UT Dallas Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

March 1 – March 3, 2018

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.

International Concert Guitarist Competition:

  • First Place $3000
  • Second Place $2000
  • Third Place $1000
  • Fourth Place $500
plus merchandise from D'Addario and SAVAREZ.

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.

Audience Choice Award:

  • $500

Youth Competition (both divisions have prizes):

  • First Place $300
  • Second Place $200
  • Third Place $100
plus merchandise from D'Addario and SAVAREZ.

Collaborating Festivals:

Fundación Cultural de la Guitarra A.C. — an international guitar competition held March 5 - 9, 2018 in Culiacán Sinaloa México

Registration for the Texas Competition

International Concert Guitarist Competition Guidelines

Youth Competition Guidelines

17th Annual Guitar Competition Schedule of events

View the event details here for the most current and up to date information.

Thursday, March 1

Friday, March 2 Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Concert

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Concert 8:00 p.m. University Theatre

Saturday, March 3 Youth Competition, International Concert Guitar Finals, Zaira Meneses Concert

Youth Competition (both levels)* 9:00 a.m. AH1 1.106 and 1.104
International Competition Finals: 4:00 p.m.  University Theatre
Zaira Meneses Concert  7:15 p.m. University Theatre

*open only to parents and teachers of competitors.

Sponsored by:

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RENN Capital Group

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Competition Directors:
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
Frank Kimlicko
Bryan Milner
Todd Sandler
Brett Webb
John Nye