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The Board of Trustees is elected by the membership. The Board of Trustees maintains final authority over any decisions of the Executive Committee and staff.

2020 Board of Trustees 


Alexander Dunn
holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Performance from the San Francisco  Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, San Diego, where he  was a protégé of Pepe Romero. His ground-breaking dissertation, “Robert de Visée’s Theorbo Works: An I  introductory Study” is highly regarded, as is his research into nineteenth century performance practice.  Dr. Dunn’s extensive summer studies included nine years at the Aspen Music Festival under Oscar Ghiglia  and four summers at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He is a popular adjudicator and competition judge. Dr. Dunn is on the Board of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, and currently heads what is considered one of Canada’s top guitar programs at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Brad DeRoche
Is an active concert artist, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In addition, he participated in many masterclasses with prominent concert guitarists including David Russell, Raphaëlla Smits, Paul Galbraith, Fabio Zanon, Denis Azabagic, and many others. Dr. DeRoche is a Professor of music and chair of the music department at Delta College. He also directs the guitar programs at Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University, and taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Arts Camp, and Adults Arts Camps. In 2017 he won the Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest award given to a faculty member at Delta College. He is the former owner of the retail business “Strings By Mail,” is a founding member of the Mid-Michigan Classical Guitar Society, and gives many presentations on scholarly topics related to guitar performance, history, and technique. www.bradderoche.com
Eric Dussault
Holds a Bachelor Degree in Performance from Laval University, and a Master Degree from the  Quebec Conservatory, both institutions being located in Quebec city, Canada. After publishing many books  with Les Productions d’OZ at the dawn of the new millennium, he started to work part-time as a music  engraver, before turning full-time for the company in 2004. The scope of his work at Les Productions d’OZ ranges from music typesetting, graphic design, webmaster, production, and also representing the company in various conventions and festivals. Now co-owner of the company, he is the Director of Publications for Les Productions d’OZ and Doberman editions.
Chris Garwood
Chris Garwood began his classical guitar studies at the age of five under the tutelage of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minnesota. He has gone on to receive a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California where he studied with William Kanengiser as a Trustee Scholarship recipient and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. Chris is a co-founder of the online music education startup "tonebase" which hosts a curated catalog of instructional videos from the world's best classical guitarists.

Stephen Goss
Stephen Goss’s music receives hundreds of performances worldwide each year. It has been recorded on over 80 CDs by more than a dozen record labels, including EMI, Decca, Telarc, Virgin Classics, Naxos, and Deutsche Grammophon. His output embraces multiple genres: orchestral and choral works, chamber music, and solo pieces. In many of his compositions, contrasting styles are juxtaposed through abrupt changes of gear. He has been commissioned by many of the world’s most celebrated musicians (John Williams, Ian Bostridge, Evelyn Glennie, Nicola Benedetti, Mikhail Pletnev) and leading orchestras (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra). Guitarists who have commissioned music from him include David Russell, Xuefei Yang, Zoran Dukic, and Aniello Desiderio. Stephen Goss is Chair of Composition at the University of Surrey, UK, Director of the International Guitar Research Centre, and a Professor of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
www.stephengoss.net
Nathaniel Gunod
is a VP and Senior Acquisitions Editor at Alfred Music. He was the founder and  Artistic Director of the National Guitar Workshop’s Classical Guitar Summit and an instructor of guitar at  the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He toured nationally with the Gunod-Rosser Guitar and Harpsichord  Duo and has been a judge for several competitions, including the GFA, The Beatty Music Scholarship  Competition, and the Peggy and Yale Gordon Competition at Peabody Conservatory. Gunod created and  edits Alfred’s Classical Guitar Masterworks series, which includes editions from Nicholas Goluses (Bach), Marc Teicholz (Sor), Julian Gray (Mertz), Scott Tennant (Tarrega), and Jeffrey McFadden (Coste). The editor of Scott Tennant’s Pumping Nylon, Andrew York’s Jazz for Classical Cats, and Martha Masters’s Total Classical Guitarist, he is the author of Classical Guitar for BeginnersTeach Yourself Classical Guitar, and Beginning Theory for Adults and has published numerous arrangements for guitar. He was the Chief Content Officer at WorkshopLive.com, where he oversaw the creation of over 2,500 online music lessons.
Bryan Johanson
is an active concert guitarist, composer, and author who has taught at Portland State  University since 1978.  A Professor of Music and past Director of the School of Music, Johanson retired in  January of 2016 to pursue composing, performing and writing.  His articles and reviews on the guitar have  appeared in SoundboardGuitar ReviewAcoustic Guitar and American Lutherie.  Johanson’s compositions  have been published by Guitar Solo Publications, Mel Bay Publications, Doberman-Yppan, Les Productions  d’OZ, and more and his music has been performed and recorded by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, David Starobin, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, David Tanenbaum, and many others.  He has won numerous composition prizes nationally and internationally.  Johanson’s music is recorded extensively and appears on record labels such as Albany, Bridge, EMI, GSP, Gagliano Recording, Naxos and Cube Squared Records.  His compositions have been recorded on Grammy nominated, and Grammy winning albums. Johanson is currently a member of the Oregon Guitar Quartet, which has released seven highly successful recordings.
William Kanengiser
is a noted soloist, chamber musician and professor of the classical guitar.  A longtime  board member of GFA, he is perhaps best known for his stand-up comedy routine at the 2005 Convention  where he infamously imitated 22 guitarists. First Prize Winner in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild and 1981  Toronto Competitions, he has recorded four solo CD’s for the GSP label. As a founding member of the Los  Angeles Guitar Quartet, Mr. Kanengiser has toured worldwide and recorded over a dozen CD’s, many featuring  his arrangements and compositions. LAGQ was awarded a GRAMMYâ for Best Classical Crossover Recording in 2004 for their “LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes” CD. A dedicated masterclass instructor, he is an Associate Professor of Practice at the USC Thornton School of Music, and has taught there since 1983. He was a recipient of the “2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching” and the “2013 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Professional Endeavors”. 
Kenneth Kwan

