Portrait of Michael Manderen
  • Director of Conservatory Admissions, Lecturer in Guitar and Lute


  • BA, Oberlin College, 1976
  • BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 1976
  • Study with Loris O. Chobanian, William Matthews, Paul O’Dette, Barry Galbraith, and Suzanne Bloch


Mike Manderen is director of conservatory admissions at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was a double-degree student, completing his studies in 1976. In addition to his administrative role, Manderen has performed as a solo and ensemble musician with the Manderen Duckham Duo throughout the Midwest and East. He plays lute, theorb, and guitar.

He was a faculty associate with the Baroque Performance Institute, 1977-82; and a visiting instructor of guitar, Interlochen Arts Academy, 1990-92.

He has done commercial studio work in New York and Cleveland; has made appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra on lute and guitar and with the baroque orchestra City Musick (Chicago) on theorbo; and is a sponsored touring artist under the Ohio Arts Council Fee Support Program and a recommended performer by the United States Information Agency.

He has served as a judge at state- and regional-level American String Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association guitar competitions.