International guitar festival coming to Solvang |

Solvang will be the site for an international guitar festival on Sunday, July 30. Song In My Heart Studio has invited the European-American Youth Guitar Orchestra and five international guitar artists and educators to join in celebration of guitar.

Over 38 guitar students from Stuttgart, Germany, Pasadena and Solvang will collaborate and perform at multiple locations. Master classes and workshops are organized to provide local students the benefit of international faculty talent.

The day starts with classical guitar master classes at Song In My Heart Studio in Frederik’s Court in Solvang at 10 a.m. Classical guitar enthusiasts can apply for audition or attend as audience and observe.

A group of students will provide music during the 9:30 a.m. worship service at Bethania Lutheran Church, as well as at Solvang Coffee company, The Book Loft and other locations throughout Solvang.

In the afternoon, a workshop on how to play guitar and sing along, will be conducted by two popular guitar artists from Stuttgarter Musikschule in Germany. No age limitation is required to attend this workshop.

The festival will end with a free open to the public concert, featuring the 38-member European-American Youth Guitar Orchestra at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at Bethania Lutheran Church, 621 Atterdag Road in Solvang. For more information, visit

The orchestra’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, rock and even a little cartoon music. Much of the music in their program was written for them. Venezuelan composer Alfonso Montes wrote “Bleu” inspired by the gentle waves on the beach in Malibu. Grammy Award winner Andrew York wrote “Tribal Youngers” with the mischievous nature of the musicians in mind. Alex Mansour wrote “Concerto for Guitar Orchestra,” inspired by the flamenco and rock influences of Rodrigo y Gabriela.

The visiting guitar artist/educators are Dr. Connie Sheu, Dr. Adam Pettit, Felix Bullock, Irina Kircher, from Germany, and Alfonso Montes, from Venezuela.

For more information, call 805-245-1996 or visit

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