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10th Annual Celebration of the Guitar – March 3, 2019

Peabody Preparatory’s 10th annual daylong celebration of the guitar at the Peabody Institute is coming Sunday, March 3, 2019! The program, for students of all levels and ages, is a great way to discover the guitar or advance your playing skills.

Inclement Weather Announcement

Fret Fest will still be held despite the weather, but with a modified schedule.


Purchase tickets

Ensembles- $60.00/ticket
Non-Prep Family (1 Child & 1 Adult)- $30.00/ticket
Prep Family (1 Child & 1 Adult)- $25.00/ticket
Guest Artist Concert- $20.00/ticket

2019 Guest Artists

John McClellan

John McClellan is one of America's most respected performers, teachers, writers and DVD film producers. He has been heard internationally with the Hanser-McClellan Duo, most notably on multiple GFA Guitar Conventions to great acclaim. In October 2018, he was guest lecturer at the Paris Conservatory. Recently serving in residency at the Bordeaux Conservatory in March, 2018. This past summer his final book on the music of Chet Atkins (Chester Atkins The Radio Years) was premiered to critical acclaim.

Allan Neave

Allan Neave studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (1984), where he teaches, and the Royal Northern College of Music (1988) and since then has been performing worldwide. He is a regular guest at many of the world's leading musical events and has worked with many influential musicians including Nikita Koshkin, Edward McGuire, Hans Werner Henze, Gordon McPherson, and Stephen Dodgson.

Kim Perlak

With performances that are deeply personal and express a breadth of tradition, guitarist Kim Perlak has been recognized as an inspired voice in American classical music. Her playing was praised by The Austin-American Statesman as, “thoughtful, enchanting, vivid…a songwriter’s circle without the lyrics,” and by another Austin reviewer as, “moving…the most patriotic thing I’ve experienced in many months.”

Thomas Viloteau

French guitar phenomenon Thomas Viloteau enjoys shaking things up. His approach to the instrument, its repertoire and its technique, has reshaped the term ‘classical’ guitar, into something new, alive and forward thinking.

2019 Schedule

Young Guitarist Track (morning):

  Event Location
9:00 am Check in  
10:00 am Festival Orchestra Cohen-Davison Family Theatre
10:45 am Snack  
11:15 am Composition Construction Project Cohen-Davison Family Theatre


  Event Location
9:00 am Check in  
10:00 am John McClellan: Extended Fingerstyle Techniques of Chet Atkins Joe Byrd Hall
11:00 am Kim Perlak: Technique and Tone Production Joe Byrd Hall


  Event Location
10:00 am Master Class with Thomas Viloteau Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall
12:00 pm Festival orchestra, Student ensembles, and Guest Artists Leith Symington Griswold Hall

All events will end by 1:00 pm.

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