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New Masters Program Announced in Seville, Spain

Posted By Emma Markham, Yesterday

The University Pablo de Olavide in collaboration with the Seville Guitar Festival and the label Contrastes records London (UK) organizes the first edition of the  Master in Classical Guitar Performance that will be held in Seville (Spain) from October 2015 to July 2016.

Professors selected to teach during the Master are:

Pablo Márquez, Professor at the Musik-Akademie of Basel (Switzerland)

Zoran Dukic, Professor at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya (Spain)

Paolo Pegoraro, Professor at theUniversitat für Musik und darstellende Kunst (Austria)

Judicael Perroy, Professor at thePôle Superiour d'enseignements artistiques Lille (France)

Lorenzo Micheli, Professor at theUniversity School of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano (Switzerland)

Francisco Bernier, Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Sevilla (Spain)

Professors will work individually and collectively with students three or four time per month from November 2015 to July 216.

As part of the training programme, the students in the Master will have the chance to perform as soloists on several occasions at different venues in the province of Seville and Seville city. Fourthermore, students will participate in the Seville Guitar Festival. One of them will have the possibility to records a CD with the label Contrastes records distributed internationally.

After completing the master and its evaluation, the student obtains "Master in Classical Guitar Performance" (60 ECTS) 


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Posted By Emma Markham, Friday, May 15, 2015

BOSTON, MA – Acclaimed classical guitarists Adam Levin, Matthew Rohde, and Scott Borg proudly announce the founding of The Kithara Project, a new entrepreneurial non-profit organization based in Boston devoted to bringing classical guitar to communities with otherwise limited access to live music and music education.   The Kithara Project is a collective of guitarists working to promote the guitar and with it, to create, perform, educate, engage, and empower in socially responsible ways.


The founders of the organization, all internationally-acclaimed performers and teachers, will work both domestically and internationally to organize performances, collaborations, workshops, and longer-term residencies in non-traditional settings. Through its performances, The Kithara Project brings all the richness of the classical guitar to those places where live music is seldom heard. The founders write, “The word itself -- kithara -- is the etymological root not just of the word guitar, but also of sitar and zither, to name two. Down to the very name then, the guitar, as an ‘instrument’ of cultural diplomacy and education alike, taps into a powerful wellspring of common heritage.”


The new organization has already received endorsements of support from internationally renowned guitarists Eliot Fisk and Benjamin Verdery.  Fisk says, “New ideas must be tried out, not within the safety net of academia’s protecting walls, but out in the real world, under actual conditions. This is exactly what the Kithara Project proposes to do.” Verdery states, “The Kithara Project will have a profound positive artistic and emotional impact on all who are fortunate enough to encounter it.”


The Kithara Project will offer music education and outreach programs for both musicians and non-musicians of all ages. The goals of its outreach program are: to provide quality musical experiences for young people; partner with public, private and charter schools to supplement current music programs; expand collaborations with community organizations to reach greater numbers of disadvantaged people, particularly in inner-city communities and communities without access to live arts experiences; encourage long-term concert attendance by young people; provide world-class instruction for emerging instrumental students; and provide inspiring role models for people of all ages and backgrounds.


Current programs available include a Master Guitar-in-Residence, one‐week residency each year by a well‐established guitarist with top performing credentials and experience teaching at the major conservatory level. This residency will focus solely upon those elementary, middle and high schools that already have established guitar or string ensemble programs, using the proven combination of lecture‐demonstration and coaching. Webcast Student Concertsavailable to schools at no charge, will feature a series of contrasting concerts, performed in front of a live audience and webcast live. Kithara’s In-School Visiting Artists program will feature visits to schools during four one‐week residencies by artists and ensembles that provide well-designed introductory music lecture‐demonstration programs. These programs will focus upon general school populations, mostly at the elementary and middle school levels, providing a live performance experience as well as carefully designed instruction in musical and related non‐musical topics. Introductory Musical Programs by teaching artists will introduce students to classical music and promote the development of pre‐literacy, language and communication skills through active listening.


The Kithara Project kicks off its inaugural 2015-2016 season of programming with residencies and concerts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York City. 


