Competition Rules and Prizes

REGISTRATION for the 10th Annual Guitar Festival will Open to Participants in Spring 2022.

Guitar Idol Carolina:

Guitar Idol SC

 Guitar Idol Carolina – Open to all non-classical guitar players ages 8-25. Contestants are allowed to use sheet music. All guitar styles are welcome. Loop pedals and backing tracks are allowed.  Each competitor must perform up to 5 min of music. Three prize winners will be announced in person and online (website and Facebook) on Sunday, September 26th. READ MORE

Division 1:

Division I (College/Professional)

Division I (College/professional)- This category has no age limit. All performance selections must be memorized and performed on a classical guitar. Each competitor in Division I is expected to perform up to 10 minutes of music for the 1st round. Nine competitors will be chosen to compete in the final round. Finalists will be asked to perform minimum of two contrasting pieces, up to 15 minutes of music. Competitors are allowed to play the same pieces for both rounds. Three prize winners for Division I will be announced at the award ceremony on Sunday, September 26th at 5:00 p.m. (including via Facebook and website) READ MORE

Division 2:

Division II (ages 14-18)

 All selections must be memorized and performed on a classical guitar. Each competitor in Division II must perform up to 7 min of music from memory. READ MORE

Division 3:

Division III (ages 8 -13)

All selections must be memorized and performed on a classical guitar. Each competitor in Division III must perform up to 5 min of music from memory. READ MORE

Ensemble Division (Youth):

Youth Ensemble Division

This competition division was virtual this year. Classical guitar duos, trios, quartets, larger ensembles (up to 9 players) or any classical guitar and solo instrument (including voice) combination are welcome. Performers are allowed to use sheet music. Teachers are allowed to be part of the group with 4 or more participants. The oldest ensemble competitor cannot be older than 18th as of August 30th, 2021 All competitors must submit live video (unedited live video recording) by May 3rd, 2021. Video recording should be up to 7 minutes and should display contrasting pieces. Recording has to be submitted as one uninterrupted recording. Please email YouTube video links to [email protected] A teacher is allowed to be part of the ensemble such as quartet or larger. Student teacher duet is not allowed. Seven ensemble finalists will be announced via mail by May 10th. The finalists’ videos will be streamed online on June 10th. The finalists will be asked to email a new video recording of just one piece up to 5 min long by June 1st. We prefer if the finalists will record a different music work, something they didn’t play at the first round, but we don’t require it. We understand that due to COVID-19 there were restrictions on gathering and some ensembles might not had a chance to prepare bigger repertoire. Three winners will be announced on Sunday, June 13th 2021 via social media and email. READ MORE

Ensemble Division (College):

This competition division was virtual this year. This division is open to players ages 18 and up. Classical guitar duos, trios, quartets (up to 9 players) and any classical guitar plus solo instrument (including voice) combination are welcome. Performers are allowed to use sheet music. All videos must be submitted by May 3rd, 2021. The video recording should be up to 15 minutes and feature contrasting pieces. Recordings has to be submitted as one link only(one uninterrupted video for all pieces). We prefer YouTube links. For video recording specification, please visit the Rules and Prizes page. Seven finalists will be announced via email by May 10th. The semifinalists videos will be streamed online on June 10th. The finalists will be asked to email a new video recording of just one piece up to 10 min long (corrected on April 1st. There was a mistake stating the limit up to 7 minutes previously). We prefer if the finalists will record a different music work, something they didn’t play at the first round, but we don’t require it. We understand that due to COVID-19 there were restrictions on gathering and some ensembles might not had a chance to prepare bigger repertoire. Three winning ensembles will be announced online (via email, website, and Facebook) on June 13th. READ MORE

Judges’ comments will be made available upon request via email: SouthernGuitarFest[at]gmail.com

What our judges are looking for:

Good stage presence

Musicianship

Polished performance


All judges’ decisions are final.

All prizes subject to mandatory 30% federal tax withholding for foreign prize-winners; US prize-winners may be issued an IRS-W9.

All prize amounts are subject to change.