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I want to give quality dance instruction and look back and feel it’s been a life well lived.” – Mary Slater

Not only did Mary teach me to tap, she taught me not to let others’ thoughts change my beliefs about myself.” – Tracy Inaldi, longtime student

Mary Slater Taps Into Our Hearts

Shared From our Winter/Spring 2020 Catalog

Mary Slater’s life as a dancer began at age four at the local fire department. She joined their majorette group and after two years began dancing at her teacher’s studio. Her path as a teacher wasn’t as clear cut. Though she started teaching in high school, she initially studied physical therapy at the University of Maryland. Mary says, “While I was in school, I was candy striping at Prince George’s Hospital. There I realized you couldn’t make everyone better and that was sad. At the same time, I was in the dance theater program at Maryland so I changed over to dance education.” Mary soon found herself creating her own places to teach. “I’m not the ‘traditional dancer’ so I had to be something unique,” she says gesturing to her 4’ 9” frame.

In the 70s, Mary’s dance journey took her to Columbia University in New York City where she studied modern dance and became immersed in the emerging tap scene. She studied under legendary Tony Award winning choreographer and dance instructor Henry LeTang. “I ended up the solo student in his tap classes because tap wasn’t popular at the time. As his Broadway career grew, the classes grew and I became one of his teachers,” Mary says.

When she wasn’t dancing with legends, she and her professional dance partner Wayne McCarthy got jobs by dancing on street corners along 5th Avenue. “Agents would put their cards in our hats and that’s how we got work. We performed in night clubs, on cruise ships and even did a show in Japan – I twirled Samoan swords in my baton days,” she says with a smile. Mary and Wayne made quite the duo; Chita Rivera herself attended their show in Japan.

Mary always had the intention to move back to Maryland with more education and experience. She discovered Maryland Hall in 1988. “I moved home to help my mom who had a knee transplant that went bad. There was an ad that Maryland Hall needed someone to do room bookings and I thought I could do that. Someone saw my resume and they offered me a teaching position,” she says. Mary never went back to New York except for visits. Before opening her own studio, Mary’s teaching circuit included MD Hall, University of Maryland and several performing arts schools in the region. “Maryland Hall has been the constant,” she says. 

When LeTang’s movie Tap starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. came out in 1989, Mary created “An Evening with the Masters of Tap” at MD Hall. She brought down the major players in Tap including LeTang, Bubba Gaines, Buster Brown and George Hillman for workshops and a show. It was a huge splash with the local paper featuring the event. After the show, Mary treated the men to a crab feast at her house. That’s when she knew MD Hall was her home. 

Over the years, Mary has taught all ages, even seeing students she taught as children come back as adults...or to sign up their own children for her class! Longtime student Tracy Inaldi says, “I met Mary 25 years ago when I was in high school. At that time, I was more of a ballet dancer. Before my first class with Mary, I warned her that other teachers told me that I’m just not a tapper. Mary laughed and lightheartedly said, ‘I’ll change that!’ Well, not only did Mary teach me to tap, she taught me not to let others’ thoughts change my beliefs about myself.” Tracy plans to enroll her toddler son in Mary’s tap class as soon as he’s old enough; he got his first taste of tap at last year’s ArtFest. “I honestly don’t know where I would be without Miss Mary. I am eternally grateful to her for the joy of dancing, the warm memories of performing, the encouragement to believe in myself, and for our friendship!”

“I try to create a family atmosphere for my dancers. I always encourage them to come back and visit after they go to college. It makes me feel good when they do because it lets me know they really enjoyed their time in the studio,” she says. A former boss once told Mary if you give to the community, they will give back to you. “I’ve always used that as my philosophy about everything and it’s been very true,” she says.

