School of Music

Summer Guitar Festival

 Summer Guitar Workshop

July13-July 16, 2019

A. J. Fletcher Music Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: 252-328-6245
Dr. Elliot Frank, director

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ECU Guitar Festival - the 20th Year video (click here)

The 2019 ECU Summer Guitar Festival is open to students of all skill levels who wish to acquire or improve skills on the classical guitar. The artist-faculty, which consists of world-class concert artists and teachers, draws talented students from across the United States and abroad as well as from North Carolina. Area concertgoers can also hear these gifted musicians perform in recital during the workshop. We are extremely excited to welcome back SoloDuo, along with festival favorite Andrew Zohn, Stephen Robinson, Francois Fowler, Akerman Teixeira Duo, 2018 Solo Competition winner Dragos Ilie, festival director Elliot Frank and others.


Please note that refunds will not be given after July 1, and all refunds are minus the amount of the deposit. However, any tuition paid this year may be applied to next year's event.

Commuting Students

•    Workshop tuition: $400.00 if received in full before July 1.
•    Workshop tuition if received after July 1: $475.00
•    Weekend only:  250.00
•    Auditors: $150
•    Exhibitors: $150

Room and Board

•    Single $300.00  
•    Double $275.00
•    Unaccompanied students under the age of 18 must stay on campus unless they have adult relatives in the area.
     Minimum age to stay on campus is 15. There will be adult supervision in the dorms.
•    This rate is for four nights. If you need to come early you may pay an additional $50.00 for that night.

Scholarship Assistance

A limited amount of scholarship assistance is available to qualified applicants. A recording or link to a video is mandatory for first time scholarship applicants and competitors.


Participants may fly directly into Greenville, North Carolina on American Airlines.  Cheaper flights may be available into Raleigh-Durham Airport. Transportation from RDU may be arranged by contacting You2RDU RDU Airport Shuttle Service.

For those traveling by car, Greenville is 40 miles east of I-95 on US 264. Visit here for maps.

Hotel Information

  • Recommended Hotel
    • Microtel of Greenville, 800-771-7171- If staying here, please mention the ECU Guitar Festival for the best rate.
    • view web site

  • Other area hotels:

Apply online — click here.

If unable to apply online. please contact Dr. Elliot Frank,,  252-328-6245

Artist/Faculty- click for webpage/bio


Stephen Robinson

Andrew Zohn

Akerman Teixeira Duo

Elliot Frank

Francois Fowler

2018 Solo Competition winner Dragos Ilie and others

The ECU Summer Guitar Workshop will hold its twentieth solo guitar competition for college students and college graduates in the early stages of their concert careers. There will be three rounds, a preliminary round, a semifinal round and a final round. The competition is open to guitarists of all ages. College/professional participants will perform a fifteen-minute solo program of works of their own choice, which will be taken from the standard repertoire of the classic guitar. This program will be performed in its entirety in the final round and competitors will choose selections in the preliminary and semifinal rounds.

The first round will take place on Sunday, July 14 at 1 pm in Room 110 in the Fletcher School of Music.

The semifinal round will take place on Monday, July 15at 4pm in the AJ Fletcher Recital Hall in the ECU School of Music.

The final round will be held the next afternoon, Tuesday, July 16 at 4:30 pm in the AJ Fletcher Recital Hall in the ECU School of Music.

The semifinal and final rounds will be open to the public. The preliminary round will be closed.

Competitors must EMAIL a copy of your program to the workshop director prior to the beginning of the competition.

Collegiate/professional competitors may choose to only compete without participating in master classes for $150.00. This amount includes admission to all concerts and any workshop activities that you wish to audit. Payment in the amount of $150.00 will be submitted through the link on the festival website.  Full festival students who wish to compete in the open division may do so for a reduced fee of $75.00, also submitted through the festival website.

First prize will consist of $1,200 and, at the discretion of the jury, a paid recital at next year's workshop. Second prize will be $600, third is $300, fourth is $200.

All competitors must have a valid email address. Foreign competitors without a valid US Social Security number will be subject to 30% withholding on any prizes won.

For the fourteenth year, the ECU Summer Guitar Workshop will have a competition for middle and high school students. This competition is open to workshop participants of high school age and younger who have not yet enrolled in college coursework. High school students who will graduate this spring are still eligible to compete in the pre-college division.

Two first prizes in this year's pre-college competition will be again be given, one for competitors 15-18 and one for the best competitor age 14 and under. Second prizes will be given in each division as well. In the event of insufficient enrollment, both divisions will be combined and there will only be one youth division competition.

The pre-college semifinals will take place on Sunday July 14 at 10am in Room 110 of the Fletcher Music Center. The finals will take place on Tuesday July 16 at 4pm in the recital hall of the Fletcher Music Center. High School participants should prepare a program of 7 minutes maximum in duration. Middle school and younger participants should prepare a program of 5 minutes maximum in duration. This program will be performed in its entirety should the contestant be selected for the finals. Competitors will announce their pieces in the semifinal round. You may enroll for the youth competition at the same time that you apply for the festival. This is done through the link on the festival website. The fee to compete is additional $75.
  July 13
July 14
July 15
July 16
8:30 AM
Registration and Dormitory Check-in
9:00 AM
Registration and Dormitory Check-in
(until 9:30 AM)
Ensemble Ensemble
10:00 AM
Classes, all levels
Classes, all levels/pre-college competition semifinals 110
Classes, all students Classes, all students
11:00 AM
Classes Classes
12 noon
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30 PM
Classes, all students
Classes, all levels/
college competition 1st round 110
Classes, all students
1:30 Ensemble Warm-up
2:00 PM
all levels
Classes, all levels Classes, all levels 2:00 Student Recital/
Solo and ensemble performance

3:00 PM

3:00 Lecture
4:00 PM

Afternoon Concert I: Dragos Ilie

Afternoon Concert II:
Solo Competition Semifinals
Youth and College Competition Finals/Awards
5:00 PM
6:00 PM

7:30 PM

Evening Concert: Elliot Frank/Stephen Robinson

Evening Concert Andrew Zohn/Akerman Teixeira Duo

Evening Concert: Francois Fowler/SoloDuo


Please note that schedule is subject to change.

Check back frequently for updates.

Those who love the guitar but don't play can still be a part of the workshop by attending the Evening Concert Series.

Single event ticket prices:

Evening concerts $20 adults and $15 student; Afternoon concerts $10 adult, $5 student

Series prices:

Pass for all afternoon and evening concerts $50 adult, $30 students

All events will take place in the recital hall in the Fletcher Music Center on the ECU campus.

Tickets are available at the door at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. 1-800-ECU-ARTS; 252-328-4788, 252-328-4736 V/TTY;

Workshop and concert schedule click "schedule" tab above