International Guitar Festival

The 16th Annual Radford University International Guitar Festival will bring internationally noted Guitarist performers to the sonic splendor of the Performance Hall in the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts, March 31, April 1-2, 2017.

The International Guitar Festival has consistently drawn an audience to the New River Valley from Northern Virginia as well as beyond the borders of the Commonwealth of Virginia, including Maryland, North Carolina and as far north as New York State.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE and are held at the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts on the campus of Radford University, Radford, VA (corner of Jefferson and Main Sts. Radford, VA 24142). Click here for parking information.

The festival is administered and funded (in part) by the Southwestern Virginia Classical Guitar Society (SWVCGS) a sanctioned RU student club. Club members and others are deeply involved in the success and are invited to participate in the many opportunities behind the scenes and include:


  1. All member research and contact potential artists/acts to ascertain availability.
  2. Members submit their suggestions for artists.
  3. Executive officers of the club conduct a vote by the student members and committee to select artists follows.
  4. Contact prospective high school guitar ensembles and invite their high school directors to perform and participate.
  5. Volunteers for positions of subcommittees/action teams for:
  • poster committee
  • hospitality/food service committee
  • signage committee
  • publicity committee  (RU Involved, social media, other media)
  • stage set-up/hall front and backstage monitors
  •  vendor committee (contacts potential vendors)


  1. artist transportation -  airport  
  2. artist needs while in town
  3. poster creation
  4. poster distribution
  5. hall entry door monitors
  6. mailing list monitor
  7. back stage artist assistance
  8. stage set-up
  9. guitar ensemble performance

A current list of Southwestern Virginia Classical Guitar Society officers and members can be found on the RU Involved club page.  There is no charge for membership!