LCPS Guitar Festival March 3rd and 4th

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will be kicking off Music in Our Schools Month with its annual Guitar Festival and District Assessment on Friday, March 3rd, and Saturday, March 4th.

Students from every LCPS high school will gather during these two days for concerts, ensemble coaching, workshops, and presentations.

This year’s guest artists include the renowned virtuoso Matt Palmer and the highly acclaimed Atlantic Guitar Quartet, who will be featured in concert at Riverside High School at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4th.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Atlantic Guitar Quartet is comprised of Zoe Johnstone Stewart, Jonathan Zwi, Kevin Shannon and Mark Edwards. Highly regarded performers in their own right, the Atlantic Guitar Quartet was formed in 2010 and are currently artists-in-residence at the Engineers Club of the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in Baltimore. Dedicated to promoting the music of living composers, the ensemble has premiered new works by David Smooke, Christopher Gainey, Ronald Pearl, and Arvo Part, among others. Their program will consist of works by York, Machado, and Verdery.

Hailed as “highly expressive and technically virtuosic” (Modern Guitars Magazine) and “jaw dropping” (Premier Guitar Magazine), Matt Palmer is widely considered one of the finest guitarists of his generation, blending flawless technique with impeccable artistic integrity. He has been featured in concert throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean.  His program will consist of works by Bach, Rak, Rudnev and Amelkina-Vera.

Additional concerts featuring the guitar students of LCPS will be held Saturday, March 4th, at Broad Run High School. Both of the student ensemble concerts are free and open to the public and will be held in the Broad Run auditorium.


For a listing of which schools are featured in which concert, see below:

1:15 Concert

Loudoun Valley High School

Dominion High School

Tuscarora High School

Park View High School

Woodgrove High School

Stone Bridge High School

Broad Run High School

Briar Woods High School


6:45 Concert

Potomac Falls High School

Rock Ridge High School

John Champe High School

Loudoun County High School

Heritage High School

Riverside High School

Freedom High School