For an introductory video about The Kithara Project, visit




Naxos Recording Artist Adam Levin has performed the world over in settings across the United States and Europe. The recipient of numerous top prizes, he has been recognized by national and international competitions.  As an ambassador for the guitar, Mr. Levin is dedicated to sharing the guitar’s vibrant and comprehensive repertoire in underserved areas and unconventional spaces.  In 2007-08 he was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for innovative community work in the Boston area.  In 2008, Levin was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to research and perform 20th and 21st century contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire abroad in Madrid, Spain. In 2009, he was also the recipient of the Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship to perform both American and Spanish music programs.  Subsequently, Levin was awarded the grand prize of the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship and Competition to support the commission and premiere of new Spanish guitar works.  In fall 2012, he began recording the first of four volumes with Naxos, cataloguing the 30 new works he commissioned during his residency in Madrid, Spain. “21st Century Spanish Guitar, Volume 1” was released in 2013 to great critical acclaim; Volume 2 is planned for release in 2016.  A native of Chicago’s North Shore, Adam holds bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University in Music Performance, Psychology, and Pre-Med. Under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk, Levin completed his master’s degree in guitar performance at New England Conservatory in Boston. His esteemed teachers have included Oscar Ghiglia, Gabriel Estarellas, Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, and Paul Henry. Adam is currently the co-director of the annual Boston Guitarfest Young Guitarists Workshop and teaches guitar at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Middlesex College.


Matthew Rohde has performed and taught all over North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has received grants from US embassies in Israel/Palestine, Ecuador, and Mexico to make solo tours throughout each of those countries. He once spent more than a year teaching music in Palestine, and through the support of the Qattan Foundation Matthew conducted Arabic language guitar classes in the Gaza Strip – via live videoconference! (It was also in Palestine that Matthew, an avid dancer of the Argentine tango, organized the first-ever tango workshop and social dance in the history of the country.) Matthew also spent part of 2011 working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; there, he spearheaded an initiative to expose refugee children to jazz and classical music. Matthew’s past students have been awarded scholarships at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Angers Conservatory, in France.  Matthew completed his studies at Yale College, the Yale School of Music, the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique et Danse in Paris, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. His teachers have included maestros Benjamin Verdery, Oscar Ghiglia, and Roland Dyens. Matthew also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po, in France. He is conversant in French, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic.


Praised as having “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity”, Scott Borg performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is known for his refined and daring performances.  Performances have taken him throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe, including prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Ateneo de Madrid. Passionate about musical outreach and expanding the role of the guitar in our society, Borg has embarked on a number of residencies including “Under the Southern Cross”, a program approved by the Queensland and New South Wales Board of Education, that reached over 3,000 students, and he has raised funds for various organizations including the Leprosy Mission in Bangladesh. Additionally, he is conductor of the Boston Guitar Orchestra, and the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Orchestra, groups dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for amateur musicians to explore their talents in a challenging yet friendly environment. Currently a candidate in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at New England Conservatory, he previously received degrees from Yale University, The Juilliard School, and the University of Wollongong.  Borg is currently on faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C., and at Montgomery College. His debut CD “Phases” is on the Odradek Label.

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SF Bay Area Classical Guitar Festival & Competition 2015 - Competition Results

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, May 06, 2015

SF Bay Area Classical Guitar Festival May 2, 2015

It was a glorious day of guitar at the Festival. The level of performers was very excellent. Thanks to Featured Artists Christine Sandsengen, Duo SF, Festival Director Larry Aynesmith, Daniel Roest (Youth Competition Director, Adviser and graphic artist for the printed program), Judges Christine Sandsengen, Christopher Mallett, Robert Miller, Grady Sloan, Matthew Fish and Antoniy Kakamakov.

1. Jesus Serrano
2. Sean Keegan
3. Naeim Rahmani
4. Roberto Borbone
Honorable Mention - Chun Xie

Youth Division I (Age 16-19)
1. Joseph Ochoa (also top prize winner of the overall Youth Division)
2. Raphael Carpenter
3. Liam Hardison
4. Reed Hutchinson

Youth Division II (Age 12-15)
1. Dylan Evans
2. Dilip Kumar
3. Francesca Boerio
4. Gabe Rogers
Honorable Mention - Cate Krystoff
Honorable Mention - Archer Parry

Youth Division III
1. Jack Davisson
2. Vidur Mushran
3. Elle Davisson

Photo features (from left to right)

Jesus Serrano - Adult Division 1st Prize Winner
Sean Keegan - Adult Division 2nd Prize Winner
Naiem Rahmani - Adult Division 3rd Prize Winner
Larry Aynesmith - Festival Director

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Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival & Competition Dates Announced

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, May 06, 2015

July 23-24, Reno, Nevada, featuring San Francisco Guitar Quartet
Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Island Ave., Reno, Nevada

Thursday concerts free to public, donations requested,
other events charged at door. 
Thursday, July 23, 2015
9:00AM - COMPETITION: Adult Competition first round
1:30PM - MASTERCLASS with San Francisco Guitar Quartet
3:30PM - CONCERT: Larry Aynesmith and Friends
7:00PM - CONCERT:  San Francisco Guitar Quartet

Friday, July 24, 2015 
1:30PM - COMPETITION: Youth Competition
4:00PM - COMPETITION: Adult Competition Final Round
6:00PM - Competition Awards Ceremony and Festival closing Celebration

for more information visit

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Dates Announced for the 2016 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio, Artistic Directors

International talents to compete in prestigious classical guitar competition: June 8, 9 and 11, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. -WNED-WBFO Buffalo-Toronto and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are pleased to announce the dates for the 2016 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

The competition will be taking place on June 8, 9 and 11, 2016.


