Inspiring Guitarists and Music Lovers Alike with World-Class Performances and Competitions

Our Annual Festival will be held in person on September 30 – October 1, 2023 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Outreach Programs

The Southern Guitar Festival supports activities that enhance formal, classroom-based, and informal education. Our programs provide educational experiences for the broader community and professional development opportunities for music practitioners. We provide competition venues for teachers’ students, opportunities to present and participate in intensive workshops, and networking events with luthiers, peers, and world-class performers.  We are also in the process of developing a directory resource for local guitar pedagogy professionals.

Whenever possible, the Southern Guitar Festival brings high-caliber artists and competition winners to perform in under-served communities, children’s hospitals, senior care centers, and family shelters, to name a few.

If you are aware of a nonprofit or other social outreach program that would be interested in partnering with us in the greater Winston-Salem or Charlotte metro areas, please contact us with your ideas. We will be glad to explore how we can bring the power of the arts to everyone in our community.