And it’s showtime! Welcome to Convention Day 1. Convention attendees have begun pouring into Columbus. First step at a GFA Convention? See the registration table to check-in, get your badge and your swag.
Brian Head, GFA Artistic Director, and our faithful volunteers get organized behind the table.
It’s always fun to see what kind of free stuff you get this year in the bag. These goodies are thanks to our incredible sponsors – D’Addario, Savarez, La Bella, Augustine, Mel Bay, GHA, GSP, and Acoustic Guitar just to name a few. Be sure you check out their booths in the Vendor’s Fair as well.
Students are arriving in droves, and we couldn’t be more excited about having so many talented young players here from all around the country. Here are some students from two of the top guitar programs in the country:
Florida State University
University of Southern California (GO TROJANS!!) Sorry, a little biased here.
So what’s going on today? The International Concert Artist Competition first round has begun. This year’s judges for the preliminary round are Luigi Attademo, Ricardo Cobo, Alex Dunn, Jeremy Jouve, and Chen Yi. Wow.
Tonight the convention opens with our first concert of the week: Alvaro Pierri. It is sure to be amazing, so don’t miss it. We’ll be posting more later, so check back for an update to this post – rumor has it there is some video footage coming. And if you have good pics or video, feel free to post them on the GFA Facebook page.
Alvaro Pierri warming up in Legacy Hall tonight. Yes, even those with superhuman abilities still warm-up like the rest of us mortals.
What a gorgeous hall to play in!
The pre-concert crowd.
Martha Masters, GFA President, and Brian Head, GFA Artistic Director, giving some opening night announcements. GFA sure is lucky to have these two at the helm – two accomplished guitarists and brilliant minds.
Look out, there are guitarists everywhere! And not just any guitarists…here is Brian Head with David Russell and Paul Galbraith. (You may have heard of these guys…)
Every guitarist loves a good hang, and it looks like Cannons’ is the place to be this year.
Alvaro seems to be feeling good now after an absolutely brilliant recital!
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