Classical Guitar Immersion Overview

Classical Guitar Immersion Conference (CGI)

CGI Master ClassHeld annually Classical Guitar Immersion (CGI) at the Menucha Retreat in Corbett, Oregon, brings together participants from around the world to study with Scott Kritzer.

It might be best to first explain what Classical Guitar Immersion isn’t. CGI is not like the common classical guitar festivals offering a series of one day master classes taught by different teachers. While these type of guitar events are useful in exposing oneself to a variety of teaching concepts, (or what might be more appropriately termed ‘tips’) they require you to sift through information and determine what may or may not be applicable. They do little to help the player internalize an effective approach to learning as only a handful of players work directly with the teacher and seldom is a final performance organized to help integrate learned concepts into a direct and immediate practice.

Classical Guitar Immersion is a week-long event which immerses a small number of students (12-15), in a particular area of study. Currently two CGI’s exist (Classical Guitar Immersion, Performance Preparation and Classical Guitar Immersion, Technique) which strive to impart a particular set of skills for the classical guitar student – of any level. For information regarding the current CGI’s please go to the links above.

“Scott’s deep understanding of music, worldwide performance experience, and relaxed teaching style all combine to greatly raise the level of each student.” Mike Hurley

Who Should Attend

Beginning to advanced players are encouraged, with the only requirement being that you are a serious student of the classical guitar. They’re are no auditions. Whether you’ve played for decades or just became aquainted to the classical guitar CGI will give you a solid set of particular skills.

Perhaps you’ve been wanting some foundational in fundamental technical skill sets. CGI Technique & Musicianship does just that. Perhaps you’ve thought there might be a more effective way to learn music a less haphazard approach than you’re currently taking. Or perhaps you’ve been wanting to solve the ‘mysteries’ of interpratation. CGI Technique & Musicianship will give you these skills.

For the more experienced player who wants to develop performance skills CGI Performance Preparation will catapult the player’s playing level in one week through a series of master classes, performance anxiety workshops and ensemble rehearsals.

Once you leave CGI you can stay in touch with those you’ve made friendships and share your experiences on my forum ( In addition I’ll be offering, as a part of CGI quarterly conference calls so that I can continue to monitor your progress and answer any questions. There are also regular private lessons offered to remote students, Phase Learning as well as other educational opportunities. Go to for more information.

The Menucha Retreat Center – Corbett, Oregon

Menucha Retreat Center is a 100 acre retreat center dating back from the 1920’s, just 20 minutes east of Portland, with magnificent groves of massive trees, expansive lawns, and spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge.

The entire week will be devoted to the classical guitar. Practice spasce is available in addition to the comfortable sleeping and dining accommodations. We will even have time to stroll the grounds, take a dip in the swimming pool, or play some tennis. And we’ll certainly make time to close the day in front of the outdoor fireplace where we can reacquaint our friendships.

The Creevy Complex consists of three buildings in a quad area, a large classroom with community kitchen along with sleeping quarters (each consisting of private bathrooms and living rooms .

All meals will be taken at the retreat, vegan and vegetarian meals are available at an extra cost.

Taking the Step to Join the CGI Experience

The entrance requirements are simple; you must be a serious student of the classical guitar (at any level), and you should be are able to play at least two classical guitar pieces or studies (any level).
2010 CGI Participants

For more information regarding registration, scheduling information on a current CGI or summaries of past CGI’s please go to Classical Guitar Immersion. You can also contact me directly. Contact

Workshops and Master Classes

Scott Kritzer leads master classes and workshops throughout the year. For more information please go to Workshops and Master Classes.

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