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11th Annual Guitar Festival and Competition

Save the Date! 

The Latino Arts Strings Program 11th Annual Guitar Festival and Youth Competition will take place on February 3, 2024!

YOuth COMPETITION followed by an  evening concert

Join us for the 11th Annual Guitar Festival and Youth Competition presented by the Latino Arts Strings Program. 
The Festival will include:

  • Youth Competition
  • Master Classes with world-renowned classical guitarists 
  • Workshops on Classical Guitar careers and other styles
  • Evening Concert featuring the Festival Orchestra performance, the 1st place winners of the Youth Competition along with featured soloist Andrea Gonzalez Caballero

Competition Judges: Advanced Category

  • Andrea Gozalez Caballero
  • Ivan Resendiz
  • An Tran

Competition Judges: Intermediate Category

  • Nanáe Fujiwara
  • Ramiro Rubio
  • Izzy Flincher
Read our Guitar Festival Letter of Invitation HERE
Read our Competition Guidelines HERE
Register HERE

Deadline EXTENDED TO 1/24/2024




Meet our featured Soloist:

Andrea Gonzalez Caballero

Andrea Gonzalez Caballero is described by BBC Music Magazine as one of today’s young rising stars of the classical guitar. Andrea has appeared at international festivals and concert series around the world. Recent highlights include performances at San Francisco Performances, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, National Auditorium and Juan March Foundation in Madrid, as well as performances with Sinfonietta Ratingenand Neue Philharmonie Westfalenin Germany. Selected by the International Guitar Foundation of London to perform as a soloist in international music festivals such as the “London Guitar Festival”, she debuted in the UK offering concerts at venues like King’s Cross in London and Sage Gateshead in Newcastle.

Andrea has been supported by “Alexander von Humboldt Foundation”, “DAAD” (German Academic Exchange Service), “AIE” (Society of Performing Artists of Spain) and “Provincial Council of Guipuzcoa” to study at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany), where she graduated with honors. Andrea has recently obtained a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University receiving the James Winship Lewis Memorial Prize.

Competition Registration Information



"We have really felt welcomed and enjoyed participating in the guitar festival for the past two years. It has also been a privilege to experience what you are doing for your community and the arts. Your love and dedication to both are evident. It was easy to see an atmosphere of mentoring, teaching, support, and caring by all the staff we encountered. It is not hard for us to imagine the impact on the community at large."

- Family of previous festival participant

"The Latino Arts Strings Program mission is at the core of what any community needs to build a strong foundation. Children are the future and we must provide the opportunities for them to grow and experience life in a way that was not perhaps possible with any of us. The LASP Guitar Festival brings joy and pride to them and the city of Milwaukee!"

- Rene Izquierdo, Classical Guitar Professor, Area Head, Guitar, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee