James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition

June 4 - 7, 2020

Rules

Eligibility

All competitors must be U.S. residents, at least 14 years and not older than 18 years of age, and not be currently enrolled in a university-level music degree program, as of the date of the final round of the competition (June 7, 2020).

Previous First Place winners of the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition are not eligible to compete in subsequent years.

Entry fee: $75, non-refundable.

Requirements

Preliminary Round
Competitors must submit two videos, not exceeding 5 minutes each in duration. One video must include a complete work or complete movement/movements from a larger work by J.S. Bach; the other must include a free-choice work or complete movement from a larger work, representing a different time period. All works in the preliminary round must be performed from memory.

Each video should be presented as a single take, with the camera facing the competitor straight on, and the entire guitar and competitor clearly visible in the frame. No editing is permitted; any videos which contain audio or video edits will result in the immediate disqualification of the competitor. There is to be no speaking or background noise on the video. The link to this video will be submitted on your digital application, provided by our website.

Semifinals
12-15 competitors will be chosen as semifinalists and invited to perform publicly in front of a panel of judges. All competitors must perform from memory two free-choice works from contrasting time periods. In addition, the semifinalists will be sent a set piece 45 days before the semifinals that all competitors must learn and perform in the semifinals. It is not required to perform the set piece from memory. The total length of each semifinal performance, including the both set piece and free-choice pieces, as well as time between pieces, must not exceed 15 minutes.

Any performances which are not completed within the time limit will be stopped by the jury, at no penalty to the competitor.

At the orientation meeting (Thursday, June 4, 2020), all semifinalists must submit their proposed program for the finals, should they advance. No changes will be allowed to your proposed program once it is submitted.

Finals
Four competitors will be chosen to perform in the finals. Each competitor must perform from memory three works from different time periods. The set piece will NOT be performed in the finals. All music performed in the finals is free choice, and may be repeated from previous rounds. The total length of each final round performance, including all pieces, as well as time between pieces, must be between 18 and 20 minutes.

Any performances which are not completed within the time limit will be stopped by the jury, at no penalty to the competitor.

Prizes
1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $2,500
4th Place: $1,000

Each semifinalist who does not reach the finals will receive a $500 stipend to assist with travel and other expenses.