Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival
March 2 – March 4, 2017
This unique Texas competition, designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students, will award approximately $8,000 in cash prizes to the winners. Over the three-day event, students can compete and attend master classes and concerts by internationally recognized guitarists. We have a youth competition for ages 11-18 as well as the main competition for college-level students.
- First Place $3000
- Second Place $2000
- Third Place $1000
- Fourth Place $500
Per U.S. IRS regulations, prizes awarded to non-U.S. citizens may be subject to tax withholding, dependent upon current tax treaty between the U.S. and the winner's country of citizenship. U.S. citizens who are awarded prizes will not have tax withheld, and will receive an IRS Form 1099 from UT Dallas at the end of the year if the total of earnings from UT Dallas are $600 or more.
Dean's Choice Award:
- First Place $300
- Second Place $200
- Third Place $100
16th Annual Guitar Competition Schedule of events
Thursday, March 2 International Concert Guitar Competition Semi-finals (not open to the general public) and Concert
|Adam Holzman Concert||8:00 p.m||Jonsson Performance Hall|
Friday, March 3 International Concert Guitar Finals
|Competition Finals||8:00 p.m.||University Theatre|
Saturday, March 4 Youth Competition, Guitar Maker, and Concert
|Youth Competition (both levels)*||9:00 a.m.||AH1 1.106 and 1.104|
|Guitar Maker Stephan Connor||4:00 p.m.||Jonsson Performance Hall|
|Eliot Fisk Concert||8:00 p.m.||University Theatre|
*open only to parents and teachers of competitors.
This year's guest artists will be Adam Holzman and Eliot Fisk. Guitar Maker Stephen Connor will be joining us.
Adam Holzman – March 2, 2017, 8 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall, Free
Founder of the UT Austin Guitar Department, Holzman is a nationally-recognized concert performer and recording artist who has performed across the U.S., Europe and Latin America.
Stephan Connor – March 4, 2017, 4 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall, Free
One of the premier builders of classical guitars in the United States, Stephan Connor guitars are played by many celebrated musicians including Eliot Fisk, Zaira Meneses and Angel Romero. He will give a video presentation on his process.
Eliot Fisk – March 4, 2017, 8 p.m., University Theatre, $25
Eliot Fisk is currently director of guitar studies at the New England Conservatory and artistic director for the annual Boston Guitar Fest. He will perform part of his program on a Stephan Connor guitar donated to the Guitar Studies program by Russell Cleveland.
RENN Capital Group
Enric Madriguera, Director
Eddie Healy, Assistant Director and Youth Competition Coordinator
Guitar Advisory Board
Dennis Kratz, Dean, UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities
Enric Madriguera, Artistic Director, Head, Guitar Program at UT Dallas
Russell Cleveland, Chairman