Master Your Story Meets Michael Scuotto

Young Musical Playwright Breaks onto the Theatre Scene

Michael Scuotto is a Brooklyn born musical theatre writer. He graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts as a Literary Arts major. As his senior project for Literary Arts, Michael wrote and produced the original musical On Beat, which had it’s world premiere production at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School For The Arts. Michael’s one-act play Sessions was given a reading as part of the Manhattan Theatre Club’s “Write Now!” workshop. In April, his original short film Living In The Past, which he wrote, directed, and starred in, was screened at the Greater Lehigh Valley Film Festival. As an actor, Michael has appeared in productions at Charter Arts, Civic Theatre of Allentown, and other Lehigh Valley and New York based theatre groups. In the fall, Michael will be attending Sarah Lawrence College to study theatre, music, and writing. You can find him on Instagram & Twitter @mscuottowriter.

George Hrab Discusses Importance of Music Education

Educational Entertainer Opens Minds

The importance of music in education is critical to proper development. George Hrab joins us on Master Your Story to discuss why its important and to entertain us with one of his famous songs “Deconstruction Song”

George, an American citizen of Ukrainian descent that resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and makes a living playing drums in a nine-piece horn band called The Philadelphia Funk Authority. He produces a weekly internet audio program called The Geologic Podcast. The program has no geology content whatsoever but is so named as a portmanteau of “George” and “logic.” This tends to confuse people. Quite rightly so. George regularly acts as emcee/host for science conventions like The Amazing Meeting, The Australian Skeptics Convention, or QED. When he is not performing with The Philadelphia Funk Authority or working on The Geologic Podcast or emceeing science conferences, he likes to write and record albums of original music. He has six so far, plus one live album and DVD. We are thrilled to be speaking with George today.

The Story Behind Martin Guitar

Chris Martin Discusses the History of Martin Guitar Co

Christian Frederick Martin IV was born on July 8, 1955. He then attended UCLA, majoring in Economics. In his free time, he helped in the guitar repair shop of Westwood Music in West Los Angeles, and this also gave him a valuable insight into the retail end of the music business.

When Chris was small, he helped box strings, 6 to a box. In 1972 and 1973 he became more active in the business, helping in the office and attending the NAMM Trade Show in Chicago. He also worked in the machine room cutting out guitar neck blanks on the bandsaw.

During the summer of 1973, Chris spent his time learning every operation and assisting with the construction of a D-28S guitar. This and his apprenticeship in the shop was an invaluable experience when he took his place in the family business.

Chris joined the Martin Guitar Company full time after his graduation from Boston University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the School of Management. Chris worked in many departments, learning how the business functioned from the bottom up. In 1985 he was appointed Vice President of Marketing, and he took an active roll in the day-to-day challenge of running a traditional business in a modern world. After the death of his grandfather, C. F. Martin III, on June 15, 1986, C. F. Martin IV was appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, indicating his responsibility for leading Martin into the next century.

Since 1833 musicians have connected with audiences everywhere the world over, showcasing their talent and virtuosity over all genres. Martin’s significance and cultural impact over 186 years is simply immeasurable.” – Chris Martin

Martin guitars and Martin strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, pop, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers.  They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television to movies, Broadway, books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers for nearly two centuries, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques, along with those introduced by the company founder.