|XXXV International Concert Artist Competition|
The ICAC Orientation meeting will be announced closer to the competition date.
Rose Augustine Grand Prize:
*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.
All Semifinalists will receive a $500 Travel Stipend. Foreigners must provide receipts to avoid tax withholding.
Other prizes awarded to all Finalists will include gift certificates donated by GSP, Strings by Mail, and KLING-ON products.
Semifinal and Final Rounds:
Required Piece: 1st movement of Sonatina for guitar (1957), Op. 52 no.1 by Lennox Berkeley.
Competitors' Orientation Meeting, If you have any other reason that you cannot attend the meeting, you must write to and receive a reply from the Artistic Director between the dates of This meeting is required of all competitors. This meeting will determine the performance order for the three-day Preliminary Round by means of a Lottery - numerical order draw. If you have a travel delay that prevents you from attending the meeting, you will need to provide proof upon arrival of earlier travel plans to be granted a slot in the Preliminary Round. to receive permission to have your performance order drawn by a GFA staff person in your absence. Any registered competitors who do not either receive advance permission to miss the meeting for good cause or do not have a documented travel delay will not be allowed to compete.
All competitors are required to submit their free choices for all rounds via a link on our website (to be provided after the registration deadline has closed). Any changes to your submitted program may be made until , after which programs may not be altered.
Each candidate must perform the following in the order of their choice:
The judges have the option of stopping the candidate during any of these performances. All works in all rounds are to be performed from memory with the exception of the set piece, for which memorization is optional. Should you choose to read the score, a page-turner will be permitted.
Twelve (12) competitors from this round will advance to the Semifinal Round. Announcement of the twelve competitors to advance will be made Thursday evening at the beginning of Intermission. All decisions by the judges are final.
The selections for this round will be:
Pieces from previous rounds may NOT be repeated in later rounds.
The competitor may choose to play their free choice or the required piece first, at their discretion. The total performance time, including the required piece, must not exceed the length of the required piece plus the ten (10) minute free choice program. Players will be timed from the moment the first note is played (initial entry/tuning time will not be counted provided it is within reason), and the timer will run throughout the performance, including the time between pieces. The timer will be stopped at the first note of the required piece and resume at the conclusion of the required piece. Players who exceed the ten (10) minute time limit on their free choice program will be stopped.
Four (4) competitors from this round will advance to the Final Round. Announcement of the four (4) competitors to advance will be made Friday evening at the beginning of Intermission.
Finalists will perform their free choice program along with the Set Piece.
The total performance time, including the Set Piece, must not exceed the length of the Set Piece plus the twenty-five (25) minute program. Players will be timed from the moment the first note is played (initial entry/tuning time will not be counted provided it is within reason), and the timer will run throughout the performance, including the time between pieces. The timer will be stopped at the first note of the set piece and resume at the conclusion of the Set Piece. Players who exceed the twenty-five (25) minute time limit on their free choice program will be stopped.
Pieces from previous rounds may NOT be repeated in later rounds. All decisions by the judges are final.
The Guitar Foundation of America does not use a point system. All judges votes are weighted equally. Judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. Based upon this, each judge will vote their choice of the twelve (12) competitors from the Preliminary Round to move on to the Semifinal Round. All votes will be tallied and the twelve (12) competitors with the highest votes shall advance to the Semifinal Round. Should a tie result, judges will re-vote on only the tied competitors.
In the Semifinal Round, judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. Each judge will vote their choice for four (4) finalists, all votes will be tallied and the four (4) competitors with the highest votes shall advance to the Final Round. Should a tie result, judges will re-vote on only 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 using ordinals. No ties will be allowed in the Final Round. In the case of a tie in the initial vote, judges will re-vote on the tied competitors to determine who will advance to the higher place.
The winner of the International Concert Artist Competition will perform the Set Piece during the Winner's Tour.
ICAC Application and Registration Fee is $265.00.
Competition Registration requires an active GFA Membership. If not an active member, there is an additional fee of $60.00 - general membership, or $45.00 - full-time student.
*Competitors will receive essential competition materials only upon receipt of the completed application and fees by the above-mentioned Deadline of May 1, 2017, after which the 2017 Set Piece will be emailed on May 2, 2017.
Housing: Campus housing is available for all competitors. Please visit the GFA Convention Travel Page for more information.
For further information, please contact Martha Masters, Artistic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Martha Masters, Artistic Director, GFA International Concert Artist Competition.