|Distinguished Service Award 2007 - Peter Danner|
Peter Danner attended the first meeting of the GFA in Santa Barbara (1973), at which time he represented the Lute Society of America. He edited the Lute Society's journal between 1975 and 1982, and served as that organization's president between 1977 and 1982. He was elected a member of the GFA board of directors in 1975 and served as chairman between 1977 and 1985, at which point he stepped down as chairman to take over the editorship of Soundboard from Jim Forrest. He continued as Soundboard editor until 2001, when he resigned the post. Peter was thus an eyewitness to the Guitar Foundation though its formative years and contributed as a lecturer, coordinator, and adjudicator at many of the Foundation's events.
Peter holds a Ph.D. in music history from Stanford University (1967) and pursued an active performing career in the early '70s. He abandoned this to concentrate on teaching and writing. For many years he taught at Menlo College in Menlo Park, CA, where he devised an innovative course in music appreciation. Peter is now retired and enjoying his grandsons, although he has been know to contribute an occasional concert review to the local press and continues as a commentator for San Francisco Performances.