(Co-presented with Mount Royal University)

Aug 5-9, 2024

GuitarFest West 2024

The best kind of summer school! Most of the information can be found below, but for more details and registration please visit: GuitarFest West 2024


2024 GuitarFest West performers: Bokyung Byun, Iliana Matos, Jerome Ducharme, and Emma Rush

Announcing the GuitarFest West Competition! The competition takes place August 7-9 and is open to guitarists of all ages (international participants welcome). First prize includes $1000 and a concert at GFW 2025, second prize is $500, and third prize is $250.

A week of guitar immersion guaranteed to excite and inspire!
For emerging classical guitar performers and guitar students ages 13+.

The program focuses on developing solo performance skills through private lessons and masterclasses, while enhancing musicianship through large ensemble rehearsals. Technique classes and rehearsals run for three hours each morning, and afternoons and evenings are filled with faculty recitals and lectures, student performance workshops and masterclasses. Students receive three private lessons or masterclasses with one or more faculty members and the week caps off with a student recital featuring solo and ensemble performances.

Feature Activities

  • Guitar ensemble rehearsals and performance
  • Technique classes
  • Faculty recitals and lectures
  • Performance workshop
  • Masterclasses with our excellent international faculty
  • Private instruction
  • Luthier's Fair
  • Faculty concerts
  • Student recital

Registration Information

Ages 13+ playing at a minimum Grade 4 RCM standard.
Exceptions may be made with the approval of the director.
Register Online or call 403.440.6821
Priority for selection of private instructors will be given to the earliest registrants.

Residency Option:

Stay on campus for the week. Residence fees are very reasonable, and the facilities are a five minute walk from classes and performance halls. Contact Residence Services at 403.440.6275 for more information.

Program Director
Brett Gunther (Mount Royal University)


GuitarFest West Sponsors:

Classical Guitar Society of Calgary

2024 GFW Concerts

Live from the TransAlta Pavilion, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, Mount Royal University


August 6, 2024 @ 7:30 pm | Emma Rush & Jérôme Ducharme

August 7, 2024 @ 6:00 pm | Ralph Maier

August 8, 2024 @ 7:30 pm | Bokyung Byun & Iliana Matos

August 9, 2024 @ 12:00 pm | GFW Competition Finals

August 9, 2024 @ 7:00 pm | Student Recital (free)


All concerts by donation, suggested donation of $20