Established in 1973, the Toronto Guitar Institute is owned and operated by Richard Summers. An honours graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Mr. Summers has performed extensively as a duo and ensemble guitarist, and can be heard in recording with the award-winning Victoria Scholars on their "Christmas with Victoria Scholars" CD. He was a finalist in the Guitar Player Magazine "Ultimate Guitar Competition", classical category, and has been featured in Guitar Player's Spotlight section. Mr. Summers has adjudicated at numerous music festivals and competitions in Ontario and Quebec, has taught guitar for the University of Toronto, Music Education department, and has marked more than 100 guitar exams and recitals at U. of T. As a member of The College of Examiners for RCM Examinations, he frequently travels across Canada conducting Royal Conservatory guitar examinations. Mr. Summers has published a threevolume classical guitar instructional method, and has worked as a consulting editor for the RCM Guitar Repertoire Series, in which a number of his original compositions appear. A Past President of the Guitar Society of Toronto, he is currently President of Peel Music Festival, for which he is also head of the guitar section.
Beginning in 1970, Rob Bulger worked professionally for 10 years playing all styles of music, (working on recordings with "Lee Aaron" and touring the southern U.S. with Canadian hard rock band "Moxy"). In 1980 Rob entered the Humber College music program and in 1983 he graduated with honours. Following his studies at Humber College Rob began his teaching practice and in 1988 he began teaching at Humber College.
Since 1988 to the present he has taught theory courses, guitar master classes, private guitar lessons and directed student ensembles at the college. Rob has also studied classical guitar with Richard Summers and has successfully completed the Grade 9 practical RCM examination.
Rob has taught at the Toronto Guitar Institute for the past 32 years, successfully tutoring students in all styles of guitar.
In addition, Rob is the assistant director of the Guitar Workshop Plus where he has hosted seminars/played with such artists as Alex Lifeson, Duke Robillard, Lorne Lofsky, Greg Howe, John Abercrombie, Rik Emmett, Robben Ford and John Scofield.