Department of Music

June 20 - 21, 2015

Open to North Carolina guitar students ages 12-18 and observersGuest artists
Activities include
  • NC Honors Guitar Ensemble
  • solo performance auditions
  • concerts
  • workshops
  • master classes

The first North Carolina All-State Guitar Festival will be hosted by The University of North Carolina Wilmington on June 20-21, 2015. This event is designed for outstanding guitar students in middle and high school, ages 12-18. Participating students will have the opportunity to perform in the NC Honors Guitar Ensemble, audition to play a solo piece in the student honors concert, attend featured artist concerts, and perform in master classes held by the featured artists. The purpose of this festival is to give younger guitarists the chance to showcase their ability, collaborate with fellow guitarists across the state, and learn from professional guitarists. Featured artists include Matt Palmer, Rob Nathanson, Justin Hoke, The Cypress Duo, and more.

Mission Statement:

When I was a young guitarist growing up in North Carolina I was envious of my friends who were able to audition for All-State Honors Orchestra, Band, and Chorus. I wanted the same chance that they had to challenge themselves, meet other dedicated musicians, and be proud of my musical accomplishments. The mission of the NC All-State Guitar Festival is to give younger guitar students the same learning experience that orchestral, band, and choral students have with their all-state programs. During the NC All-State Guitar Festival, participants will be exposed to different types of guitar music, professional artists, and fellow guitar students. Many other states such as New Mexico, Florida, and Virginia currently have all-state guitar events for pre-college students. I am thrilled to direct the first all-state guitar event in my home state of North Carolina.

-Dr. Justin Hoke, Director, NC All-State Guitar Festival
(919) 971-1321

Schedule (.pdf)

Maps and Directions

Registration Form
All application materials (registration form, recordings, and the $25 registration fee) are due by June 12, 2015 for early registration. Students may register after June 12, but tickets are not included and participation in the student concert is not guaranteed.

Mail your application materials and check to:

Dr. Justin Hoke / NC All-State Guitar Festival
Department of Music
601 South College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403-5975


Student participants are required to submit a recording of at least one of the three prepared excerpts (linked below). Students are also encouraged to submit a recording of one or two pieces that demonstrate their playing ability. The recordings may be submitted in audio or video format and may be provided as a hard copy (CD or DVD) or by means of an internet link (such as YouTube video or SoundCloud page links). Recordings may be sent separately but must include the student's name and contact information. If students are unable to provide recordings, they may arrange live auditions by June 12, 2015. Contact Dr. Justin Hoke, Director (see contact information above).

Prepared Excerpts

UNCW is an EEO/AA Institution. Accommodations for disabilities
may be requested by contacting the Department of Music at 910.962.3415
at least 10 days prior to the event.