School of Music

Summer Guitar Festival

 Summer Guitar Workshop

June 30-July 3, 2018

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

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The 2018 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 Jason Vieaux, and this year’s festival marks the first appearance of the French virtuoso and master teacher Judicael Perroy. In addition, Canadian virtuoso Jeffrey McFadden returns along with festival favorites Andrew Zohn and Isaac Bustos. 2017 solo competition winner Samuel Hines, and festival director Elliot Frank round out the calendar along with teaching faculty Adam Kossler and Patrick Lui.

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2018 Sponsors         Thomas Baldwin Stringed Instruments


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.
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Artist/Faculty bios

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and earned a place on NPR’s “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)” for Vieaux’s recording of “Zapateado.”

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico.

Over the course of a twenty-five year career, Jeffrey McFadden has established a place among the most admired guitarists of his generation. Concert engagements have taken him throughout North America and Europe.  He has been a featured performer at many international music festivals, since the late 1980's including Guitar ’87, the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Gitarren-Symposium Iserlohn, the National Flute Association (USA) Convention, the Festival Mediterraneo della Chitarra, and many others.

In 1992, Jeffrey McFadden was awarded a Silver Medal in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition. This lead to his debut recording, the first in the Laureate Series on Naxos, which has sold in the tens of thousands of copies.  He has recorded eight highly acclaimed albums since then, featuring the works of Fernando Sor, Napoléon Coste, Agustin Barrios, and most recently, Mauro Giuliani's arrangements for guitar duo of famous Rossini overtures (with guitarist Michael Kolk).

Born in Paris in 1973, Judicaël Perroy began his guitar studies at the Paris Academy of Music at the age of seven with Raymond Gratien. An acknowledged prodigy by the age of eleven, he won numerous prizes culminating with his triumph in October 1997 at the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition, earning him the winner’s tour of the Americas, with over sixty concerts and master classes.

He is in great demand as a teacher and adjudicator at numerous international festivals. His students continue to win top prizes in regional, national and international competitions worldwide while he tours extensively throughout the world. He has made a number of recordings while teaching at the National Academy of Aulnay-sous-Bois and has been recently appointed to a teaching position at the pole Superieur of Lille starting in September of 2011.

American guitarist Andrew Zohn is recognized internationally for his work as a performer, instructor, and composer. He has performed concerts on five continents as a soloist and chamber musician.  In addition to extensive touring throughout the United States, recent performances include venues in China, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Malaysia, Germany, and the Netherlands.  A recent critic has said: Zohn…easily demonstrated how he is one of the most sought after performers on the classical guitar as his fingers deftly plucked some of the most subtle of tones on the instrument.- The Star, Kuala Lumpur.Since 1999, Dr. Zohn has served on the faculty of the Schwob School of Music (Columbus State University) in Georgia, where he is the Jo and George Jeter Distinguished Chair in Guitar.

Classical guitarist, pedagogue and educator Isaac Bustos, enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe and all over the US. Dr. Bustos has made several Radio and Television appearances and is in demand as clinician and master class teacher invited to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America Annual Convention, Portland Guitar Festival, St. Joseph International Guitar Festival, Southwest Guitar Festival, Brownsville Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Festival, Festival Internacional de Guitarra Monterrey, Festival Ramon Noble and Festival del Noreste in Mexico.

Praised for his clear interpretive powers, technical finesse and engaging performances, 2017 ECU Solo Competition winner Samuel Hines is an award-winning classical guitarist from Southern California. After an arbitrary decision to teach himself classical guitar at the start of high school, Hines’ passion for music quickly grew into a calling that would become his career. Hines has enjoyed performing and competing throughout the United States, in Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, as well as Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Indiana and Wisconsin, among others.

William Hart Wells is the Director of Guitar at Potomac Falls High School in Sterling, VA.  Originally from Kings Mountain, NC, Hart studied under Dr. Douglas James at Appalachian State University.  A North Carolina Teaching Fellow scholarship recipient, Wells graduated with his Bachelor's in Music Education and began teaching K-5 general music at Granite Falls Elementary School in Granite Falls, NC and directing the guitar program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, NC.  In 2004, Wells accepted a teaching position with Loudoun County Public Schools and has since served as the Director of Guitar for Potomac Falls High School in Sterling, VA.  Mr. Wells' students have won numerous prizes in the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition, the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival Competition, the Appalachian State University GuitarFest Competition, the Salisbury University Guitar Competition, the Aguado Guitar Competition, among others.
Hart Wells, Classical Guitarist

Applauded by critics and audiences for his unique blend of powerful virtuosity, beautiful tone, and natural musicianship, festival director Elliot Frank has appeared as solo recitalist, chamber player, and as concerto soloist throughout the Americas and Europe. He is a frequent guest performer and teacher at guitar festivals throughout the Americas.

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 1st at 1 pm in Room 110 in the Fletcher School of Music.

The semifinal round will take place on Monday, July 2nd at 4pm in the AJ Fletcher Recital Hall in the ECU School of Music.

The final round will be held the next afternoon, Tuesday, July 3rd 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 1st at 10am in Room 110 of the Fletcher Music Center. The finals will take place on Tuesday July 3rd 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.
  June 30
July 1
July 2
July 3
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: Samuel Himes

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/Judicael Perroy

Evening Concert Andrew Zohn/Jason Vieaux

Evening Concert: Isaac Bustos/Jeffrey McFadden


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