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Convention and Competition 2021

2021 Guitar Foundation of America 

International Convention & Competition

June 21-26, 2021

Hosted by Dr. Martha Masters and Xavier Jara

California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

The Guitar Foundation of America will hold the 2021 GFA International Convention and Competition from June 21-26, 2021 at California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA. This annual event brings together approximately 600 classical guitar masters and enthusiasts from all over the world, including some of the most elite performers of classical guitar. The 2021 GFA Convention and Competition will be hosted by California State University, Fullerton’s guitar faculty Dr. Martha Masters and Xavier Jara.

The six-day convention includes three concerts per day, a wide array of lectures, hands-on workshops, masterclasses and private lessons, a comprehensive vendor exposition and luthier showcase, Hall of Fame awards ceremony, and two guitar orchestras, open to all attendees. The GFA Convention is also home to three divisions of prestigious classical guitar competitions. The winner of the GFA International Concert Artist Competition is awarded an extensive international tour, along with a cash prize, recording contract, and publishing contract. The International Youth Competition (IYC) has both senior and junior divisions that offer young players the opportunity to perform for an elite panel of judges as well as the large GFA audience. Winners of the IYC receive cash awards and generous prizes from our sponsors.

GFA is pleased to continue holding our newer convention events, the International Ensemble Competition (IEC) and the Guitar Summit. The IEC presents distinguished guitar ensembles from around the world to the GFA audience. Guitar Summit is an annual youth camp for serious guitar students ages 11-18. GFA is proud to offer this six-day, five-night sleep-away guitar camp for aspiring young musicians. The camp will consist of special guest workshops, concerts, and repertoire classes with feedback and instruction from world-class staff and convention artists. 

The Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the world’s leading classical guitar organization, promoting excellence in performance, literature, research, and education of the classical guitar. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, Soundboard, along with its peer-reviewed counterpart, Soundboard Scholar, and Prodigies, a children’s magazine. The GFA also organizes Regional Symposia in cities across the country, promotes education and research in the field, and hosts an annual Convention and Competition each summer.



Featured Artists Include:

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Göran Söllscher

Gaellë Solal

Ricardo Gallén

Duo Melis

Nejc Kuhar

Xavier Jara

Derek Gripper

The Great Necks Trio

Natalia Lipnitskaya

Rémi Jousselme

Thomas Viloteau

Mak Grgic

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