James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition

2020

presented in cooperation with the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Announcements

2020 Stroud Youth Competition Finalists Announced:
(6/14/2020)

Congratulations to our four Stroud Competition Finalists:

Aytahn Benavi (Texas), 18

Patricia Hernandez (Florida), 16

Ian Tubbs (Indiana), 15

Eric Wang
(California), 15

We look forward to a terrific Final Round in beautiful Mixon Hall at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday October 10 at 2:00 p.m.. We hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

Stroud Youth Competition Final Round Location and Date Announced:
(6/12/2020)

The Final Round of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition will be held in person at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
Attention Stroud Youth Competition Semi-Finalists:
(6/12/2020)

We will announce the names of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition Finalists on Sunday, June 14 and post their Semi-Final Round videos on this website shortly thereafter.

The Semi-Final Round judges have remarked to me how impressed they have all been with the professionalism and playing level of this year's Semi-Finalists.

If you do not advance to the Final Round of this year's Stroud Competition and would like to receive constructive feedback from our distinguished panel of judges, please send me your request by email. I will then arrange a phone or video conference with you so that I may provide you with the judges' feedback.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical guitar Competition
Attention all 2020 Stroud Youth Competition Semi-Finalists:
(6/7/2020)

Dear Stroud Competition Semi-Finalists,

I wish to thank all of you for the excellent videos you have submitted to us. I am extremely proud of your performances and can not begin to express what a joy it was for me to watch all of them. The Judges are now reviewing your videos. We plan to announce the names of the Finalists and post their videos in these web pages by June 14th. I will contact each 2020 Finalist by phone to offer my congratulations. Finally, we hope to announce very soon a date for the in person Final Round to be held at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM).

For those of you who do not advance to this year's Final Round, you should know that it is my plan to hold this Competition every year. Therefore, I highly encourage you to apply to our Competition again next year as you are clearly among the best of the best in your age group across the nation. This is something of which you should be very proud.

I commend you all for your hard work and dedication to your art.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
Attention: All Stroud Youth Competition Semi-Finalists
(5/18/2020)

Dear 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 and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
Revised 2020 Stroud Youth Competition Status:
(4/13/2020)


Dear Stroud Competition Semi-Finalists,

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, Friday, 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.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

2020 Stroud Youth Competition Semi-Finalists:
(3/10/2020)

Dear Stroud Competition Competitors,

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.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

COVID-19
(3/24/2020)
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.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
Thank you to all Stroud Youth Competition participants!
(3/1/2020)

Dear Stroud Competition Competitors,

I extend a sincere thank you to all of the forty-one participants that submitted videos. The judges have decided on our fifteen Semi-Finalists.  We are in the process of providing notification 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.

With best wishes,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition