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Thanks for coming to the 2019 Charlottesville Classical Guitar & Competition. It was a wonderful experience to hear young classical guitarists play in the competition.

The winners were:
1st place: Octavio Deluchi (Brazil) (Watch video)
2nd place: Maya Loncar (USA)
(Watch video)
3rd place: Jordan Colquitt (USA) (Watch video)
4th place: Joseph Tollefsen (USA) (Watch video)

Videos of their performances will be posted in a few days

This was the information for the
2019 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition

September 28, 2019

The Aldersgate United Methodist Church
(1500 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA 22901)

festival poster

The competition is open to any person of any nationality who is 18 years old or over. Check the competition requirements here.

Festival & Competition Organizer:
Rafael Scarfullery

Full Festival Fee: $60

If you can't come to the full festival, individual tickets for workshops and concerts can be purchased at the door at these prices:

Masterclass or lecture: $5
Competition eliminatory: $5
Competition Semifinal: $5
Competition Final: $10
Concert: $10

To register for the full festival, fill out this application form and pay the $60 fee through Paypal below:

(Saturday, September 28, 2019)

9:30am          Registration and Information.

10-10:45am   Transcribing and Arranging for the Guitar.

11am-12pm   Guitar Masterclass.
12pm            Lunch on your own.

2:00pm         Competition Eliminatory (to advance to the semifinal). Semifinalists will be announced at the end.

3:30-4:15pm Using 20th Century Composition Styles on the Guitar.

4:30-5pm      8 Principles to Become a Great Guitarist.

     Dinner on your own.

6:00pm        Semifinal Competition. Finalists will be announced right at the end.

7-7:45pm     Guitar Recital by Rafael Scarfullery.

8:00pm        Final Competition & Winner's Awards.

Please, donate to help cover the expenses for the guitar festival here:

GoFundMe for 2019 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition

Parking Information:
The Aldersgate United Methodist Church is in a central location in Charlottesville, VA. It has a large free parking lot.


There are hotels on Route 29 S a few or more blocks away from the church:

Walking distance about 5-10 minutes:
Courtyard by Marriott Charlottesville
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Charlottesville North
Super 8 by Wyndham Charlottesville
Royal Inn Motel
Red Carpet Inn

2-3 minutes by car:
Extended Stay America
Hampton Inn Charlottesville
Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlottesville, VA
Holiday Inn Charlottesville-Univ Area
LaQuinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charlottsville UVA MedCtr


There are several restaurants a block away and there are fast food restaurant options at the Fashion Square Mall. This mall is about a 2-minute walk from the church.


This list will be updated as donations are received.
Rafael Scarfullery

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition:
1st place: Phil Goldenberg (Watch Video)
2nd place: Congyi Zhang (Watch Video)
3rd place: Brandon Walker (Watch Video)
4th place: Maya Loncar (Watch Video)

They were great performers and we're sure they'll have thriving careers as classical guitarists.


Copyright 2018 Rafael Scarfullery