The Christopher Berg Guitar Award is made possible by an endowment created by former guitar students at the University of South Carolina and is given annually to honor the undergraduate guitar student best exhibiting the qualities of creativity, humility, perseverance, and improvement in their study of the guitar and music performance.

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In 2015 the award was presented to Will Krysiek of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Krysiek has been awarded a graduate assistantship to study at Radford University in Radford, VA to pursue his M.M. degree in Guitar Performance.

In 2014 the award was presented to Thomas Creek of Columbia, SC. Mr. Creek is a senior at USC and has been awarded a graduate assistantship to study at the University of Missouri where he will pursue his M.M. degree in Guitar Performance.

In 2013 the award was presented to Hatton Taylor of Richmond, VA. Mr. Taylor is a senior at USC and has been awarded a graduate assistantship to study at the University of Missouri where he will pursue his M.M. degree in Guitar Performance.

In 2012 the award was presented to James Keretses of Columbia, SC. Mr. Keretses is currently working on his M.M. degree in Guitar Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In 2014 he was awarded a graduate assistantship at Peabody.

In 2011 the award was presented to Brad Farmer of Easley, SC. Mr. Farmer is currently a graduate assistant at Eastern Carolina University.

In 2010 the award was presented to Ismario Gonzales of Greenwood, SC.

In 2008 the award was presented to Amber Smith of Costa Rica. Ms. Smith has completed her M.M. degree in Guitar Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The 2007 recipient was Casey Smith of Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Smith (no relation to above) has completed his M.M. degree in Guitar Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

The first presentation of this award was made in April of 2006 to Henry Anderson of Spartanburg, SC and Gray Sutton of Southern Pines, NC.

(Updated February 19, 2016)