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The Late Night Talks are a variety of lectures that target other aspects of guitar playing or put together some of the concepts explored in the daily workshops.

RCM, Behind the Exam Room Door: Enabling a Positive Student Experience. Join RCM adjudicators and consultants Brett Gunther and Dr. Brad Mahon in a behind the scenes presentation about the practical examinations of the RCM. 

Maximizing your Musical Potential! Ever wondered why some practice days are better than others? Why some performance days are better than others? If there's a better method to preparation? Through this workshop, Dr. Brent Crawford will go over some of the methods proven to maximize your effectiveness in both the practice room and on stage, with some helpful resources for continued learning!



Watching professionals perform live is one of the best inspirational activities for any guitar player and this is an opportunity for participants to sit back and enjoy a night of great music

VCGFest Opening Concert:

Monday July 19, at 7 pm, 2021

Deer Lake Gallery

 Luis Angel Medina

Imágenes de Yucatán by Julio César Oliva

  1. Mérida

  2. Paseo Montejo

  3. Chichén Itzá

Alec Pearson

Prelude in C# minor by A. Manfred Pearson

Prelude in C# major by A. Manfred Pearson

Luis Angel Medina and Alec Pearson

Sonata Caótica by Máximo Diego Pujol

  1. Allegro

  2. Andante

  3. Presto


Daniel Bolshoy

Wednesday, July 21 at 8 pm, 2021

Sonata Romántica by Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948)

  1. Allegro moderato

  2. Andante espressivo

  3. Allegretto vivo ("Moment musicale")

  4. Allegro non troppo e serioso


Sonata No. 1 by Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000)

  1. Allegro deciso e molto ritmico

  2. Andante

  3. Allegro espiritoso

Friday, July 23, 2021
8pm PST / 11pm EST


Nice e Fileno Si Rallegrano (Nice and Fileno Cheer Up)  by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)
from La Tempesta (last movement)

the rain falls equally on all things, a fantasy - 2017 by Benjamin Verdery (b. 1955) 
(revised 2019)

rain clouds approach
in rain
separate drops fall together
heavy water
as the wind sings to the rain
after a rain (the smell, the mist)
the wind's forgotten melody
partial recall of a storm
gentle rain underwater
liquid sunshine
rain returns
a downpour's secret
the calming of the water
a child's first rainbow
discovering the rain falls equally on all things

A Bach set by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 6, BWV 1012 (arr. Verdery)
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 (arr. Verdery)
Allegro from Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998

New York Sketches - 2020 by Sergio Assad (b.1952)
Greenwich Village 1967
72nd Street Dakota
92nd Street Scherzo 

Written for the Schmidt / Verdery Duo
Rie Schmidt, alto and C flutes, and Ben Verdery, classical guitar


VCGFest 2021

Sat, July 24 at 5 pm

Deer Lake Gallery

Participants’ Closing Concert


Chloe Kuo

Saltarello by Vincenzo Galilei (1520-1591)


Jared Riley

Aire de Milonga by Jose Luis Merlin (b. 1952)


Annabelle Jiao

Lamento, op. 89, no. 5 by Jaques Bosch (1825-1895)


Vilio Celli

Etude No. 4 by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)


Riley Leiper



Albert Chi

Rondo, op. 241, no. 34 by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)


Valerie Boser

Estudio in E minor by Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909)


Ali Sadoughian

Waltz, op. 51, no. 8, by Napoleon Coste (1805-1883)


Peter MacLeod

Capriccio Arabe by Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909)


Zhiyuan Guo

Allegretto, op. 241, no. 14 by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)


Neil Macmillan

Gavotte by Ludovico Roncalli (1654–1713)


Raymond Zhang

I. Preludio, Sonata no. 5 by Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686-1750)


Francis Lumibao

I. Platero from the Platero Y Yo suite by Eduardo Sainz de la Maza (1903-1982)


Justin Zhou

Rondo, op. 5, no. 14 by Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853)


Christian Reuten

Se Ela Perguntar by Dilermando Reis (1916-1977)


Cynthal Kishore

El Noi de la Mare by Miguel Llobet (1878-1938)


Catherine Huo

Allegro Assai, J.S. Bach, BWV 1005 (1685-1750)


James Millar

Julia Florida by Agustin Barrios (1885-1944)



VCGFest 2022:

JULY 19-24

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