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27 Dundurn St. N.
The 2020 Hamilton Guitar Festival & Competition is a 3-day celebration of the guitar and gives you the opportunity to become totally immersed in the classical guitar. Festival registration includes attendance at all five concerts, performance in at least one masterclass, access to all masterclasses and workshops, participation in the ensemble, performance in the festival showcase concert, and access to the vendor fair. One private lesson can be added to your registration for an additional fee. Masterclasses, and workshops will be offered by Dale Kavanagh, Jeffrey McFadden, Steve Cowan, Duo NIHZ, Brett Gunther, Timothy Phelan, Kevin Manderville, Will Douglas, Emma Rush, and more. Please note that our format has changed this year and we are able to offer a lot more programming throughout the festival. There will be masterclasses and workshops on a number of topics including Bach, Romantic music, stage fright, careers in music, Latin Music, technique, and so much more. This year we are pleased to welcome Amy Brandon as our composer-in-residence. The festival ensemble will be premiering a new work composed especially for us by Amy at the participants concert on July 5.
We are once again featuring a youth pass which includes a masterclass, technique class, and ensemble participation.
This year there are three $150 scholarships available for festival participants. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2020.
Festival Prices -
Festival Registration $195.00
Festival + Competition $205.00
Competition only $90.00
Youth pass $80.00
You can register in the "Ticket" section of this website. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES APRIL 1!
$25/15 Evening concerts
$15/$10 Saturday afternoon
free/donation Sunday events
Concert tickets also available at the door or by calling
(905) 807 4792.
Any questions can be directed to:
$30/$20 Evening concerts
$20/$15 Saturday afternoon
Sunday concerts are free admission, with donations gratefully accepted.
Tickets are available on this website, by calling (905) 807 4792, or at the door.
10th Anniversary Gala Concert - $30/20
Friday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Timothy Beattie- $20/15
Saturday, July 4 at 2 p.m.
Dale Kavanagh/Duo NIHZ - $30/20
Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Festival Showcase - free/donation
Sunday, July 5 at 2 p.m.
Hamilton International Guitar
Competition Finals - free/donation
Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m.
The competition will be three rounds, held Friday, July 3-Sunday, July 5. The rounds will be maximum 8 minutes, 12 minutes, and 20 minutes for the finals. There is no set piece and material can be repeated from round to round. Jury members may differ in each round. We will contact participants by Wednesday, July 1 to confirm performance time for the first round. *Please note the festival and competition are in a different location this year with limited space. Warm-up space before the competition will be shared among all competitors.
$400, a concert at the 2021 Hamilton International Guitar Festival, a concert at the 2020 Sauble Beach Guitar Festival, and a concert for Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music.
Director's Prize for outstanding performance of a work by a female composer (chosen from any round of the competition):