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.
- 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.
Audience Choice Award:
- First Place $300
- Second Place $200
- Third Place $100
2018 Competition Results:
Youth Division I
1st Place: Mei Yin Steadman
2nd Place: Zara Terrazas-Graham
3rd Place: Eliza Barr
Youth Division II
1st Place: Sean McCrary
2nd Place: Eliza Balmuth
3rd Place: Aaron Baldauf
1st Place: Nicolas Emilfork Diaz
2nd Place: Hector Rodriguez
3rd Place (tie): Dan Kyzer
3rd Place (tie): Bernardino Rodriguez
Audience Choice Award
Nicolas Emilfork Diaz
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
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:
Update 3/1/18: In playing order, the finalists are Dan Kyzer, Bernardino Rodriguez, Hector Rodriguez, Nicolas Emilfork Diaz!
|4:00 p.m.||University Theatre|
|Zaira Meneses Concert||7:15 p.m.||University Theatre|
*open only to parents and teachers of competitors.
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
For Weekend Parking:
You may park in green parking spaces after 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, or any time on Saturday or Sunday. All other parking is enforced, even after business hours and on weekends.
For Weekday Parking:
If attending an event before 5 p.m. on Friday, or at any time Monday - Thursday, you must obtain a visitor permit to park in the Green spaces. You may obtain two free permits per week from the Visitor Center or the Parking Office, with a valid photo ID presented.
The Visitor Center is open Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Parking Office is open Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For Metered Parking:
Metered parking is also available for more convenient parking. Metered parking is located on the first floor of every parking structure, as well as in Parking Lot G, M-West, and F.
Parking meters accept credit/debit cards only.