Mary’s favorite part of teaching dance is, “helping people find another means of expression and an outlet, creating a sense of joy in their life.” At MD Hall, this may apply most to her thriving Adult Jazz program. The classes offer exercise through learning and performing tap. Mary started a recent class inviting her students to join her for an upcoming anniversary screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, another flick choreographed by LeTang. As the students started a combination, ease settled into their bodies, smiles spread across their faces and joy came through their feet. Some students have danced with Mary before and their feet haven’t forgotten the steps. For others, they’re trying it for the first time. The program has grown to three levels: beginning/introductory, intermediate level 2 and level 3.

“As long as you keep challenging them and they keep learning, they continue in the program. You have to keep it fresh,” she says. Her adult students are dipping their tap shoes into the performance world, putting on shows at ArtFest and in Mary’s annual recital. Mary easily recognizes the importance of dance in all ages and skill levels. “I’ve created a sense of community. I just enjoy seeing my dancers grow into well rounded people. Dance does so much for people besides making them dancers.”

Now surpassing three decades at MD Hall, Mary says, “I’ve continued here because I like the feeling the minute you walk in the door. You see the artwork, you hear the music, you see the young and old all enjoying the arts. I think it’s wonderful that we can make the arts possible for all, not just the ones who can afford it,” she says.

Take a Class with Mary Slater this Winter/Spring:

Tap for 2: Child & Adult
Ages: 3+
2/1-5/4 | Mondays (4 - 4:45pm)

First Dance I
Ages: 3-5
2/1-5/4 | Mondays (4:45 - 5:30pm)

Ballet - Tap -  Jazz
Ages: 6-9
2/3-5/4 | Mondays (5:30 - 6:15pm)

Let's Tap  
Ages: 16+
2/3-5/4 | Mondays (2:30 - 3:30pm)

Beginning Adult Tap
Ages: 16+
2/1-5/4 | Mondays (6:15 - 7pm)

Adult Tap 2
Ages: 16+
2/1-5/4 | Mondays (7 - 8pm)

Adult Tap 3
Ages: 16
2/1-5/4 | Mondays (8 - 9pm)



ArtyFacts is a NEW comprehensive arts integration program for young children, dedicated to teaching through, with and about the arts.  Each Mini ArtyFacts class is designed with a theme which guides the curriculum, providing pathways to learning concepts developmentally appropriate for pre-k and kindergartners. Using art, music and movement along with bilingual storytelling, yoga and creative play, children have the opportunity to develop their imagination, literacy skills and creative problem solving while engaged in a diverse, fun and safe classroom.


For its debut, ArtyFacts will be offered as Sampler Workshops twice a month from February through May. Parents may sign their child for any or all of the eight workshops!  View the schedule and register here.

Each class will include stories, music time, art projects, yoga, movement, and dramatic play; while also introducing beginner Spanish vocabulary through songs and stories. Bilingual teaching assistant will encourage speakers of both English and Spanish to explore creatively.




Program Director and Lead Teacher

Laura Brino is a freelance artist and singer/songwriter who studied illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art and art education at Towson University. Currently the Outreach Coordinator at Maryland Hall, she oversees many youth programs including Jovenes Artistas,  an after school arts program that gives youth facing adversity a safe environment for self-expression, confidence and motivation to stay in school. Prior to her work at Maryland Hall, Laura worked for Anne Arundel County Public Schools both as a Visual Arts Teacher as well as an Arts Integration Specialist. She is passionate about using the arts as a pathway for learning and is committed to providing dynamic programming for youth. She has presented at three national conferences about the healing power of arts.

Contact info: 410-991-3898 |



Teaching Assistant and Bilingual Lead

“My name is Estefani Castro. I am 19 years old. I graduated from Annapolis High School in 2017. I plan to go back to AACC and earn my Associates in Child Development. I began attending JA (Jovenes Artistas) in middle school up through the end of high school. When I first heard about the art program I decided to check it out since I never participated in any other after school programs. As a young teenager I was going through so many changes and sometimes I didn’t know how to deal with them but with JA I was able to express myself through art. It definitely kept my mind busy from having depressing thoughts. JA created a sense of belonging. It was like a second home. I had the chance to make new friends and work with them on awesome projects and for that I am very grateful. JA has helped me become a better person and   It helped me realize what my purpose in life is, which is to help kids and lead them through the right path."








