Guitarfest 2017

The 22nd Annual Appalachian GuitarFest and Solo Guitar Competition will be held April 21-23, 2017.

  • For all inquiries, e-mail to:
  • All concerts will be held in the Broyhill Music Center at Appalachian State University.
  • Full package price for festival participants, including all concerts, masterclasses and workshops: $75. Additional fees for competitors: $40 for Division I and II, $20 for Divisions III & IV.
  • One parent or guardian of pre-college registrants may attend any events for free!!
  • Individual tickets for evening concerts and Division I competition final round are $25 ($15 for ASU students with I.D.) and will be available at the door.

We are extending our competition registration deadline until April 19th. Additionally, due to campus closure for Easter Break, we will not receive mail April 15-18. We will be in contact regarding registrations on April 19th.

The official partner hotels for the 2017 GuitarFest are the Fairfield Inn and Suites, and the Comfort Inn and Suites. They are both offering special rates to GuitarFest registrants, and are also the only hotels where our shuttle will be making pickups for transporting registrants and competitors to the ASU campus. Be sure to mention the GuitarFest when booking your rooms!

Two evening concerts, featuring Silviu Ciulei, Piero Viti, Corde Cantanti, and the Page Brothers, plus the Sunday afternoon final round of Division I competition, and the GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra conducted by Alan Hirsh.

Second Annual Boone Suzuki Workshop, running concurrently with Appalachian GuitarFest.

If you'd like to participate in the GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra, please contact Dr. Alan Hirsh to obtain music. E-mail


Brief biographies of GuitarFest's 2017 artists.

Schedule of Events

Plan your Guitarfest itinerary


Information on the guitar performance competitions.


Download and complete the registration form.

Concerts Featuring:

CiuleiCorde CantantiPage BrothersPiero Viti

Silviu Ciulei

Corde Cantanti

Page Brothers

Piero Viti

Douglas JamesHazel KetchumCorinne CassiniAlan Hirsh

Douglas James

Hazel Ketchum

Corinne Cassini


Alan Hirsh