The constant in Mac Nelson’s unusually varied career as a musician,
teacher, and scholar is classical guitar performance. His high school
years included successful recitals in Asheville, North Carolina and
Charleston, South Carolina, as well as appointment, at the age of fifteen,
as teaching assistant to the late Asheville pedagogue Jerry Young.

Mac holds a graduate degree in Guitar Performance from Appalachian State
University, where he studied with the noted 19th century guitar specialist
Douglas James. Earlier important influences included the late Jesus
Silva of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Elliot Frank of East
Carolina University, and the distinguished Atlanta teacher and performer
Mary Akerman. 

Mac holds additional graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina

at Greensboro and from the Centre for Medieval Studies in York, England, where he served

as musician to the Lords of Misrule, a drama company specializing in the performance of
early English plays. For many years Mac was on the faculty of Carolina
Day School in Asheville, where, in addition to establishing a thriving
guitar program, he was variously occupied as Upper School Head, Dean
of Students, and teacher of English, history, Latin, and music. Before
joining the faculty at UNC Greensboro, he taught guitar at his
undergraduate alma mater, Warren Wilson College, where he was a
Rhodes Scholarship finalist and winner of the Page English Award. Mac
is President Emeritus of the Classical Guitar Society of the Western
Carolinas and now serves as an Associate Professor at the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro, where he catalogs the world’s largest
research collection of cello music.