New Guitar Workshops with Professional Musician Bryan Ewald

Annapolis’ own Bryan Ewald is a musician that is difficult to pigeon hole. While constantly juggling multiple bands and projects of his own throughout his career (currently Starbelly, Jarflys, Meg & Bryan, Technicolor Motorhome, among others), and regularly working with many of the area’s finest artists (Eric Scott, Higher Hands, Doug Segree, Dan Haas, Brandon Hardesty & Bumpin Uglies, Greg Phillips, and many more...), he’s also an in demand "guitar for hire" for dozens of regional and national artists.

Bryan has been hired for live and/or studio work by over 150 artists as diverse as: Rachael Yamagata, Judd & Maggie, Pat Dinizio (Smithereens), Bobby Vega (Tower of Power, Santana, Sly Stone), Warren Zanes (Del Feugos), Walking Sticks (SHAED), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Shane Gamble, Mary Prankster, Pressing Strings, The Temptations (Damon Harris), David Cassidy, The Supremes, Bibi Bourelly, Kelly Bell Band, Yvonne Elliman, Thelma Houston, Mama Jama, David Pack (Ambrosia), Rita Coolidge, Native Run, Stephen Bishop, and countless others. 

For 30 years, he’s been an equally sought after instructor. Due to performing and travel schedules, he’s always had limited teaching availability…until now! We are excited to partner with Bryan to grow his offerings with a series of NEW guitar workshops. Twice a month, Bryan will offer one-time workshops ranging from Guitar 101 for beginners to Intervals and Scales for intermediate/advanced players. The sessions are designed as drop-in workshops or as a flexible series.

An artist with PRS Guitars since 2005, Bryan is also the primary demonstrator and clinician for the prestigious brand. Since 2012, PRS Guitars has utilized his skills for YouTube product videos and live demonstrations and clinics all over the world. He is one of the lead instructors of the Maryland Hall & PRS 2nd Annual Interactive Camp for Aspiring Museums.

When he’s not on the road or playing with one of the bands listed above, he can be found close to home doing solo gigs or performing with his two talented sons.

Now, YOU can join him in class!

2020 Schedule: 

Sessions for Ages 12 & Up |  Sessions for Ages 16 & Up 

The Naval Academy Band returns to Maryland Hall to present a series of free concerts this Fall. Beginning Sunday, September 22 at 4 pm, with a Chamber Winds and Brass Ensemble Concert, the band will perform a total of four free concerts at Maryland Hall this Fall. 

"We are very pleased to be partnering once again with Maryland Hall to produce free public performances for our community by the outstanding musicians of this premier military band,” says Lt. Cmdr. Patrick K. Sweeten. "Both organizations’ dedication to the performing arts make our long-term collaborative efforts exciting for Annapolis and our region. We look forward to a continued association with Maryland Hall and are grateful for the opportunity to represent our Navy and the United States Naval Academy through upcoming performances."

Upcoming concerts at Maryland Hall include:

  • Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm - Navy Birthday Concert (Main Theatre) | Reserve a Seat

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4 pm - Superintendent's Combo (Bowen Theatre) | Reserve a Seat

  • Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7 pm - Veterans Day Concert (Main Theatre) | Reserve a Seat

The Naval Academy Band has been providing music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and the surrounding community since 1852. Located at the Naval Academy, in Annapolis, this premier military band offers world-class ensembles which perform a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to contemporary. Naval Academy Band concerts are free and open to the public.

Advanced reservations at are recommended. For more information, contact the Maryland Hall Guest Services Team at 410-280-5640. Box office hours are Monday - Friday from 9 am – 5 pm.  For more information about the band, please visit the band’s website at


An Evening With Broadway Star Rebecca Luker

Live Arts Maryland opens the 2019-2020 Season with Broadway Star Rebecca Luker on Saturday, September 14. An Evening with Rebecca Luker is a one night only event! Known for her many performances as well as her interpretation of the American Songbook, Ms. Luker will open the season. Ms. Luker has long been recognized for the skillful combination of her distinctive fine soprano voice and rare dramatic sensibility. 

