Guitarfest Solo Guitar Competition

Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition 2015 (note important changes from previous years!)

Competitors in all divisions must be full registrants at GuitarFest 2015 ($80) plus pay the competition fee for their division ($40 Div. I & II, $20 Div. III & IV)

First prize winners from previous Appalachian GuitarFest competitions are ineligible to compete in the competition in subsequent years, unless they move up to a higher age division than the one that they won. For example, a first prize winner in Division IV could compete in Division II, II, or I in subsequent years.

Registrants may only enter ONE division of the competitions!

 

Division I

Guitarists must be born on or after April 1, 1985 to be eligible. Prizes to be awarded include the $2000 for first place, plus an additional $2000 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 April 3, 2015. The guidelines listed below are the official competition rules.

N.B.:  This year there is an additional category, Division II (see below),  for undergraduate level guitarists. Division I is now designed to accommodate graduate level and young professional guitarists born on or after April 1, 1985.

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 April 6. 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.

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!

PRIZES: 1st, $2000  2nd: $1000  3rd: $600  4th:  $400  All prizewinners must possess a United States Social Security number in order to receive prize money.

Division II

NEW THIS YEAR!! We have opened a competition division for guitarists who were born on or after April 1, 1992, and who have not yet graduated from an undergraduate music program. Competitors who qualify for Division II may choose instead to compete in Division I. This decision must be stated at the time of registration.

Competitors' programs are free choice, and should be 10 - 12 minutes in length. Deadline for receipt of paid Division II competition registrations is April 3, 2015. The guidelines listed below are the official competition rules.

The competition will have two rounds: preliminary, and final. All competitors must submit an electronic copy of their proposed final program to the Administrative Director (guitarfest@appstate.edu) by April 6. After this time, no changes to the program are allowed.

For the preliminary round, competitors must play two selections totaling no more than seven 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.

Four competitors will be selected from the preliminary round to perform in the final round, where they must play their full program as submitted. As in the first round, 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.

PRIZES: 1st, $1000  2nd: $500  3rd: $300  4th:  $200  All prizewinners must possess a United States Social Security number in order to receive prize money.

Division III

Division III is for those students in grades 9-12, or any younger guitarist who has previously won first prize in the Division IV. 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: $500, 2nd place: $300, 3rd place: $200Deadline for receipt of paid Division II competition registrations is April 3, 2015. All Division II competition takes place on April 11 - see festival schedule.

Division IV

Division IV 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 IV competition registrations is April 3, 2015. All Division IV competition takes place on April 11 - see festival schedule.

E-mail questions to: guitarfest@appstate.edu


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