Competition Guidelines

  • Competition is open to all classical guitarists not represented by professional management.
  • Open Division: ages 19-35
  • Senior Youth Division: ages: 14-18
  • Junior Youth Division: ages: 14 & under
  • Current and former students from the IU Jacobs School of Music guitar department are not eligible to compete.
  • 1st Prize winners from the past years are ineligible to compete this year.
  • Performers in the open division should prepare a 30 minute program, and performers in youth divisions should prepare 10 minute program.
  • The preliminary round in the open division will be 10 minutes.
  • The semifinal round in the open division will be a maximum of 18 minutes per competitor.
  • The final round in the open division will be a maximum of 20 minutes. Finalists may repeat a maximum of 10 minutes of repertory from previous rounds.
  • Youth divisions competition will be only one round.
  • All repertory in all divisions is free choice.
  • There is no special category prize this year.
  • Competitors exceeding the time limit will be stopped without penalty.
  • The first six registered competitors interested in performing in a master class will be selected.
  • Due to time restrictions, only the first 30 applicants will be allowed to compete in the open division.
  • Registration priority deadline is Friday October 15th, after which competitors will be charged a $25 late registration fee. Cancellation policy: if canceled by October 26, 2017 full refund minus cancellation fee will be given. After October 26 there will be no refund.
  • For international prize winners:

    The following visa types cannot accept Prize or Award income: H1-B, O-1, E-3 and TN.

    Common visa types like B1, B2, Visa Waiver, J-1, are fine to receive the prize and award income. With these visa types there is always a 30% withholding. IU does not recognize treaties for prize and award income.

    The International winner will receive a 1042-S from Indiana University which can be used to file the U.S. tax return. For more information please visit the IRS website at:

  • All pieces must be performed on a nylon-string classical guitar.

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