2015 Instructors

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.


Guitar Instructors
Guitar instructors to be announced soon.

Mandolin Instructors
Guitar instructors to be announced soon.

Banjo Instructors
Banjo instructors to be announced soon.

Fiddle Instructors
Fiddle instructors to be announced soon.

Dobro Instructor
Dobro instructors to be announced soon.

Bass Instructors
Bass instructors to be announced soon.

Songwriting Instructor
Songwriter instructor to be announced soon.

Vocal Instructor
Vocal instructors to be announced soon.

Bands-in-Residence
2015 Bands-in-Residence to be announced soon.

Kids Camp Instructors
Kinds Camp instructors to be announced soon.

Instrument Building Instructors
Michael Hornick
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...] Top
Chuck Midgley
Chuck Midgley
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. Top
Dan Roberts
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...]Top
Bobby Wintringham
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." Top