National High School
Classical Guitar Competition

Open to residents of all 50 states who are attending and matriculated in a public or private high school in the above states through the date of the competition finals. Applicants may not be represented by professional management.

The competition is limited to the first thirty (30) applicants to have all required materials submitted to the Long Island Guitar Festival by the stipulated deadline.

In last year's High School Guitar Competition first prize was awarded to Jonathan Bodian, second prize to Kang Min Shin and third prize to Eliza Carrington. Semi-finalists included Matthew Carillo and Zaffira Medici-Murania.

First prize included $500.00 and a concert performance at this year's Guitar Festival "Emerging Artist" Showcase. Second prize was $200.00. Additional prizes awarded to all competitors who performed at the Festival included strings donated by D'Addario.

DEADLINE: All application material and the entry fee must be received by April 1, 2015.

A completed application which includes a link to a web-accessible video performance and an entry fee of forty dollars ($40.00) must be received by the Long Island Guitar Festival no later than April 1, 2015. Late entries will not be considered. The Competition Rules and Guidelines and Competition Application can be downloaded here (compressed zip file).

All applicants are responsible for their own expenses such as travel, lodging, etc.

COMPETITION REPERTOIRE
All applicants must perform on a nylon string, classical guitar when recording their video or performing in the semi-finals or finals.

  1. Performance Video. A 4 to 7 minute video sample of your playing. A link to this video, uploaded to YouTube or another web-accessible site, must be included in the application.
  2. Semi-finals. A piece chosen from the Heitor Villa-Lobos Complete Works for Solo Guitar, Editions Max Eschig.
  3. Finals. A piece chosen from the Heitor Villa-Lobos Complete Works for Solo Guitar, Editions Max Eschig AND a piece of 4 to 7 minutes in length. This may include multiple movements from the same composition, such as a suite or sonata.

For further information about repertoire and other rules and guidelines, please consult the Competition Rules and Guidelines.

All application material and the entry fee should be mailed to the address below. Checks and money orders should be made out to LIU/Long Island Guitar Festival.

Festival Competition Address:
Long Island Guitar Festival - Competition
LIU Post Department of Music
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

DEADLINE:
All application material and the entry fee must be received by April 1, 2015.

Last update: January 5, 2015

Festival Notes

Please visit these pages often for more information about the 23rd annual Long Island Guitar Festival as it becomes available.

Tickets for Festival 2015 are now available. Visit the Ticket Information page to find out more.

The Festival starts April 22 at 8:00 p.m. Here are directions to the campus and a campus map.

Guitarists and Performers: if you are interested in participating in a Festival Master Class as a performer, please see the More Information page.

New in 2015 will be the Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra, open to high schoool students and others.

High School Guitar Ensemble Directors: if you are interested in having your ensemble perform in a Long Island Guitar Festival Ensemble Showcase please read the Ensemble Showcases page.

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Brookville, NY 11548