GuitarFest 2024 at Appalachian State University

GuitarFest 2024

April 19 - 21, 2024

Schedule of Events • Artists • Competition Rules

Dr. Adam Kossler, Artistic Director

Appalachian GuitarFest is now combined with the Boone Suzuki Guitar Workshop. 

REGISTER NOW for GuitarFest 2024! Registration closes Thursday, April 18 at 8:00am EST. 

Artist Biographies

Artist Biographies

Read more about our guest artists! 
René Izquierdo • Elliot Frank • Stephen Bondy • Douglas James • Andy Page • Billie Feather • William Kossler Justin Craig • Jason Pickard • Adam Kossler • The Schaefer Center presents Snarky Puppy

Divison I Competition Prizes

Altamira Grand Prize: $1500 

2nd prize: $800 & Altamira 20% off online coupon

3rd prize: $500 & Altamira 20% off online coupon

4th prize: $300 & Altamira 20% off online coupon

Special Prize

“George Thomas Panormo” awarded by Dr. Douglas James for the best interpretation of romantic guitar work.  This prize will be awarded in the Semi-final round of the competition.

For the purpose of this competition, “Romantic Guitar Work” is defined as: a work written for pre-Torres instruments that precedes the Spanish nationalist style during the 1800’s.  Composers may include, but are not limited to Giuliani, Sor, Regondi, Coste, Carulli, Aguado, Legnani, Carcassi, Paganini, Lhoyer, etc.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Adam Kossler with any questions about at repertoire

See Thomas Viloteau perform on a George Thomas Panormo.

See the full competition details here.

Please note: All prizewinners must complete appropriate IRS (Internal Revenue Service) forms to receive disbursement of prize monies. Payments of $1,500 or more may be subject to North Carolina or Federal withholding.

Prize Award eligibility is conditional upon authorization for employment in the United States, or otherwise eligible to receive payment under state and federal laws.

School-Age Division Prizes

Division II

Altamira 1st prize: $500 and Altamira N600 (valued at $1799)

2nd prize: $300 & Altamira 20% off online coupon

3rd prize: $200 & Altamira 20% off online coupon

Division III

Altamira 1st prize: $300 and Altamira N400 (valued at $899)

2nd prize: $200 & Altamira 20% off online coupon

3rd prize: $100 & Altamira 20% off online coupon

Division IV

1st Prize Certificate and free registration for GuitarFest 2025

2nd Prize Certificate and free registration for GuitarFest 2025

See the full competition details here. 

In order for a prize to be awarded to a winner who is under 18, the parent or legal guardian will need to complete the forms to receive the prize on behalf of the minor. See the Prize Eligibility section in the competition rules

High school guitarists may be interested in Cannon Music Camp, a comprehensive music camp at App State from June 22 - July 13. Learn more at! Applying early to camp is recommended if seeking a camp scholarship. 

Hotel Booking

Thank you to our GuitarFest hotel sponsors! La Quinta Inn & Suites and Graystone Lodge offer an exclusive discount for GuitarFest attendees. Booking early is recommended. 

Use the links below to book at the discounted rates. You will need to navigate to the GuitarFest dates (April 19-21) in the hotel's calendar to see accurate pricing and remove the "rate not available" notice. 

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GuitarFest 2024 Poster

Snarky Puppy Performance

Snarky Puppy will be performing in the Schaefer Center on April 20 at 7:30pm! One ticket is included with full GuitarFest registration, and additional tickets can be purchased at


Guitar at Appalachian State University

Guitar at the Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University has a thriving guitar program with a wide variety of degree programs. Highlights of our program include...

Dr. Adam Kossler

Dr. Adam Kossler

Professor of Guitar
Read more about Dr. Kossler here!

The Ophee Collection: Historical Guitar Music

Appalachian State University has recently acquired the collection of historical documents once belonging to publisher and musicologist Matanya Ophee.  Highlights from the Ophee Collection include over five hundred first and early editions of major guitar composers including Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Matteo Carcassi, Ferdinando Carulli, and many others, as well as the only complete manuscript of the Dix Etudes by Giulio Regondi, discovered by Ophee in 1987. The collection also includes the personal scores and papers of Argentinian guitarist Doming Prat (1886–1944), as well as a large amount of rare music for the Russian 7-string guitar from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Digital Collections: View selections from the Ophee Collection online and learn more about the collection.