The American Guitar Society (AGS) has selected Northridge resident Michael Kozubek, M.M., for their Lifetime Achievement Award. Kozubek serves as a professor at Azusa Pacific University. He developed and oversees the guitar studies program in Azusa Pacific University's School of Music. Kozubek has served as a board member of the AGS since 2008.

The AGS is the oldest guitar society in the world, founded in 1923. Kozubek will receive the award on their 95th anniversary, Sept. 23, 2018 in Los Angeles. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given only once every five years. Past recipients for this award include world class guitarists Christopher Parkening and Scott Tennant.

“This accomplishment is a great moment for the Music Performance Department within the School of Music because it is a recognition of the high caliber of instruction that students receive at APU,” said Stephen P. Johnson, DMA, dean of the College of the Arts. “It also demonstrates the growing reputation of APU’s College of the Arts as a premier destination for the creation of great artistry grounded in faith.”

Kozubek has studied with and performed in master classes of guitar luminaries, including Andres Segovia, Pepe and Angel Romero, Abel Carlavaro, David Russell, Alexandre Lagoya, David Tannenbaum, Christopher Parkening, Oscar Ghilia and Michael Lorimer. Kozubek performs in numerous ensembles and solo recitals and has appeared as the guest soloist in guitar concerti with many orchestras.

“I’ve dedicated my life to teaching classical guitar,” Kozubek said. “I had a promising performance career before I was stricken with severe rheumatoid arthritis. I continued to teach and over the years I’ve developed many fine students who have gone on to win competitions and get into top graduate schools. This honor pays tribute not only to my work but to the students I have taught who are making their mark as talented musicians.”

Kozubek teaches courses in the guitar studies curriculum, including Guitar Ensemble, Guitar History & Literature, Guitar Pedagogy, and Fingerboard Harmony.

Kozubek grew the program from three students when he first started more than 30 years ago, to about 30 students each semester. He brings world class guitarists to campus to perform and teach master classes for the students, including Denis Azabagic, Roland Dyens, Jason Vieaux, and David Burgess.

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