About the BSPA! Contact us! Tickets Back to Home Page
About the BSPA
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ)
Learn Music! The TCA makes it all happen! The USA's Guitar Foundation Thank you D'Addario!
In 2002, the Classical Guitar Studies program of what was then the University of Texas Brownsville Music Department, now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music (UTRGV), partnered with the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts and other benefactors to found the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition.

About to celebrate its 15th anniversary in the Spring of 2017, it is an academically challenging program respected by classical guitar professionals, teachers, students and aficionados throughout the world. It is the largest event of its kind in the USA.

Behind it all is the renowned classical guitar master, Dr. Michael Quantz DMA, head of Clasical Guitar Studies at the Brownsville campus and past winner of the prestigious University of Texas Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award and the UTB President's Outstanding Teaching Award.. He is considered an international leader in classical guitar ensemble education and also serves as Vice President of the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts.

Festival activities take place at the TSC Arts Center, a state of the arts music hall that accommodates from 30 to 50 guitar ensembles that travel to Brownsville from throughout the USA and Mexico. K-12 to university level participants compete and are judged by experts, celebrities and true masters in their field of study.

Los RomerosPast Festivals have featured starperformers such as Adam del Monte, Paul Galbraith, Adam Holzman, Ruben Romero, the Texas Guitar Quartet, Duo Melis, the Tantalus Quartet, Leo Kotke, Martha Masters, Risa Carlson, Ana Vidović, Jose Feliciano, Mathew Hinsley, Shingo Fujii, Los Romeros and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ.

It's a superb experience for students. They get to meet their idols, attend their performances and participate in their master classes and clinics. For young classical guitar students, being judged favorably by such luminaries is a major lifetime achievement and more than enough reason to practice, practice, practice!

Contact Dr. Michael Quantz for further information on the festival.

Check out these related videos:

11th Annual Brownsville Guitar Festival & Ensemble Competition (March 2012)
11th Annual Brownsville Guitar Festival with LAGQ and Composer Shingo Fujii

Expert of the Month: Dr. Michael Quantz


Fly Brownsville! Always a Fiesta??? National Endowment for the Arts Ride CycloBia! Toni Hudson's Art Factory Public Radio for the RGV The Brownsville company with a worldwide presence. Joe Kinney, the Legend Great graphics by Gilbert! The best live music venue in South Texas... built in 1880! They saved my life! Edwards Abstract & Title Learn to Salsa with Omar Oropeza Texas Commission on the Arts UTRGV School of Music Visit the City of Brownsville!