(Co-presented with Mount Royal University)

Aug 7-11, 2023

GuitarFest West 2023

The best kind of summer school! Most of the information can be found below, but for more details and registration please visit: GuitarFest West 2023


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


Instructors(subject to change)

  • Christ Habib (Ottawa/Gatineau)
  • Marc Teicholz (San Francisco Conservatory)
  • Brett Gunther (Mount Royal University Conservatory) Program Director
  • Kat Hammer (Calgary, AB)
  • Ralph Maier (Mount Royal University Conservatory; University of Calgary)
  • Iliana Matos (University of Lethbridge)
  • Emma Rush (Performer, Clinician, and Educator)  Program Co-Director 
  • Murray Visscher (Mount Royal University Conservatory; Ambrose University)
  • Darren Young (Mount Royal University Conservatory)


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)


Emma Rush


GuitarFest West Sponsors:

Classical Guitar Society of Calgary

2023 GFW Concerts

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


August 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pm | Emma Rush & Marc Teicholz

August 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm | Christ Habib & Iliana Matos

August 11, 2023 @ 12:00 pm | Ralph Maier

August 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm | Student Recital (free)


All concerts by donation, suggested donation of $20