National High School
Classical Guitar Competition

(Please note: the 2015 competition is over. Watch for details about our 2016 competition as they become available.)

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.

Winners of the 2015 Competition will be posted soon.

In the 2014 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.

A completed application which includes a link to a web-accessible video performance and an entry fee (to be announced) must be received by the Long Island Guitar Festival no later than the stipulated deadline (to be announced.) Late entries will not be considered. The Competition Rules and Guidelines and Competition Application for our 2015 competition can be downloaded here (compressed zip file).

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

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

For more information please contact us at or 516-299-3181.

Last update: August 13, 2015

Festival Notes

Please visit these pages often for more information about the 24th annual Long Island Guitar Festival to be held April 13 to 17, 2016 as it becomes available.

Watch Carlo Domeniconi's April 25th concert at the Long Island Guitar Festival.

New in 2015 was 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