Competition Rules

Solo Artist Competition

  • The Solo Artist Competition is open to classical guitarists of all ages. Up to 10 performers will be selected to participate in the semi-final round. Four performers will be selected to participate in the final round.
  • Free-choice program for all rounds
  • Program Time Limits: Preliminary Round – 7 minutes, Semi-final Round – 10 minutes, Final Round – 15 minutes
  • Prizes: 1st place - $1,000; 2nd place - $500; 3rd place - $250; 4th place - $125. All finalists will receive a generous gift package from D'Addario Strings.
  • Competitors will be evaluated on technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. Judges comments will not be made available until after the final round of the competition. Competitors are encouraged to inquire for comments directly from the judges only after the competition has ended. Upon such requests, sharing comments with performers is at the sole discretion of each judge.
  • Choice of music is entirely at the discretion of the competitor. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty. It is expected that every competitor's choice of music fits within the time allowed for each round. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his or her evaluation. All judge's decisions are final. By participating in the final round of the competition all performers agree to terms allowing the University of Louisville competition to use audio and video recording of their final-round performance for archival and promotional purposes.

 

Collegiate Competition 

  • The Collegiate Competition is open to classical guitarists of all ages who have not completed an undergraduate degree as of the first day of competition. Four performers will be selected to participate in the final round.
  • Free-choice program for all rounds
  • Program Time Limits: Preliminary Round – 7 minutes, Final Round – 10 minutes
  • Prizes: 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $250; 3rd place - $125; 4th place - $75. All finalists will receive a generous gift package from D'Addario Strings. 
  • Competitors will be evaluated on technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. Judges comments will not be made available until after the final round of the competition. Competitors are encouraged to inquire for comments directly from the judges only after the competition has ended. Upon such requests, sharing comments with performers is at the sole discretion of each judge.
  • Choice of music is entirely at the discretion of the competitor. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty. It is expected that every competitor's choice of music fits within the time allowed for each round. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his or her evaluation. All judge's decisions are final. By participating in the final round of the competition all performers agree to terms allowing the University of Louisville competition to use audio and video recording of their final-round performance for archival and promotional purposes.


Youth Competition

  • The Youth Division is open to performers 17 years old or younger as of the first day of competition. Three performers from each category will be selected to participate in the final round.
  • Participants in the Youth Competition must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must present proof of age at check-in.
  • Free-choice program for all rounds
  • Program Time Limits: Preliminary Round – 5 minutes, Final Round – 7 minutes
  • Prizes: Youth Division, 1st place - $100; 2nd place - $50; 3rd place - $25. All finalists will receive a generous gift package from D'Addario Strings.
  • Competitors will be evaluated on technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. Judges comments will not be made available to competitors until after the final round of the competition. Competitors are encouraged to inquire for comments directly from the judges only after the competition has ended. Upon such requests, sharing comments with performers is at the sole discretion of each judge.
  • Choice of music is entirely at the discretion of the competitor. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty. It is expected that every competitor's choice of music fits within the time allowed for each round. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his or her evaluation. All judge's decisions are final. By participating in the final round of the competition all performers agree to terms allowing the University of Louisville competition to use audio and video recording of their final-round performance for archival and promotional purposes.