Eastern Shore Guitar Festival and Workshop

The Eastern Shore Guitar Festival

Join us for the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival and Workshop, October 22-23, 2016. 

This weekend event is open to guitarists and musicians of all ages, levels and backgrounds.  Celebrated guitarists from around the globe will visit Washington College to give master classes, clinics, lectures and concerts that are sure to impress. Visit our ticket information page for more information on tickets and all-inclusive passes, or purchase tickets now on EventBrite



October 22nd, 2016

  • 7:30pm: Matt Palmer, Solo Guitar & Maharajah Flamenco Trio
    Concert featuring solo guitar by Matt Palmer, Director of Guitar Studies at Washington College, and exciting group Maharajah Flamenco Trio.  Matt Palmer will give the world premiere performance of Rafael Scarfullery’s Sonata in D Major.

October 23rd, 2016

  • 2:15pm: Ensemble Concert/Student Recital
    Concert featuring talented guitarists from the Mid-Atlantic Region, Loudoun Youth Guitars directed by Dr. Miroslav Lončar, and The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Orchestra directed by Scott Borg
  • 6:00pm: SoloDuo, Guitar
    Concert featuring the exciting Italian guitar virtuosos SoloDuo.  Opening the concert will be the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival Orchestra, featuring festival attendees.  


Workshops & Classes

October 22nd, 2016

  • 1:00pm: Matt Palmer: “Effortless Technique: An Introduction to A-M-I Scales”
    Technique clinic on “A-M-I” scales, a groundbreaking right-hand technique of playing fast scales on the guitar.  The goal of the clinic is to provide guitarists with an alternate method of performing scales rapidly, fluidly, and efficiently.
  • 2:00pm: Ornamentation on the Modern Guitar
    An exploration of Baroque ornamentation and its application on the modern guitar. Through various examples, students will learn how to apply and execute ornamentation in a musical context. Both French and Italian styles will be covered.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm: SoloDuo Masterclass
    Open to the public to watch, advanced students will perform prepared pieces and be given pedagogical advice on musicality and technique by renowned classical guitarists, SoloDuo.

October 23rd, 2016

  • 11:00am: Flamenco Clinic with Maharajah Flamenco Trio
    Join Dr. Silviu Ciulei, Ramin Yazdanpanah, and David Cobb for a workshop on the history and rhythms of Spanish flamenco with an emphasis on guitar technique. The Trio will also discuss the different instruments they incorporate in their realization of Nuevo Flamenco and the influences that helped them create the music of Maharajah Flamenco Trio.
  • 1:15pm: How to Practice: Secrets of the Great Guitarists
    Guitarist and composer Rafael Scarfullery discusses proven and effective methods of practicing the guitar.


Eventbrite - 2016 Eastern Shore Guitar Festival (All-Inclusive Passes)


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