Michael Ridenour – Director, Classical, Electric, and Acoustic Guitar (Faculty Member Since 1997): Michael Ridenour holds a Master’s of Music degree in Guitar Performance from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Recording Arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has over 30 years of combined performing and teaching experience and has played in master classes for Elliot Fisk, Christopher Parkening, Anthony Glise, Thomas Patterson, and Elliot Frank. Michael teaches over 50 beginning, intermediate, and advanced guitar students each week and has coached professional studio musicians and multi-platinum award winning songwriters. He has taught guitar and various other music lessons while serving on the music faculties of Blue Ridge Community College and Appalachian State University. He recently served on the music faculty at the University of North Carolina at Asheville teaching music theory and music history. He is an active performer throughout the southeastern United States playing at such venues as the Grove Park Inn, the Biltmore House, and many regional restaurants, clubs, festivals, and concert venues.
Michael has served on the Education Committee of the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Promotions Committee and Main Street Music Selection Committee for the City of Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is also the past Chairperson of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He has adjudicated many college and university scholarship auditions as well as the Appalachian State University Guitar Festival which is an international classical guitar festival held annually in Boone, North Carolina.
Michael, and his wife Michelle, have two beautiful children; Matthew and Micah. They are members of Etowah Baptist Church in Etowah, North Carolina. Michael has served in a variety of church leadership roles including Sunday School Director, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Church Council Moderator, and long-range and finance committees. He is an ordained deacon and member of the Gideon’s International.
Michael has dedicated his life to the full-time service of helping others discover and develop their God-given musical talents. Whether your goal is recreational, supplemental, or college/conservatory preparation, Michael will develop a customized curriculum to help you reach your goals quicker and unlock the greater potential found in all of us.