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June 20-25, 2016
Metropolitan State University, CO

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GFA International Youth Competition

Please read the guidelines below before registering!! You will need electronic copies of your photograph, biography, and proof of age ready to attach to your registration form. Please call 877.570.1651 during regular business hours (9am-5pm EST) with any questions during your registration.

Lynn McGrath, Artistic Director

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

PRIZES 

Senior Division - Ages 15 - 18
1st Prize: $2,000* + full scholarship to Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival
2nd Prize: $1,000*
3rd Prize: $750*
4th Prize: $500*

Junior Division - Ages 14 & Under
1st Prize: $1,000*
2nd Prize: $750*
3rd Prize: $500*
4th Prize: $250*

Other prizes awarded to all Finalists will include:

Strings generously donated by D'Addario, Savarez, and Augustine
Gift Certificates from GSP Inc. & Strings By Mail 
KLING-ON products
*All prizes subject to mandatory 30% federal tax withholding for foreign prize winners; US prize-winners will be issued an IRS-1099 Form.
*All donated prizes are subject to the delivery by the sponsor. GFA will do everything possible to ensure delivery of all prizes, but GFA will not be held responsible if donor does not deliver a prize as listed above.

JURY
Senior Division: Susana Prieto, Marco Sartor, Christian Wernicke.

Junior Division: Thibaut Garcia, Alexis Muzurakis, Tillmann Reinbeck.

COMPETITION RULES AND ELIGIBILITY

Open to competitors, regardless of nationality, who are not older than 14 years of age (Junior Division) or 18 years of age (Senior Division) through the date of the competition finals, and who are not represented by professional management. Each division is limited to the first forty-five (45) applicants to have all required materials submitted to the GFA by the stipulated deadline. First Place-winners from any previous IYC are not eligible for the same age group.

All registrants under the age of 18 at the time of the convention must be accompanied by a paid adult registrant for the duration of their stay. Minors are not allowed on convention premises unless accompanied by an adult. The GFA does not take responsibility for any minor during their stay.

Competitors must participate in the division corresponding with their birthdate, with the exception that past winners of the Junior Division are eligible to compete in the Senior Division if desired; however past winners of Junior and Senior Divisions may not compete in the ICAC unless they have reached the minimum age requirement.

All decisions regarding eligibility made by the IYC Artistic Director

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016. Entries with all fees and application materials must be received by the GFA no later than the above deadline. No late entries will be considered.

REQUIRED PIECE - One solo from the Heitor Villa-Lobos Complete Works for Solo Guitar, Editions Max Eschig.

FREE CHOICE - One free choice piece of 4-7 minutes in length. This may include multiple movements from the same composition. For example, multiple movements from a Bach Suite or several etudes from Leo Brouwer's Etudes Simples.

MANDATORY COMPETITOR’S MEETING: Thursday, 6/23/16, 10 a.m., location TBA.
Attendance at the Competitor’s Meeting meeting is required of all competitors and you must bring photocopies of proof of age to the meeting (if you did not provide electronic copies when registering). Procedures will be reviewed and afterwards, there will be a brief tour of the Preliminary Round venue.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Competitors who do not upload appropriate age verification with their registration are required to bring documentation to the competitor's orientation meeting. Competitors who do not present appropriate materials will be allowed to perform for evaluation by the jury, but will not be eligible for advancing to the finals of the competition.

If you encounter a travel delay which prevents you from attending the meeting, you will need to provide proof upon arrival of earlier travel plans. Should you have another event in conflict with the competitors' orientation meeting, which is not a sponsored GFA event, the competitor will only be permitted to perform for evaluation and will be ineligible to compete for competition prizes.

Any changes to your submitted program may be made at this meeting, after which programs may not be altered.

PRELIMINARY ROUND REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH DIVISIONS

June 24: performance before a panel of three (3) judges for each division. This round will be closed to the public and no observers are allowed.
Each candidate must perform the following pieces and they may be performed in any order: 
Required piece
Free Choice of 4-7 minutes length 

All pieces must be performed from memory. 

Each competitor is allotted a 12-minute performance slot in this round and a performance may be stopped by the judges if the player is not near completion of the music after 12 minutes of playing. Tuning or pausing between the selections is not included in the timing. All competitors must perform on a nylon string, classical guitar. Four (4) competitors from this round will advance to the Final Round. Announcement of the four (4) competitors to advance will be made Saturday evening at the beginning of the featured concert.

