Youth Ensemble Division (ages 10-18)

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, 2022. All competitors must submit live video (unedited live video recording) by May 1st, 2022. Video recording should be up to 7 minutes and should display contrasting pieces. Recording has to be submitted as one uninterrupted recording.  A teacher is allowed to be part of the ensemble such as quartet or larger. Seven ensemble finalists will be announced via mail by May 10th.  The finalists will be asked to email a new video recording up to 10 min long by May 20th. The finalists need to record a different music work, something they didn’t play at the first round. We suggest to record contrasting pieces to display maximum potential. The finalists’ videos will be streamed online on Saturday June 25th, 2022. Three winners will be announced on Saturday, June 25th, following the showcase of the finalists’ videos. Three winning ensembles will also be announced online (via email, website, and Facebook) on June 25th. Please submit YouTube or Bilibili links only.

Video submission instructions:

  1. Record a live, unedited performance video as a single take.
  2. Upload the video to YouTube with the following specifications:
    • In the description of the video, write your name and  your ensemble name, the date of your recording, and the pieces that you will perform.
    • Set the privacy setting of the video to Unlisted.
    • Competitors from China may upload to Bilibili instead of YouTube.
  3. Test the YouTube link in an “incognito” or “private” browser window to ensure it works.
  4. At the beginning of the recording please announce your ensemble’s name and the date of the recording. (We allow only recordings made between January 1st, 2022-May 1st, 2022)
  5. Register and pay for the Competition and include your YouTube link in the registration form.

Free choice program for all divisions.

Registration fee $35 per student. REGISTER Prizes for Youth Ensemble Division

1st place – $200 + $40 gift certificate from Strings By Mail

2nd place – $150 + $40 gift certificate from Strings By Mail

3rd place -$100 + $40 gift certificate from Strings By Mail