Spend a week immersed in the music of of the late master guitarist/composer Frank Wallace with Christopher Ladd, professor of guitar at the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music. Chris has been a longtime advocate of Wallace's compositions and will record a CD devoted to those works early in 2020 with violinist Asa Guojonsdottir. Chris will share insight into the interpretation of Wallace with participants in daily master classes, private lessons, workshop presentations and informal discussions. Chris will consult with each student upon registration to choose appropriate repertoire, then send scores and links to blogs and videos about the music and exercises that will be presented in the technique and ensemble classes.

Given current and expected COVID-19 restrictions, enrollment is limited to six participants. Each participant will receive two private lessons, two masterclass lessons and participation in technique class, lectures and concert.


Arrive Monday afternoon July 20
Anytime after 4:00pm (but no later than dinner time!) Arrive, Settle, and be Welcomed
7:00pm dinner

7:00am  Yoga in studio (informal and optional!)
8:00-9:30  Breakfast
9:30-10:30  Technique class
10:30-1:00 Free practice time and 45 minute private lessons
1:00-2:00  Lunch
3:30-5:00  Masterclass
5:30-6:45  Rehearsal of ensemble works by Frank Wallace
7:00 Dinner


Technique Class

Each day will focus on different musical concepts from a technical point of view. With guitar in hand, we will work through: how true legato is achieved, how to render polyphonic lines on the guitar, clearly expressing melody and accompaniment, the subtleties of articulation, etc. Both original compositions by Frank and historical works by Bach, Sor, Narvaez and others will be used for technique class as well as masterclass lessons.

Saturday night the schedule changes a bit, for there will be an optional, public performance for all participants, TBA, with Frank, Chris and mezzo Nancy Knowles playing as well.

Saturday Evening
5:30 Dinner
7:30 Concert

Sunday departure after breakfast.


Room and Board: 
Tuition, Single Rm B&B, Dinners- $1035 
Tuition, Commuter, Dinners- $710
Tuition, Commuter, No Meals- $500

Early Birds: $50 discount is applied automatically for early registration paid in full by July 6, 2020.

Register and Pay: There are three ways to register and pay:

  1. Here online with credit or debit card
  2. By check payable to Stone Church Center, mailed to 12 Church St., Bellows Falls, VT 05101. (Please write "Guitar Symposium" in the memo line). Also include your name, dietary preferences (if applicable), and your choice of single, commuter or commuter no meals packages (your payment amount should reflect this choice), or
  3. By phone. Call 802-460-0110, select option 1, and you will get a live person who will take your registration details and credit or debit card over the phone.

About Frank Wallace


Long known as an elegant and virtuosic performer with Duo LiveOak, Frank Wallace, who died on June 2 of this year, was one of the most prolific composers for guitar solos and ensembles. Most recently, Wallace was focused on solo performance of the repertoire he has known and loved for decades as well as his own new works. Wallace played and sang 16th century Spanish and Italian works for vihuela de mano and lute in Orpheus’ Lyre. He shared his love for old guitars from his personal collection in Three Spanish Guitars, and performed his own exciting virtuosic guitar solos and songs in Father Said. Since 1976, he toured widely throughout the U.S., Europe and South America. Performances included the Holland Festival, Regensburg Festival, Música en Compostela, Taxco International Guitar Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Barcelona Festival, International Guitar Festival of Arequipa, the Festival of Spanish Song of Granada, and Guitar Foundation of America.

Frank Wallace founded and directed for four years the Boston Classical Guitar Society’s Festival 21, celebrating 21st century guitar. He served as the Society’s director from 2007-9. In New York City he founded, and with John Olson co-directed, the Second Sundays Guitar Series run by the New York City Classical Guitar Society and Roger Smith Hotel. He also served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory, Guitar Foundation of America, Lute Society of America and various universities in New England. He had a B.M. in classical guitar performance from San Francisco Conservatory.

Since the mid 90’s, Frank Wallace was one of the most prolific composers of solos, songs and chamber music with classical guitar. His works fill seven CDs on the Gyre label, which also publishes his complete scores at www.gyremusic.com. He wrote over 100 songs in cycles ranging from three to fifteen songs each, with poetry from many ancient and modern sources. His recent chamber music includes an hour long suite called As It Could Be for the Hartt School’s 50th Anniversary of the Guitar Department, commissioned with support from the Augustine Foundation. Gryphon and Woolgathering were both debuted at the Sumartonar Festival in the Faroe islands in July of 2018. Mare Duo of Germany recently recorded a full CD of Wallace’s works for mandolin and guitar called Gargoyles. Many pieces have been recorded by or written for Alturas Duo, Jan Bartlema, Detlev Bork, Boston Guitar Orchestra, ChromaDuo, Ciraldo Duo, Duo Cordes et Ames, Pablo Garibay, Christopher Ladd, Lynn McGrath, Edel Muñoz, New American Mandolin Ensemble, Michael Nicolella, and many more. [See a complete list at www.frankwallace.com/compositions.

“The breadth of his musical activity recalls an earlier age, when a complete musician engaged in a broad range of creative activities…Wallace’s music is exciting, unpredictable, and fresh…”
– Steven Rings, American Record Guide

Faculty: Christopher Ladd

Award winning and internationally renowned classical guitarist Christopher Ladd is recognized throughout North America and abroad as one of the most promising classical musicians of his generation.  Fingerstyle Guitar hails his performances as being“… rendered confidently and expressively.” Praised as“… an exercise in extremes.” by Soundboard Magazine, he is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician.  

Most recently Mr. Ladd was a featured performer at the 2017 Sarajevo International Guitar Festival.  Noteworthy performances include appearances at the Vijećnica in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzgovina, Mengi and the Kaldalon Theater at Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland, the DiMenna Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Viennese Opera Ball hosted by the Austrian Embassy, the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock, NY and for former vice-president Al Gore at his residence in Washington, D.C.  Active also as a chamber musician, Mr. Ladd is a founding member of The Pandora Duo which features acclaimed flutist Janet Arms, and The Amaranth Duo with Icelandic violinist Asa Gudjonsdottir.

In addition to performing pieces of standard repertoire, Mr. Ladd has premiered numerous new works by composers such as Kenneth Steen, Robert Carl, Nolan Stolz, Lief Ellis, Kathryn Swanson, Ty Alan Emerson, Ernst Bacon, Phillip Houghton and Frank Wallace.  Recently he had the opportunity to work with GRAMMY and Academy Award winning composer John Corigliano, in a performance of his work Troubadours for guitar and chamber orchestra conducted by Edward Cumming.

Mr. Ladd currently serves on the faculty of The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut, as an Artist/Teacher, Director of The Hartt School Guitar Festival, and as the Chair of the Guitar and Harp Program.