FINAL ROUND REQUIREMENTS FOR SENIOR DIVISION

June 25: 1:30 - 3:30 pm: Performance order for this round will be determined by a Lottery-numerical order draw. The four (4) candidates will perform before the same panel of three (3) judges. This round will be open to the public.
All finalists are required to perform a minimum of two (2) works of contrasting styles (by different composers) not to exceed a total of fifteen (15) minutes. They may be performed in any order. No works by Villa-Lobos (whether or not they were played in the Preliminary Round) may be included in the Final Round, but other works from the Preliminary Round may be repeated. 

All pieces must be memorized. All performers will be stopped at a total of 15 minutes playing time. Tuning or pausing between the selections is not included in the timing. Announcement of the winners will be made at 4:00 pm.

FINAL ROUND REQUIREMENTS FOR JUNIOR DIVISION

June 25: 9:30-11:30 am: Performance order for this round will be determined by a Lottery-numerical order draw. The four (4) candidates will perform before the same panel of three (3) judges and will be open to the public.
All finalists are required to perform a minimum of two (2) works of contrasting styles (by different composers) not to exceed a total of twelve (12) minutes. They may be performed in any order. No works by Villa-Lobos (whether or not they were played in the Preliminary Round) may be included in the Final Round, but other works from the Preliminary Round may be repeated.

All pieces must be performed from memory. All performers will be stopped at a total of 12 minutes playing time. 
Tuning or pausing between the selections is not included in the timing. Announcement of the winners will be made at 4:00 pm.

COMPETITION PROCEDURES
A list of times will be e-mailed to each competitor four weeks before the start of the convention. Check in for the IYC Competitors' will be at the registration desk.

PRELIMINARY ROUND
Competitors should be near the judging venue, ready to perform, at least 15 minutes before their scheduled time. This is necessary in the event judging runs ahead of schedule. Competitors should bring only their guitar (without the case) and guitar elevation device or footstool into the judging venue. Footstools will not be provided. Be certain to tune the instrument before entering the judging venue. Performers are allowed to check tuning once inside the venue. Judges do not require copies of the score.

JUDGING
Judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. Based upon this, they will vote their choice of the four (4) competitors from the Preliminary Round to advance to the Final Round. All votes are tallied and the four (4) competitors with the highest votes shall advance to the Final Round. Should a tie result, judges will discuss and re-vote on the tied competitors.

In the Final Round, judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. The judges shall vote First, Second, Third and Fourth Places. To determine this, judges will be asked to vote ordinals for each competitor. No ties will be allowed in the Final Round and in the case of a tie, judges will discuss and re-vote on the tied competitors to determine who will advance to the higher place.

All decisions by the judges are final.

APPLICATION
Application and Fees must be submitted and paid ONLINE no later than 11:59PM EST May 1, 2016. No late entries will be considered.

Proposed Preliminary and Final Program submitted. Changes to the program can be made at the Competitors' Orientation Meeting, after which no further changes are acceptable.

Payment of all Entry Fees in full at time of registration.

IYC REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEES

All youth competitors must be current members of the GFA.

Youth Competitor Three-Day Registration: $160.00 - this fee covers all convention activities and concerts for the period of IYC, June 23-25, 2016.

Youth Chaperone Registration: $120.00 - Fee per person, limited to 2 individual family members. This fee covers all convention activities and concerts for the period June 23-25, 2016.

**OPTIONAL** $265.00 - Competitor Full Registration June 20-June 25, 2016. This fee covers all convention activities and concerts for the entire convention period. Family members accompanying competitors for the entire week must also purchase a full convention registration at the same price.

**OPTIONAL** $120 - Private Lesson Package to include three lessons. (only available for Full registration)

Additional competition and convention registrations should be purchased separately. Chaperones attending with more than one competitor only need to purchase one pass for the appropriate competition period.

For competition questions, please contact: Lynn McGrath, Artistic Director of the International Youth Competition at youthcompetition@guitarfoundation.org

For registration questions, please contact: Emma Markham, Operations Administrator, at info@guitarfoundation.org


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