June 26-30. Guitarists of various levels, ages 21 and over* will be immersed in 5 days of private lessons, masterclasses, guitar chamber ensembles, seminars, and concerts featuring renowned artists, including GuitarFest Artistic Director and NEC faculty member Eliot Fisk. From professional guitarists to aficionados, the Institute offers a great experience for everyone. The Luthier Expo is also available to all participants.

* Recommended Ages. Skill level may also be taken into consideration

Study with world-renowned faculty as part of the Institute program.

Participants receive:

  • 2 private guitar lessons with distinguished guest artists*
  • Masterclasses with faculty: Eliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch (by audition only)
  • Guitar Ensembles
  • Seminars and workshops
  • A chance to perform in Open-Mic Nights
  • Access to all GuitarFest concerts
  • Access to the Luthiers Expo

* Lesson and masterclass placement based on preference, faculty availability, and audition videos.

Note: NEC’s new Residence Hall is available for all summer program participants ages 14 years and older.


The 2019 Institute schedule is published here.


$385 – Early Bird: must register by April 1st, 2019

$475 – Normal Rate

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Institute Housing (optional)

Starting at $320 for double room (extra nights available for an additional fee)

Starting at $400 for single room (extra nights available for an additional fee)