Academy I and II

The Boston GuitarFest 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.  

Academy I serves ages 16-21; Academy II, ages 22-30. The program offers individual lessons*, technique classes, workshops, masterclasses, and online performance opportunities as well as a competition for those participating in the Academy I program.

Coordinated by NEC faculty member, Jerome Mouffe, the 2021 Gfest Academy program will continue and expand upon the highly successful all online format premiered at Gfest online 2020. 

Participants will receive instruction and dialogue with the superb and varied Gfest 2021 faculty and guest artists including:
• World renowned maestra Marin Alsop  
• Eminent cellist Yehuda Hanani 
• Guitar virtuosos and master teachers Marco TamayoAntigoni GoniBruce HolzmanRichard SavinoDavid TanenbaumScott Tennant, and Federico Diaz
• GFest directors, Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses 

*Lessons translation are available in Mandarin & Spanish upon request.

The Academies Online

Academy participants receive masterclasses (after passing video audition), lessons, seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, as well as evening live online recitals.

Participants in Academy I can also sign up at no additional cost for an online competition exclusive to the program (only active participants in “Academy I” are allowed to participate in the competition). Please see the competition guidelines for more information.

Participants Receive:

• Lessons and mentoring from the Academy faculty: Bruce Holzman, Jerome Mouffe, Zaira Meneses, Adam Levin, Will Riley, Scott Borg
• Participation in closing festival performance and open mic events
• Full access to all GuitarFest livestreams
• Online Masterclasses with faculty and guest artists***: Eliot Fisk, Antigoni Goni, Marco Tamayo
• Seminars and workshops will include:
Still Pumping Nylon
Scott Tennant
’s lecture on his groundbreaking method a quarter of a century after its publication;
Travels in Contemporary Music
David Tanenbaum
’s lecture on his personal recollections and insights on H. W. Henze, Takemitsu, Reich, Harrison, and other major contemporary composers; 
Mauro Giuliani, 240 Years After His Birth: A New Perspective
A lecture from guest artist Richard Savino;
Anton Diabelli 240 years After his birth: A new Perspective
A lecture from guest artist Richard Savino;
The Argentinian Tango: Then and Now
Federico Diaz’s lecture on the Argentinian tango with special attention to the music of Astor Piazzolla;
• Conversation with Marin Alsop Q & A
• NEW! Private lessons translation available in Spanish and Chinese upon request

*In special cases, younger participants may be accepted in the program. If interested, please inquire.
**Lesson placement based on preference, faculty availability, and audition videos.
***Active masterclass participants will be selected based on their audition video, however, everyone is welcome to attend the masterclasses


Audition for masterclasses:
Participants who wish to take part in the masterclasses could submit their videos (Youtube or Dropbox links) to the email below for audition.


Please refer to our Schedule page.