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13th Annual Celebration of the Guitar – Sunday, March 6, 2022

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 morning 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, see link below apply for Pre College or Adult Student Master classes.

Guest Ensemble Registration

Tuition includes coaching with Fret Fest faculty member and performance slot in Ensemble concert for participating ensemble as well as admission to morning workshops and guest artist concert.  All participating students in the ensemble must register individually.

Guest Ensemble Registration

Master Class Application

To apply for a spot to perform in the Pre College  or Adult Master Classes:

  1. First register for the Workshops and Concerts or Guest Ensemble Performer above.
  2. Complete then the application via Slate (including video playing sample and score upload) by February 14. Students will be informed of decision by February 21. Accepted performers will receive a link to officially register and pay for the master class ($30 for Preparatory students, $40 for guests).

Master Class Application 

Please note the current Peabody Preparatory COVID protocols

2022 Guest Artists


Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist known for her virtuosic performances that feature a diverse selection of music, ranging from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation, played on both acoustic and electric guitar. Through her impeccable musicianship, compelling stage presence, and constant premieres of new musical works, JIJI’s intriguing programming solidifies her reputation as a 21st century guitarist. Washington Post selected JIJI as “one of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow.”

David J. Pace

Recognized by Classical Guitar Magazine as “one of the great American luthiers,” David J. Pace designs and hand-builds classical guitars in a single-artisan workshop based in Maryland.

Dr. Jonathan Zwi

Originally a violinist, Jonathan Zwi found a passion for the classical guitar at Indiana University, where he completed a B.M. under the direction of José Antonio López, Julio Ribeiro Alves and Ernesto Bitetti. In addition to his degree in Music, Jonathan also received degrees in Philosophy and in Cognitive Science.

2022 Schedule

  Youth Track
(recommended ages 6 – 11)
Classical Track Contemporary Guitar Track (Pop/Jazz)
8:30 am ET  

Check In (Grand Arcade)

9:00 am ET Youth Technique Workshop with James Keretses (C206) Technique Workshop with Zane Forshee (Cohen-Davison) Approaching Solo Jazz Guitar with Jacob Kohlhas (Joe Byrd)
10:00 am ET

Youth Orchestra with James Keretses (C206)

Download Music for the Youth Track

Julian Gray Pre-College Masterclass (CSPS) Evaluating, Adjusting, and Maintaining Concert Guitars for Peak Performance with David J. Pace (Cohen-Davison) Electric Guitar Lab with Sean Brennan and Jacob Kohlhas (Joe Byrd)
11:00 am ET Electric Guitar Lab with Jacob Kohlhas (Joe Byrd) Composition Workshop with Judah Adashi (Cohen-Davison) Percussive Fingerstyle with Sean Brennan (Goodwin)
12:00 pm ET   Lunch  
1:00 pm ET Youth Ensemble/Solo Showcase (Joe Byrd) Adult Student Masterclass with Jonathan Zwi (Cohen-Davison)  
2:00 pm ET  

Guitar Ensemble Concert (Griswold with overflow seating in Joe Byrd)

4:00 pm ET  

Guest Artist Concert: Jiji (Griswold with overflow seating in Joe Byrd)