UT Dallas Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

March 2 – March 4, 2017

This unique Texas competition, designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students, will award approximately $8,000 in cash prizes to the winners. Over the three-day event, students can compete and attend master classes and concerts by internationally recognized guitarists. We have a youth competition for ages 11-18 as well as the main competition for college-level students.

International Concert Guitarist Competition:

  • First Place $3000
  • Second Place $2000
  • Third Place $1000
  • Fourth Place $500
plus merchandise from D'Addario and SAVAREZ.

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.

Audience Choice Award:

  • $500

Youth Competition (both divisions have prizes):

  • First Place $300
  • Second Place $200
  • Third Place $100
plus merchandise from D'Addario and SAVAREZ.

2017 Competition Results:

Youth Division I
1st Place: Leif Tilton
2nd Place: Mei Yin Steadman
3rd Place: Nicolas Gomez

Youth Division II
1st Place: Diego Chavarria Rosas
2nd Place: Austin Keller
3rd Place: Julio Robles

Adult Competition
1st Place: Jesus Serrano Huitron
2nd Place: Stephen Lochbaum
3rd Place: Dariusz Lampkowski
4th Place: Anthony Mariano

Audience Choice Award
Stephen Lochbaum

Collaborating Festivals:

Fundación Cultural de la Guitarra A.C. — an international guitar competition held March 7 - 10, 2017 in Culiacán Sinaloa México

Registration for the Texas Competition

International Concert Guitarist Competition Guidelines

Youth Competition Guidelines

16th Annual Guitar Competition Schedule of events

Thursday, March 2 International Concert Guitar Competition Semi-finals (not open to the general public) and Concert

Adam Holzman Concert 8:00 p.m Jonsson Performance Hall

Friday, March 3 International Concert Guitar Finals

Pre-Concert: UTD Radiant Ensemble 7:15 p.m.  University Theatre
Competition Finals:

Update 3/3/17: In playing order, the finalists are Jesus Serrano Huitron, Dariusz Lampkowski, Anthony Mariano and Stephen Lochbaum!

8:00 p.m.  University Theatre

Saturday, March 4 Youth Competition, Guitar Maker, and Concert

Youth Competition (both levels)* 9:00 a.m. AH1 1.106 and 1.104
Guitar Maker Stephan Connor 4:00 p.m. Jonsson Performance Hall
Pre-Concert: Garland High School Guitar Ensemble 7:15 p.m. University Theatre
Eliot Fisk Concert  8:00 p.m. University Theatre

*open only to parents and teachers of competitors.

This year's guest artists will be Adam Holzman and Eliot Fisk. Guitar Maker Stephan Connor will be joining us.

Adam Holzman – March 2, 2017, 8 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall, Free
Founder of the UT Austin Guitar Department, Holzman is a nationally-recognized concert performer and recording artist who has performed across the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

Stephan Connor – March 4, 2017, 4 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall, Free
One of the premier builders of classical guitars in the United States, Stephan Connor guitars are played by many celebrated musicians including Eliot Fisk, Zaira Meneses and Angel Romero. He will give a video presentation on his process.

Eliot Fisk – March 4, 2017, 8 p.m., University Theatre, $25
Eliot Fisk is currently director of guitar studies at the New England Conservatory and artistic director for the annual Boston Guitar Fest. He will perform part of his program on a Stephan Connor guitar donated to the Guitar Studies program by Russell Cleveland.

Sponsored by:

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Competition Directors:
Enric Madriguera, Director
Eddie Healy, Assistant Director and Youth Competition Coordinator

Guitar Advisory Board
Dennis Kratz, Dean, UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities
Enric Madriguera, Artistic Director, Head, Guitar Program at UT Dallas
Russell Cleveland, Chairman
Stan Ballard
David Butler
Camille Fu
Frank Kimlicko
Kenneth Lamb
Harry McClintock
Bryan Milner
Todd Sandler
Brett Webb