Adult Performance Competition

Adult Performance Competition

The Boston GuitarFest 2017 performance competition attracts top-level performers from around the world.


  • 1st prize: $5,000 and a concert at 2017 Boston GuitarFest.
  • 2nd prize: $2,500
  • 3rd prize: $1,000

The competition is available in two options: Institute & Competition and Competition Only.

Adult Performance Competition | June 28-July 2 | Fee $250

Boston GuitarFest’s Competition Only option includes access to evening concerts and entry in to the competition.


Schedule for 2017
Preliminary round:
Thursday June 29, 10am–4pm at Williams Hall, NEC
Semifinal round: Friday, June 30, 10am–1pm at Williams Hall, NEC
Final round: Saturday, July 1, 2–4pm at Jordan Hall, NEC*

Contestants must be at the outset of their careers and may not have professional representation.
Previous first-prize winners of the Boston GuitarFest competition are not eligible.
All ages are permitted.

Required Piece
Pick one from the three categories:
A work written by a Latin-American composer.
A work dedicated to a Latin-American artist of the guitar.
A work with a Latin-American theme.

Competition Rounds
Preliminary round: not to exceed 10 minutes. Contestant must include required piece.
Semifinal round: not to exceed 15 minutes. Free choice, not including the required piece played in the preliminary round. (A different piece on the Latin-American theme may be chosen, but is not required).
Final round: not to exceed 25 minutes. Contestant must include required piece. This work may be the same or different as in the preliminary round.

Performance Requirements
Individual movements from major works are acceptable.
No concertos or chamber music will be permitted.
Only three competitors will be chosen for the final round; no fourth prize will be awarded.
The required piece that is performed in the preliminary round may not be repeated in the semifinal round, but may be repeated in the final round. While other works may be repeated from round to round, the judges welcome a variety of repertoire.

If you have ideas about required repertoire and are unsure about their fulfillment of the requirements, please e-mail for clarification or confirmation.


Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is recommended.


*Academy students students who would like to be considered for the Adult Competition can submit a music resume listing experience in classical guitar. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to submit music resumes for proper placement in the Festival.

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