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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH COMPETITION (IYC)

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OVERVIEW

When: June 21-23, 2020. Registration deadline and program deadline May 1, 2020 11:59pm EST

Where? University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana (IN) USA

For whom? Young Guitarists ages 18 or under, by June 23, 2020

Organization: 2 divisions (ages 14 & under, and 15-18) capped at 25 competitors, in 2 rounds

Music: Required piece (Villa-Lobos) and free-choice piece/s, performed from memory on classical guitar (timings and important details below)

 

*NEW DATES: The International Youth Competition (IYC) has been moved to the earlier part of our GFA Convention Week! The mandatory competitors’ meeting will take place on Sunday, June 21st at 6pm, with the Preliminary Round on Monday, June 22 starting at 9am, and the Final Round on Tuesday, June 23 (at 3pm for Junior Division, and 5pm senior division).

This will now allow participants to dual register for the GFA Guitar Summit (click for more information) and IYC. This is a great opportunity to spend the week immersed in guitar, to work with many of our incredible artists, and to make new friends. To dual register, you will need to fill out the IYC application, which includes an option to add the Summit in the second page of the form.

 

PRIZES

Senior Division (Ages 15–18)

1st Prize: $2,000* 

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*

 

*All amounts subject to 30% withholding for non-US citizens.

Other prizes awarded to all finalists will include:

Strings generously donated by D’Addario, Savarez, and Augustine

Gift Certificates from Guitar Solo Publications (GSP); Kling-On Products

All competitors receive gift certificates from Strings By Mail

 

COMPETITION RULES AND ELIGIBILITY

The IYC is open to competitors or any nationality who are not older than 14 years of age (Junior Division) or 18 years of age (Senior Division) through to the date of the competition finals (June 23), and who are not represented by professional management. Each age-division is limited to the first twenty-five (25) 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/chaperone 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 International Concert Artist Competition (ICAC) unless they have reached the minimum age requirement of 18. Proof of age will be required of all participants.

All decisions regarding eligibility are made by the IYC Artistic Director, Lynn McGrath.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2020 11:59pm EST.

Entries with all fees and application materials, including submission of repertoire for the preliminary and final rounds as well as an HD photo for the program, must be received by the GFA no later than the above deadline. No late entries will be considered.

MANDATORY COMPETITORS’ MEETING: Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 6pm EST.

 

Location is TBD and will be posted soon! Attendance at the Competitor’s Meeting meeting is required of every competitor. Procedures will be reviewed, and afterwards, there will be a brief tour of the Preliminary Round venue.

 

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.

PRELIMINARY ROUND REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH DIVISIONS

Monday, June 22nd: The performance will take place before a panel of three (3) judges for each division. This round will be closed to the public and no observers are allowed. Each division is capped at 25 competitors.

Each candidate must perform the following pieces and they may be performed in any order:

Required piece: One solo from the Heitor Villa-Lobos “Complete Works for Solo Guitar,” Editions Max Eschig.

Free Choice: A piece of 4-7 minutes 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).

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 at the start of the 8pm concert on that day. 

FINAL ROUND REQUIREMENTS FOR JUNIOR DIVISION

Tuesday, June 23, 3pm: 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. The pieces may be performed in any order. No works by Villa-Lobos may be included in the Final Round, but other works from the Preliminary Round may be repeated.

All pieces must be performed from memory. Performers may be stopped at a total of 12 minutes playing time. Tuning or pausing between the selections is not included in the timing. The final results will be announced at a brief Awards Ceremony will occur at 7:45pm that day, before the start of the 8pm concert.

FINAL ROUND REQUIREMENTS FOR SENIOR DIVISION

Tuesday, June 23, 5pm: Performance order for competitors in this round will be determined by a Lottery-numerical order draw. The four (4) candidates will perform before a 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 may be included in the final round, but other works from the Preliminary Round may be repeated.

All pieces must be memorized. Performers may be stopped at a total of 15 minutes playing time. Tuning or pausing between the selections is not included in the timing. The final results will be announced at a brief Awards Ceremony will occur at 7:45pm that day, before the start of the 8pm concert. 

COMPETITION PROCEDURES

A drat list of preliminary round times will be e-mailed to each competitor a few weeks before the start of the convention. Performance order will be determined by random number generating software. More detailed information about the IYC Competitor's meeting will be provided by email communication after the registration deadline has been reached. Please check the email address you used when registering for all correspondence regarding the event. 

PRELIMINARY ROUND PROCEDURES

Competitors should be near the judging venue, ready to perform, at least 30-45 minutes before their scheduled time and may need to perform up to 20 minutes before their scheduled time if we are running ahead (you will be informed by our helpers if this is the case). Competitors should bring only their guitar (without the case) and guitar elevation device or footstool into the judging room. 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 and will vote for their choice of the four (4) competitors from the Preliminary Round who they wish 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 vote for each place, beginning with First then moving on to Second, Third, and Forth. No ties will be allowed in the final results. In the case of a tie during deliberation, 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 May 1, 2020 at 11:59PM EST. No late entries will be considered. Please remember that to register, you must first be a GFA member, and use your Login credentials to access the registration. In can take some time for GFA membership to process, so please plan accordingly.

We strongly encourage you to upload appropriate age verification with registration. If this is not included, competitors are required to bring government issued age 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.

PROPOSED PROGRAMS/HD PHOTO:

Competitors Preliminary and Final Program along with an HD photo for including in our Convention Program Booklet must also be submitted by the May 1st deadline.

To submit the program (titles of works/composers names are needed), once you have successfully registered for the IYC, you will revisit the IYC page (you must be logged in for this to work) and a link to the program/photo submittal will appear at the top of the page for program submittal form). Again, you MUST be logged in to the GFA website, and fully registered for the IYC for this link to appear. Failure to fill out the program form may result in you not being able to compete, so please mark this deadline in your calendars and don’t wait until the last minute!

Changes to the program content for each round are not allowed past this deadline, though order may be changed on-site.

IYC REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEES

All youth competitors must be current members of the GFA. Current members will have a login name and password, and you will need this to register.

Youth Competitor Three-Day Registration: $160.00 - this fee covers all convention activities and concerts for the period of IYC, June 21-23, 2020.

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 21-23, 2020.

**OPTIONAL** $265.00 - Youth Competitor Full-Week Registration June 21-June 27, 2020. 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).

**OPTIONAL** $865 - Youth Competitor Full-Week Registration AND Guitar Summit Registration. For more information on the Guitar Summit, please follow this link:

OTHER OPTIONS: Note that IYC competitors may request a masterclass and submit an audition video link as a part of the registration process, for no additional fee. Once approved for a class, preferences will be processed on a first come-first serve basis (in order of registration). 

Participants NOT in guitar Summit, but who have a week-long convention pass, can also elect to take part in Youth Ensemble and/or Guitar Orchestra. Youth Ensemble is for students 18 and under and automatically includes Guitar Summit registrants. Guitar Orchestra is for members of the guitar community, of any age. Both ensembles are directed by Chuck Hulihan and the master schedule will show rehearsal times and members will be contacted in advance to receive parts and more information.

Additional competition and convention registrations should be purchased separately (create a NEW account for each youth registrant, even if they are siblings!). Chaperones attending with more than one competitor only need to purchase one pass for the appropriate competition period.

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

For registration questions, please contact: Ebaa Khamas, Operations Administrator, at info@guitarfoundation.org

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