Competition

FLORIDA GUITAR FESTIVAL 18-1

There are four different competition divisions this year: Open, Undergraduate, High School, and Recreation. Please review the rules and prices for each below and sign up for the best fit for you! Participants in any of the divisions are able to play in masterclasses and participate in the Festival Guitar Orchestra.

Application

Open Division ($100 entry fee)

Open to all classical guitarists not represented by professional management and who have not previously finished first in a previous year of the Florida Guitar Festival.  All music must be played on a classical guitar with nylon strings; no electronic amplification is permitted.  Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. There will be three rounds of the competition, each of which will be free choice. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty.

The time allotments for each round are as follows: 1st Round: 7 Minutes; 2nd Round: 10 Minutes; Finals: 15 Minutes. It is expected that every competitor’s choice of music fits within the time allowed. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his/her evaluation. Judges’ comments and scores will be given to competitors so that they can learn and improve. Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation.

Prizes
1st Prize: $1,000 and a concert at the 2018 Festival
2nd Prize: $600
3rd Prize: $400

Undergrad Division ($100 entry fee)

Open to classical guitarists of all ages who have not completed an undergraduate degree as of the first day of competition.  All music must be played on a classical guitar with nylon strings; no electronic amplification is permitted.  Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. There will be two rounds of the competition, each of which will be free choice. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty. Three performers will be selected to participate in the final round.

The time allotments for each round are as follows: 1st Round: 7 Minutes; Finals: 10 Minutes. It is expected that every competitor’s choice of music fits within the time allowed. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his/her evaluation. Judges’ comments and scores will be given to competitors so that they can learn and improve. Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation.

Prizes
1st Prize: $500
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $200

High School Division ($50 Entry Fee)

Open to classical guitarists of all ages who have not completed a High School Degree or equivalent such as GED as of the first day of competition. Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. There will be two rounds of the competition, each of which will be free choice. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty. Three performers will be selected to participate in the final round.

The time allotments for each round are as follows: 1st Round: 5 Minutes; Finals: 7 Minutes. It is expected that every competitor’s choice of music fits within the time allowed. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his/her evaluation. Judges’ comments and scores will be given to competitors so that they can learn and improve. Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation.

Prizes
1st Prize: $100
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $50

Recreational Division ($50 Entry Fee)

This division of the competition is open to all classical guitarists and is intended for  novice guitarists who may not want the intensity of the other divisions but would still like to gain experience performing and competing. There will be one round of the competition where performers can play up to five minutes of music. This is a non-competitive division so winners will not be chosen.

All music must be played on a classical guitar with nylon strings; no electronic amplification is permitted.  Once all competition registrations are received, a schedule will be made and distributed via email to all competitors with their approximate competition performance time. All competitors must bring to the competition the completed competition form.

It is expected that every competitor’s choice of music fits within the time allowed. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his/her evaluation. Judges’ comments and scores will be given to competitors so that they can learn and improve. Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation.

Previous Winners

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