Boston GuitarFest
(GFest Online 2020)

June 28th – July 1st
Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses, Artistic Directors

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Boston Guitar Fest will transform itself into GFEST ONLINE, an entirely virtual event that will re-imagine the festival in light of the realities forced on all of us by the virus. The online structure of the events will enable international participation from around the globe in real time in an unprecedented and exciting new way.

The Festival will honor the many courageous members of our community working on the front lines to keep the rest of us safe during the pandemic.

GFEST ONLINE will be live from June 28 through July 1, 2020.

Tech Check

GFest Online will be using Zoom to stream performances. In order to ensure that your performance runs smoothly, try playing your instrument ahead of performance time using these best practices:

Tune Your Instrument

Set your computer/tablet/mobile device in a proper angle, in a quiet space and with good lighting so that the workshop teacher and other participants can see you clearly. Frame your camera image so that the viewer sees you from the top of your head to the bottom of your guitar, with both arms fully visible.

Check Your Mic

If you have an external microphone, make sure it is placed at a proper distance from you and your instrument. Make sure your mic settings are set to “automatically adjust volume” in Zoom’s Audio Settings, and that Persistent and Intermittent Background noises are set as “disabled”. For detailed instructions and more about proper mic settings, download the PDF below.

Check Your Internet

If you do not have a stable internet connection then the sound and video will be glitchy, distorted, and of poor quality. In that case, it’s best to use a physical ethernet cable connected from your modem or router directly to your computer.

Prepare in Advance

It’s a good idea to join the Zoom meeting ahead of time so that you can adjust your own video and audio by testing the computer audio and making sure you have the proper settings for your music. If you are unsure how to do this, we’ve provided a set of downloadable guidelines in PDF form below.

Co-sponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University.

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