors and related music professionals.

This two-hour Saturday morning workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 during the Artisan Guitar Show. Seven guest speakers will present short talks on diverse and important topics. These speakers will provide information on the fundamental care and maintenance of an instrument, humidity control, sound reinforcement, music composition, and different playing techniques including fingerstyle and jazz.

Each student will be treated to a great breakfast to begin the presentation. Each of the students will also be provided with show tickets to explore the guitars, concerts, and master classes after the Student Outreach Breakfast. They will also receive a gift bag.

One of the students will win a free guitar at the end of the class. We will select the winner with a raffle-type game of chance. There will obviously be no cost to the student for the chance to win the instrument or any other element of this event. We have selected the Comins GCS-1 as an ideal alternate instrument for a guitar player. It is a solidly built semi-hollow guitar designed for musicians looking for a well-made, practical, and roadworthy instrument. Inherently versatile, it can produce a myriad of tonalities suitable for many music genres.

Student Outreach Guest Speakers

Dick Boak – Opening Comments
Illustrator, recording artist, luthier, woodworker, author and lecturer Dick Boak has had the distinct honor of managing the Museum and Historic Archives for The Martin Guitar Company, where he has enjoyed working ever since 1976. Dick also founded Martin’s Advertising Department and initiated the Limited Edition guitar program that produced signature models for more than one hundred legendary artists including Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Sting, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. After 41 years, Boak announced his retirement in January of 2018 and is immersing himself in art, music, writing, travel and speaking engagements.

Dana Bourgeois – Understanding the Instrument
Dana Bourgeois is a luthier, writer, lecturer and is considered one of the top acoustic guitar makers in the United States. His innovations in design and voicing techniques have earned him worldwide acclaim for his acoustic guitars from professional players, hobbyists, and collectors alike. Some notable musicians playing Bourgeois guitars include Luke Bryan, Ricky Skaggs, Bryan Smith, Ry Cooder, Scott Fore, Bryan Sutton, Vince Gill, Lee Roy Parnell, James Taylor, and Guy Clark.

Darrell Jennings – Humidity Control for Stringed Instruments
American Music Furniture Company was founded in 2013 by Darrell Jennings and partners Roger Horneff and John Farrell. All the owners are multi-instrumentalist, and have backgrounds in technology, furniture and insurance. AMF focuses on humidity control for guitar collections, with a strong commitment to quality and reliability. AMF is the only manufacturer offering active humidification and dehumidification in their cabinets. The AMF team is a dedicated group of artists in wood, metal, leather and electronics working together to preserve and protect all wooden instruments including guitars, mandolin family instruments, violins, cellos, and woodwinds.

Kinloch Nelson – Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques
Kinloch Nelson’s 50-year career has run the gamut from Classical guitar recitals and Folk concerts to club, festival, and recording dates playing Country, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly, R&B, Blues and New Age. His catalogue of original compositions is extensive. He has contributed to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, been reviewed in Rolling Stone, Mojo Magazine, and Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, interviewed by Fretboard Journal, featured in concert on PBS TV and Radio, and performed around the US and the UK.

Tim Farrell – Traditional Acoustic Guitar Techniques and Music Composition
Tim Farrell is one of only four artists to be honored as one of the 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists who have also won Best Instrumental in the International Acoustic Music Awards. Tim has the unique ability to inspire listeners to experience music on a multitude of levels. His mastery of the intricacies and melodic grace of fingerstyle guitar creates a sound that evokes emotion, a sound that is to be felt as well as heard. Tim is a rare kind of musician, with the ability to both entertain an audience and inspire future generations of players. Tim teaches at The Conservatory in Doylestown, PA, where he is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Stretched Strings Concert and Workshop Series.

Sean McGowan – Jazz Guitar Techniques
Sean McGowan is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. Sean is an avid arts educator and teaches at the University of Colorado. He is also a strong advocate for injury prevention and health education for musicians and teaches a holistic approach to the instrument in workshops throughout the country. Sean is the author of several method books, as well as jazz guitar courses on

Peter Henriksen and Gerry Humphrey – Understanding Amplification
Peter Henriksen of Henriksen Amplifiers and Gerry Humphrey of Humphrey Amps are masters in the reproduction of quality sound.

Henriksen Amplifiers: Peter Henriksen is a second-generation amplifier designer and manufacturer. Henriksen Amplifiers designs and manufactures high-quality, analog musical instrument amplifiers in Arvada, CO. Henriksen caters to professional-level players who care about their sound and need performance-ready equipment. In 2005, founder Bud Henriksen began working on an amplifier to fill what he saw as a void in the marketplace for a guitar amplifier designed to meet the needs of jazz guitar players who wanted extremely high-quality sound in a portable package.

Humphrey Amplifiers are designed and handcrafted to deliver the ultimate acoustic sound. Every Humphrey amplifier and speaker is personally handcrafted using top-quality components and exceptional lumber. Gerry Humphrey created these amps from the ground up beginning with the original Espresso 15 that took over a year to design, develop, and perfect. Humphrey Amps have received worldwide recognition for producing the clearest and most natural sound possible.