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PCGS NATIONAL COMPETITION 2020

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition is part of the Annual Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival.

There are two separate divisions:

1.
The Adult Division is a national competition open to advancing classical guitarists who must be 18 years of age by April 1st 2020 (the year of the competition) and residing in the United States.

2. The Junior Division is open to students age 18 and under residing in the United States.

Applications and recordings are due 

Due Date February 15,  2020 [EST]

There are three rounds:

> The Preliminary round – The jury will review unmarked/anonymous recordings and select up to 12 advancing competitors from each division.  Entrants will be notified if they have advanced to the semifinal round no later than March ##, 2020.

> The Semifinal round - will take place in front of a live audience in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, March 28, 2020 Times TBA | Venue: Mandell Theater at Drexel University

> The Final round will take place on the morning of Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the 2020  Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Festival at Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking). 

Winners will be announced later the same day 
at the end of the closing concert of the festival.

Online Application

GUIDELINES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

  • The Guitar Society reserves the right to cancel any competition division and return student entries and fees if insufficient entries are received.
  • Entries must be received no later than 11:59pm(EST) on Feburary 15, 2020.Entries received after 11:59pm EST will not be accepted.
  • The same repertoire must be performed in the Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final Rounds.
  • Editing of recorded entries is not permitted and will be sufficient reason for disqualification.
  • Prior first prize winners may not participate in the same division.

Questions can be directed to competition@phillyguitar.com

   Adult Division Junior Division
 Eligibility 
A national competition open to advanced classical guitarists residing in the USA
A competition for students age 18 and under
 
Prizes
All finalists will receive prize packages from festival sponsors and:

 1st prize - $1500, *Peter Segal prize & a recital at the 2021 Festival

2nd - $750

3rd - $500
All finalists will receive prize packages from festival sponsors and:

 1st Prize -  $200

2nd - $100

3rd - $50
Application Fee
 $75 - Includes admission to all Sunday Guitar Festival events and a one year PCGS membership
 $40 - Includes admission to all Sunday Guitar Festival events and a one year PCGS membership
Preliminary round
due February 15, 2019
(11:59pm EST)

Free-choice
At least two contrasting selections
(up to 15 minutes)


Free-choice
At least two contrasting selections
(up to 10 minutes)
Semifinals 
 S
aturday, 
April 13, 2019

Free-choice
At least two contrasting selections
(up to 15 minutes)


Free-choice
At least two contrasting selections
(up to 10 minutes)
Final Round
 Sunday, April 14, 2019
Free-choice
At least two contrasting selections
(up to 15 minutes)


Free-choice
At least two contrasting selections
(up to 10 minutes)


Guidelines for all participants

» The Guitar Society reserves the right to cancel any competition division and return student entries

and fees if insufficient entries are received.  Entries must be received no later than 11:59pm (EST) on Feburary 15, 2020. Entries received after 11:59pm EST will not be accepted.

» Prior first prize winners may not participate in the same division.

» Editing or digital manipulation of recorded entries is not permitted 

and will be sufficient reason for disqualification.

PRELIMINARY ROUND RECORDING SUBMISSION

Unaltered recordings must be submitted to competition@phillyguitar.com or received through postal delivery by competition deadline. Files may be attached to email or sent through a dropbox service. Mailing address and paper form can be found on PDF application above.


*Peter Segal was a prominent musician in Philadelphia and was a founding member and leader of  the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society in 1967.  Along with performing in solo and chamber music programs throughout the region,  he performed with a variety of ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Concerto Soloists, Opera Company of Philadelphia  and Relache and also toured internationally. Peter Segal was also a well regarded teacher and scholar and founded classical guitar programs with several institutions including the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and the Philadelphia Musical Academy.  
, Opera Company of Philadelphia  and Relache and also toured internationally. Peter Segal was also a well regarded teacher and scholar and founded classical guitar programs with several institutions including the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and the Philadelphia Musical Academy.  


Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition Committee: Alex Pollock, Joseph Mayes, Ross Mann,  Kevin Cope,  Kathleen Mayes


Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Address: 2038 Sansom street - Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: +1 (215) 567 2972
Email: info@phillyguitar.com 

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