|Distinguished Service Award 2007 - Gunnar Eisel|
Born near Heidelberg, Germany, Gunnar Eisel has developed guitar programs at California State University Los Angles, Citrus College, Whittier College and Fullerton College. As chairman of the guitar program at CSULA for 27 years, Eisel guided many guitarists to successful careers. His successful "non-classical” students include Rusty Anderson (lead guitarist for Paul McCartney) and Mike Simpson (producer, Beastie Boys and Beck).
Eisel served as Executive Director of the Guitar Foundation of America from 1987 to 2002. His fondest memories are of the many friendships and the camaraderie that evolved throughout his year at GFA. He also served as ASTA Southern California guitar chairman for eight years and ASTA National guitar chairman for two years.
A full-time faculty member at Citrus College since 1989, Eisel has taught music theory, guitar, music history, and music technology classes. He was instrumental in the development of the Citrus Audio and Video Recording Arts Center. Currently he is head of the music theory program at Citrus and the faculty lead for the Recording Arts program. Eisel’s Worldguitarist.com is on e of the most popular classical guitar sites on the internet. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling abroad with his wife, collecting and showing rare plants, ad playing with his grandson.