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Boston GuitarFest

June 26 – July 2, 2017

Cosponsored by
New England Conservatory
and Northeastern University

Boston GuitarFest is the dream of visionary guitar virtuoso and Artist Director Eliot Fisk, and is cosponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University. Guitarists of all ages and levels will participate in a variety of available programs that include lessons, ensembles, workshops, competitions, masterclasses, and concerts. Special guest artists will join Eliot Fisk in this year’s festival for concerts and masterclasses. 

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THE ACADEMY: Ages 16-21. New to 2017, the Boston GuitarFest Academy program is a classical guitar intensive for high school and college students ages 16-21, running 7 days from June 26-July 2 (two days before the Adult Program begins). Academy participants will receive 2 extra days of tailored instruction, masterclasses with GuitarFest guest artists and faculty, including Eliot Fisk, private guitar lessons with NEC faculty and alumni, seminars and workshops on music theory, technique, competition preparation, career development and healthy practice, and ensemble rehearsals and coachings. Participants can also sign up at NO ADDITIONAL COST for a competition exclusive to the Academy, with various prizes, including a monetary first prize of $750 and a shared performance in Jordan Hall for the following year's festival. Participants also receive full access to all GuitarFest concerts, the Luthier Expo, and other events related to the GuitarFest Institute program.

THE INSTITUTE: Ages 22 and over. From June 28-July 2, guitarists of various levels over the age of 21 will be immersed in 5 days of private lessons, masterclasses, guitar chamber ensembles rehearsals and coachings, seminars, and concerts featuring renown artists, including GuitarFest Artistic Director and NEC faculty member Eliot Fisk. From professional guitarists to aficionados, the Institute offers a great experience for everyone. The Luthier Expo and a visit to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts are also available to all participants. The Adult Competition (ages 22 and over) is available to Institute participants as an additional option at a reduced price.

YOUNG GUITARISTS WORKSHOP: Young guitarists from the ages of 6 to 15 will spend a week (June 26-July 2) in level-appropriate group classes, masterclasses with distinguished faculty, music appreciation classes, workshops, and other fun activities. Snacks and lunch are included. The program consists of two levels for the different age groups. YGW participants can also sign up at NO ADDITIONAL COST for the two levels of youth competitions.


(The 2017 Adult Competition has been canceled, but the Youth competitions and The Academy competition will still take place.)

Boston GuitarFest provides three levels of competitions during the festival week. The Academy Competition, for ages 16-21, is only open to participants registered for The Academy program, and is available at no additional cost. The Youth Competitions, for ages 6-15, is available to all registrants within those ages, but available at no additional cost to participants registered for the Young Guitarists Workshop. The Adult Competition, for ages 22 and over, is available to all registrants over the age of 21, and available at a reduced cost to participants registered for the Institute program.

There are various prizes for winners of each competition. The Adult competition's monetary prizes total over $8,000 and includes a solo concert in the following year's festival for the first prize winner. The Academy Competition and Youth Competitions also include monetary prizes, as well as free and reduced registration for next year's festival programs.

For more information regarding the competition, including schedules, prizes, rules and repertoire, please click here. 

For any questions regarding the competitions, please contact Competition Director Raley Beggs (

Tuition & Housing

THE ACADEMY: Ages 16-21; Early-bird tution = $435 (before May 31, 2017); Regular tuition = $525
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THE INSTITUTE: Ages 22 and over; Early-bird tuition = $385 (before May 31, 2017); Regular tuition = $475
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THE INSTITUE + ADULT COMPETITION: Ages 22 and over; Early-bird tuition = $485 (before May 31, 2017); Regular tuition = $575
The Adult Competition is canceled for 2017. You can register for the Institute above.

YOUNG GUITARISTS WORKSHOP, Level 1: Ages 6-10; Early-bird tuition = $385 (before May 31, 2017); Regular tuition = $475
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YOUNG GUITARISTS WORKSHOP, Level 2: Ages 11-15; Early-bird tuition = $385 (before May 31, 2017); Regular tuition = $475
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ADULT COMPETITION ONLY: Ages 22 and over; Fee = $250
Canceled for 2017

YOUTH COMPETITION ONLY: Ages 6-15; Fee = $75
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HOUSING: Housing for the festival is available ONLY to participants 18 years of age or older at Northeastern University. Room rates are $80 per person per night (June 25 - July 3). Accommodations will be private bedrooms for each person, in suites shared by other guests. All rooms are non-smoking. Housing will not be considered reserved until payment is processed. Here are some off-campus lodging options. For questions about housing, contact Arthur Rishi (, 617.373.2671)
Register for Housing here

Luthier Expo

Guitar luthiers interested in showing their instruments to the GuitarFest participants can do so in the Luthier Expo. During the three days of the Expo, from June 16-July 2, luthiers can register for any of the three days at $75 per day. Access as an exhibitor includes space for your instruments, a table and rooms for prospective buyers. Day-pass holders will also receive auditor access to all Boston GuitarFest events on the specific day of their pass, including concerts, master classes and more.

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