Dr Kenneth Kwan is Professor at Xinghai Conservatory of Music (Guangzhou, China) where he established the classical guitar program in 2006. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo, he was a student of the Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Duo. He has extensive experience in the guitar in China, being member of the Organizing Committee of the Changsha International Guitar Festival (Artistic Director: Xuefei Yang) and the Hong Kong Altamira International Guitar Symposium. He has served on judging panels in competitions all over China and abroad. Kwan is also an internationally known specialist on the music of Chinese American composer Chou Wen-chung, whose collection of books was donated to the Chou Wen-chung Music Research Center which was launched at Xinghai Conservatory in November 2018 and whose Academic Advisory Committee Kwan is an Executive Member of.


 Randy Leff
is a business lawyer with over 30 years of experience trying and resolving “bet the company”  disputes in both state and federal court.  He brings to the table substantial knowledge and experience for  his business clients, who appreciate his consistently customized, high-quality legal services with his  signature enthusiasm, creativity and passion. By working collaboratively with his clients, he is able to solve  problems creatively and minimize the impact of litigation. Many of Randy’s clients ask him to become a member of their management teams in the role of outside general counsel.  In this capacity, he can further influence the business by bringing his business acumen, entrepreneurial zeal and problem solving skills to the management team. Randy has been playing guitar for more than thirty years. During that period he has had the honor of studying with Peter Yates, John Dearman and Martha Masters.
Christopher Mallett
Christopher Mallett is the co-founder and co-owner of the California Conservatory of Music located in the San Francisco Bay Area where he also teaches students of all ages. As a soloist and a chamber musician, Christopher has performed extensively across America and Asia. Christopher's newest album with Duo Noire on New Focus Recordings, Night Triptych, features world premiere recordings of newly commissioned works by women composers. It was chosen as 2018’s editor's pick on the new music blog I Care if You Listen. Christopher’s involvement in community outreach has led to four residencies with the St. Louis Guitar Society where he has performed in dozens of public schools for thousands of students. Christopher is also the co-artistic director of the Peninsula Guitar Series and is on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. 


Stephen Mattingly
Has been warmly received by audiences as a soloist and founding member of the Tantalus Quartet. As recipient of the Theodore Presser Award, he recorded the complete guitar chamber  works by Franz Schubert. Stephen enjoys a vibrant career as Assistant Professor of Guitar at the University of  Louisville. He is a member of the Kentucky Arts Council Performing Arts Directory and has been featured at  Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Silesian Guitar Autumn in Poland, Panamá Guitar Festival, GFA  Convention, Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany, and the Columbus State Guitar Symposium.

Kim Perlak
Kim Perlak is the chair of the guitar department at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. Kim’s versatile approach to the instrument embraces new music, education, and public service. Her performances of new classical works, original and improvised pieces, and collaborations with jazz and traditional players have been featured on National Public Radio, at the Yale Guitar Extravaganza, at Boston GuitarFest, and on five recordings. Kim’s curriculum development for Berklee includes the book Classical Technique for the Modern Guitarist (Berklee Press/ Hal Leonard 2016). Her guitar work in education and with American veterans has been honored by the PBS program “From the Top” as part of their Arts Leadership series, and was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives. Kim holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (’08 DMA), Yale School of Music (’01 MM), and Stetson University (’98 BM). She currently serves on the board of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Soundboard for GFA from 2010-2013. 
MaryLou Roberts
MaryLou Roberts is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her work involves teaching children and their parents using the Suzuki Method of Talent Education at the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute of Music, and is a teacher trainer in the Suzuki Method for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association. She travels regularly to provide training in numerous places, most recently Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, as well as Ann Arbor and Chicago. Her students were selected to perform for the International Ensembles Concert at the SAA Conference in Minneapolis 2018.  She has served on the SAA Board of Directors, the Teacher Development Advisory Committee and is chair of the Guitar Committee of the International Suzuki Association. Studying with John Holmquist and Gilbert Biberian, she holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and a Masters degree in guitar performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was Valedictorian and elected to the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda in 1986. She is currently coordinator of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute, which celebrated 50 years of teaching using the Suzuki Method in Ann Arbor in 2019.  

