Competition Rules and Prizes

JUNE 10-11, 2017

Free choice program for all divisions. Most of the competition rounds are open to the public. 

Guitar Idol SC – Open to all non-classical guitar players ages 10-18. Contestants are allowed to use sheet music.

Ensemble DivisionFor classical guitar and other instruments. Performers are allowed to use sheet music.

Division I – All performance selections must be memorized and performed on a classical guitar.

Divisions IIAll performance selections must be memorized and performed on a classical guitar.

Division III – Contestants are allowed to use sheet music. All selections must be performed on a classical guitar.

It is expected that every competitor’s choice of music fits within the time allowed for each round. If a competitor exceeds the time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his or her evaluation. All judges’ decisions are final.

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Guitar Idol SC competition category 

This category is open to all non-classical guitar players ages 10-18. Contestants are allowed to use sheet music. Participants are expected to perform up to 3 minutes of music. All guitar styles are welcome. There will be only one round. Three prize winners will be announced on Sunday, June 11 at the award ceremony.

Prizes for Guitar Idol SC

(prizes are sponsored by Sims Music and Columbia Arts Academy)

1st place – $150 + $100 gift certificate from Sims Music Store + new acoustic guitar (Johnson model) + a one year membership to FingerStyleGuitar Magazine

2nd place – $100 + a one year subscription  to FingerStyleGuitar Magazine

3rd place – $75 + a one year subscription to FingerStyleGuitar Magazine

 

Ensemble Division

This category is open to players ages 18 and up. Classical guitar duos, trios, quartets or any classical guitar and solo instrument (including voice) combination are welcome.

Each group in the Ensemble Division will have up to 7 minutes to play. This year, we will only have one round for Ensemble Division.

The prize winners for the Ensemble Division will be selected upon the completion of the round.

Prizes for Ensemble Division

1st place – $1200

2nd place – $700

 

Division I: College/Professional (no age limit)

Each competitor in Division I will have 7 minutes to play in the qualifying round.

Seven players will be selected to compete in the final round. Each finalist will perform 10 minutes of music.

The semi-finalists will be announced at the Saturday night concert. 

The winners for Division I will be selected upon the completion of the final round.

Prizes for Division I

1st place –  $1000

-one handmade guitar by Tom Baldwin (valued at $3500)

– a year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

2nd place – $500

– year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

3rd place –  $300

-a year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

 

Division II: Grades 9-12 (as of April 2017)

Each competitor in Division II will have 5 minutes to play. One round only.

Prizes for Division II

1st place – $500

– a year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

2nd place – $300

-a year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

3rd place – $150

– a year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

 

Division III: Grades 8 and under (as of April 2017)

Each competitor in Division III will have 3 minutes to play. One round only.

Prizes for Division III

1st place –  LaMancha Zafiro full size classical guitar (estimated value $500).

-a year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

LaMancha student guitars were endorsed by members of award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: “We find them to be exceptionally well-constructed and intelligently designed instruments for young players. ” (LAGQ)

2nd place – $200

-a year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

3rd place – $150

– a year subscription to Classical Guitar Magazine

-$25 voucher from D’Addario

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All judges’ decisions are final.

All prizes subject to mandatory 30% federal tax withholding for foreign prize-winners; US prize-winners will be issued an IRS-1099.

All prize amounts are subject to change.