This is why you play

Crown is the musician's playground. As a participant you'll take intensive workshops led by world-renowned faculty and artists, play live with them in front of hundreds of people, and jam until the early morning hours. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or professional musician, this amazing experience will quite possibly change the way you play forever.




"Rock, Funk & Fusion" 


Take a whirlwind sonic tour of "high octane" rock, funk and fusion guitar styles led by renowned guitar educator and Crown veteran James Hogan, along with Edgar Winter, Nathan East and Cory Henry! Tons of licks, tricks and techniques will be covered, and students will learn to apply all their new skills in a laid-back, friendly environment. There will be plenty of time for jamming in class, plus multiple performance opportunities throughout the week.

Open to all levels.

James Hogan is known by many as a “World Class” guitarist. He is an artist who is regarded highly by his peers and is in constant demand as a touring sideman, studio musician and educator. He is admired world wide for his musicality, his soulfulness and his rare ability to play authentically in virtually any style of music.



"Beyond The Strings" 

WITH solo duo

How high can your next level of playing be? What is missing in your approach to technique and expressivity in your performances? In this intensive course you will work with classical guitarist and pedagogue Lynn McGrath along with acclaimed chamber artists Solo Duo (Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli) as returning faculty. This is your opportunity to discover just how high your next level can be.

Open to intermediate and advanced students.


Dr. Lynn McGrath has performed, lectured, and adjudicated on four continents. She's taken part in international festivals in Montenegro, Poland, Italy and the US, and has also toured in Canada, the UK, Peru, and New Zealand, where she performed on New Zealand NPR. She has collaborated with larger groups as a soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, with the Albuquerque-based choir Quintessence, on Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 season, and is a member of the acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet, praised for their “perfect ensemble” (Reinischer Post, Germany.)

After receiving degrees in Spanish Language and Literature as well as Education, she studied music at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (where she later taught as a full-time instructor) and earned an MM and DMA from the University of Southern California. In the Fall of 2017, she was appointed as Senior Guitar Instructor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. 




"Americana/Fingerstyle: Past, Present & Future" 

WITH justin townes earle, poco & rusty young

Whether you're interested in instrumental guitar or are a vocalist looking to improve your guitar skills, we'll take a look at licks and songs from past classics, the styles of present pickers, and learn how to arrange and adapt songs by ear, all to help you find your own "voice" on the guitar.

Open to intermediate students.

Doug Smith, A Grammy-winning guitarist and 2006 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, has been performing and teaching for nearly 40 years. His inspirations range from Chet Atkins, Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel to Paul Simon and James Taylor. His enthusiastic teaching style has made him a workshop favorite all over the country. Doug has been with the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival since its birth. 

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"The Improvising Jazz Guitarist" 

WITH Pat martino & lee ritenour

Along with exploring the "Nature of the Guitar", this class will focus on improvisational approaches. It's the perfect opportunity to really get inside the music and hone your skills as a more informed, expressive improviser.

Open to all levels.




Mark Dziuba has been a guitarist, improviser and composer for most of his life, having performed with a who’s who of Jazz, Blues, Rock and Bluegrass musicians internationally.  His style combines cutting edge eclecticism with sublime traditions which often defies description, paired with a unique voice that invites the listener deep inside for a provoking musical experience. Mark has taught and performed at workshops for nearly 40 years, including internationally acclaimed National Guitar Workshop (for 25 years) and Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival (since its birth.) He is currently a tenured professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz directing the Music Department’s Jazz Studies program. 




"Songs That Move: From The Page to The Stage" 

WITH jim messina & guthrie brown

In this singer/songwriter course we will dive into what makes songs move people, by studying song structure, rhyme schemes, prosody and metaphor. We’ll talk about taking our songs to the stage, and performance techniques for how to connect with an audience. 

Open to all levels.


Liz Longley, while best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. She's taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. 




"Blues & Rock: Montana's Most Dangerous Band" 

WITH nathan east, jim messina & edgar winter

Up your game while developing the skills and techniques to be a gigging musician. Spending less time on theory, we will focus on the application of skills. Plus this course will be featured as Crown’s official pit-band!

Open to all levels.


Dennis McCumber has been a guitar instructor and performer for more than 20 years, holding a Bachelor’s degree in music education from The College of Saint Rose. Performing regularly in the New York City area solo and with various rock, blues, and funk bands, he's also dedicated 17 years to teaching middle school in the Bronx. He was an instructor at the National Guitar Workshop for more then 10 years, where he taught Blues, Funk, and Rock. His students have performed for Carlos Santana, Dr Dre, Bruce Springsteen and Yoko Ono.  Dennis has performed and taught alongside such greats as Robben Ford, Matt Schofield and Ronnie Earl and performed at the Chicago Blues Festival Main stage, Hard Rock Café on Beale street in Memphis and Buddy Guy’s “Legends” in Chicago.


Clipper Anderson, Pat Bianchi, Dave Beyer, BRAD BOLES, Nathan East, Cory Henry, Carmen Intorre, Gary OleyaR, Wes Ritenour, Craig Thomas