LIVE! In Lakeside – July 5th – Part of the 2015 Crown Guitar Summer Celebration

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Music, Food, Drink, & FUN!

Gates open at 3:00PM

Location: Lakeside Town Center Lawn
306 Stoner Loop, Lakeside, MT

ADMISSION: $15 at the gate, $10 at ticket outlets
Outlets: Tamarack Brewing / Glacier Perks / Bigfork Mountaineer Outdoor Store


***JULIAN CORYELL*** – son of Jazz guitar icon Larry, Julian is one of the most accomplished guitar players in music today, performing often with world-famous artists like Alanis Morissette and Jewel. Check out more info about Julian here.

(FREE WORKSHOP WITH JULIAN: Monday, July 6th from 10:00AM until NOON at Town Center Lakeside. NO sign-up required; just bring your guitar or come listen! For info call (406) 890-9767)

**KEVIN VAN DORT** – Montana’s own Blues and soulman Kevin Van Dort has invited several top area musicians to join him in paying tribute to the late Mr. BB King.


Event happens RINE or SHINE! We hope to see you there!


From The Crown Festival Team


Crown Guitar Foundation Announces Flathead Valley Scholarship Awards

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Guitar Foundation announces scholarship awards to Flathead Valley students, performers and teachers

            The Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF) announces the recipients of the 2015 Crown Guitar Workshop scholarships. Each scholarship is valued at $4000.  These deserving guitarists range from students with only a year or more on their guitar, to those who have been performing or teaching for many years. The workshop scholarship provides a rare opportunity to learn from nationally and internationally renowned guitar artists and master teachers in seven guitar genres: jazz, classic rock, blues, classical, singer-songwriter, acoustic and beginner.

            Each awardee will spend seven days from August 30 to September 6 at the Crown Guitar Workshop at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork. They will immerse themselves in the guitar, learning technique, eating dinner and talking shop with the pros and enjoying some of the most awe-inspiring guitar music on the planet,certain to be a motivator to furthering their musical chops.

Flathead Valley Scholarship Awards-2015

            Student winners include Emily Freudenberger (14) of Whitefish. Emily received a scholarship in 2014 where she displayed dedication and maturity well beyond her age. She will be studying in Art of Songwriting workshop.

Joseph Torgerson (12) also of Whitefish. Joseph has been playing guitar and bass for a year and a half and draws inspiration from his parents, Tim and Alex Torgerson who are musicians.

            Local teachers who were awarded scholarships include Paul Gonsorchik (53) of Kalispell. Paul has a large number of private students in the valley and teaches in a range of guitar genres.

            Mark McCrady (39) is a Music teacher in both the Whitefish Middle and High Schools and is band director for four school jazz ensembles.  He is highly regarded as a music educator  and plans to take the material he learns back to share with his students.

            Performers who were given awards include Nicole Cannavaro (25) of Whitefish. She is a bluesy singer-songwriter who exhibits great potential. Kate McLaughlin (45) of Kalispell, who received scholarship in 2013 is a well-regarded local singer-songwriter. Mike Murray (30) of Kalispell, who won 1st place in 2015 Flathead Valley singer-songwriter competition. Halladay Quist (30) of Kalispell who won 3rd place in the 2015 Flathead Valley singer-songwriter competition.

            A scholarship was also awarded by the Community for a Better Bigfork and the winner of that award was Mike O’Brien, a beginning guitarist who says he is really excited about this opportunity. Another winner from a workshop raffle drawing for a scholarship provided by the COCGF and Community for a Better Bigfork is senior guitarist, Marty Anderson. He qualified for this year’s Master program with Dweezil Zappa. Additionally, a scholarship was donated by National Parks Realty and awarded to Colton Christiansen who plans to attend the acclaimed singer-songwriter class that features the likes of Brett Dennen, Bret Boyer and Madeleine Peyroux.

            Several of the current and previous scholarship winners will be featured at venues around the valley during the Crown’s Summer Celebration series that began at Brookside Yard in Bigfork on June 19. Various winners will be performing on July 5 in Lakeside, at Finley Point on August 5th and at the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. on August 28th.

