Fort Worth, TX native, Dr. Will Douglas has become a leader in the north Texas guitar community. Starting his career under the apprenticeship of founder of The Guitar Studio, Michael Dailey along with Professor Tom Johnson of The University of North Texas, and privately with Adam Holzman of The University of Texas. Will has also performed for some of the top names in guitar including; Tom Sheeley, Virginia Luque, Thomas Kirchhoff, Dale Kavanagh, Eduado Fernandez, Eliot Fisk, Bruce Holzman and Oscar Ghiglia among many others. He made his concert debut in Guitar Fort Worth’s Atrium Series in 2004 and attended the 2006 Acadia Guitar Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada and the 2008 and 2009 Iserlohn International Guitar Symposiums in Iserlohn, Germany. Will has also given solo baroque guitar and lute performances and played continuo in The University of North Texas’ Collegium Musicum Orchestra, the Fort Worth Opera and many others.
In December of 2008, Will took the presidential reins of Guitar Fort Worth to help provide performances and educational opportunities to the Fort Worth community. In 2011 Will was invited as a guest lecturer and master class teacher at the 2011 Hamilton International Guitar Festival and The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Will Douglas finished his Masters in Music Performance degree at UNT and has since returned from the Graduate Diploma program in Eliot Fisk's studio at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston to seek his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas, which he completed in 2019.
In 2015, he founded the Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition at Weatherford College, which draws performers, competitors and enthusiasts from all over the world and in 2017 the Collegiate Peaks Guitar Retreat in Buena Vista, Colorado. In August of 2019, Will took on the role of Managing Director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, one the the most prominent guitar organizations in the United States.
Will is currently Artist in Residence and Director of Guitar Performance and Pedagogy at Texas Baptist College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, an Adjunct Instructor of Guitar at Texas Wesleyan University, Weatherford College, Tarrant County College Northwest, and the owner, instructor, and performer at The Guitar Studio in Fort Worth, TX where he has taught since 2004.
Will Douglas plays a 2016 Wood Ring double top guitar.
Dr. Will Douglas
B.M., M.M., D.M.A. in Guitar Performance
University of North Texas
Dr. Kevin Manderville
B.M., M.M., D.M.A. in Guitar Performance
Florida State University
Kevin Manderville began his classical guitar studies at the age of eighteen with James Chandler. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, where he studied with Stephen Robinson. He also received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Florida State University under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman. In addition, Mr. Manderville has also studied in masterclasses with some of today’s most prominent guitarists, including Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Roland Dyens, and Oscar Ghiglia.
Kevin Manderville has won prizes in several international competitions, including first prize at the Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, second prize at the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and consecutive top prizes at the Columbus Guitar Symposium Competition. In 2006, he was a recipient of the Florida Artist Enhancement Grant.
His performances as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and former member of the Tantalus Quartet have taken him throughout North America and Europe, including appearances in such major cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montreal, Cologne, New Orleans, Miami, and Orlando. He has also performed at major venues, concert series and festivals including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, the Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium, the 2nd Acadia International Guitar Festival, the Hamilton International Guitar Festival, the Columbus State University Guitar Symposium, the New York Guitar Seminar, and the Lachine International Music Festival. Committed to the performance of new music, he has premiered several works including those written for him. His debut CD, titled Through the Centuries, was released in the fall of 2010 on Clear Note.
A dedicated teacher, Dr. Manderville served as a teaching assistant at Florida State University for three years. He has also been on the faculty of Thomas University, Tallahassee Community College, Bainbridge College and the Stetson University Community School of Music. While living in New York, he taught at Medgar Evers College, the Amadeus Conservatory of Music, and initiated an after-school guitar program for Manhattan Youth. Kevin Manderville currently resides in Montgomery, AL, where he directs the classical guitar program at Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School and is on the faculty at Huntingdon College.
B.M. in Guitar Performance
Texas State University
Masters Student in Guitar Performance
Texas Baptist College
Matthew Naizer is from Houston, TX where he began learning guitar in the third grade. His love for guitar grew throughout middle school and much more so in high school when he was introduced to classical guitar. In his years at Bellaire High School, under the teaching of Mark Moore, he competed in three UIL Solo and Ensemble competitions, receiving the highest score at regionals for a freshman, and 3 Silver Medals as a junior and senior for two solos and one ensemble piece. Preparing for the junior year UIL competition, Matthew, among other students, played for Adam Holzman in a master class. Following his graduation from Bellaire High School in 2016, Matthew went on to study with Professor Mark Cruz at Texas State University where he would eventually earn his Bachelor of Music Performance in the Spring of 2020. During his time at Texas State, Matthew performed in numerous ensembles, gave two solo recitals, and played for Isaac Bustos in a master class. Following his graduation from Texas State, Matthew now resides in Fort Worth with his wife, cat, and new baby girl, Nekoda. Here, he studies with Dr. Will Douglas at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as he pursues his Master of Music in Church Music with a Concentration in Classical Guitar Performance and Pedagogy. Once Matthew completes his Graduate Program at SWBTS, he plans to enter into the Doctoral program at SWBTS to continue his studies in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy in order to eventual teach at the university level and establish his own studio.
B.M. Student in Guitar Performance
Texas Baptist College
Xan Watson is originally from Mineral Wells, Texas, which is about a 45-minute drive West of Fort Worth. He currently resides just south of Weatherford, Texas, with his dogs. He graduated from Weatherford High School in 2018 and has since attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for his continued education and is currently working on a BMA (Bachelor of Musical Arts) in the field of Classical Guitar Performance.
He has always had a passion for music. Xan started playing the electric guitar at the age of 11, adding in the steel-string acoustic, classical guitar, ukulele, and his current main instrument outside of school purposes, the bass guitar. All of these instruments have added themselves over the years, as that would be a massive load to deal with all at one time, of course! He currently plays electric bass for Central Christian Church on Sunday mornings as well as North Side Baptist on Wednesday nights, helping the youth band out.
A few awards that Xan received for his musical abilities would be 1st chair in brass ensemble for middle school band playing the trumpet three years in a row, 1st chair jazz bassist in all-region jazz ensemble for two years in a row in high school, as well as advancing to state level competition for solo and ensemble on the classical guitar during his time in high school for two years straight (when his school allowed classical guitar to enter, as he was the only one). Xan also received masterclasses instruction from renowned classical guitarists Rene Izquierdo of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Adam Holzman of the University of Texas at Austin, Mathew McAllister of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ayman Jarjour asolo guitarist from Syria, Emma Rush a classical guitar virtuoso from Canada, as well as with Michael Dailey the founder of The Guitar Studio and guitar professor at Texas Wesleyan University to name a few. Outside of the classroom, a few musicians who have greatly influenced his playing would be Geddy Lee of Rush, Randy Rhoads from Ozzy Osbourne (also a classical guitarist himself), and John Myung of Dream Theater.
During the week, he works at Southwest Ford in Hudson Oaks as a shop hand, doing all kinds of random activities that need getting done. He has worked for the dealership for over four years. A few passions that Xan has besides music would be sports cars (primarily the American muscle car scene), firearms (target shooting only, as Xan does not hunt), and animals. He has four furry friends at home: an English Bulldog, a French Bulldog, a Boston Terrier, and a Yorkshire Terrier.