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IV International Ensemble Competition

University of Indianapolis | Indianapolis, IN, USA

June 24-26, 2020


Cancelled due to COVID-19 

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The GFA International Ensemble Competition (IEC) is a two-round, single division competition that attracts professional, classical guitar duos, trios, and quartets. The competition has no age restrictions.  The GFA International Ensemble Competition will take place during the GFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN at the University of Indianapolis. The convention will run from June 22-27, 2020 and the competition will take place on Wednesday, June 24 and Friday, June 26. 


*IYC and ICAC competitors are allowed to also compete in IEC.  If you will participate in more than one competition, first register for one of the two competitions through the appropriate online registration form. Next, contact Ebaa Khamas, Operations Administrator, at or 877-570-1651 requesting directions to register for the second competition. An additional registration fee of $100 will be applied for participation in the second competition.



1st Prize: $5000* and a GFA Sponsored North American Tour of 3-10 Concerts **

2nd Prize: $2500*

3rd Prize $1250*

String prizes from Augustine, D'Addario, and Savarez.

*All prizes subject to mandatory 30% federal tax withholding for foreign prize-winners; US prize-winners will be issued an IRS-1099 Form.


**All travel and  lodging expenses paid but ensembles will not receive income from concerts. 


Competitors Orientation Meeting:


The competitors meeting will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, June 24th in location TBD. Attendance is mandatory for all ensemble members.  Rehearsal spaces will be assigned for the day of the competition and can be accommodated during the week.








  1. Ensemble size is limited to Guitar Duos, Trios, and Quartets.

  2. Entering ensembles should primarily play classical nylon-string guitars - which may include extended range guitars such as soprano, contrabass, and 7-string guitars - using classical fingerstyle technique. Any plectrum usage must be approved by the Artistic Director by May 1st, 2020. 
  3. All ensembles are required to submit their program in advance by May 1st, after which programs may not be altered.  With program submission, one elected ensemble member should include a high-resolution photo ( 300 DPI minimum) of the entire  ensemble. Individual photos will not be accepted and omitted. Ensembles will be asked to proof the program order at the Competitors' Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020.

  4.  All competitors must attend the mandatory Competitors Orientation Meeting  held at the University of Indianapolis at 10 am on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020. This meeting will determine the performance order for competition by numerical order draw. If you have any reason that you cannot attend the meeting, you must write to and receive a reply from the Artistic Director in advance to receive permission to have your performance order drawn by a GFA staff person in your absence.

  5.  There will be two competition rounds  before a panel of five judges and the public.

  6. The first round performance time must not exceed fifteen minutes. Players will be timed from the moment the first note is played and the timer will run throughout the performance. Players who exceed the fifteen minute time limit may be stopped.

  7.  The second round performance time must not exceed twenty five minutes and no repertoire can be repeated from the first round. Players will be timed from the moment the first note is played and the timer will run throughout the performance. Players who exceed the twenty five minutes time limit may be stopped.

  8.  The judges have the option of stopping any of these performances before the given time limits. All decisions by the judges are final.  No ties will be allowed.

  9.  Results of the IEC will be announced at the intermission of the 8 pm concert on the penultimate day of the convention (June 26th).

  10.  IEC Competitors are allowed to compete in the International Concert Artist Competition and the International Youth Competition. Contact Ebaa Khamas,,  for assistance registering for multiple competitions.

  11.  The IEC is designed for ensembles of only guitarists. It is not a competition intended for guitar and other instrumentalists (violin, flute, voice, etc.). Any competitors that are not guitarists will be disqualified.

  12.  Previous 1st prize winners are not eligible to compete twice.


Application Deadline is May 1, 2020 at 11:59pm, EST.  All ensemble members must be registered by this deadline; there are no exceptions.


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