Classical Guitar Summit

JULY 16 – JULY 30, 2022

Open to classical guitarists ages 14 and up, Eastern Music Festival’s classical guitar program offers in-depth summer study in an outstanding musical environment. Join Jason Vieaux, JIJI, and Kami Rowan for an experience you will never forget. Participants will collaborate with other instrumentalists and delve into new territories of chamber music, pedagogy, technique, and performance. At EMF, you will spend two weeks at the leading international summer music festival, where you can re-charge your mind and spirit in a beautiful setting surrounded by world-class musicians.

Credit: Khadejeh Nikouyeh for News & Record
Download the 2022 Guitar Summit Poster

Audition Requirements

Music

  • 3-7 minutes of music that represents your current playing level and ability. The audition selection(s) can be a complete piece, a segment of a larger work, or two shorter works.

  • Two Major Scale Forms of your choice performed twice – once with rest stroke and once with free stroke. Please play these as quickly as you can play them cleanly, and provide a close-up angle where both hands can be seen at once.

Documents

  • Write a short biography (250 words or less) about yourself. This is not a resumé.
  • Repertoire List
Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

What To Expect

Private Study

The individualized instruction each participant receives from the guitar faculty is a core component of the program. Whether it is polishing works already in progress, improving technique, or starting new repertoire, this one-on-one time with outstanding teachers will help you refine your individual playing skills.

Classes

The Classical Guitar Summit features multiple classes and seminars focusing on a variety of topics, including:

  • Performance development
  • Technique fundamentals
  • Fingerboard harmony and theory
  • Fingering technique for natural hand structure
  • Memorization techniques
  • Sight-reading
  • Guitar literature and history
  • Transcriptions
  • Score interpretation
  • Sound response and sound capture
  • Guitar topics and trends

 

New for 2022!

  • Project-based workshops for Arranging & Composing
  • Guitar + Electronics: Using Ableton/Logic Pro X & Looping 
  • Practice & Performance Development
  • Wellness & Mindfulness 

Chamber Music

All participants will rehearse and perform with the Festival Guitar Orchestra. In addition, there will be opportunities to work in small chamber ensembles with other instrumentalists as well as guitar duos, trios and quartets.

 

Master Classes & Guest Artists

Each week, guitar participants attend studio master classes led by EMF guitar faculty and visiting guest artists (to be announced). Several Young Artists will be invited to perform in master classes, which are open to the public.

Guitar Competition

EMF’s Guitar Program annually conducts two guitar competitions: one for high school students and one for college and pre-professional students.

Music/literature is free choice for all competitors. The same music can be repeated in multiple rounds. Three finalists will be chosen from each division. The semi-final round is closed to the public, but the final round will take place as an open concert featuring all Division I & II finalists. The winners will be announced directly following the final round and adjudicator’s deliberations. All participants in the Guitar Competition must be full-participants for the duration of the EMF Classical Guitar Summit (July 16 – July 30, 2022).

Division I
Undergraduate & graduate/pre-professional – no age limit

  • Semi-finals: 10-minute limit
  • Finals: 15-minute limit

PRIZES:

  • 1st Place – $250
  • 2nd Place – $150
  • 3rd Place – Honorable Mention

Division II
Must be currently in 9-12 grades, or have graduated in May of 2020 and not yet attending college

  • Semi-finals: 7-minute limit
  • Finals: 10-minute limit

Prizes:

  • 1st Place – $150
  • 2nd Place – $100
  • 3rd Place – Honorable Mention

Concerts & Recitals

At EMF, you will have the opportunity to attend numerous guitar concerts and recitals featuring the guitar faculty and fellow program participants. You will also have access to all of the Festival’s world-class orchestra and chamber music performances.

 

Guest Artists

Eastern Music Festival features the world’s most sought-after artists and teachers, who work with students and perform as part of our acclaimed concert series. Past guest artists include musical legends like Midori, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Heidi Castleman, Stefan Jackiw, Cynthia Phelps, Robert Vernon, Lynn Harrell, Edgar Meyer, Sir James Galway, the Canadian Brass, Evelyn Glennie, as well as alumni like Branford and Wynton Marsalis.

 

Seminars

Seminars are faculty-led sessions offered throughout the Festival. These informal discussions allow students to learn from faculty experience and to exchange ideas about important issues of the profession. Topics have included: Mock Auditions, Leading a String Section, Chamber Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques, Injury Prevention, The 21st Century Musician, Practicing Tips, Conducting, Life as a Musician, Tai Chi, Yoga and Body Moveable.