After the concert, step onstage for a special reception celebrating the new season.

In honor of our 40th Anniversary, we interviewed Live Arts Maryland: 

Making Connections with Live Arts Maryland

Founding Resident Company Live Arts Maryland is approaching its 50th Anniversary! We talked with Artistic Director J. Ernest Green about what keeps their audience coming back year after year.

Tell us about your career and how you came to Live Arts Maryland.

​I was born in Baltimore and my family moved to Cleveland but I have a lifelong connection to Annapolis; every year I spent chunks of my summer visiting family here. In the ‘80s, I was the Orchestra Assistant at Peabody and assistant to my teacher. When I was finishing my doctoral work, my teacher said, “I want you to do this job with the Annapolis Chorale. It’s perfect for you.” Because I was also assisting with the Opera program, I had a reputation for working with singers and orchestras – it’s unusual to move easily between the two. My teacher thought I’d be the perfect fit for the Chorale and told me to go and make something of it. So I did!

Very quickly the orchestra established itself and the chorus became a really strong ensemble that was musically vibrant in the community. At the same time, I traveled back and forth to South America to conduct opera in Brazil. I did that for 4-5 years while also building the chorale. Guest conducting took me all over Europe and America. When I put down roots, I ended up at the Kennedy Center as conductor with the National Symphony for 12 years. From there, I began working with Marvin Hamlish developing part of my life as a pops conductor. Today, most of my guest conducting is orchestral and my residencies last a few days. “Live Arts” is now in the middle of what I consider its third or fourth iteration since I came in ’85.

What can an audience expect from your “fusion” programs?

In the classical concert music world, we’ve created a “museum repertoire.” The bulk of what we do was written in the mid 1800s to early 1900s. That’s over a 100 years old! That doesn’t always connect with us. So, our programs combine chorale traditions with new, contemporary pieces. Our goal is to find connections with music that may sometimes go unnoticed and share that with our audience. Doing new pieces and fusing them together ensures we’re creating something that is part of our time.

What are Live Arts’ keys to success?

We constantly re-evaluate and assess what we’re doing in the context of what the community needs. Not necessarily what it wants but what it needs and how to serve them. That’s the secret to longevity. It’s all well and good to do what you do, sing, perform music, dance, but you have to be careful that you’re not creating a museum. Last season, we did a tremendous amount of repertoire of this time and that resonated with our audience.

How do artists become part of the Orchestra and Chorale?

The chorus is a mostly volunteer chorus with some section leaders on staff. It is a community group of singers drawn from the region. To join, there is a quick voice placement audition and then they come and sing with us. The process is simple and not scary. We want to be as welcoming as we can.

The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra is made up of professional musicians from the area as well. They are some of the best players in the region. Our soloists are drawn from all over the country and the world.

The Chorale has a loyal following. What keeps patrons coming back?

In everything that we do, we try to share the joy that we have in making, sharing and presenting music. I want the audience to feel like they are welcome. They should feel like we’ve invited them into our house and we’re playing music. It’s just a slightly bigger house with lots of seats. Sharing a piece of music at a concert is a big statement and we embrace it. If our audience knows we’re excited about it, they become excited about it.

What is unique about the upcoming season?

We’re really focused on building connections across the season and across the repertoire that resonate with the audience. Connections unfold in that original program and across the whole season. The audience will see the music through the same lens we look through. They are an active participant in what happens on stage.

“I’ve never seen a bad cat photo,” says Maryland Hall Photography Teaching Artist Joe Yablonsky. He says it as a joke but there’s truth in his humor: Yablonsky’s eye for photography has no room for pretension. “I’m the first one to admit there isn’t only one good way to take a photo. I think every student should bring their personality into the process and take photos that are uniquely their own.” Yablonsky developed his own love for photography on the campus of Princeton University. In the late 90s, he lived near the beautiful grounds and found inspiration in the gothic architecture and gargoyle sculptures.

