Boston GuitarFest

2020 Dates TBD

"Peace and Variations"

Cosponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University

In 2020 Boston Guitar Fest enters its 15th year. As a response to a tumultuous world we offered the theme Peace and Variations (pun on peace/piece intended) in 2019. Boston GuitarFest is the dream of visionary guitar virtuoso and Artistic Director Eliot Fisk, and is cosponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University Department of Music. Guitarists of all ages and levels will participate in a variety of available programs that include lessons, ensembles, workshops, competitions, masterclasses, and concerts.

Boston GuitarFest programs welcome guitarists and auditors of all ages, levels and backgrounds. From aficionados and guitar enthusiasts to students looking to study guitar at the collegiate level, the festival offers a great experience for everyone.

In addition to Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses, last year's guest artists included Joaquin Clerch, who performed solo recitals in NEC’s legendary Jordan Hall.

Read below for further information regarding the various programs and competitions. For complete information and registration regarding the various programs, competitions, concerts, instructors and guest artists, please visit the Boston GuitarFest website:

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Young guitarists from the ages of 6 to 15 will spend a week (2020 Dates TBD) in level-appropriate group classes, masterclasses with distinguished faculty, music appreciation classes, workshops, and other fun activities. Snacks and lunch are included.  YGW participants can also sign up at NO ADDITIONAL COST for the two levels of youth competitions.

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Young Guitarists Workshop


Ages 16-20. The Boston GuitarFest Academy program is a classical guitar intensive for high school and college students ages 16-20, running 7 days, 2020 Dates TBD (two days before The Institute 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.

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The Academy


Ages 21 and over. Guitarists of various levels over the age of 20 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 (2020 Dates TBD). 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.

More info:
The Institute


For those ages 21 and above interested in participating in Boston GuitarFest mainly to receive private lessons, attend concerts, and perform with the Boston Guitar Orchestra, this summer we are launching a program aimed at aficionados of the guitar called “Adult Education” (2020 Dates TBD).

More info:
Adult Education


Boston GuitarFest provides two levels of competitions during the festival week:

  • The Academy Competition, for ages 14-20, is only open to participants registered for The Academy program, and is available at no additional cost.
  • The Youth Competitions, for ages 6-15, are only open to participants registered for Young Guitarists Workshop, and are available at no additional cost.

There are various prizes for winners of each competition, including monetary prizes for The Academy Competition, as well as free and reduced registration for next year's festival programs.

Questions about competitions? Please contact

Tuition & Housing

    Early Bird Tuition - Extended (before April 15) Regular Tuition


Ages 6-15 $410 $500
THE ACADEMY Ages 16-20 $460 $550
THE INSTITUTE and ADULT EDUCATION Ages 21 and over $385 $475

HOUSING: For The Academy, Institute and Adult Education participants, housing will be available in NEC's new Student Life & Performance Center. Housing information will be available on the Guitarfest website at a later date.