The semifinals will take place in the WNED Studios in downtown Buffalo on June 8 and 9, with the finals being held at Kleinhans Music Hall on June 11. The semifinals will be broadcast live on Classical 94.5 WNED and streamed online at


Named in honor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Music Director, the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition has been produced by WNED|WBFO Buffalo-Toronto and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) since 2004. The competition, run by Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio, themselves renowned concert guitarists, identifies and encourages talented young classical guitarists and helps them on their musical journeys. Every two years, extraordinarily gifted competitors from all over the world come to compete in Buffalo, N.Y., for one week and perform publicly in competition for an exciting grand prize package.


The 2016 first place winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a return engagement with the BPO and other prizes to be announced.

For updates



Facebook: The 2016JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competitionreturns to #BuffaloJune 8-11. #fallettacomp16


Twitter: The 2016 @fallettacomp returns to #BuffaloJune 8-11#fallettacomp16


About WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto

Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO 88.7 FM, member-supported WNEDǀWBFO Buffalo-Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNEDǀWBFO can be found



About the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the Grammy® winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is an internationally recognized symphony of the highest artistic caliber and an indispensable part of the Western New York community's quality of life. For more information about the BPO,


About Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio

The Competition Artistic Directors have enjoyed a celebrated career as one of the foremost guitar duos in the world. Having received numerous awards and distinctions from the very beginning, they have won two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowshisp, toured internationally and recorded extensively. For more information,

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The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) proudly announces the winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions

Posted By Emma Markham, Monday, April 20, 2015
The 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition included High School and Adult Divisions and included competitors from around the world.  Awards included the $1000 Peter Segal prize for the first place Adult Division winner and additional prizes and performance opportunities for winners in separate Adult and High School divisions. For the 2015 competition students submitted their applications along with recordings of required repertoire. Finalists were selected after performing in the semifinal round on April 11, 2015.  The finalists then performed on April 12, 2015 and were judged by the prestigious judges William Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Glen Caluda (Shenandoah University), Elizabeth Caluda (Shenandoah University), Marisol Rampolla (Community College of Philadelphia), Manena Contreras (Venezuela).
Adult Division Winners
Alec Holcomb
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Holcomb studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Holcomb is a native of Nashville, TN.
Xiaobo Pu
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Pu studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Pu is a native of Beijing, China.
Jesse Freedman
A professor of guitar at Rider University Mr. Freedman received his bachelor's degree at Guilford College under guitarist Kami Rowan and his master's degree at the University of Southern California under guitarists William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. Mr. Freedman is a native of Brooklyn, NY.
Carlos Bedoya
Currently a student at Rowan University, Mr. Bedoya studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.  Mr. Bedoya is a native of Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
High School Division Winners
Benjamin Lauring
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Lauring studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.  
Daniel Choe
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Choe studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Nathan Constans
Currently a student at Haddon Township High School, Mr. Constans studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.
Matthew Tantoy

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The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) Opening Concert, Full Day Festival, and Closing Concert

Posted By Emma Markham, Monday, April 06, 2015
Opening Concert
William Kanengiser, Grammy Award winning classical guitarist
Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: General Admission $30; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $15
Premium Tickets: preferred front row seating and reception after the concert with artist: $75 single/$100 for two


Recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser won 1st Prize in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition as well as major guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). He has recorded four solo CD’s for the GSP label, ranging from classical to jazz to Caribbean to Near Eastern styles, and he recently recorded two CD’s for the Suzuki Guitar Advanced Repertoire Series. 

A member of the guitar faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music since 1983, he was a recipient of the “2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching”. He has given master classes around the world and produced two instructional videos, “Effortless Classical Guitar” and “Classical Guitar Mastery” for Hot Licks Video. 

As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Mr. Kanengiser has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America and recorded over a dozen CD’s. LAGQ was awarded a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Crossover Recording in 2004. In addition to three European tours this season, they recently completed their Australian debut tour, including three sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House.



