A world of possibilities – Eliot Fisk, Artistic Director

Welcome to
Boston GuitarFest XVI /
GFest Online II
June 16th-20th

Boston GuitarFest ONLINE 2021 expands and improves the highly successful all online structure premiered at last year’s Festival. We are all extremely excited about the variety and quality of this year’s terrific roster of artists and supporting staff. This year’s theme is “Freedom”, and the scope and range of our concerts, courses, and participatory forums will offer something truly unique to our participants as we as a global community look to even better days ahead. As always, our international, interdisciplinary focus remains on the classical guitar, its legacy and future and on its role as an ambassador bringing together people of good will from around the world.


Our Programs


The Boston GFest 2021 Academy program is designed for young adults.  It offers a unique educational experience and exposure to a large international community of guitar professionals and aficionados. 



The Boston GFest 2021 Adult Education program is designed for guitarists and music lovers ages 31 and above.  Bringing participants together with eminent guitar teachers and artist from around the world in a relaxing atmosphere.  


Auditor Pass

Gfest Online 2021 welcomes auditors from around the world.  Auditors are given unlimited access to all Gfest Online 2021 events including concerts, classes, open mics, and guest lectures and interviews.

Auditor Pass: $160
Registration Fee: $40



Students living in Europe/Asia are able to participate live in all Gfest events. All other events will be saved and remain accessible to all European based students for the entire duration of the festival.

Program: $210



Concert pass is a subscription pass giving online access. Concert Pass holders receive unlimited access to the GFest online concert series either live or as a saved -for- later experience.

Concert Pass: $100


Tune Your Instrument

Set your computer/tablet/mobile device in a proper angle, in a quiet space and with good lighting so that the workshop teacher and other participants can see you clearly. Frame your camera image so that the viewer sees you from the top of your head to the bottom of your guitar, with both arms fully visible.

Check Your Mic

If you have an external microphone, make sure it is placed at a proper distance from you and your instrument. Make sure your mic settings have “automatically adjust volume” unclicked in Zoom’s Audio Settings, and that Persistent and Intermittent Background noises are set as “disabled”. For detailed instructions and more about proper mic settings, download the PDF below.

Check Your Internet

If you do not have a stable internet connection then the sound and video will be glitchy, distorted, and of poor quality. In that case, it’s best to use a physical ethernet cable connected from your modem or router directly to your computer.

Prepare in Advance

It’s a good idea to join the Zoom meeting ahead of time so that you can adjust your own video and audio by testing the computer audio and making sure you have the proper settings for your music. If you are unsure how to do this, we’ve provided a set of downloadable guidelines in PDF form below.


Boston Guitar Fest and its online incarnation, Gfest Online 2021, are profoundly grateful to the indispensable sponsors who have maintained their generous support even in these challenging times.  We welcome with gratitude as well our first time donors, who share our vision of the redemptive power of music and its sacred message of the common humanity of all persons who live on this beautiful planet.
We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and will always strive to be worthy of your continued trust and support.

The Boston GuitarFest / Gfest Online 2021 Team thanks:

Robert and Ann Bullock  

The Robert Davoli / Eileen McDonaugh Foundation

The Leech Foundation

The Augustine Foundation

Co-sponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University.

Questions? Contact info@bostonguitarfest.org.