Guitarfest Solo Guitar Competition

E-mail questions to: guitarfest@appstate.edu

Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition 2014 (note important changes from previous years!)

Competitors in all divisions must be full registrants at GuitarFest 2014 ($60) plus pay the competition fee for their division ($40 Div. I, $20 Div. II & III)

Division I

This year we will again feature a solo classical guitar competition. Guitarists must be born on or after April 1, 1984 to be eligible. Prizes to be awarded include the $1200 for first place, plus an additional $1000 in total awards for the other three finalists. Competitors' programs are free choice, and should be 22-25 minutes in length. Deadline for receipt of paid Division I competition registrations is MARCH 28, 2014. The guidelines listed below are the official competition rules.

The competition will have three rounds: preliminary, semi-final and final. All competitors must submit an electronic copy of their proposed final program to the Administrative Director (guitarfest@appstate.edu) by March 28. After this time, no changes to the program are allowed.

For the preliminary round, competitors must play two selections totaling no more than ten minutes time, one of which will be chosen by the jury from the competitor's submitted program. The second piece is free choice of the competitor, taken from his or her proposed program. The competitor choice piece is played first. The judges may stop the performance of either piece for time reasons. Should this occur it will in no way be detrimental to the scoring.

A maximum of twelve players will be selected from the preliminary round to advance to the semi-final round, where they may play up to 15 minutes from their submitted program. The semi-final program must include ten to twelve minutes of the competitor' s choice taken from the submitted final program. The judges will then select one other piece from the competitor's submitted program for the semi-finalist to play. As in the preliminary round, time may be called if necessary. Should this happen, it does not adversely affect the player's scoring.

Four competitors will be selected from the semi-finals to perform in the final round, where they must play their full program as submitted at the preliminary round. As in the first two rounds, and the judges may stop any competitor when the time limit is reached. There will be no scoring penalty assessed if a competitor is stopped on time. All decisions of the judges and competition director will be final.

First prize winners from previous Appalachian GuitarFest competitions are ineligible to compete in the competition in subsequent years.

All communication with competition registrants prior to the festival regarding scheduling will be by e-mail only! Be sure to include an e-mail address with the application!

All prizewinners must possess a United States Social Security number in order to receive prize money.

Division II

Division II is for those students in grades 9-12. Three finalists in this division will be selected from the first round competitors. Program is free choice, 6 minutes long, for both rounds. The judges may stop the performance for time reasons. Should this occur it will in no way be detrimental to the scoring. Prizes: 1st place: $400, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100. Deadline for receipt of paid Division II competition registrations is MARCH 28, 2014. All Division II competition takes place on April 5 - see festival schedule.

Division III

Division III is for those students in grades 8 and under. Three finalists in this division will be selected from the first round competitors. Program is free choice, 4 minutes long, for both rounds. The judges may stop the performance for time reasons. Should this occur it will in no way be detrimental to the scoring. Prizes: 1st place: $300, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100. Deadline for receipt of paid Division III competition registrations is MARCH 28, 2014. All Division III competition takes place on April 5 - see festival schedule.


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