Classical Guitar Summit
The Classical Guitar Summit is on a brief hiatus for the 2021 season.
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, Julian Gray, 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.
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.
- Write a short biography (250 words or less) about yourself. This is not a resumé.
- Repertoire List
What To Expect
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.
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
- Guitar literature and history
- Score interpretation
- Sound response and sound capture
- Guitar topics and trends
New for 2021!
- Arranging and Composing for Guitar – Develop the ideas and build on the practice of writing your own music and sharing your compositional voice. All participants will compose their own solo or ensemble piece during the two-week Guitar Summit.
- Improvisation and Performance – Learn improvisation skills to enhance confidence in public performance . Career
- Marketing and Programming – Understand how to engage a global artistic community via programming and commissions that shape and elevate your unique strengths as a musician.
- Guest Artist Sessions
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.
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 17 – July 31, 2021).
Undergraduate & graduate/pre-professional – no age limit
- Semi-finals: 10-minute limit
- Finals: 15-minute limit
- 1st Place – $250
- 2nd Place – $150
- 3rd Place – Honorable Mention
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
- 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.
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 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.
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 NEW deadline for receipt of completed applications and the audition recording is March 5, 2021 .
Fill out the online application.
All applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission and pay the non-refundable application fee through Acceptd. The fee for submitting your application and audition via Acceptd will be $35 prior to January 1, 2021, and $75 thereafter. Requests for financial assistance will be considered after you have fully completed the application process.
NEW for 2021: Applicants can choose to participate in one of our Virtual LIVE Auditions on January 9, January 23, or February 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (EST). If you choose to do one of the virtual live auditions, you will not be able to upload your own recordings to your application on Acceptd. The virtual live audition will serve as your submission for acceptance.
This option is not available for Conducting Scholar applicants.
2021 Tuition, Room & Board, and FeesEastern Music Festival
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 26 – July 10, 2021)
- Classical Guitar Summit (July 17 – July 31, 2021)
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, 2021. 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.
Financial assistance for study at EMF is available, with consideration given only after the application and audition process is completed by the applicant. Merit scholarships are available based on audition results. Work-study scholarships are available based on financial need. Awards range from $100 to the full cost of tuition. All students, regardless of their financial award, must pay the $375 in fees [Health, Activity, Cleaning, ID Card, Key, Security].
Applicants who want to be considered for financial aid must submit a completed Application for Financial Assistance along with their Application for Admission and application fee. A copy of the most recent Federal Tax Form 1040 of the applicant’s parent [or of the applicant, if independent] must be submitted if the applicant is applying for a need-based scholarship. The 1040 tax forms are not necessary if the applicant is only applying for a merit scholarship. Information provided on these forms will be kept confidential and destroyed once the financial assistance process has been completed.
PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete Financial Aid applications cannot be processed.
Each year, Eastern Music Festival provides talented young musicians the financial assistance they need to further their artistic development. While resources are limited, in 2019, 82% of our students received some level of scholarship assistance.
All students are encouraged to apply to EMF, regardless of personal or family financial need; however, EMF recommends that students seek other possible sources of funding in their own community first. Suggested sources of summer study scholarships include: local youth orchestras and community music programs, area foundations which support the arts, and civic organizations which fund educational and student leadership programs.
NOTE: Applications for financial assistance are reviewed each year, for that year only. Returning students requesting financial assistance must submit a new Application for Financial Assistance and the Tax Form 1040 each year they apply.
Merit scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s audition and their demonstrated level of artistic ability, in relation to the overall applicant pool. These awards are an acknowledgement of merit on the part of the applicant, and for the most part are limited in size.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“The Festival’s gorgeous surroundings and overall environment provide the perfect setting for young artists to develop and learn.”
Melissa M. Edwards, D.M.A.
Director of Education and Admissions
Phone: 336-333-7450, x227
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.