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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Second Annual Guitar Competition & Festival

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The Wilson Center's second annual Guitar Competition & Festival is fast approaching! Nearly all competition activities are free and open to the public, including the semi-final and final rounds of the competition in the Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical categories. 


This year's Festival will also feature: 

  • Free master classes by jazz guitarist Jack Grassel and classical guitarist Anne Waller  
  • An artist question and answer session with featured performer Jesse Cook  
  • A vendor showcase featuring Cascio Interstate Music, FenderHartland Music, and more, including raffle prizes and the ability to "test drive" a wide variety of instruments.

  • The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is an annual, multi-genre competition which features four different categories—Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical. The second annual competition and festival will take place August 14-16, 2014 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Contestants compete for $22,000 in prize money.


  • Festival Activities:
    Free and open to the public!

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 14:
    Jazz Semi-finals: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (Harris Theater)
    Classical Semi-finals: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (Dawes Studio Theater)
    Jack Grassel (Jazz) Masterclass: 3:00 - 5:00 pm (Harris Theater)
    Anne Waller (Classical) Masterclass: 3:00 - 5:00 pm (Dawes Studio Theater)

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 15:
    Rock/Blues Semi-finals: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Harris Theater)
    Fingerstyle Semi-finals: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Dawes Studio Theater)
    Jesse Cook Q & A: 2:00 - 3:00 pm (Dawes Studio Theater)
    Competition finalists will be announced @ 3:00 pm (Harris Theater)
    Greg Koch (Rock/Blues) Masterclass: 3:15 - 5:00 pm (Harris Theater)
    Greg Koch Performance: 7:30 pm (Harris Theater) *Ticketed

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 16:
    Jazz Finals: Saturday, August 16, 9:00 - 10:15 am (Harris Theater)
    Classical Finals: 10:30 - 11:45 am (Harris Theater)
    Fingerstyle Finals: 12:00 - 1:15 pm (Harris Theater)
    Rock/Blues Finals: 1:30 - 2:45 pm (Harris Theater)
    Competition winners will be announced @ 3:00 pm (Harris Theater)
    Young Artist Performances: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
    Competition Winners Opening Performances: 7:00 pm (Gerlach Outdoor Theater)
    Jesse Cook Performance: 7:30 pm (Gerlach Outdoor Theater) *Ticketed

  • Featured Performances:

    Greg Koch | August 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm (Tickets: $15-25)

    Jesse Cook | August 16, 2014 @ 7:30 pm (Tickets: $20-35)

  • For additional information on the Guitar Competition & Festival, please call 262-439-5681 or email wcguitarcompetition@gmail.com.

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