 

Alexander Technique

A certified Alexander Technique instructor offers weekly classes for students, helping enhance instrumental performance by improving freedom of movement, balance, flexibility, and coordination. The fee for this course is $185, which includes three group sessions and four 30-minute private lessons. Students may schedule private Alexander Technique lessons outside of the class for $60 per hour. These private lessons are available to all students, whether or not they are enrolled in the class.

How To Apply

The deadline for receipt of completed applications and the audition recording is February 22, 2022 .

Tuition

2022 Tuition, Room & Board, and Fees

Eastern Music Festival
$ 1,961
Two-Week Program
  • Tuition - $1,010
  • Room & Board - $796
  • Fees (Health, Activity, Cleaning, ID Card, Key, & Security) - $155

Attendance is required for the full two-week program.

  • Euphonium Tuba Institute (June 25 – July 9, 2022)
  • Classical Guitar Summit (July 16 – July 30, 2022)

Decisions regarding admission and financial assistance will be made in April, and each applicant will be notified of acceptance by email.

Within two weeks of acceptance, all students are required to pay a non-refundable $500 reservation deposit (applicable to tuition), plus complete all other information requested in the acceptance and reservation packet. Scholarship awards are forfeited if appropriate forms and reservation fees are not returned within two weeks of acceptance.

Participants may be billed for documented damage/loss of Eastern Music Festival or Guilford College property. This includes lost music, ID cards, keys or destruction of property.

Tuition includes private lessons.

The optional fee for Alexander Technique (course) is $185, or $60/hour for private lessons.

The balance of all tuition and fees is due and payable by May 15, 2022. All payments may be made by cash, personal check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express. There are no refunds after this date (except in the case of medical necessity), and any refunds prior to it are calculated minus the nonrefundable application fee and reservation deposit.

No deductions or refunds will be made for late arrival, early departure, or disciplinary separation from the Festival.

Campus Life

Guilford College

Guilford College has been EMF’s summer home for 57 years. Founded in 1837, Guilford College is known for its peaceful, tree-lined campus and its historic buildings. The campus is situated on the western edge of Greensboro, North Carolina, a city of 280,000 that is located 75 miles west of Raleigh-Durham, 90 miles northeast of Charlotte and halfway between Atlanta and Washington, DC.

Performance Venues

Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium, completed in 1961 and known for its excellent acoustics, is the primary performance hall for EMF concerts.

Located in Guilford College’s Founders Hall, Sternberger Auditorium serves as a rehearsal space for orchestra as well as the performance facility for piano recitals, master classes and Young Artists chamber music recitals.

Tew Recital Hall at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s College for Visual and Performing Arts serves as home for some of EMF’s chamber music performances and recitals. EMF also performs at other venues throughout North Carolina’s Triad region and beyond.

Credit: Kelly Swindell for Eastern Music Festival

Housing

EMF students and counselors live in Guilford College residence halls, while faculty and some guest artists are housed in nearby campus apartments. Students are grouped by gender, and residence halls are separated by age. Meals are served in the college dining hall; laundry facilities are located in each residence hall, and all Guilford College facilities are air-conditioned. Summer staff members include a nurse, dean of students and counselors. The EMF Education Office, Dean of Students Office and Operations Offices are located on campus during the Festival.

Restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and banks are located within a quarter-mile of campus. Students may use the college’s library and recreational facilities. Amenities include a weight room, racquetball, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.

 

Activities

Recreational and social activities are planned on a regular basis, both on and off campus. Popular on-site activities include Ultimate Frisbee, tennis, video games, foosball, pool and dances. Off-site activities such as movies and bowling are voluntary and may cost extra. Students are occasionally invited to receptions or functions with patrons and scholarship donors. Transportation is available for off-campus activities.

 

Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

“The Festival’s gorgeous surroundings and overall environment provide the perfect setting for young artists to develop and learn.”

Contact Admissions

Melissa M. Edwards, D.M.A.
Director of Education and Admissions

Phone: 336-333-7450, x227
Fax: 336-333-7454

Email

Course offerings, faculty, visiting artists, fees, and other information are subject to change without notice. Eastern Music Festival is actively committed to a diverse student body and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, or physical disability in the administration of its educational policies and programs.