“I specialize in photos of public sculptures and architecture, always trying to find the obscure out of the sculpture and historic architecture,” Yablonsky says. His body of work includes works by master sculptors such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French and Isamu Noguchi, to contemporary artists involved in community public art projects. His photographs are only taken when a rare combination of lighting and atmospheric conditions are present in the scene to highlight the sculpture and its environment. All photos are hand printed using a traditional darkroom on fiber paper and are selenium toned to increase their archival permanence.

Yablonsky made photography his career in 2003 when he found himself looking for a change after leaving his engineering job. “I went for creativity and photography was something that was already growing out of control in my life so I started teaching.” In addition to MD Hall, where he began teaching in 2017, Yablonsky also teaches at the Smithsonian, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, VisArts in Rockville and Anne Arundel Community College, among others. His classes at Maryland Hall range from the technical in How Do I Use my Digital Camera to the experiential and creative in Travel Photography.

“I want to teach people who want to learn how to use their camera, how to use every button and help them develop their eye. Whether that’s film or digital,” Yablonsky says. For those ready to take their photography skills out into the world, Yablonsky’s Annapolis at Night is an alternative learning experience. Students get out of the classroom and get immediate feedback in the field. Bring gloves for this year’s class – it takes place downtown during Midnight Madness! “You’re only cold for three hours and then you have the photos for the rest of your life. It’s a blast,” Yablonsky says. All classes are for all skill levels and interest and open to digital or film shooters.

In a digitally driven world, Yablonsky strays away from apps and editing. He is not keen on post-production work and he teaches his students how to take photos that don’t require it. “Students in my classes gain a much better understanding of how to use their camera and how to take better photos on a more consistent basis, without relying on post production,” he says. The key is to “think more and shoot less -- do more thinking before you press the shutter release button -- and therefore take less photos. And learn from both your successes and your mistakes.”

Yablonsky designs his classes to create a strong foundation of the concepts of photography that help photographers find their own vision. When asked what his greatest accomplishment as a teacher is, he says, “Seeing when people get it; when they truly understand and move forward and the material becomes second nature.”

As for his favorite place to take photos in Annapolis? The answer is easy: “wherever the light is good,” he says.

Register for a Fall Photography Class with Joe Yablonsky

Outside of Jay Fleming's studio on Maryland Hall's third floor.

Maryland Hall has been focusing on fostering relationships with local artists and finding ways to collaborate on deeper creative levels - to both heighten the art experience for our staff and visitors as well as provide artists with a community of patrons that they can connect with. We are lucky to have local artist and photographer, Jay Fleming, as an in-house artist on our third floor to do just that.

Our in-house artists are part of a new visual arts initiative at Maryland Hall and act as a source both for internal creative support as well as a hub for our educational outreach and community engagement programming. In-house artists will serve to support staff with creative projects involving photography, design, marketing, and promotion while also utilizing their studios to grow in their profession as artists and create work. They will be educators to local students, engage with community members, and participate in special events hosted by Maryland Hall.


A look inside Jay's studio space at Maryland Hall

"Having a studio at Maryland Hall has given me the opportunity to become part of a great community of artists and art professionals in Annapolis. I look forward to future opportunities to work with art students from area schools (bates, st. annes, etc...) to share my passion for photography while providing hands on learning opportunities." - Jay Fleming

Follow the Maryland Hall social media pages and website or Jay's social media pages for opportunities to visit Jay during his studio office hours or at a Maryland Hall event. Find information on our other in-house artists here.


(Left) Jay's studio, (Right) Portraits of Jay Fleming while documenting the seasfood industry on the Chesapeake Bay

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Every kid should take an art class. It teaches them flexible thinking and to be a careful observer of the world. I can’t think of a profession where those two skills don’t come into play.

