2023 Guitar Festival unites musicians from across the country

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — The familiar sound of classical guitar was heard on campus during the 2023 Troy University Guitar Festival.

On Friday, Feb. 17, young musicians came to campus to compete and listen to music from experienced guitar players. Though competing and listening to toe-tapping music was a major part of the festival, organizers said education was the main objective.

“We have a a large education component to this festival,” said Guitar Instructor Robert Gibson. “We bring in students from middle school age through high school and college, participating in master classes and in concerts.”

The Guitar Festival is not only a learning experience for students of all ages, but is also a time for musicians to connect and talk about what they love.

“I love sharing music,” Gibson said. “I think that’s the most important thing. Whether that’s just sharing music with myself or with other people in an intimate setting or in a larger concert venue. It’s good to hear people from all all variety of places playing a variety of repertoire and sharing in those experiences.”

Since its first festival in 2012, TROY’s Guitar Festival has brought musicians from across the nation together.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Gibson explained. Bring people from all over. We have visitors from Oklahoma and from Texas and from Mississippi and Georgia and Florida and just all over.”

Gibson hopes students were able to take home a fun experience and new techniques to work on. The John M Long School of Music hosts events throughout the semester. You can find a full list here.