“Music of Spain”


La Danza del Molinero                                  Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

                                                                                (arr. W. Kanengiser)


Fantasie Elegiaque, op. 59                           Fernando Sor (1778-1839)


¡Marieta! (Mazurka)                                      Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)

Lágrima (Preludio)

María (Gavota)


Fantasia (Sevillana)                                     Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)




“Music of North America”


Sonata #1 “Las Campanas”                           Ernesto Garcia de León (b. 1952)

Diálogos Criollos




Two Cuban Folksong Arrangements               Léo Brouwer (b. 1939)

Afro-Cuban Lullaby

Danza Carecterística


Prelúdio Cubano*                                          Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948)

Intermezzo*                                                  (*arr. W. Kanengiser)




Missing Her                                                  Frederick Hand (b. 1949)


Brookland Boogie                                          Brian Head (b. 1964)






Full Day Festival

Events include: William Kanengiser masterclass, Annual PCGS competitions, Irene Gomez closing concert, student recitals, workshops, and vendor fair
Sunday, April 12 from 10am-7pm
Full Day Pass: General $45, PCGS Members $40
William Kanengiser Masterclass: $15
Student Recitals: $10 per family (access to student recitals only)


Closing Concert

Irene Gomez, classical guitar
Sunday, April 12 at 5:30pm
Tickets: General Admission $25; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $10


Born in Bogotá, Colombia Irene Gómez has been a pioneer of the classical guitar in her homeland. Raised in a family of music lovers, Irene started to play guitar at the age of eight. She became the first guitarist to graduate from the Conservatory of Music in Bogota, under the guidance of Ramiro Izasa. Later in France, she graduated with the Gold Medal in guitar and chamber music with Javier Quevedo at the Claude Debussy Conservatory in Saint Germain en Laye. She also received the “Diplome de Fin d’études” at Paris XV Conservatoire with Uruguayan guitarist Betho Davezak. 

In 2012, Irene received the Master of Music from The Juilliard School with renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin. With music from traditional to new composers for the guitar, Irene has released the 4 CD’s with acclaim from critics and audiences alike. She presently divides her time between concert activity, researching, recording, and teaching at the Conservatory of Music at the National University of Colombia.



Suite española Op. 47                    I. Albeniz (1860-1909)






Two Colombian Pieces

Huancarama                       Pedro Sarmiento (b. 1977)

Cacao                                Juan Carlos Guio



Recuerdos de la Alhambra               Francisco Tàrrega (1852-1909)




The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society founded in 1968 is a community of members both supporters and musicians of all ages and accomplishments dedicated to the advancement of the art of the classical guitar. Through encouraging classical guitar activities throughout the Delaware Valley the PCGS present concerts, throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra, providing members of all levels performance opportunities. 

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Paris Guitar Foundation Presents "Reporters Without Boarders" Charity Concert

Posted By Emma Markham, Friday, April 03, 2015

“The press freedom is the base of all democracy. However, nearly half of the worldwide population have not yet the access to free information.”(source

Following the terrorist attacks in January 2015, many guitarists expressed their profound emotions to us, and have manifested themselves to support this cause in commune. By collaborating with the Pôle Supérieur de Paris-Boulogne Billancourt and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale de Paris, we organize a classical guitar concert;  all the funds collected will be given to “Reporters Without Borders”. The event will be held on ​Saturday, May 9, 2015.

This event will be a chance to share a moment together with the best performers of the French guitar circles,  who are willing to stand up to promote the press’s freedom by supporting the activities of “Reporters Without Borders”.

We appreciate Xavier Delette (director of PSPBB and CRR), Manuel Brossé (general administrator of PSPBB), Christophe Deloire (executive director of RSF) and Thibaut Bruttin (development officer) for their great help for this charity project.

For more information please visit

Team PGF

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Shepherd International Guitar Festival

Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, April 02, 2015

This spring, Shepherd University Music will premier the Shepherd International Guitar Festival, featuring Manuel Barrueco, internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. The four-day festival—the only one of its kind in the region—will be held Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17, 2015, in and around the Shepherd University campus in Shephersdtown, WV. Open to professional adults, college students, and high school and middle school students the festival will include master classes, individual guitar lessons, guitar ensemble rehearsals, and concerts by international artists and guest instructors William Feasley, Marcelo Ferraris and José Manuel Lezcano, Nightly concerts by guest artists as well as a culminating concert by the festival participants, will be the centerpiece of the festival, and are free and open to the public.

Registration information for the Shepherd International Guitar Festival is available at For more information or to receive the registration form by mail, contact Dr. Robert Tudor at 304-876-5237 or

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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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