VGS Online Guitar Festival
In a time of health challenges and social distancing, we seek ways to practice, play, and share our love of music. For those who registered in the 2020 Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, we are delighted to offer a cost-free online alternative. This mini-festival will be adjudicated by Brett Gunther, our GVPAF Guitar Section Adjudicator. The VGS is delighted to offer this initiative to the Victoria guitar community, to encourage practice, and to remind all to remain in good health and spirits!
VGS Board of Directors
Confirm your participation: respond to the email you receive from the GVPAF Guitar Section Head
Submit your performance by May 1st, 2020submit performance
Receive helpful written comments and improvement tips from an experienced Canadian guitarist and teacher.
Our Adjudicator: Brett Gunther
Classical guitarist Brett Gunther has been performing for over 25 years. Brett studied with Ralph Maier at Mount Royal University graduating in 2007 with a Diploma in Music Performance. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2010, and his Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance in 2012 both from the University of Calgary.
He has performed in masterclasses for many internationally famous guitarists, and has competed in major competitions including the North West Guitar Festival and Competition winning 3rd Place in 2009, and 2nd Place in 2010.
Brett has been serving on the board of governors for the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary as the artistic director since June 2010, and director for the Classical GuitarFest West guitar festival since 2015. He is currently on the faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory teaching private lessons as well as ensemble classes for the Academy program. Brett is in high demand as an adjudicator for festivals across Canada, and has recently become an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Brett's debut CD, Guitar Music, released in 2012, examines the music of some of the most significant composers for the guitar in the 20th century. Included are works by Rodrigo, Britten, Barrios, Brouwer, Tarrega, Domeniconi, and Moller. His most recent release, An Idea (2017), explores selections of some of his favorite composers from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries featuring works by Schubert, Mertz, Legnani, Moreno-Torroba, Bach, Brouwer, and Giuliani.