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12th Annual Celebration of the Guitar – Sunday, March 14, 2021

A daylong online 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 acoustic guitar and include topics such as technique, composition, improvisation, and practice strategies.  Performances will feature guest artists as well as Peabody Faculty.


$30.00: Access to all Fret Fest classes and performances

Registered students 18 and under may apply to play in the Pre-College Master classes taught by Julian Gray and Thomas Viloteau, and adult students may apply to play in the Adult Master Class offered by Ronald Pearl. Applications are due by February 28.

Master Class Application

2021 Guest Artists

Kaki King

Composer and musician Kaki King is considered one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, known both for her technical mastery and for her constant quest to push the boundaries of the instrument. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki has released 9 albums and toured extensively, presenting in such prestigious arts centers as the Kennedy Center, MoMA, LACMA, The Met and Smithsonian Design Museum.

Ronald Pearl

Ronald Pearl has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a guitarist, composer, and teacher. For two decades he toured and performed with Julian Gray, and together they released a series of highly acclaimed CDs. In recent years his creative work has focused on composing. His works have been performed throughout North and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He recently retired from Loyola University Maryland, where he taught guitar, chamber music, music history and theory.

Leo Welch

Leo Welch has published over 55 compositions, arrangements and editions of solo, chamber, and guitar ensemble works with the FJH Music Company, Mel Bay Publications, Tuscany Publications (Theodore Presser), D’Oz Publications, and Class Guitar Resources.

Andrew York

Andrew York is one of today’s best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a GRAMMY as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his sixteen years with the cutting-edge ensemble.

2021 Schedule

All times in Eastern Daylight Time

  Youth (elementary ages) Acoustic & Contemporary Guitar (ages 11 and up) Classical Guitar (ages 11 and up)
9:00am Youth Technique Class: James Keretses Improving through Improvisation (Traditional and Pop Melodies): Mikel Combs

Beginner/Intermediate Technique Class: Zoë Stewart and Zane Forshee

Advanced Technique Class: Thomas Viloteau

10:00am Youth Guitar Escape Room: James Keretses Intro to Modern Acoustic Fingerstyle Techniques: Sean Brennan

Making Practice Count: Ronald Pearl

Improving through Improvisation (Classical): Mikel Combs

Pre College Master Class*: Julian Gray

Pre College Master Class*: Thomas Viloteau

11:00am Pop and Rock Song Workshop: Sean Brennan

Middle School Escape Room: James Keretses

Jazz Guitar Workshop: Matt Stevens

Middle School Escape Room: James Keretses

Effective Tools for Guitar Composition: Leo Welch

12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Faculty Concert Adult Master Class*: Ronald Pearl
2:00pm Kaki King Performance
3:00pm Andrew York Performance

*Performers will be pre-selected via application process