photos by Emily Kikta

The 3rd Annual Shearer Summer InstitutE, June 26-July 2

Join the ASF in Zion National Park, for a week of inspiring natural beauty and classical guitar study with world class artists and teachers!  All lodging and guitar activities are in the beautiful Cable Mt. Lodge which is conveniently located to the Zion park entrance.

Each day offers morning hiking opportunities in Zion canyon.  All main trail are easily accessed by the free Zion shuttle which is within easy walking distance from our hotel.  After lunch (on your own), the institute offers a variety of guitar workshops/classes, masterclasses, private lessons, and guitar ensemble/orchestra rehearsals.  In the evening, group dinners are provided and afterward there’s plenty of time to explore the village of Sprindale, or just relax in your room, or at the pool!

The week culminates with two concerts at the Springdale Canyon Community Center: a Faculty concert on June 30 and a Student concert on July 1 with soloists, small ensembles, and the Shearer Guitar Orchestra. In addition, an informal play-in, scheduled in the middle of the week, offers students a chance to play/share with others in a casual performance setting.  See below (click to enlarge)

Full package: $800
  • Hotel accommodations (shared room) at Cable Mt. Lodge.
  • All activities: workshops, ensemble and orchestra rehearsals, private lessons, performances, etc.
  • 6 catered dinners.
  • daily access to Zion National Park.
  • transportation within Springdale.
  • 20% off at the Canyon Market and Brew Pub.
Partial Package: $600

Same as above, but lodging on your own.

Free for Teachers!

If you’re a teacher and you bring a minimum of 5 students, you may qualify for free tuition which includes meals and your own private room. There are a limited number of teacher packages available–first come, first serve.  To inquire on availability of the teacher package, please contact.

How to get there

By Plane and Shuttle

Fly to Las Vegas McCarran Airport then take the St. George Shuttle (435) 628-8320 to Springdale, UT (reservations must be made on your own and cost $50 one way– approximately a 2½ hour trip). 

Arrive by car from Las Vegas

163 miles), Mesquite, Nevada (80 miles), and Saint George, Utah (40 miles):

  • Interstate 15 North
  • Exit 16 – Right on State Route 9 East (33 miles)
  • Right to stay on State Route 9 East in La Verkin, Utah (20 miles)
  • Stay on State Route 9 East –147 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767
Drive from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Interstate 15 South
  • Exit 27 – Left on State Route 17 South (26 miles)
  • Left on State Route 9 East in La Verkin, Utah (20 miles)
  • Stay on State Route 9 East–147 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767
Drive from Page, AZ

US Route 89 North