Guitarfest 2018

The 23rd Annual Appalachian GuitarFest and Solo Guitar Competition will be held April 6-8, 2018.

  • 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.

Our competition registration deadline is April 4th. Additionally, due to campus closure for Easter Break, we will not receive mail March 31 through April 3. We will be in contact regarding registrations late in the day on April 4th.

The official partner hotels for the 2018 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 the Rucco-James Duo, Kossler Duo, Justin Hoke with the Cypress Duo, and Matt Palmer, plus the Sunday afternoon final round of Division I competition, and the GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra conducted by Alan Hirsh.

Third 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:

Rucco-James DuoMatt Plamer

Rucco-James Duo

Matt Palmer

Kossler DuoCypress DuoAlan Hirsh

Kossler Duo

Cypress Duo


Alan Hirsh