Brief Biography

I received a Bachelor's degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Georgia in 1986, and a Master's in music history two years later. In 1995, I graduated from Duke University with a Ph.D. in musicology. I completed the Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 and currently work as the Head of the Music Library at Appalachian State University in beautiful Boone, North Carolina.

My dissertation involved Giovanni Battista Granata, a seventeenth-century Italian guitarist. I also wrote biographical articles for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d ed. (2000) on the Baroque guitarists Francesco Asioli, Giovanni Battista Abatessa, Giovanni Bottazzari, Francesco Coriandoli, Fabrizio Costanzo, Giovanni Paolo Foscarini, Giovanni Battista Granata, Tomasso Marchetti, Pietro Millioni, Lodovico Monte, Domenico Pellegrini, Stefano Pesori, Foriano Pico, Giovanni Pietro Ricci, Giovanni Battista Sfondrino, Agostino Trombetti, and Francesco Valdambrini.

I play 6- and 8-course lute, 5-course baroque guitar, 4-course Renaissance guitar, and the modern classical guitar. I have played the 5-string banjo (Scruggs and/or melodic styles) for over 30 years. In addition to these Web pages, my post-doctoral research involves popular music from the 1940's through 1960's--especially country music and bluegrass--and, in general, the history of the guitar and its music in a variety of forms.

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