Also Forthcoming:
SF Bay Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
San Mateo, California
Fall 2019 tba

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Thanks to all those who help make this series possible in part, including: All of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, Nevada Arts Council, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno, NV, St. John's Presbyterian, Reno, National Endowment for the Arts, Artown Festival, Reno,, Palo Alto,

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CGWest 2018/2019
Board of Directors
Larry Aynesmith
David Forristall
Tony T.

2019 Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival
& Competition
Artown Classical Guitar Concerts July 7 and July 17-19
Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada (See schedule below)
Concerts and Competition attendance Free to public
Donations Requested at door, $15 reserved seating tickets
will be online soon.

MICHAEL THAMES Luthier Lecture
Also featuring Classical / Flamenco Artist EDWARD MARTINEZ
With the 2019 Youth Classical Guitar Quartet, Larry Aynesmith

2019 Sierra Nevada Adult Classical Guitar Competition
Competitors must buy registration pass:
Rules & Registration:

2019 Sierra Nevada Youth Classical Guitar Competition
Competitors must buy registration pass:
Rules & Registration:

Artown Classical Guitar Concerts 2019 Headline Artist

"The soul of an artist, technical virtuosity of the highest caliber, and a heightened sense of musicality." - Guitar International Magazine

With an almost unparalleled technical virtuosity always in service to the music, Mr. Palmer holds a DMA degree from the University of Arizona.


Steven Lerman has won eight First Prizes in international guitar competitions including the 2018 SF Bay Classical Guitar compe-tition. Mr. Lerman is a DMA candidate at the University of Arizona.

Los Angeles area Classical and Flamenco guitarist Edward Martinez is the recent 1st Prize Winner of both the Pacific and Andriassian Guitar Competitions. He is also the 2nd Prize winner of the 2018 SF Bay Classical Guitar Competition. Opening act with Flamenco Guitarist Tony Hallas.

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2019 Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
Tentative Schedule

Sunday, July 7, 3:00pm
St. John's Presbyterian 1070 W. Plumb Lane, Reno
Pre-Festival Concert - Edward Martinez

Wednesday July 17
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 357 Clay St., Reno
1:00pm- 3:00pm - Youth Competition, One Round
Judges: David Norton, Steven Lerman
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Private Lessons with Matt Palmer and Steven Lerman
5:00pm - 6:30pm - Break
7:00pm - Artown Classical Guitar Concert - Steven Lerman
- Youth Competition Awards Presentation

Thursday July 18
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 357 Clay St., Reno
12:00pm - 2:00pm - Masterclass with Matt Palmer
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Lecture, Michael Thames (Luthier)
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Masterclass with Steven Lerman
5:00pm - Break
- 2019 Distinguished Service to Classical Guitar Award
- Featured Artown Classical Guitar Concert - Matt Palmer

Friday, July 19
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd,
Incline Village, Nevada at Lake Tahoe
1:00pm - 5:00pm - Educational Workshop with Matt Palmer
7:00pm - Concert, Classical Guitar Gala featuring Headline Artist Matt Palmer plus opening and additional performances by award winning guitarists Steven Lerman, Larry Aynesmith, and the 2019 Youth Classical Guitar Quartet.

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Classical Gala West, Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival, SF Bay Guitar Festival -
Larry Aynesmith, Artistic Director -

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P.O. Box 6083, Incline Village, NV 89451