GuitarFest 2023 at Appalachian State University

GuitarFest 2023

March 31 - April 2, 2023

Registration information coming soon!

GuitarFest 2023 Schedule of Events • Competition Rules

Dr. Adam Kossler, Artistic Director

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

Artist Biographies

Artist Biographies

Read more about our guest artists - Dr. Austin Wahl, Maya Lončar, Scott Borg, and Stephen Bondy - and GuitarFest director Dr. Adam Kossler. 

Open Division, Division I

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.

 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 kossleraj@appstate.edu.

See Thomas Viloteau perform on a George Thomas Panormo.

School-Age Divisions

High School Division, 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

Middle School and Under, 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