Summer Classical Guitar Workshop

Guitar students at summer camp



This one week guitar intensive will be an inspiring experience for intermediate to advanced level teen guitarists. Led by Potomac Arts Academy teaching artists Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Dorman, students will improve their playing while having fun in a constructive and challenging context. Daily activities include private lessons, masterclasses, ensemble practice, and workshops on various topics including technique, strategies for effective practice, and tone production. A final performance will conclude the program. Students are expected to bring their own acoustic guitar.



Ages:  13 – 18 years
Dates: July 31 – Aug 4, 2017
Times:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuition:  $425
Location:  Mason Potomac Arts Academy Building in Fairfax





Beginner guitar students should enroll in our Beginner Guitar Camp, July 17 – 21, 2017!


Chris Jenkins Guitar Lessons Director/ Instructor:  Chris Jenkins
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Read about Mr. Jenkins

Christopher Jenkins is a performer and teacher in Washington DC area. He has given performances both at home and abroad, from Spain and Argentina to locations in South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and Washington D.C. He has premiered works by various composers, notably Ralf Bauer-Mörkens. In addition to performance, Christopher is a Teaching Artist on the faculty of the George Mason University Potomac Arts Academy and the Director of Guitar at Dominion Christian School in Vienna and Reston, VA. He holds his Master’s Degree in Music from the University of South Carolina School of Music where he studied with Christopher Berg and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the George Mason University School of Music.

Since 2009, Christopher and Brett Floyd have been performing together as The Coda Duo. The duo has performed dozens of concerts and also won first prize in the UTB/TSC Classical Guitar Ensemble Competition in Brownsville, Texas. Brett and Christopher released Sonata Andaluz in 2010, which included a new three-movement work dedicated to The Coda Duo. In early 2014, the duo will release their second album, Spaces Between. Their work can be found online at CDBaby, Amazon, and iTunes.

Christopher has performed in masterclasses for greats such as Pepe Romero, Martha Masters, Gilbert Biberian, Gallardo Del Rey, and Joaquin Clerch. Of special note, he has studied in a series of classes and instruction by renowned guitarist and composer Roland Dyens. In July of 2006, he studied classical guitar in Granada, Spain at the Interpretation of Spanish Song Festival where he appeared in concert at El Ladron de Agua Hotel. Christopher’s teaching interests lie in the study of guitar pedagogy, both in the private music studio as well as the classroom.

Christopher is a Hannabach Strings sponsored artist and performs on a guitar by Baltimore luthier Ross Gutmeier. He resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife and daughters. Christopher is also co-owner of Faithbrooke Barn and Vineyards.


Suzanne Dorman Guitar Lessons Instructor: Suzanne Dorman
Read about Ms. Dorman

Suzanne (Baucum) Dorman is a classically trained guitarist recently relocated to the Northern Virginia area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Guitar Performance from Belhaven University where she studied with Barry Hause. She has also studied at Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Julian Gray. After beginning guitar lessons at age fourteen, Suzanne gave her debut performance at seventeen. She has performed in venues in several states as well as in Mexico where she taught music in an orphanage for one year. In addition, Suzanne has performed in masterclasses for renowned teachers such as Nicholas Ciraldo, Adam Holzmann, and Christopher Parkening.

Suzanne is passionate about music—as a universal phenomenon that communicates beyond words and connects people—and strives to bring this into her performing and teaching. With nearly ten years of teaching experience in private and group lessons, she enjoys teaching beginner through advanced students from age six and up.


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