            Guitar Workshop founder and board chair David Feffer, explains that the scholarship program is integral to the mission of the COCGF which is “To play a significant role in developing the next generation of guitar artists.”  Feffer adds, “We want to establish the area as an international center for the study, performance and composition of guitar and we are very excited to be building on the wonderful arts culture in the Flathead Valley. We wish to thank our valued donors and sponsors for their generous support in providing these scholarships. Over $500,000 has been provided to make a very positive difference in the lives of 130 students over these past six years. The Guitar Foundation is committed to helping to develop the next generation of guitar artists and it is through our scholarship and other educational programs that we are all working together to achieve that goal.

            For complete information about the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival including videos from prior years visit the website

Check out our MARCH MADNESS Workshop DISCOUNTS

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For the Love of Guitar

Excitement about this year’s Workshop and Festival is in the air! To celebrate, the Crown is offering a MARCH MADNESS DISCOUNT opportunity for participants who register for our 2015 Workshop during the month of March.

New Registrants save $150; Referrals save $100 each for the person referring and the person referred. The deadline to receive early registration discounts is March 31, 2015.

Find out more about our 2015 Workshop by clicking here.

We hope to see you there! This is a “week that will change your life.”

Special Concert To Benefit New Guitar Program at Salish Kootenai College on March 12th, 2015.

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Strum & Drum Benefit Concert presented by Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation and Salish Kootenai College FoundationYou are invited to A Very Special Benefit Concert, “Strum & Drum,”  presented by The Crown of The Continent Guitar Foundation and The Salish Kootenai College Foundation – Thursday, March 12th, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm at The Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theatre at the Salish Kootenai College Campus in Pablo, Montana.

For tickets or information, call 406-275-4983.

The Strum & Drum Benefit Concert will be emceed by Dennis Anderson of Anderson Broadcasting, and will feature performances by Rob Quist, Halladay Quist, Jack Gladstone, Tim Torgerson, Erica von Kleist, Mike Murry, and Kevin Van Dort.

See you there!

Early Workshop Registration Discount Deadline is March 1, 2015!

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We are eager to welcome back our incredible faculty and new participants to this year’s Workshop. Click here for more details. An early registration discount is offered to all participants and alumni through March 1, 2015. To see videos about the workshop from the past five years, click here or call the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation at 855-855-5900 for registration info. We can’t wait to see you at our 2015 Workshop!

D’Addario Offers Crown Guitar Scholarship

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Guitar World article about D'Addario Foundation providing a full scholarship to the Crown Guitar Fest

D’Addario Foundation Requests Guitar Scholarship Applications

The D’Addario Foundation is very pleased to announce that it will be offering a full scholarship covering all expenses for one guitar student to attend the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival at the end of this summer — a week of guitar heaven!

Anyone interested should read the full article on the Guitar World website. Submissions for the Scholarship should be submitted as soon as possible, as they will make a final decision by the end of February 2015. Good luck!



Lively Times Crown Guitar Announcement

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The Lively Times posted an article to their website announcing the line-up of artists for the 2015 Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival.
You can view the article on Lively Times website by clicking on the button, or read it below.

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Crown Guitar Workshop & Fest Announces line-up for 2015

All four members of the LA Guitar Quartet teach and perform at this years festival. (Photo by Adrian San Vicente)

Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop announces line-up for 2015 festival (Published: January 26, 2015)

Registration is now open to attend the sixth annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop that will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 6 at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork. A professional staff of teaching musicians will be joined by 12 world-renowned guitar artists for this year’s workshop, which focuses on 10 distinct guitar styles offering students a choice of which master artist they would like to learn from. The classes for 2015 are:

“Play with the Masters” with Dweezil Zappa and Shane Theriot. This course is a full six-day program for advanced players. Zappa and Theriot will share their techniques and lessons they have learned with focus on individual playing styles. Grammy®-winner Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, is an eclectic artist who plays a mix of rock, blues, jazz, fusion and metal and has 12 albums of his own. Theriot is a performer and composer and Grammy-nominated producer. Currently he serves as Music Director/Guitarist on the TV series “Live From Daryl’s House” featuring Daryl Hall.

“Join the Band – Live N’ Kickin’” with Dennis McCumber. This jam class focuses on live performance and learning how to play with other musicians in all guitar genres. McCumber is a 20-year music teacher based in the Bronx and performs with various rock, blues, and funk bands in New York City.

