Watch for the preliminary list of 2015 Academy Instructors to be announced in the next few days.
Guitar | Mandolin | Banjo | Fiddle | Dobro | Bass | Songwriting | Vocals |
Bands-in-Residence | Kids Camp | Instrument Building
Please note: instructors are subject to change.
Michael Hornick is the builder of Shanti Guitars. After building his first guitar in 1985, he worked at Santa Cruz Guitar Company, and presently works alone in his shop in Missoula, Montana, building about twelve instruments a year. Michael has built the first place guitar prize for the nationally recognized Telluride Troubadour contest from its inception in 1991, and helped design the original mandolin and mandola kits. His love of lutherie is reflected in the high quality of craftsmanship found in each of his custom instrument. [more...] Michael has assisted students in the building of well over two hundred mandolin kits over the past seventeen years. [less...]
Chuck has known Michael Hornick since 1992, owns a Shanti guitar, and has
assisted Michael with the mando building class since 2002. Each year Chuck
produces a mandolin while assisting other students with theirs. In his other
life, he is a master mechanic building hot rods in California.
Dan Roberts began his instrument making career with Flatiron Banjo and
Mandolin Company in Bozeman, MT. He was production manager for Gibson Montana
Division before moving to California as luthier and production manager for
Santa Cruz Guitar Company. Dan lived in Santa Cruz for 6 years before moving
back to Montana to work for Santa Cruz out of his own shop. There he built
the SCGC archtops, did new model design and some prototypes, and was the
warranty repairman, service manager, and production manager with the help
of an on-site [more...] shop foreman. After 17 years with SCGC Dan hung out his own
shingle and is a Custom guitar maker building Roberts Guitars. Dan has been
teaching the mandolin building class at Rockygrass Academy since 1996. [less...]
Bobby Wintringham is returning for his sixth year as an instructor at the Academy's mandolin building experience. He is a full time luthier building San Juan Mandolins in his shop in Dolores, Colorado. Says Bobby, "The only thing more rewarding than building instruments is being able to share that knowledge with others."