2022 Youth Competition


The deadline to submit application materials is NOW WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th, and semifinalists will be notified by Sunday, March 20th.

Eligibility: The youth competition is open to those residing in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, who are guitarists age 18 or under on July 1st, 2022. 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:

1) A video of any two pieces in contrasting styles not to exceed ten minutes total. Recording must be unedited and recorded within the last year. Please submit a hyperlink (YouTube, Vimeo etc).

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 video 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 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.

Applications must be submitted by email to northwestguitarfest@gmail.com NOW WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th. Semifinalists will be notified by Sunday, March 20th. Competition entry is free, but Semi-finalists will be required to register as full participants in the festival by NOW BY March 24th.

All decisions made by the judges are final and without appeal. Prizes may be vacated at the judges’ discretion. 1st Prize of $300 US, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize: $100

Note: the parent accompanying the youth participant must also register for the festival, but only for the day of the competition (Saturday, April 2nd). This daily pass will allow the designated parent to attend each event of the festival. This discount may be applied only once per youth participant. Discount only applies to youth competition participants or youth non-competition participants.