Helene Rottenberg
is a Professor of Music at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, and also taught at  the Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor for 39 years.  She has a MM degree from the University of Michigan  and was a student of the late Argentinean guitarist Manuel Lopez-Ramos.  Helene has performed extensively in  the Midwest- particularly in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, since 1975. She regularly performs in a flute/guitar  duo, Divertimente, with flutist Susan Lazar and has recently joined with Chicago guitarist Pamela Kimmel to form the Cecilia Guitar Duo. She has been studying Iyengar Yoga since 1976 and has been teaching yoga since 1986. She currently teaches three hatha yoga classes a semester to college students at Madonna University and maintains a private yoga studio in her home.  She credits the yoga practice with allowing her to play the classical guitar pain-free for the past 35 years!
Kami Rowan
is Full Professor of Music at Guilford College. She received her DMA and MM from Shenandoah Conservatory. She received her BM under tutelage of Aaron Shearer at NC School of the Arts. Kami is a respected clinician & performer & current president of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society. Dr. Rowan sits on the board of the Aaron Shearer Foundation, which hosts an annual summer institute in Zion National Park. Kami is also Director of the Guitar Program at Eastern Music Festival. Dr. Rowan worked collaboratively to create an arts magnet high school & curriculum. She received her teaching license from the University of NC at Greensboro. Kami will direct the US Guitar Orchestra in Carnegie Hall followed by a tour of France in summer, 2019.
Eric Sakurai
Eric Sakurai had a long, successful career at General Electric Company and Zimmer Holdings, Inc.  He held a variety of executive positions in sourcing, quality, real estate, finance, auditing, and e-commerce to drive customer-focused results with his collaborative approach. After his retirement, Eric has been the treasurer and board member of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, an internationally renowned festival based in Florida. In addition, he is a former executive board member and mentor of Take Stock in Children of Nassau. A native of Japan, Eric studied economics and finance in Japan and the U.S. where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is a life-long, classical music enthusiast, and developed his strong passion for classical guitar music and started to study under Stephen Robinson in late 2017.

James Stroud

Jim Stroud completed his bachelor's degree in guitar performance in 1982 and completed his Master's degree in 1984. Jim entered the business world in 1984 and continues to run his business today full time with UBS in Hudson, Ohio as president of Stroud Wealth Partners. Jim continues to sponsor the James Stroud classical guitar competition at Oberlin conservatory for the past 15 years and offers one of the largest prize awards of any competition held in the US for guitarists enrolled at the university level exclusively. Past prize winners have received full scholarships at some of the finest guitar programs in the US including Peabody, Curtis, Eastman, Florida State, Oberlin, and CIM. 

Jim and his wife have 3 children and live in Hudson, Ohio and Whitefish, Montana. 

Marc Teicholz
won first prize in the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America competition. He has  toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia, receiving critical acclaim for his  recitals and master classes. Teicholz also has toured Southeast Asia under the auspices of the U.S.I.A. Artistic  Ambassador program. He has recorded for Naxos and Sugo records and his solo CD of waltzes (“Valseana”)  recorded on vintage instruments with GSI was named by Acoustic Magazine as one of the 10 best CDs of 2011.  Teicholz has published an edition of Fernando Sor with the Alfred Music Company and of Ernesto Nazareth with Les Productions D'Oz. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received an M.M. from the Yale School of Music and a J.D. from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California–Berkeley. He is on the faculties of California State University, East Bay and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Sonia Wilczewski
Sonia Wilczewski, Esq. is an immigration attorney focusing on employment-based cases with particular enthusiasm in representing artists and musicians for the past 20 years.  As part of the integrative law movement, she is a contributing author of "Lawyers as Changemakers" published by the American Bar Association.  In addition to law, she has an extensive background in dance and therapy, and has taught numerous workshops in alignment, breathwork,  rehabilitative movement and served as an Adjunct Professor of Dance Injury Prevention at New World School of the Arts for five years.  Her grandfather was a guitarist who instilled in her a love of the instrument at a young age. While living in Florida, she was a member of the Florida Guitar Foundation.  She currently lives in Los Angeles and when not practicing law, is a part-time student seeking a music degree.
Loong Yong
Loong Yong is an American businessman and the founder of Spectra Tech, Inc., an engineering and environmental company.  He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering.  Loong initiated classical guitar lessons at 13 and continues to play (classical, steel string acoustic, electric, bass) as a hobby. He is a current student of Michael Chapdelaine.  Aside from the GFA, Loong serves on the Board of Directors for the Waste Management Symposia and the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, a community-based music organization that supports Tennessee’s longest operating symphony orchestra.
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