Adelaide Guitar Festival Winter School is a week-long guitar course which provides an opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s finest guitarists in a small, immersive, guitar playing and skills development intensive. The two streams available in 2022 are: Blues & Roots (11 – 15 July 2022) and Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra (18 – 22 July 2022).

Registrations are now closed. Please contact the Adelaide Guitar Festival team via to join the wait list.

Blues & Roots

The Blues & Roots program focusses on chord progressions, creative song writing, collaborative development, and blues guitar techniques to help provide participants with the skills required to take the next step in their contemporary playing journey. This stream is led by Cal Williams Jr with special guest tutors and is aimed at players of all ages (12+) from beginner to intermediate level. Read more on the Blues & Roots tutors.

Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra

Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra focusses on nylon string and classical techniques, ensemble playing and music reading development. Led by Dr Paul Svoboda, participants will rehearse in three sections which will come together for a full orchestral performance. The program is open to players of all ages but must be able to play at the equivalent to AMEB Grade 3 level or higher and have a good understanding of the fingerboard. Read a special message from Winter School Orchestra director Dr Paul Svoboda hereRead more on the Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra tutors.

I loved learning in this group environment, the absolute highlight was performing as part of the Festival Finale. It is such a high level of tuition and performing 2021 Winter School Participant
You learn so much and meet so many new people and learn not only from your tutor but from the other musicians as well, everyone plays music differently so it's always good to see other peoples take 2021 Winter School Participant
I liked how everyone in Winter School had the same passion for guitar. I enjoyed how hard the leaders worked us to get the pieces to almost perfect for the concert. Overall, I would definitely recommend it to other guitarists that would like to be a part of such a big experience. 2021 Winter School Participant

For further information, please contact Andrew Dundon via

Limited centrED equity subsidies are available to primary and secondary students who otherwise may not be able to attend due to financial hardship or distance. Complete the application form here

Registration fee subsidy available for Seniors Card members (60 years or older). Contact us to find out more via

The Guitar Winter School program is supported by Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. You can support the work of the Foundation in delivering youth and education programs and career development opportunities.



Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra Tutors

Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra Tutors

Read about our experienced and friendly tutors for the Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra stream of Adelaide Guitar Festival Winter School.
Blues and Roots Tutors

Blues and Roots Tutors

Read about our experienced and friendly tutors for the Blues and Roots stream of Adelaide Guitar Festival Winter School