“Jazz Rock Evolution” with James Hogan. This class highlights the evolution of jazz-rock fusion from the 1960’s-2000’s. Students will learn many common chords, scales, arpeggios, licks and tricks used by fusion masters. Hogan is in high demand as a touring sideman, studio musician, producer, and educator. He has played with a range of diverse artists, from Chaka Khan to the Jacksonville Symphony.

“The Art of Songwriting” with Bret Boyer, with Artists-in-Residence Brett Dennen and Madeleine Peyroux each providing support during the week. Designed for all experience levels, this course will develop a deeper understanding of the components of good song writing. The top-notch team of instructors will provide students with both inspiration and real world experience. Boyer holds a degree in guitar performance has been teaching for 25 years and has five teaching CDs.‘Wild Child’ Dennen’ is a crowd favorite everywhere he performs. Rolling Stone Magazine named him an ‘Artist to Watch’. Jazz singer-songwriter Peyroux has gone from busking on the streets of Paris to great critical acclaim as an artist who explores new ground and takes chances.

“Jazz Guitar Essentials” with Mark Dziuba. This class will focus on the essentials of Jazz guitar accompaniment and improvisation through a tune. Dziuba is a guitarist, improviser and composer. He has performed with a who’s who of jazz, blues, rock, and bluegrass musicians internationally and has taught and performed at workshops for almost 40 years.

“Personalized Rock and Blues” with Jared Meeker. Students will learn the licks and tricks from many of the greatest rock guitarists from the glory days from 1960’s-1980’s. Meeker is a guitar virtuoso, composer, producer and educator, who has performed in venues all over the US. His genres include blues, rock, Latin, reggae, metal, R&B, funk, hip-hop, and soul and has been featured in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines.

“Brazilian Emerges in Montana” with Romero Lubambo. A select group of students will explore the subtle nuances that distinguish the various genres of Brazilian music, from bossa nova to samba, as well as the intricacies of straight ahead jazz. Lubambo brings together the styles and rhythms of his Brazilian heritage with his fluency in jazz to create a distinctive, exciting new sound. He has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Herbie Mann. He has established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Brazil’s Trio Da Paz.

“Classical Guitar Perfected with the LA Guitar Quartet.” The entire LA Guitar Quartet will teach this course focusing on styles, effects and their own personalized techniques. The multifaceted, Grammy-winning LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians: John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. They bring a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach.

“Six Styles – A Style a Day for the Acoustic Player” with Doug Smith. This course offers different acoustic and finger style techniques ranging from flatpicking and strumming to song circles. Smith is a nationally recognized acoustic guitarist who weaves together folk, classical, jazz and contemporary forms into a unique, flowing fingerpicking style. Among his many awards is the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Competition in 2006.

“Beyond Six-String Guitar” with Susan Mazer. This class this class is for both acoustic and electric players, whether you are a beginner or just stuck in the “3-Chord Joe” mode. Individual and small group lesson are featured. Mazer is a highly respected educator, author and performer known for her intricate fingerstyle guitar playing. Her hands-on approach to teaching offers practical and personalized skills.

Additional Artists in Residence who will be in attendance during the week include jazz legend Lee Ritenour and his all-star band who will be back for a sixth straight year; Jon Herington, a jazz, rock and blues maestro who has been the lead guitarist with Steely Dan since 1999; and David Grissom, a blues master who recorded with John Mellencamp, the Allman Brothers and many more. These artists will be featured in special workshop clinics and all will perform onstage at various times for the Crown Guitar Festival.

An early bird registration discount is offered to participants through March 1; a discount is also available to workshop alumni if registered by March 1. To see videos about the workshop from the past five years and to register please visit the website or call the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation at 855-855-5900.

Montana Magazine article by Jessica Lowry

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Montana Magazine Story about the Crown Of The Continent Guitar Festival & Workshop

Montana Magazine Story

In the January/February 2015 issue of Montana Magazine, Jessica Lowry wrote a great article about the Crown Of The Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival.

It a great story loaded with some interesting information and fun photos. You can view or download a PDF version of the article by clicking on the button below.

The story and photos are by Jessica Lowry, and are presented here with the permission of Montana Magazine.

Montana Magazine Story

The article talks about how David Feffer was inspired to give birth to the Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival, with some interesting quotes from attendees and instructors, as well as some great photos, and tidbits of information.