Faculty & Staff

BIL_2278-Edit_Hires_MediumMarina Alexandra has established herself as a dynamic performer with a powerful stage presence. Finger Style Guitar Magazine described her as an “amazing player that commands the guitar with world-class technique and musicianship that is uncommon.”
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JosephEnsleyPictureJoseph Ensley began playing guitar at age seven and has been a private classical and acoustic guitar instructor since 2009. He began teaching at Pinner Studios in 2011 and Spartanburg Day School in 2013, where he currently resides as the faculty guitar teacher. He previously taught at Notability Music Store in Taylors, SC (2010-2011) and Griffin School for the Arts in Griffin, GA (2007-2009). He is a certified instructor for Guitars Not Guns, a youth outreach for at-risk children.

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miroslavpictureDr. Miroslav Lončar is a teacher, performing artist, and composer for guitar, is a native of Croatia living in Sterling, Virginia. He teaches guitar and directs the multicultural performance group World View at Park View High School.  Dr. Lončar directs the Loudoun Youth Guitars and is the president of the Aguado Guitar Concerts – a group of guitar enthusiasts that promotes classical guitar and provides a variety of performance opportunities for guitarists in Loudoun County. Dr. Lončar has served on the Guitar Foundation of America Education Committee and is a member of the Composer Society of Montgomery County and the Association of Croatian American Professionals.


A native of Columbia, Concertmaster Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian began studying music at the age of five and joined the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra (later the S.C. Philharmonic) at the age of fourteen. She enjoyed a successful career in San Jose, California (with the San Jose Symphony, Midsummer Mozart Festival, and as concertmaster and soloist with the Redwood Symphony) and Nashville, Tennessee (as principal second violin with Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Nashville String Machine) before returning to Columbia in 1996.


Amos HoffmanAmos Hoffman is a Jazz Guitarist known worldwide as a pioneer in fusing the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with Modern Jazz. Hoffman started playing guitar at the age of 6 and the oud a few years later. He studied guitar privately and later attended the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.

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RodLewisPictureWhile Rod Lewis’ primary musical outlet is guitar, his interests and involvement are more broad. He received his BA degree in music education in 1986 and began teaching high school band and classroom music in Pennsylvania. Rod received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance at the University of South Carolina in 1998 where he studied under Christopher Berg.READ MORE…..

Guitarist” Chris Teves has performed throughout the United States as a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestras. Career highlights include performances at the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival in Charleston, the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference in Iowa City, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, performances in New York, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Memphis, and appearances with orchestras in the Czech Republic, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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mcgrath-press-headshot-1DrJ has performed, lectured, and adjudicated guitar on three continents. She has taken part in international festivals including the Nikšić Festival (Montenegro), Silesian Guitar Autumn Festival (Poland), the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival, The Volterra Project (Italy), and the Guitar Foundation of America Festival (US). She has toured in Canada, the UK, Peru, and New Zealand, where she performed on New Zealand National Public Radio in 2015.


Painter's PalletKeisha Long is the Administrative Director for the Southern Guitar Festival. Her responsibilities include website maintenance, document management, and other administrative duties related to the SGFC. When she is not playing the guitar, exercising in the water, or finishing a stained glass piece, she is working as an environmental engineer associate for the state of South Carolina.

Tamara Columbus GATamara Wilson is the administrative assistant for the Southern Guitar Festival. When she is not playing guitar, ‘digging’ in the dirt, or taking awesome photographs, she is working at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology as an Archaeological Technician.

Classical Guitar soloist, performer of chamber music and concerti, Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. Dr. Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, on an original French guitar from the early 19th century, and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic guitar of J.G. Scherzer. The first recipient of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Trent is Professor of Music and Director of Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies at the College of Visual and Performing Arts of Radford University.