GuitarFest 2020

The 2020 Appalachian GuitarFest and Solo Guitar Competition that had been re-scheduled to September 18-20, 2020 has been CANCELED due to COVID-19.

Registrations that have already been processed will be refunded or saved for Spring 2021.  More details soon!!


  • 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 March 13th, 2020.  We will be in contact regarding competition registrations and scheduling  on March 16th.

ANNOUNCING:  The official hotel of GuitarFest 2020 is the Super 8 of Boone. tel:828-355-6590

The Super 8 is offering GuitarFest registrants the extraordinary low rate of $79 per night! Additionally, we will be operating our shuttle to and from campus and the Super 8 on Friday for competition rounds that day. Ask for the GuitarFest  special when making your reservations.

Participate in the GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra!

 All registrants are invited to play in the festival Guitar Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Alan Hirsh. You can download parts to all the pieces here:

Generally speaking, parts I and II are the most technically challenging, IV and V less so, and part III is the easiest. (The contrabass parts requires a special instrument an octave lower than standard guitar.) Choose whatever you're most comforatble with. The performance is Sunday morning, March 22. You can see the Guitar Orchestra rehearsal schedule on our Schedule of Events page.

GuitarFest "sister" event: The Boone Suzuki workshop.   Concurrent to the main Fest, see details here:


Brief biographies of GuitarFest's 2019 artists.

Schedule of Events



Download and complete the registration form.

Concerts Featuring: Rene Izquierdo, Dale Kavanaugh, and the Appalachian GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra












                                                                  Rene Izquierdo                              Dale Kavanaugh  

Appalachian GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra, directed by Alan Hirsh

Appalachian GuitarFest Guitar Orchestra, directed by Alan Hirsh