SATURDAY APRIL 4th, 2020

SATURDAY APRIL 4th, 2020

SATURDAY APRIL 4th, 2020 SATURDAY APRIL 4th, 2020
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YOUNG ARTISTS VIRTUAL COMPETITION

ALTHOUGH THE FESTIVAL IS POSTPONED, THE COMPETITION IS STILL GOING AHEAD AS SCHEDULED.

We are pleased to have our 3rd Young Artist Competition, proudly sponsored by the Augustine Foundation. It is aimed specifically at emerging classical guitarists. Since this years festival is a one day event, competitors will be asked to submit a video for the competition. 


The program is free, however contrasting pieces are highly recommended to highlight your versatility and stylistically correct performance practice.


Please note that no past 1st prize winners are eligible to apply, unless you are in a new division.

There will be three divisions in the competition with the time limit:

  • Elementary School - 5 minute maximum video submission
  • Middle School - 7 minute maximum video submission
  • High School - 10 minute maximum video submission


The Prizes for the Competition are:

  • Elementary School - 1st Prize: $75, 2nd Prize $50, 3rd Prize $25
  • Middle School - 1st Prize: $200, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $75
  • High School - 1st Prize: $400, 2nd Prize $250, 3rd Prize $150


Competitors are asked to submit a live performance video via email as a link to youtube.com or you can send an iphone video directly to our email address. Ideally, the microphone and video camera should be placed between 8-10 feet directly in front of the performer. Please announce your name and the pieces that you will perform. 


Applications will open February 25th and will close March 29th. 


Please fill in the following form to apply:

https://forms.gle/TyQ7AABNLYoBEHnW7


If you have any questions, please message us at mmguitarfestival@gmail.com


A few questions answered:

1)  Can I submit two separate videos for each piece? 

Yes you can.

2) Can I submit a video made previously? 

No, submitting a video that you have made previously is not allowed. We would like this video to be done specifically for this competition.

3) Do I need to perform the music by memory? 

It is not necessary. Please note however, the judges will be looking at this from a performance and artistic point of view. Generally, professional solo performances are done by memory. 

4) What happens if I go over time?

Going over time is ok. It is up to the discretion of the judges if they continue to listen after the maximum allotted time. No points will be deducted for going over time. 

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Message from the Artistic Director.


Through competitions I met a community of artists that have helped me form the basis of my career. Through them I was offered concerts, guest lectures, and residencies. Far too many competitions are about creating note-perfect robots, just playing carefully with good tone to please the masses. Music is not about this. It is about stirring the senses, putting your personality out through the guitar. As such, I have instructed the judges to follow this idea of artistry, and focus on the important things in music - who has developed their own individual voice. It is not about how the judges think the music should be played, it is about how the performer interprets the piece. At the end of the day, we are entertainers.