Dr. Matthew Dunlap began playing the guitar at the age of ten. He completed his BM in guitar performance at Kennesaw State University, MM in guitar performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a DM in guitar performance at Florida State University where he was a Teaching Assistant to Bruce Holzman from 2003-2005. During the summer of 2004 and 2005 he studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with world renowned guitar pedagogue Oscar Ghiglia.
He has received numerous awards including 1st prize winner in the graduate division of the 2000 Atlanta Music Club Scholarship, awarded Peabody Merit Scholarship in 2000, 1st prize winner in the 2003 Florida MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, a Top Prize winner at the 2003 Columbus Guitar Symposium, the Manuel Velazquez scholarship from the 2004 Stetson International Guitar Festival, and in October of 2004 he received the Promising Artist of the 21stCentury Award from Florida State University. He has performed concerts and conducted masterclasses in Italy, Costa Rica, and numerous venues in the US.
Dr. Dunlap has been on the faculty of Andrew College, Florida State University, Troy State University, and Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School. His duties have included teaching class guitar, guitar ensemble, guitar literature, and applied lessons. He currently teaches guitar for Loudoun County Public Schools in northern Virginia.
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