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2021 Philadelphia Classical
Guitar Festival

April 10-11, 2021

This year's festival will be completely online and will feature concerts, workshops, recitals, and more.



2021 Festival

Our annual festival will feature a vast array of events for guitarists of all ages including (full schedule coming soon):

  • Opening concert with Beijing Guitar Duo
  • 2021 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition
  • Workshop: "Are You Happy? Performing Classical Guitar During COVID-19" with Dr. Eric Zillmer
  • Workshop: "Beginning Guitar Technique & Reading" with PCGS professional member Mark Johnstone
  • Workshop: "Voicing: Melodies, Textures, and Chords" by Jonathan Leathwood
  • Masterclass with 2018 PCGS competition winner Philip Goldenberg
  • Technique Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Student recitals
  • Closing concert with Ronn McFarlane


Upcoming events

    • Saturday, April 10, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, April 11, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • ONLINE
    Register

    Registration for ALL festival events can be completed HERE

    Please register here (click "buy tickets") if you want to perform on a student recital or view only these students recitals. A registrant for the full festival does not need to register here as links will be included for all events with that registration.

    These recitals provide an opportunity for classical guitar students in the Philadelphia region to perform in a free online recital as part of this year's festival. Students of PCGS professional members may perform as well as PCGS members themselves.

    Three separate recitals are scheduled:

    1. Saturday, April 10 at 9:00am
    2. Saturday, April 10 at 3:30pm
    3. Sunday, April 11 at 9:00am

    When registering as a performer, please select your preferred time BUT please be aware that you are not guaranteed a slot in your preferred recital time. Our recital coordinators have full control over the placement of students in specific recitals as needed.

    Information regarding registering as a perform will be posted soon.

    Viewing this year's student recitals is free but registrations must be registered to receive the event links. Registrants for the full schedule of festival events will also receive links to view these recitals.



    • Saturday, April 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • ONLINE

    Registration for all festival events can be completed HERE

    This year's competition will feature pre-recorded competition videos that will be presented in a concert format online. This concert will feature the semi-finalists from both divisions of our competition.
    • Saturday, April 10, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • ONLINE

    Registration for all festival events can be completed HERE

    Are You Happy?

    Performing Classical Guitar During COVID-19

    Join Dr. Eric Zillmer to discuss your happiness during COVID19.

    Classical guitar performers, students, and teachers have been hit hard in terms of having their education, performances, and businesses interrupted because of COVID-19. It is normal to feel confused during this time of uncertainty. But, … what are you going to do about it? As a classical guitarist what tools do you need to have in your Psychological First Aid Toolbox to be able to weather this public health storm?

    Topics include:

    • Where in the brain precisely are music and happiness located, and how are they connected? The answer may surprise you!
    • Social distancing, even for guitar players who are used to practicing alone, is inherently unpleasant. Can we be happy by ourselves?
    • Communicating, engaging socially, and performing online are important right now. How is the digital music experience different?
    • Resiliency enables musician to grow through adversity.

    But, … how does one become more resilient?

    Eric A. Zillmer

    Dr. Eric A. Zillmer is the Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology, Director of Athletics, and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has taught courses entitled Happiness as well as the Psychology of Music in the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University, where he is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award. He is on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. 
    • Saturday, April 10, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE
    Register

    Registration (to view) for all festival events can be completed HERE

    Please register here (click "Buy Tickets") to apply as a performer for the masterclass.

    Applicants must submit a recording in order to complete their application. Details for submission will be included in a registration confirmation email. The selected performers will receive an invoice to complete payment for the $50 masterclass fee and will then perform live online for the masterclass.