UT Dallas Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

Guidelines for Texas Guitar Competition 2020

Application Deadline:

January 31, 2020 (for international students living outside the U.S.)

February 14, 2020 (for applicants in the U.S.)


Registration Instructions

The following materials must be submitted by each competitor, including previous winners. Previous first place winners are ineligible to compete. A committee will pre-screen and select the initial field of competitors who will be invited to participate in the competition.

Submit your application fee of $50 online at: UT Dallas Marketplace

Then submit the following form UT Dallas Guitar Competition Form containing:

  1. A letter of recommendation by your guitar instructor. No application will be considered without a letter of recommendation.

  2. Signed Competition Agreement Form.

  3. Your preliminary round mp3s (see "Competitor's Schedule" below for more information).

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 – Ballet by MM Ponce

  2. Piece #2 – Your choice: An outer movement (for example: a prelude or a gigue) from JS Bach suites for a solo instrument (lute, keyboard, strings)

Semi-Final Round - at UT Dallas (by invitation):

Play for the jury the music you recorded and submitted for the Preliminary Round (not to exceed 10 minutes).

Final Round - at UT Dallas (University Theatre, open to the public):

The four finalists will have the following requirements—Please read these carefully:

  1. Sarabande and Gigue (from the Suite I in a minor) by MM Ponce (1882 – 1948)

  2. The remainder of the contestant's program is open selection, which should include two or more music style periods

NOTE: The maximum playing time allowable is 25 minutes of playing time, repeats may be omitted.

The four finalists selected for the final round of the competition will submit their final program prior to the day of the final. The judges will confirm the suitability of the program submitted as per competition requirements. The judges reserve the right to request a program change.

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