9.BSGW Faculty


Dave Madsen, Hartford Conn. - Master Classes, Group 


Adam Kossler, Sterling VA - Master Classes 

Justin Craig, Blacksburg VA - Master Classes 

Jason Pickard, Charlotte NC - Guitar Making Elective Class 

John Beck, Winston Salem NC - Drum Circle Elective

Reece Jennings, Boone NC - Drum Circle Elective

Lauren Kossler, Winston Salem NC - Art Elective

William Kossler, Winston Salem NC - Master Classes,



Dave Madsen - Guitar

     David Madsen founded the Hartt Suzuki Guitar Program in '90. He is the Chair of the Guitar and Harp Dept. of the Community Division at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut, USA.  David graduated with a BM in guitar performance from the University of Connecticut and has since studied with David Leisner and Pepe Romero. His Suzuki guitar studies have been with Bill Kossler and Frank Longay, and has also trained with Lyn McCall in Suzuki Early Childhood Education.  He became the 3rd registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in 2000, and has conducted courses throughout North America and in Italy, Singapore, Peru, Puerto Rico and Argentina. Mr. Madsen is a member of the SAA Guitar Committee, and currently serves on the Teacher Development Advisory Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of the Americas.


Adam Kossler - Guitar

     Dr. Adam Kossler began his musical studies with his father William Kossler and continued his musical training through college with Dr. Elliot Frank receiving his BM degree at East Carolina University.  He then earned a MM degree at Appalachian State University as a teaching assistant to Dr. Douglas James. Most recently, he completed a DMA degree at Florida State University where he served as a teaching assistant to Bruce Holzman. 

     As a performer, Dr. Kossler has been a top prizewinner in a number of international guitar competitions including the Boston Guitarfest, Columbus Guitar Symposium, East Carolina Guitar Competition, MANC guitar competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Music Teacher National Association Competition, and the Appalachian Guitarfest Competition.

     Dr. Kossler performs regularly as a solo artist, as a member of the NOVA Guitar Quartet, and with the Kossler Guitar Trio alongside his father Bill and brother John. 

He has been featured on many prestigious concert series including the John E. Marlow Guitar Series (Bethesda, MD), Isle Newell Concert Series (Appalachicola, FL), and the Seven Hills Guitar Series (Tallahassee, FL). 


Jason Pickard - Guitar, Luthier

     Jason Pickard holds a Masters Degree in music performance from East Carolina University. His classical guitar performances have earned him top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, and The Appalachian State University Guitar Festival. He has performed extensively throughout the Southeast as a soloist as well as an ensemble musician, and competed in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America solo competition in 1999. He was twice awarded the East Carolina Friends of the School of Music Scholarship, and the St.Cecilia Guitar Scholarship for outstanding musical and academic performance.

     As an educator, Mr. Pickard has served as a faculty member for East Carolina University (as a graduate assistant), Barton College, Catawba College, and Central Piedmont Community College as well as a private instructor in the greater Charlotte community.

     Currently, Jason Pickard resides in Concord, North Carolina and remains active in the music community in Charlotte area as an educator, performer, and classical guitar builder at Music49, Inc., a collection of Charlotte's finest music educators.


Justin Craig - Guitar

     Justin Craig graduated from Radford University in 2003 with a Masters in Music and focus on guitar performance where he studied with Valerie Hartzell and Robert Trent.  He is also a registered Suzuki Instructor through Guitar Book 7. 

     For the past ten years Justin has been the Suzuki and Classical guitar instructor at the Renaissance Music Academy in Blacksburg Virginia.  The RMA is oldest most prestigious non-profit music academy Southwestern Virginia. 

     Justin is an active performer, leading a jazz quintet, Brazilian group, and classical guitar trio.  He is also a busy arranger, continuously working on both solo pieces and large ensemble works for a variety of student ensembles.


JOHN R. BECK - Percussion

     John R. Beck has been a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts since 1998 and Wake Forest University since 2005. He holds degrees from Oberlin and Eastman Schoosl of Music, and is the Principal Percussionist with the Winston-Salem.  He also performs with the Greensboro Symphony orchestra, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Philidor Percussion Group. A former soloist with the United States Marine Band, he also performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, and Washington and Baltimore Operas. From 2013-15 John served as President of the Percussive Arts Society. (PAS)  In addition to these professional involvements, Mr. Beck has an interest in the intersection of the arts and medicine.  He currently facilitates therapeutic interactive group drumming circles at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in the Comprehensive Cancer Center and pediatric Behavioral Health Departments, and also hosts group drumming class at the Gateway YWCA.



     Reece Jennings is currently a graduate assistant in the Music Therapy program at Appalachian State University. He earned his BM in Music Education from ASU, and has worked as a public school music teacher in the Guilford County Schools, and a music enrichment instructor at Camp Broadstone. While at Appalachian State he earned a Jazz Certificate and also worked as an intern with Heart for Africa.


Lauren Kossler - Art Elective

     Mrs. Kossler began her private violin studies in her home town of Bolton Massachusetts.  She studied violin at New England Conservatory of Music, the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, and at the University of South Carolina, Columbia S.C. (BM Violin Performance, l978-80).  She has received her Suzuki training through Book 3, having also spent a period of one year of observation and several months of study at the Suzuki Institute in Matsumoto, Japan (August 1985-March 1986).  She has  performed with the Winston-Salem Symphony and taught violin with the Winston Salem Suzuki School since 1986.   She has also taught Orchestra at Hanes Middle, Wiley Middle and East Middle as well as East Forsyth High School as a full time employee of the Forsyth County School System.


William Kossler - Guitar, Workshop Director         

     William Kossler is a gifted guitarist in demand internationally as both a teacher and performer. He holds Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Christopher Berg. William has placed as a finalist in regional and national competitions and received positive reviews for his compelling performances. He is the author of several publications on guitar pedagogy and his articles have appeared in Soundboard (the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America), The Suzuki Journal (the Journal of the Suzuki Association of the Americas) and several other publications. He has conducted Long Term Artist Residencies with both the South Carolina and Tennessee Arts Commissions. As a recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship he spent a year in Japan studying with pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. A co-author of the Suzuki Guitar Method, Mr. Kossler has conducted pedagogy workshops for guitarists throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe and Australia. He currently directs a Suzuki program in Winston-Salem with his wife Lauren, a violinist, teaches guitar at Piedmont International University and has served on the North Carolina Arts Council’s Touring Artists Directory as a performer on the guitar, lute, and vihuela.


















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