Competition

There are 3 different competition divisions this year: Open, High School, and Recreation!

Please review the rules and fees for each below and sign up for the best fit for you. Competitors in the Open and High School divisions are also eligible to play in masterclasses with this year’s guest artists.

Open Division

($125 entry fee, receive $25 off if you also attend the Louisville Guitar Fest)

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: $2,000 and a concert at the 2023 Festival
2nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize: $750
4th Prize: $500

High School Division

($75 Entry Fee, receive $25 off if you also attend the Louisville Guitar Fest)

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. Four 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: $500
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $200
4th Prize: $100

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. Participants in this division will not play in a masterclass unless there is sufficient space since they will receive feedback on their playing from the judges both in the room and in written form.

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.

Please either print the application and mail it to the address on the form or fill it out digitally and email it to FloridaGuitarFestival@gmail.com
Make all checks payable to “Classical Guitar Society at FSU” or use Venmo https://venmo.com/FloridaGuitar

Previous Winners

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