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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival Scholarship Announced (Plus an exclusive offer to GFA members!)

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, March 25, 2015



The Guitar Foundation of America is excited to announce that the winner of the 2015 GFA International Youth Competition (15-18 year old division) will receive a full scholarship to attend the week-long Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF) workshop and festival.  The festival, now celebrating its sixth year is held August 30-September 6, 2015, in Bigfork, Montana at the Flathead Lake Lodge.  David Feffer, Founder and Chairman of COCGF and a classical guitarist states, “We are thrilled to offer this scholarship in collaboration with the GFA to support development of the next generation of classical guitarists.”  See scholarship details and eligibility below.

In addition a special offer is available for any GFA member who registers to participate in the workshop.  GFA members will receive a $200 tuition discount and a ½ hour private lesson with a member of the LA Guitar Quartet.  For more information and to register call Sal1y Beaulieu at 1-855-855-5900.

The COCGF workshop and festival is a unique opportunity to study in an intimate setting for a full week with members of the LA Guitar Quartet and to attend workshops and concerts given by guitarists in many different styles and genres.   Returning to the workshop from 2013, John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Matthew Greif and Scott Tennant and comment that they are "really looking forward to this unique opportunity to spend time with students on an intimate level, not just in daily master classes, but in small-group workshops, ensembles and just hanging out.  We found that so much can get accomplished this way in the short space of a week, and all amidst the extraordinary beauty of the mountainous, wide-open spaces of Montana.” 

Feffer, who plays classical guitar, states, “This is a unique mix of learning through group interaction, master classes, one-on-one learning and ‘topics of the day.’”  Feffer adds, “Beyond formal classes, there is plenty of time to interact musically and socially with members of the LAGQ, fellow students and all of the other Artists in Residence and faculty.”

The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to perform solo on the festival stage, participate in ensembles, attend performances and master classes by the Artists in Residence, faculty and guest performers.  In addition he/she will be able to enjoy the amenities, Montana atmosphere and hospitality provided by the world-renowned Flathead Lake Lodge.

John Bogan, the winner of last year’s GFA International Youth Competition received this scholarship in 2014.  He states,  “the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival was definitely life changing. The specified instruction from David Leisner and Andrew Leonard was beyond what I expected. The atmosphere is truly inspiring. The concerts are a blast and the people are great. A truly wonderful festival and experience. The crown of the continent guitar festival was definitely life changing.”


Kevin Loh, from Singapore, is a past winner of the GFA International Youth Competition who attended the 2013 workshop and festival as the recipient of the CCOGF Artist in Residence Scholarship.  Kevin states, “It was an awesome experience studying with Scott Tennant.  Beyond working on all aspects of guitar playing, it was the face-to-face discussion that made the difference.  He shared with me his career experiences, advice on university selection and much more.  To top it off, I had the opportunity to hear talks and concerts by so many guitar legends all in a single festival.” Kevin’s father, Marcus, also a guitarist, who joined his son for the week commented, “This is one of the best guitar festivals I have attended; breathtaking location, diverse genres, world class musicians, concerts and great people!  I look forward to returning to this one of a kind guitar festival.”


In addition to the LAGQ, this year’s Artists in Residence lineup includes jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and his band including Dave Grusin; Brazilian artist Romero Lubambo,; rock musicians Dweezil Zaapa and his band and Jon Herrington; ), blues guitarist David Grissam and singer-songwriters Madeleine Peyroux and Brett Dennen.  The faculty is comprised of nationally recognized guitar instructors in their respective genres and styles.  

See  for a complete description of the workshop and festival.

A core part of the  COCGF’s charitable mission is to provide scholarships for students and teachers to participate in its programs.  During the past four years the COCGF has awarded 110 scholarships valued at over $425,000.  In addition to the many scholarships given to Northwest Montana residents, scholarships have been awarded to individuals throughout the United States and in Japan, Singapore, Canada, France, South Africa, Ireland, Hungary and Brazil.  This year in addition to the GFA Scholarship, COCGF is initiating Frank Zappa Family and Wes Montgomery-Lee Ritenour scholarships, which will be awarded each year and a scholarship supported by the D’Addario Foundation.


COCGF has a donor who wishes to sponsor a scholarship for the winner of the 2014 GFA International Youth Competition (ages 15-18) to participate in the August 30-September 6, 2015 workshop and festival.  The scholarship will include: full tuition to the workshop and festival, air transportation to Kalispell Montana and all-inclusive accommodations at the Flathead Lake Lodge (   If the winner is under 18, a parent or guardian whose expenses will also be fully covered must accompany them. The value of this scholarship is between $6,000-$15,000 depending on travel costs and whether a parent or guardian will be included.  The scholarship recipient also must have the ability to comfortably understand and communicate in English.  If the competition winner is unable to accept the scholarship or does not meet the English-speaking requirement, the scholarship will be offered to the 2nd or 3rd place finishers.

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