UT Dallas Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

International Concert Guitarist Competition Guidelines

Application Deadline:

January 14, 2017 (for international students living outside the U.S.)

January 25, 2017 (for applicants in the U.S.)

Registration Instructions

The following materials must be submitted by each competitor, including previous winners. Previous first place winners are ineligible to compete. A committee will pre-screen and select the initial field of competitors who will be invited to participate in the competition.

Submit your application fee of $50 online at: (coming soon)

Then submit the following form (coming soon) containing:

  1. A letter of recommendation by your guitar instructor. No application will be considered without a letter of recommendation.
  2. Signed Competition Agreement Form.
  3. An audio sample (mp3 preferred), not to exceed 10 minutes playing time, of you playing two (2) of the following pieces:
    1. ONE first or final movement from any of the J.S. Bach Suites, Sonatas, or Parititas for solo instruments transcribed for guitar—this includes the Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro.
    2. AND Brisas de Mocorito.

If you are a U.S. Citizen, please bring your Social Security card. If you are NOT a U.S. Citizen, please bring your passport and/or Visa.

You must be present Saturday night at the award presentation in order to receive the merchandise prizes. If you are not present, only the check for the award amount will be mailed to you.

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.

Competitor's Schedule

Semi-Final Round - Thursday (location to be determined):

Invited players will play the recorded works submitted with their application in the first round of the competition.

Final Round - Friday evening (location to be determined):

The top FOUR final competitors will play a program of 25 minutes in length. All competitors will be required to play the set piece Appalachian Dreams Op. 121 (Fantasia & Darling Cora) - Schirmer Ed 4112 [4'40] by John Duarte. The rest of the program will consist of free selections from two (2) or more of the style periods below. Pieces should not duplicate the semi-final round, but performers may use unplayed movements from works included in the semi-final round. The order of the final program is at the discretion of the performer.

  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Contemporary

Applicants selected for the preliminary round of the competition will be asked to submit their 25-minute final program on the day of the final competition in advance. The judges will determine if the program does not meet the requirements of the final round and request a change of program if it is determined that the program does not cover at least two distinct periods.

Contestants who wish to have a pre-determination of their final program may email it to Dr. Enric Madriguera.

Judging Criteria

Performers will be judged on the following:

  • Program
  • Technique
  • Interpretation/Style
  • Performance Characteristics