Teaching Artist Holly Rosario knows how to connect with young artists. “My philosophy is to create as much of an authentic studio environment as possible. When you offer the studio environment, studio materials and the opportunity to explore, you discover that without a lot of strict guidance kids do the most amazing thing. Kids are natural artists. They don’t need to be coached as far as artistic thinking; it’s just teaching the skill,” says Rosario who teaches parent and child classes up to age 13.

Rosario’s own life as an artist began at an early age. “I’ve been drawing since elementary school and it was always in the corner of papers or tests or wherever I could fit it. I thought of it as a nervous habit for a while. Then, in high school I discovered it was what I loved to do and wanted to do,” she says. As Rosario’s interest in drawing transitioned to painting to papercuts to anything she could get her hands on, she learned art was an immense stress reliever and something she could spend hours on top of hours doing. “I realized if that’s what I wanted to do all the time, I should pursue it professionally,” she says.

After getting her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College for the Arts (MICA), she went into the Masters in Teaching program. “What I loved about the MICA program was its focus on holistic education and art as a bridge to children understanding themselves,” Rosario says, “In an educational system where everything is so to the numbers and whether kids are proficient or not, art is the one place we have left where kids can express themselves and have it not be right or wrong but about growth and understanding themselves.”

Rosario started her teaching career in public schools in 2012 and has been teaching at Maryland Hall since 2016. During her first year of teaching in public schools, she made her mark in a school that had not previously had stability in its art program. From a classroom in a trailer with no running water, Rosario led her students to present a schoolwide art show at the end of the year. “It was one of the biggest events ever at the school and we got to display a piece of art from every single student. Everyone in the school attended.”

For Rosario, art is a way to connect with others. “Art becomes a bridge to talking with people you never would have spent time with before,” she says. Working with children especially is what drives her. “We don’t make enough room for emotional education and teaching children to be kind to each other and themselves. Having to critique art teaches kids to grow and be critical without thinking anything is their fault or a struggle to succeed; it’s not putting yourself down to see where you can go. The beautiful thing about teaching art is seeing that self-reflection and growth.”  

Rosario’s classes focus on teaching skills, connecting with students and personalizing her teaching. “With the age level that I work with, the hardest part is getting them to understand there is a beginning, middle and an end to making artwork. And the most important part is the struggle that starts in the beginning. Getting the child to hold on, not crumple up their paper and see mistakes as part of the process – the struggle is the learning process. In the end, they’re so happy they didn’t give up! That’s when I’ve succeeded as a teacher,” she says.

Rosario gets animated when talking about the classes she teaches at Maryland Hall. “We get into really interesting classes like handmade animation. It’s really fun to see the process of animation and then see what the kids create on their own.” She’s especially excited for a painting class she’ll offer this summer called “Beyond the Brush.” The class is about being as experimental as possible with what goes onto the canvas and seeing where the skills go when students lose tight control. “I find it so fulfilling to see what their awesome little minds come up with,” Rosario says.

Check out Holly Rosario's Summer 2019 Classes for Children Under 6 here and Children 6-12 here.


Maryland Hall mourns the loss of Dr. Dennis Younger whose contributions to the founding of Maryland Hall and long standing dedication on our Board of Directors lent to the success and longevity of our region’s cultural hub.

A strong personal commitment to the arts, Dr. Younger was one of the founding members of Maryland Hall. He served as a long time board member and nine years as President. Later, in the Directors Circle. He also served as President of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and was Member emeritus of the Annapolis Opera Board. Dennis also served on the Anne Arundel Arts Council, Mitchell Gallery Board of Advisors, also serving as its Chairman. He was the first recipient of Annie Award for Patron of the Arts, presented by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and was awarded the Paul Harris Service Award by the Rotary Club of Parole.

We thank him for his efforts in the arts and express our condolences to Dr. Younger’s family and friends.


