UT Dallas Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

Guidelines for Texas Guitar Competition 2018

Texas Competition XVII: "In celebration of Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (d. 1968) and Manuel M. Ponce (d. 1948)"

Application Deadline:

January 14, 2018 (for international students living outside the U.S.)

January 25, 2018 (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: UT Dallas Marketplace.

Then submit the following form UT Dallas Guitar Competition Form 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. Your prelimary round mp3s (see "Competitor's Schedule" below for more information).

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

Preliminary Round - via mp3

Your preliminary round entries are submitted at the time of registration online, see "Registration Instructions" above. The preliminary round has two required pieces: (not to exceed 10 minutes)

  1. Piece #1 – Your choice from the following works by MM Ponce: I. Campo from the Sonatina Meridonal or Valse.

  2. Piece #2 – Your choice: An outer movement from JS Bach suite

Semi-Final Round - at UT Dallas (by invitation):

Play for the jury your submitted recording of Campo/Valse and the JS Bach outer movement (not to exceed 10 minutes of duration)

Final Round - at UT Dallas (University Theatre, open to the public):

The four finalists will have three requirements—Please read these carefully:

  1. Tarantella by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (4:30 approximately, depending on edition)

  2. Your choice from the following works by MM Ponce: I. Campo from the Sonatina Meridonal or Valse.
    (You have the option to repeat your semi-final round choice in the final round)

  3. Free music selections by the competitor, no limitations on style periods

NOTE: the contestant will have the option to perform the entire Sonatina Meridional (9:00) within their final round program. Please note that the maximum time allowable is 25 minutes of playing time, repeats may be omitted.

Applicants selected for the semi-final round of the competition will be asked to submit their 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