has established herself as a dynamic performer with a powerful stage presence. FingerStyle Guitar Magazine described her as an “amazing player that commands the guitar with world-class technique and musicianship that is uncommon.” She has received awards in several guitar competitions including The South Carolina Guitar Competition, the Music Teachers National Association State and Regional Competitions and recognition as a semifinalist in the 6th annual Edwin H. and Leigh W. Schadt National String Competition for classical guitar. Her performances were featured by National Public Radio, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Columbus Guitar Symposium, Allentown radio, the colleges and museums throughout USA. Marina Alexandra was born in the Ukraine, where she began her guitar studies at the age of six. In 1996 she immigrated with her family to the United States and in 1998 she was awarded a scholarship and assistantship to continue her studies towards a Master of Music degree at the University of South Carolina under guitar professor Christopher Berg. She has released two solo albums: Timeless Enchantment (Baroque, Classical, Modern, and Latin-American music) and A Moment of Magic (Russian modern music by Nikita Koshkin). Her last CD received high praises from such prestigious music magazines as Soundboard, Classical Guitar (UK) and American Record Guide. In 2015 Marina released a joined CD with flutist Teri Forscher titled “Americas from North to South”. This project was in part sponsored by SC Arts Commission. She has served on the faculties of University of South Carolina in Aiken, Furman University, Wingate University, and Columbia College. Mrs. Alexandra is a director and founder of Guitar Muse Society and Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, which promotes classical guitar awareness in the Midlands.