Orchard Guitar Festival

The 2018 Orchard Guitar Festival will take place September 28-29 in the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Our 2018 Orchard Guitar Festival Artists

MikeStern-by-Sandrine-Lee-3Mike Stern, photo by Sandrine Lee

To a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards. His latest, Trip, is his first since recovering from a serious accident in the summer of 2016 that left him with two broken arms and nerve damage in his right hand that prevented him from even holding a pick. But Stern is back on top of his game, playing with typical authority and prodigious chops on this all-star outing, which features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans (a bandmate of Mike’s in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981), bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White. Continue reading Mike's bio here.

Adam Schlenker is an educator, performer, composer and arranger of American Roots Acoustic Music from southern West Virginia and is currently based in Columbus Ohio. Along with performing, recording and touring, Adam founded 5th Fret Productions in 2009 combining online, video based lessons with one on one instruction. Thanks to the Skype technology, Adam's private student base stretches across the US, throughout Europe and Australia. Allowing him to lend a hand to anyone in the world who’s wishing to work on their flat pick guitar and mandolin skills. Adam has been featured in Flat Picking Guitar Magazine and is also an instructor at several acoustic guitar camps including the Nashville Flat Pick Camps and the Stenback International Acoustic Guitar Camp in Denmark. Read more about Adam here.



Jack Petersen is a jazz guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger, music publisher, music clinician, and renowned pioneer in jazz education who revolutionized guitar education. Retired BGSU professor of jazz guitar, Chris Buzzelli, studied with Petersen at the University of North Texas.


Full Schedule
All rooms are located inside the Moore Musical Arts Center on BGSU’s campus. All events are free except for Saturday evening’s concert. Tickets for Mike Stern’s performance can be purchased here.

*Young guitarists of all ages are welcome to join in the guitar ensemble performance on Saturday, September 29. Please contact Ariel Kasler if interested.

Friday, September 28
Jack Petersen Clinic, 3 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall

Adam Schlenker Clinic, 4 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall

Adam Schlenker Concert, 7 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall

Jack Petersen Concert, featuring BGSU jazz faculty and Chris Buzzelli, 8 p.m. Bryan Recital Hall

Saturday, September 29
Guitar Ensembles Concert, 12 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall

Mike Stern Clinic, 2:30 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall

Mike Stern Concert, 8 p.m., Kobacker Hall. Purchase tickets here.