BGFest XVII Programs Young Guitarists' Workshop

Fun-for-all program: creatively with structure (ages 6 - 15)


The BGFest Young Guitarists’ Workshop (YGW) provides students ages 6 to 15 the opportunity to participate in classes focused on guitar fundamentals including improvisation and composition. 

New this year, YGW 2022 features a new generation of younger, highly accomplished members including Thatcher Harrison (BGFest 2020 First Prize Competition winner), Ria Modak (NEC/Harvard 5-year program), and Alexander Romanov (BM, NEC 2021). We hope to see you (either in Boston or online) this summer!

For more information about YGW please contact Ceili Connors:

Preliminary Schedule

June 22

4:00-5:00: Registration/Welcome

5:00-6:00: Guitar Ensemble

6:00-7:00: Improvisation Workshop (Thatcher Harrison)

June 23

4:00-5:00: Flamenco Workshop (Ria Modak)

5:00-7:00: Private Lessons

June 24

4:00-5:00: Guitar Ensemble

5:00-6:00: Rock Shop (David Wade, TBC)

6:00-7:00: Music and the Mind-Body Connection Workshop

June 25

9:00-10:00: Practicing for Fun Workshop (Alex Romanov)

10:00-11:00: Composition Workshop (Thatcher Harrison)

11:00-12:00: Oscar Ghiglia Masterclass Screening

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-1:30: Alhambra Guitars Presentation (Jim Gallegher and Frank Focciolo)

1:30-2:30:  Guitar Music Through the Ages Workshop (Ria Modak)

June 26

9:00-10:00: Guitar Orchestra/Ensemble

10:00-12:00: Private Lessons

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-2:30: Final Performances/Open-Mic

2:30-3:00: Closing Circle/Reflection

Young Guitarists' Workshop Group Classes


Have you ever wanted to write your own music but did not know where to start? Thatcher Harrison:“We will help students create beautiful music out of thin air.” 

Thatcher Harrison

Composer / Guitarist

Basic Flamenco Skills

 Flamenco fundamentals with Ria Modak

Ria Modak

Classical Guitarist

Practice for Fun

Alex Romanov explores new ways to have fun and  stay motivated while practicing effectively

Alexander Romanov

Classical Guitarist

The Art of Improvisation

Colombian-born Lautaro Mantilla continues his popular improvisation and Latin rhythm workshops.

Dr. Lautaro Mantilla

Composer / Guitarist

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