Competition Rules

All rounds of the 2020 competition will be held online.

Preliminary rounds are judged by pre-recorded videos, which are due along with the registration form by 11:59pm ET on October 3. 

Finalists from each division will be announced on October 10 on the UofL Guitar Festival website and Facebook page.

Final round videos will be streamed on October 17. 


Video submission requirements for all divisions:

  • Preliminary rounds are conducted by review of videos submitted within the online registration form. 
  • The video must be recorded in landscape orientation, at a resolution of 720p or better with clear audio and video. 
  • The video must show the competitor facing forward, framing both hands to the top of their head. 
  • The video must begin with the competitor stating their name, piece (title and composer), and that the video is for the 2020 University of Louisville Classical Guitar Competition.
  • The video and audio must be unedited from the time the competitors announces themselves through the last note of their performance.
  • The video must be uploaded to YouTube with the title “University of Louisville Guitar Competition 2020 - COMPETITOR’S NAME - NAME OF WORK - COMPOSER”
  • In the description of the video the competitor must put the line “2020 University of Louisville Classical Guitar Competition, www.louisville.edu/music/guitarfest."


Solo Artist Competition

  • The Solo Artist Competition is open to classical guitarists of all ages. 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 – 15 minutes
  • Prizes: 1st place - $1,000; 2nd place - $500; 3rd place - $250; 4th place - $125.
  • 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 each competitor's choice of music fits within the time allowed for each round. Timing begins with the first note of the performance and continues between pieces. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his or her evaluation. Videos will be viewed up to the allotted time. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 each competitor's choice of music fits within the time allowed for each round. Timing begins with the first note of the performance and continues between pieces. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his or her evaluation. Videos will be viewed up to the allotted time. 
  • 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 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 registration.
  • 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.  
  • 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 each competitor's choice of music fits within the time allowed for each round. Timing begins with the first note of the performance and continues between pieces. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his or her evaluation. Videos will be viewed up to the allotted time. 
  • 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.