Thanks to our new sponsors:
Atlantis Casino • Resort • Spa • Reno, Nevada

International Game Technology
Reno, Nevada

Silicon Valley Classical Guitar School
Sunnyvale, California

Gryphon Strings
Palo Alto, California

Classical Gala West
Forthcoming Events

Larry Aynesmith
is offering Classical Guitar Lessons at Mountain Music Parlor in Reno, Nevada. Lesson dates will start on Tuesdays. To sign up for classes email:

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Please support us with your generous donation for our operations, prizes and scholarships for deserving students. Email for more info or specific donation requests.

Classical Gala West is one of the premier organizations in the American West presenting concerts, festivals and educational events. A division of LTCGS (Lake Tahoe Classic Guitar Society), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, ID 20-1754458 organization and donations may be tax deductible. Donations may be made specifically for any geographic area where we present concerts, scholarships for competition prize winners, and to support our overall programs.

• Thanks to all those who help make this series possible, incuding:

All of our sponsors, donors volunteers and attendees, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, Nevada Arts Council, Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno, Nevada, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, Nevada, UNR Scheduling Dept., Reno, Nevada, First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, California, Gryphon Strings, Palo Alto, California, National Endowment for the Arts, Artown Festival,
Reno, Nevada

Classical Gala West and its associated programs have presented a plethora of fine artists and events including:

Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival
SF Bay Guitar Festival

Andrew York
Paul Galbraith
Vida Guitar Quartet
Celso Machado
Celino and Lito Romero
Marc Teicholz
Adam Levin
San Francisco Guitar Quartet
and many others

(c) 2016 Classical Gala West
Tel: (775) 298-1686
P.O. Box 6083, Incline Village, NV 89451

Forthcoming Events in Walnut Creek and Reno

In Concert - New CD Release!
• Friday, December 16, 7:30pm
St. Paul's Episcopal, 1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

Hailed by Sérgio Assad as “…an expressive guitarist with a great sense of rhythm and tone colors,” Matthew Fish is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has participated in numerous guitar competitions and earned top prizes, including First Prize at the Sierra Nevada International Guitar Competition.

Reno, Nevada
Trinity Episcopal Church
200 Island Avenue
Special Event April 2017 tba

Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
Third week of July 2017 tba


Thanks to Lily Afshar for her intelligent and graceful standing ovation performances at the SF Bay Classical Guitar Festival & Competition 2016 and in Reno, Nevada.

SF Bay Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
2016 Competition Winners

Adult Division:
1st - Cristobal Selame
2nd - Jaxon Williams
3rd – Sedona Farber

Youth Division I:
1st – Francesca Boerio
2nd – Dilip Kumar
3rd – Everest Nguyen
Honorable Mention – Michael Isacs

Youth Division II:
1st – Avi Mushran
2nd – Augustus Butterworth
3rd – Vidur Mushran

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Andrew York performs to a full house at SNGF 2016

The Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival 2016 was a great success!
Featured guest artist Andrew York performed one of the most transcendent, aesthetically pleasing and artistically moving concerts in the history of our festival. DuoSF and Larry Aynesmith also performed well received concerts with thunderous applause and standing ovations. Attendance was above 300 or close to 300 for all concerts. Students were lucky to learn from Andrew York in workshops and masterclasses. The Adult and Youth Classical Guitar Competitions had a high level of artistry.

Thanks especially to Jim and Debbie Coleman, Annette and Andrew York, Matthew Fish, and Larry Aynesmith for helping to make this festival a success.