Guitar Workshop

Youth Guitar Workshop

June 27-29, 2014 | For Ages 10 – 18


Auburn University Music Department guitar faculty member Joseph Ikner, and guest artists, will lead the Youth Guitar Workshop June 27-29. This workshop is open to guitarists of all levels, to include beginners, aged 10 – 18. Students will work in ensembles according to their level of experience.

The workshop will offer a wide range of musical experiences including group and individual instruction, ensemble coaching, a variety of presentations, and evening artists’ recitals. The workshop will conclude with a public performance open to students’ family and friends. Click here for a draft schedule.

In addition to developing their musical talents, students will experience campus-life residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Students will have 24/7 counselor supervision.


Joseph Ikner
Joseph Ikner

Camp Director

Joseph Ikner serves Auburn University as a faculty instructor of guitar and music appreciation. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Joseph engages a variety of audiences with an energetic, thoughtful and entertaining program of diverse repertoire for the guitar. Dr. Elliot Frank of East Carolina University hails, “Joseph Ikner plays with a beautiful and rich tone, one possessed by very few guitarists. One of the finest young guitarists of his generation.” Joseph’s debut recording, Premiere, has been featured on public radio and is available on and

Joseph has directed guitar studies at Campbell University and served on the faculties of Shenandoah Conservatory, Barton College, Johnston Community College and Coastal Carolina Community College and has served as a guitar pedagogy advisor for the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is a charter faculty member of the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop where he directs a teacher training course and has served as performing artist, instructor, adjudicator and administrator. He has completed studies toward a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and holds a MM and BM, magna cum laude, in Guitar Performance from East Carolina University.

Joseph has directed the guitar programs at Lunsford Middle School and Mercer Middle School and served as Lead Mentor for the Loudoun County Public School District in Northern Virginia. Loudoun County Public Schools is a highly progressive district with a fully supported guitar program in every middle and high school. Joseph has been a pivotal figure in the advancement of this growing program, active in curriculum development and the recruitment of a highly talented guitar faculty. In 2007, Joseph was honored as a Founding Teacher of the National Music Certificate Program for his efforts in establishing a national standard for developing musicians in the United States.

Joseph is passionate about the impact that quality guitar education has on young people. This passion fuels an advocacy to put guitar in schools throughout our nation and provide those guitar programs with the support services they need to achieve optimum success and change lives. He is the director of Guitar In Schools, an advocacy component of and the Austin Classical Guitar Society, a non-profit organization. His charge is to help promote guitar programs in public schools and he regularly conducts teacher trainings and curriculum consultationand is frequently sought to adjudicate, and conduct master classes for high schools and universities.

Kevin Manderville
Kevin Manderville

Guest Faculty

Kevin Manderville began his classical guitar studies at the age of eighteen with James Chandler. He received the Bachelor of Music from Stetson University, where he studied with Stephen Robinson. He also received the Master of Science and Doctor of Music Degrees from Florida State University under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman. In addition, Mr. Manderville has also studied in master classes with some of today’s most prominent guitarists, including Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Roland Dyens, and Oscar Ghiglia.

Kevin Manderville has won prizes in several international competitions, including first prize at the Concours International De Guitare De Lachine, second prize at the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and consecutive top prizes at the Columbus Guitar Symposium Competition. In 2006, he was a recipient of the Florida Artist Enhancement Grant.

His performances as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and member of the Tantalus Quartet have taken him throughout North America and Europe, including appearances in such major cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, Cologne, New Orleans, Miami, and Orlando. He has also performed at major venues, concert series and festivals including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, The Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium, the 2nd Acadia International Guitar Festival, the New York Guitar Seminar, and the Lachine International Music Festival. Committed to the performance of new music, he has premiered several works including those written for him. His debut CD, titled Through the Centuries, was released in the Fall of 2010 on Clear Note.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Manderville served as a teaching assistant at Florida State University for three years. He has also been on the faculty of Thomas University, Tallahassee Community College, Bainbridge College, and the Stetson University Community School of Music. While living in New York, he taught at Medgar Evers College, the Amadeus Conservatory of Music, and initiated an after-school guitar program for Manhattan youth. Kevin Manderville currently resides in Montgomery, Alabama where he directs the classical guitar program at Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School and is on the faculty at both Troy University and Huntingdon College.

Doug Back
Doug Back

Guest Faculty

Doug Back received his Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Florida State University and his Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Missouri/St. Louis. He has taught for more than 20 years in the Montgomery Public Schools Arts Magnet Programs and has been an adjunct instructor of guitar at Faulkner University, Troy State University, Alabama State University and Georgia Southwestern College. He was recognized as the Teacher of the Year by the International NETWORK of Performing Arts Schools in 2003 (a network of over 150 international schools) and the Montgomery County Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Doug has authored four anthology/recordings of guitar music for Mel Bay Publications and more than 50 articles on fretted string instruments to a variety of publications. He has performed internationally throughout the United States, Australia, Great Britain and the Philippines. In addition to guitar, Doug performs on a wide spectrum of fretted instruments including classic five-string and plectrum banjo, mandolin, and renaissance lute. He is considered one of the leading masters of the 19th century classic banjo, and in 2006 he took First Prize in the Classical Mandolin Society of America's Classical Mandolin Championship.


Workshop tuition is $359 and includes all instruction, housing, meals, recreational activities, a camp photo, and t-shirt. A commuter rate is available for $309 and does not include lodging or breakfast.

Auburn Guitar Society Competition

The Auburn Guitar Society will host a youth guitar competition during the workshop. There will be two divisions (based on age) with cash prizes awarded in each division. If you’d like to be a part of this competition, you can sign up when you enroll for the workshop online. The competition fee is $50.

Required Forms and Insurance

Please complete the required camp form packet below, no later than two weeks prior to the start of camp. All information provided remains confidential.

If you consent to allowing campers to self-administer required medication, please print and complete the form listed below. (NOTE: You will need to upload this form when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

As proof of health insurance, all participants must upload a copy of their health insurance card (front and back) with the camp form packet. If the participant does not have current health insurance coverage; please contact us as soon as possible for options. (NOTE: You will need to upload the front and back of your insurance card when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

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Contact Information

For program questions, please contact Joseph Ikner, Auburn University Music Department, at 334-844-4165 or 703-727-7766.

Last Updated: October 17, 2014