Classical Guitar Intensive

Why Take Classical Guitar Intensive

Move beyond playing notes—start playing music. Take your abilities to the next level with the High School Classical Guitar Intensive. During this week, you will explore new techniques to help your playing excel. Collaborate with other young musicians and develop your talent alongside our world-class faculty.

What You'll Learn

This one-week guitar camp intensive gathers motivated young guitarists and prestigious faculty for a week of concentrated study. The curriculum includes:

  • Technique workshops
  • Master classes
  • Private lessons
  • Ensembles
  • Fretboard harmony courses
  • Topics seminars including college auditions, competition prep, and nail care

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
1 week
Program Dates
  • June 15, 2024 to June 21, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Applications CLOSED

Program Features

Student Recital

Students will be selected to perform solos and chamber music on a culminating student recital which also features a world premiere of a new work for guitar ensemble.


Students will participate in technique workshops and seminars on a variety of topics ranging from college auditions and competition preparation to nail care.

Master Classes

Students will take private lessons and master classes with our world-class faculty.

Faculty and Student Recitals

The program features performances by faculty and culminates with a student recital, including a world-premiere performance of a new work for guitar ensemble.

Meet the Faculty

Our guitar faculty come from prestigious institutions from around the nation and globe to bring their experience to Interlochen students. They will help guide you as you develop your skills as an artist and musician while providing valuable real-world context to lessons, rehearsals, and performance. 

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Matthew Cochran

Matthew Cochran, D.M.

Instructor of Guitar

Stephen Mattingly

Stephen Mattingly, D.M.

Instructor of Guitar

Program Highlights

Distinguished Faculty

Our guitar faculty are professional musicians and instructors who teach at Interlochen and other institutions from around the globe. Our instructors are professional artists who are active participants in the music world. 

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Additional Opportunities

We have many additional camp program opportunities for young guitarists, including: High School Jazz Performance & Improvisation Program, High School Rock/Pop Performance Program, and High School Singer-Songwriter Program.

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers six music programs for grades 9-12, as well as a postgraduate year.

Guitar Lesson: Introduction to fingerstyle guitar

Matthew Cochran, Ph.D. instructor of guitar at Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp, introduces the basics of fingerstyle guitar, including finger names and hand position.