MARCH 24 - 26, 2017

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the 2nd Annual Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival, hosted by Montgomery College. We are excited to feature a wonderful array of critically acclaimed local and international performers in three days of guitar activities that will provoke the senses, test your imagination, and awaken the mind, while exploring the genres of classical, jazz, and flamenco. 

For guitar aficionados, there are a series of workshops and classes, including interactive technique classes, masterclasses, lectures, luthier workshop, flamenco workshop, jazz workshop and a festival orchestra, and you can also showcase your talent in the participants concert.  

The Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival proudly thanks the following organizations

This year, we feature the Belgian phenom, Jerome Mouffe, whose virtuosity has dazzled audiences all around the world, presenting a program of some of the classical guitar world's unheard masterpieces.  We also present Romanian guitarist Silviu Ciulei, whose performances brings extraordinary touch to both classical and flamenco repertoire. Montgomery College Faculty members Scott Borg, Aaron Spoor, and the Jake Sheffer Jazz Trio perform an eclectic program that crosses many genres from classical to rock, world music to jazz.

This year we are also honored to present a day of performances and workshops dedicated to the greater Maryland community, highlighting the talent that exists on our doorstep. Through a participants concert and an ensembles showcase, will will feature some of the regions emerging artists from Maryland, Virginia, and Boston. This will culminate in a large festival orchestra performance directed by the award winning composer/performer/educator Miroslav Lončar.

In addition to the concerts and programming, we are holding our first Young Artists Competition for emerging guitarists under the age of 18. There will be three age categories - Grades 9 -12 (Division 1), Grades 5 - 8 (Division 2), and Grade 4 and under (Division 3), and along with prize money and trophies, winners will have the opportunity to perform in the Sunday evening concert!

We once again graciously thank the entire Montgomery College community, especially the Arts Institute, the Music Department, the Parilla Performing Arts Center, and the Montgomery Foundation. We are extremely fortunate to have the support from such a wonderful group of organizations that see the importance and role of culture, intellectual exchanges, and live music.

While you are in the Maryland/D.C area, we encourage you to visit some nearby treasures of the nation including the White House, the Capitol, the Smithsonian, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and also the National Mall. The festival also coincides with the peak of Washington D.C's Cherry Blossom Festival. 

I look forward to seeing you all in March for what promises to be a festival full of collaborative music making, shared musical experiences, and goodwill.

                                                                                                           - Scott Borg (Artistic Director)