Mason Summer Guitar Intensive

Summer guitar workshop for teens



This classical guitar workshop led by Mason School of Music professors and guest artists is designed to develop young guitarists’ technique, expand their musical repertoire, and gain valuable experience in ensembles. Solo and ensemble performances will finish out the week. Students are expected to have a minimum of two years of study in classical style and have basic note reading skills.

An Audition Video is required for this program. Please see instructions below!


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Ages:  13-18 years
Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Times:  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $430
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Harris Theatre


To be sure of proper placement in this program, please submit a 3 to 7 minute video of music that represents your current playing level and ability. A complete piece, segment of a larger work, or two short pieces is acceptable.

See Audition Video Instructions
  • Upload your video to YouTube; be sure to mark it as “Unlisted” in the video settings before you publish, so that only people who you share the specific url link with can view it.
  • “Label” the video with the performer’s name, the name & composer of the piece via either or both of the following methods: a) The performer can say this information in the beginning of the actual recording of the video; b) When uploading to YouTube, enter this information in the “Description” box.
  • When your video is published to YouTube, please EMAIL the URL link to the Academy at and title the email “Summer Guitar Intensive Placement Video”.



An “Extended Day” option is available for this program from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “Extended Day” or “After Care”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.


Matt Trkula, Guitar lessons Director:  Matt Trkula, Mason School of Music Faculty
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Read about Mr. Trkula

Matt Trkula is a Washington DC based classical guitarist and teacher. He received a B.M in Classical Guitar Performance from College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, a M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance, and a M.M. in Music Education from George Mason University. He is a former student of Clare Callahan and Larry Snitzler, both students of Andres Segovia.

Mr. Trkula showed exceptional ability on the guitar at an early age and began his performing career at age 12. He has since performed across the country both as a soloist and with chamber groups, presenting recitals in a variety of venues ranging from concert halls to jazz clubs. His playing has earned him numerous awards including the Oscar Ghiglia Scholarship and the Andres Segovia Scholarship, as well as prizes in several competitions including First Prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition and Forth Prize in the Music Teachers National Association Competition.

Mr. Trkula joined the guitar ensemble faculty at George Mason in 2015 after serving as the Guitar Ensemble graduate assistant to Professor Larry Snitzler for two years. He will be teaching applied classical guitar beginning in fall 2016. In addition to his work at George Mason, Mr. Trkula teaches guitar for Fairfax County Public Schools at South Lakes High School and maintains an active private studio in Northern Virginia specializing in teaching classical guitar to young students. Mr. Trkula is also involved with several community outreach efforts, working regularly with local schools to arrange joint performances, conducting clinics and workshops, and taking Mason music students into the local community to perform.


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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.