New CD from Shawn Persinger is Prester John!

Shawn’s new CD with  mandolinist David Miller,  is now available from Innova Recordings!  “DESIRE FOR A STRAIGHT LINE” — all instrumental —  is the usual PRESTER JOHN mixed bag of styles.   Challenging yet accessible; virtuosic yet affable; smart and whimsical.   All sixteen tracks offer something unique.  Need some points of reference?   J.S. Bach meets Frank Zappa;   David Grisman and Tony Rice play Igor Stravinsky and Danny Elfman;  Friday Night in San Francisco with a mandolin.

The digital release will be available from all the on-line retailers:   iTunes,  Amazon,  etc. in July but the actual, physical disc is available directly from Shawn now.   Only $12 (includes postage and handling, a bargain!).

 1.   Order on Paypal with your credit card, or other available Paypal means.

 2.   Order by check or money order (payable to:  E.H.P. Productions:  
E.H.P. Productions
c/o Shawn Persinger
P.O. Box 6082
Hamden, CT 06517
There is also a transcription book available ($22, ordered same way as CD).    Every song transcribed in standard notation and guitar tab.   The mandolin parts are in presently in notation only,  tab is in progress.  

Early Registration Discount Ends April 18

There is a $100 Tuition Discount for alumni through April 18.    The discount for new studnets is $75.  

Samba Meets Jazz Summer Camp

Guitar Intensives has branched out, and is now offering week-long sessions in Jazz & Brazilian music.

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Our program provides personalized instruction in repertoire, technique, improvisation, songwriting, music theory, ensemble playing and performance skills.   


Perched above Frenchman’s Bay, College of the Atlantic provides a magical oceanfront venue to “get away from it all” and immerse yourself in music.   A best kept secret, COA is not only the “greenest” college in the United States, it is one of the bluest, boasting its own peer and Maine Coast beach!


Our program is geared to serve students of all levels – from the novice who’s dusted off her guitar after 15 years, to performers and educators seeking to hone their skills with the masters.   While the majority of our students are adults, our program is open to focused high school students. 


Our student concert is one of the culminating events of the week.   Participation is optional.  Often, a whole class will peform together.   Individuals are also encouraged to perform — eithermaterial they’ve been working on during the week, or other repertoire.


Our venue is just minutes away from Acadia National Park.  Students often take advantage of our mid-day break for a ride or stroll on its extensive networks of carriage trails.  For those who do not have a car, the Island Explorer – a free shuttle – stops on campus taking you to all locations within the Park.


One of several towns on Mt. Desert Island, the town of Bar Harbor is 5 minutes from College of the Atlantic.  In addition to varied cuisine and shops, the town boasts a  variety of activities, inclouding whale-watching, sunset schooner tours of Frenchman’s Bay, kayaking, and even its own museum!