UT Dallas Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

Guidelines for Texas Guitar Competition 2019

Theme: Celebrating John Duarte b. 1919 and Joaquin Rodrigo d. 1999.

Application Deadline:

January 28, 2019 (for international students living outside the U.S.)

February 11, 2019 (for applicants in the U.S.)

2019 Competition Results:

Adult Competition Winners:
1st Place: Mengya Tian
2nd Place: Brendon Grabowski
3rd Place: Ariel Alba
4th Place: Chris Unzicker

Audience Choice Award
Mengya Tian

Registration Instructions

Registration is closed.

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 – Tiento Antiguo by Rodrigo.

  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 Tiento Antiguo 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. Fantasia and Darlin' Cora from Appalachian Dreams - by John Duarte

  2. Free choice of a single or multi-movement work by Joaquin Rodrigo (excluding Tiento Antiguo)

  3. Free music selection(s) by the competitor; a work from a contrasting musical epoch other than the 20th century, such as Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Twenty first century periods. Twenty first century works should be published from 2000-2019.

NOTE: 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