The 2010 Rosario Guitar Festival and Competition

The School of Music at the University of South Carolina is pleased to host the 2010 Rosario Guitar Festival and Competition May 13-16, 2010. All events will take place in the Music Building at USC. The festival will include performances by Stephen Aaron, Marina Alexandra, Mir Ali, Christopher Berg, José Lezcano, and Marco Sartor; master class opportunities for festival participants; guitar orchestra rehearsals and performance for participants at all levels; opportunities for young guitarists to play for experienced teachers and to receive feedback and guidance; and a special concert featuring graduates of the USC Guitar Program.

Competition Guidelines and Information

Free Choice Program for all Divisions
There is no deadline or late fee to enter competition.

Entry Fee

Division I (age 19 and older as of May 1, 2010): $100.00
Division II (age 18 and younger as of May 1, 2010): $50.00
Competition fee includes admission to all festival events.

The application is available for download here.

General Information

Competitors will be evaluated on technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. Judges’ comments will not be made available to competitors. Competitors are encouraged to ask for comments directly from the judges only after the competition has ended. The choice of music is entirely at the discretion of the competitor. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty. It is expected that every competitor's choice of music fits within the time allotted for each round. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, the competitor will be asked to stop, but at no penalty. The decisions of the judges are final.

Division I

(No GFA Finalists are permitted to compete.)
Each competitor will have 7 minutes to play in the qualifying round.
Eight players will be selected to participate in the semi-final round. Each semi-finalist will play for 10 minutes.
Three players will be selected from the semi-final to participate in the final round.Finalists will each perform a 15-minute program.

Prizes

First Prize: $1000.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $250.00

Division II

Each competitor will play for 5 minutes in the qualifying round.
Three players will be selected to participate in the final round. Finalists will each perform an 8-minute program.

Prizes

First Prize: $500.00
Second Prize: $300.00
Third Prize: $150.00

Masterclasses with festival artists

Free with competition registration. Limited slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions?

Please contact Janathan Gangi, creator and director of the Rosario Guitar Festival and Competition.