Mr. Jeffrey A. Merkel

Guitar Teacher, Parent

Jeffrey Merkel

SAA Member


Fairbanks, AK
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Education: Bachelor of Arts, Yale University 1975 majoring in Comparative Literature (German / English) with 2 years intensive Guitar Studies with Greg Bonenberger (

Master of Divinity, Yale Divinity School 1979

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Pastor at St. Peters Church, New York City; Incarnation Lutheran, Philadelphia PA; Village Pastor at Holden Village, Chelan WA; Good Shepherd, Wasilla AK; and Fairbanks Lutheran, Fairbanks AK.

Interim Executive Director at Stone Soup Café, Fairbanks, AK, Administrator at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, Homeschool parent 2010-2012

Parent of Matteo (2005), who is currently studying with Suzuki Guitar teacher and teacher-trainer Andrea Cannon of Houston TX ( and of Annika (2008), who is currently studying violin with Suzuki Violin teacher and teacher-trainer Gail Johansen (

Completed Suzuki Book 1 Guitar Teacher Training at Ottawa Suzuki Institute, Ottawa, KS June 2015; Books 2 & 3 at the Alexandria VA Institute in July 2016, all three with Andrea Cannon.