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Competitions

Competition Rules

Solo Competitions

  • Competitors must use a nylon stringed guitar (no steel-string acoustic or electric guitars) and will not be permitted to use a plectrum (pick). 
  • The Professional Competition will consist of two rounds, a Preliminary Round and a Final Round.  
  • Freshman/Sophomore Competition and Youth Competitions will consist of one round. 
  • Final results of each competition will be announced at the Awards Ceremony immediately following the Concert on April 30.
  • All competitors must file a W-9 at registration to receive prize money.
  • COMPETITORS MUST BE PRESENT AT AWARDS CEREMONY TO RECEIVE PRIZE MONEY AND JUDGES' COMMENTS

Professional Competition

Preliminary Round 

  • Open to anyone over the age of 18 and not under professional management. 
  • Persons under the age of 18 who have already won First Prize in the Youth Senior Division are also eligible. 
  • Competition is limited to the first 20 entrants. 
  • Repertoire will be competitor's choice, but limited to no more than 8 minutes. 
  • Time will begin when the competitor's first selection begins. The clock will NOT be stopped in between selections, and each competitor will be stopped after 8 minutes. 
  • Competitors will not be penalized for being stopped at the time limit.

Final Round

  • Four (4) finalists will be selected and will play on Saturday, April 30.
  • Finalists will be announced as soon as the judges make their decisions.
  • Repertoire will be competitor's choice, but limited to no more than 15 minutes. 
  • Time will begin when the competitor's first selection begins. The clock will be NOT stopped in between selections, and each competitor will be stopped after 15 minutes. 
  • Competitors will not be penalized for being stopped at the time limit.
  • All judges' decisions are final.

Prizes

Grand Prize: $300 cash and a performance at the 2018 Mountain View Guitar Festival

Second Prize: $200

Third Prize: $100

Fourth Prize: $50

Freshman/Sophomore Student Competition

  • Open to all Community College students and University students considered Freshmen and Sophomores.
  • Limited to the first 25 entrants.
  • Repertoire will be competitor's choice, but limited to no more than 10 minutes. 
  • Time will begin when the competitor's first selection begins and will NOT stop between selections. 
  • Competitors will not be penalized for being stopped at the time limit.
  • Results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony immediately following the Concert.
  • All judges' decisions are final.
  • NEW!! Students enrolled in any community college who have been playing the classical guitar for less than one calendar year are eligible for the First Year Community College Student Honorable Mention Prize.
  • NEW!! Students enrolled in any community college who have been playing the classical guitar for more than one calendar year, but less than two calendar years are eligible for the First Year Community College Student Honorable Mention Prize.
  • Both honorable mention prizes are awarded to students who do not win another prize in this division. 

Prizes

First Prize: $75 cash and a performance at the 2018 Mountain View Guitar Festival

Second Prize: $50

Third Prize: $25

First Year Community College Student Honorable Mention

Second Year Community College Student Honorable Mention

Youth Competition

Senior Division

  • Open to students ages 15-18 and consisting of one round. 
  • Persons under the age of 15 who have won First Prize in the Youth Junior Division are eligible. 
  • Repertoire will be competitor's choice, but limited to no more than 5 minutes. 
  • Time will begin when the competitor's first selection begins. The clock will be stopped in between selections, and each competitor will be stopped after 5 minutes. 
  • Competitors will not be penalized for being stopped at the time limit.
  • Results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony immediately following the Concert

First Prize: $50 cash and a performance at the 2018 Mountain View Guitar Festival

Second Prize: $25

Third Prize: $25

Junior Division

  • Open to students ages 14 and under and consisting of one round. 
  • Repertoire will be competitor's choice, but limited to no more than 3 minutes. 
  • Time will begin when the competitor's first selection begins and each competitor will be stopped after 3 minutes. 
  • Competitors will not be penalized for being stopped at the time limit.

First Prize: $50 cash and a performance at the 2017 Mountain View Guitar Festival

Second Prize: $25

Third Prize: $25

Ensemble Competitions

Divisions

  • Collegiate - Ages 18+ and not attending high school
  • Varsity - Middle and/or high school students with more than one year of experience (intermediate and advanced classes)
  • Junior Varsity - Middle and/or high school students with less than 2 years of experience (beginner and early intermediate classes)

Eligibility

  • The MVCGF Ensemble Competition is open to groups of 2 or more students enrolled in a public, private, or charter school.
  • Instructors may conduct, but may not play along with students.
  • Students must be enrolled in school in grades 6-12 on April 30, 2017.
  • Groups must have a paid director (part-time or full-time) employed by the school or district represented.

Instruments and Equipment

  • Acoustic steel string and classical guitars are acceptable. No electric guitars or amps please. No other sound producing instruments may be used. Nylon string baritone classical guitars and terz guitars are acceptable. 
  • While the spirit of this competition is to be inclusive, we encourage students to play with right hand fingertips/fingernails and not plectrums (picks).
  • Ensembles must supply their own foot stools/guitar supports. MVC WILL NOT provide footstools to any ensemble.
  • Wenger music stands and chairs will be provided in the warm up room and on stage.
  • These chairs and stands MAY NOT BE MOVED from the room in which they are assigned by anyone other than an MVC Faculty Member or MVC Student Volunteer.
  • The Equipment Manager and Festival Director must be notified of any move of a chair or stand from the room which the chair or stand was originally assigned.
  • An instrument storage area will be designated for each group, but MVC and the MVCGF WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN INSTRUMENTS OR EQUIPMENT.

Repertoire and Performance

  • The ensemble competition will consist of one round in which groups will perform for a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Groups will have a maximum of 5 minutes to set up and tune beginning when the first participant (or director) enters the stage. This time is NOT included in the 10 minute maximum).
  • The timer will start when the first piece has begun.
  • The timer will stop between selections.
  • Groups will have a maximum of 2 minutes between selections. This time is NOT included in the 12 minute maximum.
  • Groups are allowed to tune between selections.
  • Headstock tuners are permitted.
  • Prepared guitars are permitted, but if prepared between selections, the time limits must be observed.   
  • Groups that go over time may be stopped at the discretion of the panel, but without penalty.
  • Repertoire is free choice, including, but not limited to solo classical guitar repertoire arranged for guitar ensemble, selections from popular genres arranged for guitar ensemble, and original compositions.

Judging and Scoring

  • The panel will consist of no more than 5 judges and no less than 3 judges and will be appointed by the Festival Director.
  • Ensembles will be judged on 5 categories:
    • Musicality
    • Cohesiveness
    • Difficulty of Repertoire
    • Technique and posture
    • Intonation
  • Judges will score each category 1-20 with the ability to score in ½ point increments (i.e. Musicality – 18.5).
  • Because of the nature of the group performance and for the sake of students’ hard work and preparation, groups will NOT be cut off at the time limit. However, a 5-point penalty will be imposed on groups that do not observe the time limit.
  • Ratings will be awarded based on overall scores as follows:
    • I – Superior 80.5-100
    • II – Excellent 60.5-80
    • III – Good 40.5-60
    • IV – Fair 20.5-40
    • V – Poor 0-20
  • Ratings from each category will be announced from the stage. 
  • Certificates indicating Ratings will be awarded to each competing school.