MTSU Hosts 11th Annual Tennessee Guitar Festival

This Thursday through Saturday  MTSU will host the  11th annual Tennessee Guitar Festival and Competition in Hinton Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU Campus, with registration beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Wright Music Building lobby.

With over $3,000 of prize money available this competition will bring in some of America’s best young guitarists to compete for the $1,500 first prize.

“This competition brings in world-class guitarists,” said Dr. William Yelverton, festival director. “This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the finest young guitarists in America compete for prestige and prize money.”

Featured guitarists for  this year’s festival are guitarists Jorge Caballero, Ben Bolt and Carlos Castilla.

Bolt and Castilla will present  a concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Caballero will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Guitar competition finalist will present a recital 8 p.m. on Saturday.

“The Saturday night finals will be awesome,” Yelverton said.

The festival will also feature guitar master classes at 1 and 3:30 p.m.,  Friday and at 1 p.m. Saturday. Competition begins with the preliminary round at noon on Thursday.

Events are open to the public. Admission to an individual concert is $10 with students 16 and younger admitted free. A registration fee of $30 will gain admittance to all concerts, lectures, workshops and master classes.

Further information on the festival and competition can be found at