GCGA programs and services are made possible through the generosity of many individual and corporate supporters plus revenue from tuition, concert tickets, exhibitors, advertisers and honoraria from private concerts.  We extend special thanks for their generous support.


St. Philip Presbyterian Church hosts the Houston Classical Guitar Festival and Competition each year. The campus provides classroom space for lectures, workshops and private lessons. Dining areas allow for catered lunches and dinner for Open Mic Night. The beautiful Sanctuary is perfect for two nights of Festival concerts that are open to the public.

Bayou Theater at University of Houston-Clear Lake has invited our artistic directors and additional musicians to perform as part of their Classical Concert Series,

St Thomas Episcopal Church of Nassau Bay and St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Houston provide space for fundraising concerts to raise scholarship money for students coming to the festival.

During festival week, the Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine showcases our students and faculty in the Margaret Alkek Williams Crain Garden Performance Series. These concerts are live-streamed and broadcast to patient rooms by the Methodist Hospital TV channel and are enjoyed by visitors and hospital staff alike in Crain Garden.


During Festival week, Davanti Ristorante provided dinner for Open Mic Night and Avalon Diner provided lunch for the Vendors Presentation.


Ars Lyrica Houston collaborated with the 2023 Houston Classical Guitar Festival by sponsoring Richard Savino, Matthew Dirst, Cecilia Duarte and Pedro Funes-Whittingtin to teach and perform with other guest artists and core faculty to create an Early Music theme throughout the education program and performances for the week.

GCGA has benefited from advertising collaborations with the following arts organizations: Ars Lyrica Houston, Houston Early Music, Chamber Music Houston, Apollo Chamber Players, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), DaCamera and Lone Star Lyric.

In Kind

Episcopal High School has generously provided the many music stands needed for the festival each year. They also sponsored the festival on their campus prior to the move to St. Philip Presbyterian Church.

Memorial Music has generously sold us guitar strings at a deep discount to give to students who perform at our fundraising concerts.


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