Guitar Foundation of America International Convention & Competition

Sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America

The Guitar Foundation of America will hold the 2017 GFA International Convention and Competition from June 19-24, 2017 at California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, CA. This annual event brings together approximately 600 classical guitar masters and enthusiasts from all over the world, including some of the most elite performers of classical guitar. The 2017 GFA International Convention and Competition will be co-hosted by CSU Fullerton guitar faculty Martha Masters and Andrew York.


The six-day convention includes three concerts per day, a wide array of lectures, hands-on workshops, masterclasses and private lessons, a comprehensive vendor exposition and luthier showcase, Hall of Fame awards ceremony, and two guitar orchestras, open to all attendees. The GFA Convention is also home to three divisions of prestigious classical guitar competitions. The winner of the GFA International Concert Artist Competition is awarded an extensive international tour, along with a cash prize, recording contract, and publishing contract. The International Youth Competition and inaugural International Ensemble Competition will also be held during the week.

The 2017 GFA Convention will also host the first annual GFA Guitar Summit, a five-day sleep away camp for guitarists ages 11-18. Guitar Summit campers will participate in activities with guest artists such as Andrew York, Crazy Nails! (Gaelle Solal and Boris Gaquere), and GFA Education Director Matt Denman. They will also attend convention concerts, perform with the Youth Guitar Orchestra, and take a special trip to perform at Disneyland.

The Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the world’s leading classical guitar organization, promoting excellence in performance, literature, research, and education of the classical guitar. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, Soundboard, along with its peer-reviewed counterpart, Soundboard Scholar, organizes Regional Symposia in cities across the country, promotes education and research in the field, and hosts an annual Convention and Competition each summer.

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