William Kossler

Guitar, Director

Left: Duo gig at the Mast General Store downtown!


William Kossler is a gifted guitarist in demand internationally as both a teacher and performer. He holds Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Christopher Berg.

William has placed as a finalist in regional and national competitions and received positive reviews for his compelling performances. He is the author of several publications on guitar pedagogy and his articles have appeared in Soundboard (the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America), The Suzuki Journal (the Journal of the Suzuki Association of the Americas) and several other publications.

He has conducted Long Term Artist Residencies with both the South Carolina and Tennessee Arts Commissions. As a recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship, he spent a year in Japan studying with pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. A co-author of the Suzuki Guitar Method, Mr. Kossler has conducted pedagogy workshops for guitarists throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

He currently directs a Suzuki program in Winston-Salem with his wife Lauren, a violinist, teaches guitar at Piedmont International University and has served on the North Carolina Arts Council’s Touring Artists Directory as a performer on the guitar, lute, and vihuela.


Lauren Kossler

Violin, Viola, Mandolin


Mrs. Kossler began her private violin studies in her home town of Bolton Massachusetts. She studied violin at New England Conservatory of Music, the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, and at the University of South Carolina, Columbia S.C. (BM Violin Performance, l978-80).

She has received her Suzuki training through Book 3, having also spent a period of one year of observation and several months of study at the Suzuki Institute in Matsumoto, Japan (August 1985-March 1986).

In the past several years she has taken training in Italy with Amelia Saracco, developer of the Suzuki Mandolin Method. She has performed with the Winston-Salem Symphony and taught violin with the Winston Salem Suzuki School since 1986. She has also taught Orchestra at Hanes Middle, Wiley Middle, East Middle, and East Forsyth High School as a full time employee of the Forsyth County School System.