James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition

June 4 - 7, 2020

presented in cooperation with the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and the

Cleveland Institute of Music


Attention: All Stroud Competition Semi-Finalists
To submit your video you will need to email the link to your video to stroudcompetition@gmail.com

Please state in the video at the beginning your name and your program in chronological order.

Also write in your email that you grant us permission to post your video on line should you make the finals .

Thank You
James Stroud, Founder 
Attention all Stroud Competition Semi-Finalists:
We would like to post a short biography and color head and shoulder photo of you on our website and Facebook pages. If you have not already done so, please make sure to send your biography and photo asap to the website email info@stroudcompetition@gmail.com along with a note, if you are under 18 years of age, from your guardian giving us permission to publicly post your biography and photo.
Revised 2020 Stroud Competition Status:

Due to widespread public health concern about the Covid-19 virus, we have decided to change the format of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Although we are disappointed not to hold the inaugural competition in the way we had planned, we’re confident we can still hold a successful, if modified, event. The Semi-Final Round will be conducted by video submission, and, when more information is available about ongoing travel and assembly guidelines, we will decide when to convene the in-person Final Round.

We look forward to staying connected to our candidates, watching their performance videos, and celebrating their talent.

2020 Semi-Final Round Updated Requirements:

Each Semi-Finalist is required to submit a recorded performance video of his or her program. This is to be just like you did for the Preliminary Round with a few changes:

1. Your video must include your entire Semi-Final program recorded in one take with no editing. This video must be no longer than fifteen minutes in length and include the required piece in your program. Your program must also include works from at least two other composers of contrasting time periods. You can place the required piece where ever you believe it best fits in your program. 

2. Your video must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, June 5, 2020. We will post a Semi-Finalists' submission link on the Stroud Competition website in the near future.

2020 Final Round Update:

Finalists will be announced by June 14th, 2020.

The four Finalists will be brought to
Cleveland, Ohio to perform live at the Cleveland Institute of Music. We will announce the date of the Competition's Final Round as soon as it is feasible. Competition prize money will remain the same as previously announced.

Thank you in advance for your understanding, hard work, and perseverance.

James Stroud, Founder
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 has evolved, we assure you that those of us involved in presenting the 2020 Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival and James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition have been and will continue to monitor relevant guidelines from the State of Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other responsible professional parties. 

At this time it is our hope to go forward with this June's Festival and Competition. Because this is a unique and very fluid situation, however, as the facts unfold we will continue to inform you in a timely manner about the status of this year's Festival and Competition.

For now as always we wish you and your family health and safety.

2020 Semi-Finalists: James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
Below are the names of the fifteen youth competition applicants selected from around the USA to perform in the semi-final round of the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Congratulations to all of you!

Aytahn Benavi
Ethan Boyers
Stephen Crawford
Riley Edwards
Ahbi Milind Gudipati
Angela Hernandez
Patricia Hernandez
Nathaniel Hill
Kassandra Hughes
Avi Mushran
Garrett Podgorski
Mei Yin Steadman
Ian Tubbs
Eric Wang
Darren Wu

We look forward to you joining us in Cleveland, Ohio June 4-7, 2020 for the semi-final and final rounds of the Competition which will be held at and in cooperation with the 20th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Thank you to all participants!
A sincere thank you to all of the 41 participants that submitted videos. The judges have decided on our 15 semifinalists and we are in the process of providing official notificaltion to everyone by way of an official letter delivered by the postal service. We will post the names and bios of all Semi-Finalists soon. Please check back for updates.