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The GFA Ensemble Showcase.

Eligibility, Deadline, & Entry Requirements

Event Date: June 28, 2012



Small Group (Quartet/Trio/Duo)

Large Ensemble (eight or more performers)

Two selected pre-college groups, a small group and a large ensemble (one in each category), have the opportunity to demonstrate their success as part of the annual GFA convention. The Ensemble Showcase was created as a critical step toward developing a community for elementary and secondary guitar education, and now includes university ensemble programs.

University Ensemble:

Four or more performers; one ensemble will be selected.


  • Open to any school guitar ensemble, regardless of nationality, from a public or private school/studio, which performs on nylon string, classical type guitar.

  • Participants must be registered students of the school in the academic year preceding the Showcase convention performance.

  • Large Ensemble applicants should be from programs in existence for at least two years.

  • A single school may enter both K-12 categories and have multiple entries, but only one group will be selected from a given school to perform at the convention.

  • Previous Showcase performing groups must wait two years before re-applying.

  • Entrants may use only unedited recordings of their ensemble.

  • Groups are NOT required to have the same personnel in the Showcase performance as in the submitted recording. It is understood that the ensemble personnel may change between the time of the submitted recording and the actual performance during the GFA convention. 

Deadline: All entry materials must be received by December 15, 2011

Entry Requirements

  • A written description of the instructional program in guitar, not to exceed 300 words.

  • An MP3 recording (at 128kps) of the entry ensemble lasting at least ten minutes but not more than fifteen minutes. Though the selections may be compiled from different performance dates, individual selections must be unedited recordings.

  • Recordings must be submitted via e-mail attachment as an MP3 audio file. NO OTHER FORMATS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Do not send video, they will not be accepted.

  • Recordings may be a compilation of selections made at various times within about the last year.

  • Repertoire: a total of three selections which must include two selections in any combination from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, PLUS one free choice selection.

  • A proposed program of twenty minutes or less total playing time. The convention schedule is very limited. Consequently, the maximum playing time must be adhered to strictly. Make sure to check the exact timing of your total proposed program if you are selected to participate. TOTAL TIME ON STAGE MAY NOT EXCEED 20 MINUTES.

  • An estimate of the number of students that will participate in convention performance.

  • Names of the director(s) and students on the recording.

  • A very clear diagram of the ensemble setup (backline).

  • Complete contact information for the ensemble director including e-mail and cell phone number.* This must be included the application.

Recording Submission Instructions:

Send the MP3 recording of your group via e-mail attachment (an mpeg, windows media, mp3, or similar common US format, instead of discs)

  • (media attachment): *An mp3 copy an unedited (edits between recorded musical selection is allowed) recording of the entry ensemble lasting at least ten minutes but not more than fifteen minutes.
  • Repertoire: Must include two selections in any combination from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, PLUS one free choice selection
  • Make sure that each selection is clearly labeled with the schools' name, title and composer of the work.
  • You may send each selection separately via email if your server cannot transmit all of the recordings at once due to file size.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CLEARLY TITLE EACH EMAIL AND ATTACHMENT.


Convention Participation: Convention passes for the ensemble students, directors, and up to two chaperones will be provided for three days (Friday through Sunday). For daily rates and other convention participation options, please refer to the GFA website.

Registration is performed online, but please remember that all materials must be received by December 15, 2011.

Notification: The selection committee will inform the applicants of the final choice on January 20, 2012.

Questions: Please contact Sean Beavers at this link.

Send three .mp3 recordings of your group via e-mail attachment to Submissions must be unedited recordings of the entry ensemble. Duration of all recordings should be at least 10 min. but not more than 15 min. One selection must have been composed prior to the year 1900. Please make sure to clearly title your email and recording file names with the school name and composition title and composer.

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