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 28-48 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. Semifinalists may repeat program from the preliminary round, but need to add the new repertoire for the total of up to 18 minutes of music.
  • 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.
  • NOTE: all repertory in all divisions is free choice, however competitors should keep in mind that one of the aspects the jurors will consider scoring is the variety and difficulty level of the repertoire.
  • Youth divisions competition will be only one round. Performers in youth divisions should prepare a maximum 10 minute program.
  • 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 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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