2017 Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition

guitar foundation promo graphicThe display celebrates the Guitar Foundation of America's annual convention and competition being held at California State University, Fullerton, from June 19 - 24, 2017.

On exhibition May 15, 2017 - July 31, 2017 on the 1st Floor, Library North of Pollak Library.


Gregory Yorba is the Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian in CSUF's Pollak Library.


The  Guitar Foundation of America  (GFA) is the pre-eminent non-profit organization dedicated to the classical guitar since their formation in 1973. The GFA strives to inspire artistry, build community, and promote the classical guitar internationally through excellence in performance, literature, education, and research.

The convention and competition is an international event that is usually held in the United States. It is rare for the event to be held in Fullerton, which has happened in 1985, 2014 and now in 2017. Besides the prestigious competition, this year the convention will premier two new programs, the International Ensemble Competition and the GFA Guitar Summit camp for young guitarists between the ages of 11-18.

The GFA publishes the quarterly journal,  Soundboard  , and began publishing a new scholarly publication titled,  Soundboard Scholar  , in 2016. 


This exhibit celebrates the classical guitar with a selection of materials which includes a book display, and slideshow of photographs from previous GFA conventions. Also on display are various GFA related materials, previous competiton winner's first CDs, set pieces composed for the competition and programs from convention concerts. A sound file with classical guitar pieces featuring past performers is also included.

The display tentatively runs from May 15- July 31, 2017 and is located on the First Floor North of Pollak Library. 


The curator wishes to thank Trish Campbell, Exhibit Program Coordinator and students Kamille Torres and Karen Vazquez for their assistance.

Exhibit Location

On exhibition May 15, 2017 - July 31, 2017 on the 1st Floor, Library North of Pollak Library.