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SIU Guitar Festival 2016 (3rd edition)

Dr. Eric Lenz – Director of the School of Music
Artistic Director of the Festival – Dr. Isaac Lausell

September 29th, 30th & October 1st
Southern Illinois University Carbondale


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Bronze Level:

The Axe Monkey
Sabor de Mel
Mike's Music
SIU Hispanic/Latino Resource Center

Silver Level:

SIU Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities
SIU Fine Arts Activity Fee
Sound Core Music & Video

 Dr. Isaac Lausell

Message from Dr. Lausell

Welcome to the 3rd edition of the SIU Guitar Festival. This year we are honored to receive one of the most influential and innovative guitarists of all time, Grammy Award recipient Mr. Frank Gambale. We will also be featuring new and upcoming talents such rising classical guitar star Hermelindo Ruiz Mestre from Puerto Rico. Imagine everything from the sweet sound of a lute to the roar of an electric guitar all under one roof! Our guitar festival will be a gathering for guitar fans, students and professional to meet, exchange ideas and share the love for the guitar culture. ¡Larga vida a la guitarra!

View Complete Schedule and Master classes »


Dr. Mathew Charles Endres – Drum set
Frank Gambale – Electric Guitar
 Andrey Gonçalves – Bass
  Prof. Todd Herremann – Producer
  Dr. Dick Kelley – Saxophone
Dr. Isaac Lausell – Artistic Director (Lute, Classical & Electrical Guitar)
Hermelindo Ruiz Mestre – Classical Guitar
SIU Guitar Studio & Ensembles

View Artist Biographies »

Costs & Registration

  • 2-day pass plus opening Gala– Includes admission to all the concerts, lectures and master classes during the entire festival - $62.
  • 1-day pass - Includes admission to all the concerts, lectures and master classes for the festival on either 9/30/2016 or 10/1/2016- $25.00  
  • Single event pass – This is good for a single admission to a master class, a lecture or a recital. $12.00
  • Frank Gambale’s master class and recital on October 1st is sponsored by the SIU Fine Arts Activity Fee therefore it is free to students, faculty and staff of SIUC with an SIU ID. We require the ID to be presented at the door for admission.
  • The last day for registration is September 23rd. Late-registration for the 2-day pass plus opening Gala $72.00 and $35.00 for the one-day pass.
  • We have special rates for schools that wish to attend. Contact Dr. Lausell for more information at

To register send us a check and make it to “Southern Illinois University”. Specify in the memo line at the bottom that it is for the “SIU Guitar Festival” and fill up the provided form specifying the event you are registering for. Send it to:

JoDelle Williams
Southern Illinois University — School of Music
1000 South Normal Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901


For questions regarding the festival and the guitar program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale send us an email at:

For other inquiries:
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 South Normal Ave
Carbondale, Illinois, 62901
Phone: 618-536-8742

Donations and sponsorship

We have opportunities for local and national business and enterprises interested in sponsoring the guitar festival. For more detailed information of the levels of sponsorship, contact Dr. Isaac Lausell at