Crown Guitar Workshop Accepting Applications for Scholarships

Musicians seeking scholarships must submit applications by May 31

By Beacon Staff
Fellowship Student Haakon Kjeldsberg performs on stage with Artist in Residence Dweezil Zappa. Courtesy Crown Guitar Workshop

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for its summer workshop.

Musicians seeking scholarships must submit applications by Tuesday, May 31 to attend the seventh annual Crown Guitar Workshop held on August 28 -Sept. 4.

Students, teachers and performers of all ages who reside in Flathead, Lake, Sanders, Missoula and Ravalli counties are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The workshop will be held at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 31 with scholarship awards announced on Wednesday, June 15.

The scholarship provides a rare opportunity to study with a roster of premier guitarists who will be teaching and performing as artists in residence during the weeklong event.

Scheduled to perform this year are rock/songwriter legend, Jim Messina and his band; Grammy-winner Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa; Jazz fusion prodigy Julian Lage; Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers; Nashville recording legend Brent Mason; gypsy jazz artists Gonzalo Bergara and Max O’Rourke; country singer/songwriter Liz Longley; Lee Ritenour who will be returning for his seventh straight year; rocker Shane Theriot; SoloDuo, the Italian classical duo of Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli; and Andy Aledort, Guitar World and Rock pedagogue. More artists are still being signed.

These artists will be featured in special workshop clinics and all will perform onstage at various times during the week of the Crown Guitar Festival.

Founded in 2009, the nonprofit Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation celebrates the love of the guitar and the magical splendor of Montana. The foundation provides scholarships and collaborates with other non-profit organizations in the Flathead Valley. The workshop is a perfect opportunity for drawing inspiration, perfecting technique and deepening one’s passion for the guitar and music.

Applicant Requirements

Teacher and Student/Performer applicants need to have taught guitar or been performing for at least two years and have been a resident of the Flathead, Lake, Sanders, Missoula, and Ravalli counties for one year.  Guitar teachers can be either teaching privately or in a school setting. They must complete an application, write an essay about the role of guitar in their life, and submit a recording. Financial need will be taken into consideration.

For complete information about the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival, including videos from prior years visit the website www.crownguitarfest.org/guitar-workshops or call 855-855-5900.