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MURIEL ANDERSON - Widely respected as one of the country's foremost guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Finger picking Guitar Championship. She is host and originator of the renowned "Muriel Anderson's ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT®" and founder of the Music for Life Alliance, to support music education in schools and grassroots programs nationwide. Muriel fell in love with the guitar at an early age and learned every style available to her, culminating in classical guitar study at DePaul University. She went on to study with classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening and with Nashville legend Chet Atkins. She has composed music since about age six, and has written music for guitar and strings as well as songs, solo compositions, choral and orchestral works. A composer and award winning guitarist. Anderson studied classical music in college at DePaul University with Leon Borkowski. She later took master courses with classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening. In 1989 she became the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. Her recordings have traveled as far as outer space, accompanying the astronauts on a space shuttle mission. Anderson is founder & director of the Music for Life Alliance. She is also the founder and host of the All Star Guitar Night which donates its proceeds to the Music for Life Alliance.

Muriel Anderson’s unique approach to the instrument has been said to virtually transform the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a bluegrass band, amazing audiences with her technique and endearing them with her sense of humor. Her brilliance across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass, and world music is revered by guitarists worldwide. She can be heard in concert and as a guest on radio shows across the globe performing her unique arrangements and original compositions.

Her grandfather was a saxophone player in John Phillip Sousa’s band, and her mother was a piano teacher. Her musical heritage showed early when an inspired six year old Muriel began composing her own songs. Muriel counts among her mentors and friends Christopher Parkening and Chet Atkins. A gifted teacher herself, she has inspired many students around the world in workshops with her moving personal insights into performance and pedagogy.

Muriel Anderson has a released fourteen CDs, nine videos/DVDs, and numerous guitar books published by Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Zen-On Japan. Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Women’s Choir, as well as songs which have appeared as title tracks for three albums by various artists. Muriel’s Heartstrings recording traveled as far as outer space, accompanying the astronauts on a space shuttle mission. Muriel is a member of the advisory board for Mel Bay Publications.

Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night benefits the Music For Life Alliance