Guitarfest 2019

The 24th Appalachian GuitarFest and Solo Guitar Competition will be held April 5-7, 2019. Guest artists to include Stephen Aron, and Pavel Steidl!!

  • 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: $80. 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 1st.  We will be in contact regarding competition registrations and scheduling  on April 3rd.

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 Douglas James, Stephen Aron, Pavel Steidl, the GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra conducted by Alan Hirsh, plus the Sunday afternoon final round of Division I competition.  If you'd like to participate in the GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra, you can download parts here at the Guitarganza site.  Choose a part at a comfortable level of difficulty!


Brief biographies of GuitarFest's 2018 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 PlamerPage

Rucco-James Duo

Matt Palmer

Andy Page

Kossler DuoCypress DuoAlan Hirsh

Kossler Duo

Cypress Duo


Alan Hirsh