Paul Reed Smith and Maryland Hall Launch Music School/Summer Camp

Legendary Drummer Dennis Chambers to Headline Music Master Class Summer Camp

This Summer, guitar maker Paul Reed Smith, world renowned drummer Dennis Chambers and legendary rhythm section Gary and Greg Grainger will fulfill a long time dream at Maryland Hall: open a music school/camp for Maryland! The 1st Annual Music Master Classes for Aspiring Musicians is a 6-day music event and summer camp for ages 12 and up. Session Directors Greg Grainger, Gary Grainger and Paul Reed Smith along with special guest teachers and artists including Dennis Chambers will guide aspiring musicians through a legendary week of Master Classes this August 19-24.

The legendary drummer Dennis Chambers of Santana, Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) and John Scofield fame will headline Master Classes in this special summer camp/music school experience. The classes are open to anyone ages 12 and up. All attendees will be given real ways to view music, experience music and improve their abilities to play music in a weeklong classroom and Master Class environment. The teaching staff includes some of the best professional musicians Maryland has to offer including Paul Reed Smith and the Grainger brothers.

Open to all skill levels and instruments, the Master Classes will delve into three main areas: Rhythm, Harmony and Melody. The 6-day event includes 5 days of Master Classes and a final Performance Showcase Day. The Showcase will feature some of the students who have shown special skills, growth and dedication. As part of the Master Classes’ mission to become a Music School for all students in Maryland - scholarship opportunities are available.

The Master Class Summer Camp is ideal for anyone with a passion for music: parents of children looking for a music summer camp, adults interested in a unique way to spend their summer vacation, and retirees who want to learn alongside legends!

Smith and The Grainger Brothers introduced their Master Class model at Maryland Hall last December. Young guitarist Nathan Wickham of the band Annapolis Revival said of the experience, "Paul Reed Smith’s emphasis on rhythm made a lot of sense. Thank you!" Other feedback included, “Master class was excellent. Can’t wait until Maryland Hall has another one!,” “Loved the class and the interaction with the band teachers!,” and “The master classes were terrific. Can’t wait until Maryland Hall does it again!


What: 1st Annual Music Master Classes for Aspiring Musicians. Tuition: $500/person | $625/person with lunch

When: Monday – Friday, August 19-23, 9:30 am - 4 pm (Master Classes) & Saturday, August 24, 2 - 6 pm (Showcase).

Where: Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland

How: For more information, visit or call 410-263-5544. For Scholarship information, call the Maryland Hall Education Department at 410-263-5544 x20.


About the Session Directors & Guest Teachers:

Paul Reed Smith – Session Director

Smith is an internationally known guitar maker, musician and guitar player. In addition to performing and recording with his own band, Paul has played with artists such as Vertical Horizon, Creed and Santana. He was honored by Vintage Guitar Magazine as a Hall of Fame inductee 2011 and was named Maryland’s Small Business Owner Person of the Year in 2002.

Gary Grainger – Session Director

Gary Grainger’s seamless approach to virtually any style of music makes him one of the most sought after bass players in the world.  He has performed and done thousands of recordings, tours and TV appearances with such notable artists as John Scofield, Dennis Chambers, Nancy Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, Nick Lowe, Nelson Rangel, George Duke, Acoustic Alchemy and Eric Marienthal.

Greg Grainger – Session Director

A skilled architect of rhythm, Greg Grainger is surprisingly fresh in his artistry and musical perspective. Upon hearing him, it is easy to see why Whitney Houston signed him for her 1988 world tour, why Britain’s Rhythm Magazine called his work “solid and tasteful” dubbing him a “rhythm master” and why he is the drummer for international jazz artists such as Acoustic Alchemy and Kim Waters. Along with being a highly skilled drummer and teacher, he was the Musical Director for Maysa (the voice of Incognito’s Deep Waters and A Shade of Blue).

Dennis Chambers –Guest Teacher

Chambers is an American drummer who has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many others. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001. Despite a lack of formal training, Chambers has become famous among drummers for his special techniques and speed. Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play "in the pocket." He has helped many young drummers, the most prominent being Tony Royster, Jr. Chambers began drumming at the age of four years, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six.


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