Classical Guitar Summit

JULY 15 – JULY 29, 2023

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. 

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Download the 2023 Guitar Summit Poster

Audition Requirements


  • 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
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. 


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

The program also offers programs unique to building your career as a professional artist such as: 

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

Chamber Music & Guitar Orchestra

All participants will rehearse and perform with the Festival Guitar Orchestra. In addition, guitarists 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. Several Young Artists will be invited to perform in master classes, which are open to the public.

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 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.

How To Apply

The deadline for receipt of completed applications and the audition recording is February 23, 2023 .


2023 Tuition, Room & Board, and Fees

Eastern Music Festival
$ 1,985
Two-Week Program
  • Tuition - $1,010
  • Room & Board - $820
  • Fees (Health, Activity, Cleaning, ID Card, Key, & Security) - $155

Attendance is required for the full two-week program.

  • Euphonium Tuba Institute (June 24 – July 8, 2023)
  • Classical Guitar Summit (July 15 – July 29, 2023)

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

Within ten days 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 ten days 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, 2023. All payments may be made by 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.

Student Chamber Recitals and most master classes take place in the Hege Library’s Carnegie Room.

Located in Guilford College’s Founders Hall, Sternberger Auditorium serves as a rehearsal space for orchestra.

EMF also performs at other venues throughout North Carolina’s Triad region and beyond.

Credit: Kelly Swindell for Eastern Music Festival


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, an Associate 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 talent shows. 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, DMA
Director of Education

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


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.