2018 Youth Competition


Eligibility: The youth competition is open to those residing in Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Alberta, who are guitarists age 18 or under on July 1st, 2018. Eligibility on these criteria is subject to the discretion of the organizing board. Previous 1st prize-winners are not eligible. No set piece required.

Entry Requirements: A CD/dvd recording/video shall be submitted with the following:

1) A recording of any two pieces in contrasting styles not to exceed ten minutes total.

2) A proposed program, typed, not to exceed fifteen (15) minutes. This time limit is firm.

3) Contact information, including name, phone number, and email address.

Semi-Finals: Participants will be chosen on the basis of recording elimination. Semi- finalists will perform free choice selections from their final program, not to exceed 8 minutes, before a panel of judges; open to the public. Pieces are expected to be memorized.

Finals: Three finalists will be chosen to perform their full 15-minute programs before the public and panel. Competitors are judged on musicianship, technique, programming and presentation. Pieces are expected to be memorized.

Applicants must submit the application form, required CD, and proposed program, by February 24th, 2018. Semi-finalists will be notified by March 10th, 2018. Competition entry is free, but Semi-finalists will be required to register as full participants in the festival by March 24th.

All decisions made by the judges are final and without appeal. Prizes may be vacated at the judges’ discretion. First Prize of $300 US.

Applications shall be sent to:

Northwest Guitar Festival Gonzaga Music Department 502 E. Boone Avenue Spokane, WA 99258-0079