Boston GuitarFest

June 28 - July 1, 2020

As part of NEC's evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak, NEC's campus is closed for on-campus events through August 31. Therefore, GuitarFest is moving online. Please consult the GuitarFest website for details.


2020 Registration Now Open! 

GFest Online 2020

Cosponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Boston Guitar Fest will transform itself into GFEST ONLINE, an entirely virtual event that will re-imagine the festival in light of the realities forced on all of us by the virus. The online structure of the events will enable international participation from around the globe in real time in an unprecedented and exciting new way.

The Festival will honor the many courageous members of our community working on the front lines to keep the rest of us safe during the pandemic.

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:

Questions? Contact



Young guitarists from the ages of 6 to 15 will spend four days (June 28–July 1) in online private classes and special topics workshops. They will also have access to other Gfest-related activities, which include masterclasses and concerts with world-class artists.

More info:
Young Guitarists Workshop


We are thrilled to announce that the Academy program has been remodeled to fit the new format of Gfest Online 2020. This year, the program will take the form of a 4-day online intensive for students ages 16–21 (Academy I) and students age 22–26 (Academy II).

Lessons are available in Chinese & Spanish for those who prefer it.

More info:
The Academy


The Adult Education program at Gfest is particularly special to us.  We are eager to open up the resources of GFest to this important group of aficionados and true lovers of the instrument.  


Adult Education participants receive 3 private lessons (one per day on June 29, June 30 and July1) plus a daily group class in which they will receive technical and musical advice from Gfest faculty and the opportunity to play for each other if so desired.

Adult Education participants have complete access to all festival events and the opportunity to participate in all forums and chats as well as to our “open mike” evening events.


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.

Questions about competitions? Please contact

Tuition & Housing

    Regular Tuition


Ages 6-15 $250
THE ACADEMY Ages 16-26 $250
THE INSTITUTE and ADULT EDUCATION Ages 27 and over $250

HOUSING: Housing is unavailable for 2020.