Steve Connor Guitar

Prize guitar by Steve Connor made of a cedar soundboard, Katalox rosewood back/sides/neck, flamed mahogany neck, 650 scale, elevated fingerboard, and valued at $15,000. Only 5-Day Participants + Competitors are eligible to win the guitar.

Congratulations to this year’s competition winners!

Adult Performance Competition

The 2015 Boston GuitarFest Competitions will run concurrently with the festival. The Adult Competition takes place from June 18 to June 21. The Stephan Connor guitar is only available to a first-prize winner who is also a 5-day full participant, but it is also possible to register for the competition alone. For questions about the performance competition, contact Raley Beggs at View Guidelines

2015 Adult Performance Competition Winners
1st Place: Jesus Serrano
2nd Place: Stephen Lochbaum
3rd Place: Tal Hurwitz
4th Place: Stefan Koim

Youth Performance Competition

Boston GuitarFest is pleased to announce the return of the Youth Competition, which consists of two divisions: a senior division for high school students younger than 18 years of age as of June 20, 2015, and a junior division for students younger than 15 years of age as of June 20, 2015. The Youth Competition takes place from June 20 to June 21. For prizes, rules, and other details, consult the guidelines link below. Young Guitarists Workshop participants can enter the competition for free, but must also be available for YGW activities during the week.* If you have questions, contact View Guidelines
*If you are a YGW participant, the competition is INCLUDED in tuition, but you still need to register by e-mail. Contact Hank Mou at to register for the competition in addition to YGW.

2015 Youth Performance Competition Winners
Senior Division
1st Place: Kathleen Cho
2nd Place: Javier Cartin
3rd Place: Benjamin Gascon
4th Place: Dmitry Ilin

Junior Division
1st Place: Chase Schallen
2nd Place: Anya Zions
3rd Place: Robert Wang
4th Place: William Kandle

Composition Competition

The winning composition will be performed in Boston GuitarFest 2016 and will receive a cash prize of $400 and a free 5-day registration for GuitarFest 2016. For questions about the Composition Competition, contact Anthony De Ritis at View Guidelines

2015 Composition Competition Winners
1st place: “Beyond Lilith” by Melody Eötvös (an Australian composer currently residing in Bloomington, Indiana);
Honorable Mention: “The Unicorn in the Garden” by Alec Roth (Malvern, Worcestershire, England);
Honorable Mention: “Répéter” by Paulo Rios Filho (Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil);

Special thanks to the Boston GuitarFest Composition Competition judges, Dr. Michael Frengel, Dr. Enric Madriguera, Dr. Apostolos Paraskevas, and Dr. Anthony Paul De Ritis.

A large round of applause for the truly exceptional submissions that we received from the guitar composers community! This year we had an unbelievable 175 composers submit 220 works from 28 different U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and 36 different countries, including: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Wales.

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