I too want to thank you for your many years devotion to this site and the vision to make it possible. Aside from the instruction, I am sure you realize you have created and fostered an amazing global community. This will endure I am sure. I know it is about the music, but as my signature says, we think we are making music, but it is making us.
As a sailor, I understand your draw to the sea, and love the pictures you post on facebook. I hope some of your lieutenants can carry on the work of the site, both administratively and pedagogically as well, as you paddle off. Maybe a visit to the Pacific Northwest or Canada's Sunshine Coast, is in your future, the best kayaking/sailing in the world!
But before you go, maybe one last mission: to get some of this community (who might be able and willing) to get together in person for a Delcamp Festival of Guitar, somewhere in the world, to commune in person, and to tell you in person how we appreciate all you have done. It may be a small crowd, or maybe a very large one. It could feature students of the online courses, some of your conservatory students, seminars in performance, masterclasses, luthiers and their creations, and maybe some guest performers. Maybe we can work in a kayak field trip. How is Brest in the summertime? Or maybe Martinique in the winter? Vancouver (I'd be there)??? I ask this because I have just thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my fellow students from China, Tennessee, Greece, Sweden, Ontario, Spain, France, Viet Nam, and who knows where else, and would love to meet some of them in person.
Thanks for the opportunity to provide input to your decisions.
All this time I thought I was making music; it was making me.
2015 Steve Ganz "Solidarity"
1980 Dauphin D30
1962 Fender pre-CBS P-Bass
National Triolian Uke ca.1930
Almost as many fly rods as guitars