Prizes from Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival- Artists in Residence include Lee Ritenour, Mike Stern & more!


The 2014 Six String Theory prize package includes terrific opportunities from Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival for each of the 4 winners (1 for each instrument).  COC has been a wonderful sponsor and supporter of the competition the last 3 years and we greatly appreciate what they are doing.  They host one of the most prestigious music workshops in one of the most beautiful natural settings in Montana. Unlike any other workshop around!

Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop

This week long event includes 6 days of workshops in blues, rock, jazz, classical, acoustic, singer-songwriter, bass & beginner, workshops in jamming and nightly concerts. All held in the family friendly accommodations of the 4-star Flathead Lake Lodge. This is an intimate setting that provides a unique opportunity for camaraderie and interaction among all participants, faculty and artists in residence.
For the Fifth Anniversary of the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival, the Foundation is on track to reach its goal of establishing Flathead Valley, Montana as an internationally regarded center for the guitar.

Artists in Residence scheduled to appear:

• Lee Ritenour and his all-star rhythm musicians
• Mike Stern, an alumnus of the band Blood, Sweat and Tears and Miles Davis’ band among many others, and one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation
• John Oates, an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and producer, best known as half of the Grammy-awarded rock and soul duo, Hall and Oates
• David Leisner, a classical composer and performer, and co-chair of the guitar department at Manhattan School of Music • Shelby Lynne, a Grammy-winning country music singer/songwriter
• Blues diva Ana Popovic who is described as a triple threat – excellent singer, guitarist and songwriter.

Also returning will be the 2013 Chairman’s Young Artist Scholarship winner Emily Elbert, a rising young guitarist and singer/songwriter and Berklee graduate, who will perform at the Festival.

2013 Videos: Please enjoy these highlight and performance videos from the 2013 event and upcoming AIR line up!

The Crown Guitar Festival | 2014 Official Lineup Video

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival | 2013

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival | 2013 Performance Highlights

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To register for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop call 855-855-5900
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Yamaha Press Release on Six String Theory Competition!

Yamaha today announced that a number of the world’s top musicians will serve as judges for legendary GRAMMY® winning guitarist and producer Lee Ritenour’s fourth Six String Theory Competition. The competition is open to guitarists, bass players, keyboard players and drummers.

“We have assembled an incredible array of judges who are some of the best musicians on the planet,” said Ritenour. “When busy people with this level of talent devote their time to this endeavor, the musician community affirms its commitment to cultivating the next generation of great players.”

Guitar judges include (*denotes Yamaha Artist): *Don Alder, Joe Bonamassa, Vince Gill, Guthrie Govan, Sonny Landreth, *Steve Lukather, Pat Martino, Brent Mason, Andy McKee, Keb’ Mo’, *Lee Ritenour, John Scofield, Joe Satriani.

Rhythm judges, including keyboards, include (*denotes Yamaha Artist): Victor Bailey, *Ndugu Chancler, *Nathan East, *Sonny Emory, Dave Grusin, Daniel Jobim, Tom Kennedy, *Abraham Laboriel, Harvey Mason, *Patrice Rushen, *John Patitucci, Simon Phillips, *Oscar Seaton, *Dave Weckl.

In addition to Yamaha, sponsors include Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival, Monster, Premier Guitar, JAZZIZ magazine, Music Connection magazine, Concord Records and D’Addario. The competition offers a total prize package value of more than $600,000 this year.

Four grand-prize winners (one in each instrument category) will win an opportunity to perform at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival. In addition to being invited to record on Ritenour’s forthcoming 2014 Concord album, the Six String Theory guitar Grand Prize winner will appear with Ritenour and other guitar legends at the “Legends of Guitar” concert at Montreux, to be filmed in HD. Additional prizes include: four full scholarships to the Berklee College of Music; Yamaha instruments and endorsements; Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop scholarships; and more.

Registration is open through May 15, 2014. All applicants must submit two YouTube videos via the website, Guitar applicants may register in the genres of rock, blues, jazz/fusion, acoustic, classical/flamenco and country. For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted including jazz, fusion, R&B, rock, blues and others. To access video of contest guidelines narrated by Lee Ritenour and filmed by Yamaha, please see the links below.

The competition debuted in 2010 with the release of Ritenour’s all-star guitar recording SIX STRING THEORY and by popular demand, expanded to include bass, piano/keyboard and drums with the release of RHYTHM SESSIONS in 2012.
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

Contact: Sharleen Bazeghi

Web link of press release


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2010 Competition Guitar Winner, Shon Boublil’s success story!

We are extremely proud of our first year winner, guitarist Shon Boublil, who is just getting ready to graduate from Berklee College of Music on the 4 year scholarship he won in the competition!  Shon has racked up incredible achievements while at Berklee and has performed with some amazing artists including Lee Ritenour and Sonny Landreth.  He opened the show for Lee playing solo  in 2012 and said it was a great experience. He also opened  for Sonny Landreth at Peter’s Player in 2013.  Graduation ceremony at Berklee will take place on the May 9th and he has his final recital on April 16th.

Quote from Shon:

“Taking part in 6 String Theory competition and CD was a great honor for me.  I’m really proud to be associated with the competition as it has opened up many music opportunities which were nonexistent before. I’m starting my 4th semester at Berklee with a 4 yr scholarship I won in the contest. I have performed solo, in duets on stage with violinists, pianist, singers and with various student jazz bands.  I’ve also played my guitar for several student film scoring projects. I’ve played jazz, blues, classical, Latin and ethnic music. The diversity here is simply inspiring and I’m enjoying absorbing it all. Berklee is a lot more than what I imagined it to be.”

Peter’s player opening for Sonny Landreth 2013:

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Berklee concert 2013:

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Berklee concert 2013 original music and arrangement:

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Russian Tour 2012

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North Carolina, Carl Sandburg historic site 2012

Berklee Valencia, Spain, full semester scholarship: Berklee Valencia recording studio

Shon Boublil, Berklee senior recital


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