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14th Annual Celebration of the Guitar – Sunday, February 26, 2023

A daylong celebration of the guitar featuring classes and performances for guitar students of all ages and experience levels. Classes and workshops will be offered for both classical and popular styles and include topics such as technique, composition, improvisation as well as classical guitar construction and care. Performances will feature guest artists and ensembles.


Fret Fest Workshops and Concerts

Tuition includes all workshops, observation of all master classes, admission to ensemble concerts and/or Youth showcase as well as tickets to Guest Artist Concert. For performance spots in master classes, please check back later.

Guest Ensemble Registration

Tuition includes admission to all workshops and concerts, a morning coaching with a Fret Fest faculty member, and a performance opportunity in the 2:00 Ensemble concert in Griswold Hall. All participating students in the ensemble must register individually.

Master Class Application

Information about master classes will be made available soon. Please check back later!

2023 Guest Artists

Isaac Bustos

“Soulful and virtually flawless,” hails the Portland Oregonian and the Boston Globe writes, “In warm, round tones, the notes of Bach cascaded from the guitar, every note correct and played without hesitation.” Classical guitarist, pedagogue and educator Dr. Isaac Bustos, enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe, China, and all over the US.

Troy King

With a reputation as an inspired, technically refined performer, guitarist Troy King is widely recognized as an artist who brings an intense, passionate commitment to his art, and who is able to emotionally connect with audiences. As printed in The Independent (USA), he projects “A powerful presence both musically and on stage”.

Candice Mowbray

Regarded for her beautiful tone and elegant playing, guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in Danse rythmique by French guitar virtuoso, Ida Presti, to the solemnity of Fernando Sor's Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations.

2023 Schedule

  Youth Workshop Track
(recommended for students 12 and under)
Classical Guitar Workshops Contemporary Guitar Workshops
10:00 am ET

Youth Guitar Orchestra with James Keretses

Technique warm up with Zane Forshee

Pre-College Master Class with Thomas Viloteau or Julian Gray (Performers will be pre-selected; apply above)

Working with Digital Delay with Sean Brennan
11:00 am ET Electric Guitar Lab with Jacob Kohlhas Women in Classical Guitar History with Candice Mowbray Acoustic Fingerstyle Techniques with Sean Brennan
12:00 pm ET   Lunch  
1:00 pm ET Youth Solo/Ensemble Showcase with James Keretses

Adult Student Master Class with Troy King (12:45pm start)

Improv for Everyone with Thomas Creek

Jazz Guitar Demonstration with Jacob Kohlhas
2:00 pm ET  

Guitar Ensemble Concert (Griswold)

4:00 pm ET  

Guest Artist Concert: Isaac Bustos