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PCGS NATIONAL COMPETITION 2021

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition is part of the Annual Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival and will take place online via Audio and Video recordings.

There are two separate divisions:

1.
The Adult Division is a national competition open to advanced classical guitarists up to 30 years of age by April 1st 2021 (the year of the competition) and residing in the United States.

2. The Junior Division is a competition for high school students from the Tri-state region (DE, NJ, PA).

Applications and recordings are due no later than:

February 15,  2021 [11:59 pm EST]

There are three rounds:

> The Preliminary round – The jury will review unmarked/anonymous AUDIO 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 15, 2021 and invited to submit their video recordings of their repertoire. 

> The Semifinal round - The jury will review the submitted VIDEO RECORDINGS on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

> The Final round will feature the same VIDEO RECORDINGS,  to be broadcast live online during the 2020 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Festival.

Winners will be announced later the same day 
at the end of the 2021 PCGS festival.

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 February 15, 2021. 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 national 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, 2020 
(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, March 28, 2020

Same pieces as Preliminary Round

Same pieces as Preliminary Round
Final Round
 Sunday, March 29, 2020
Same pieces as Preliminary Round

Same pieces as Preliminary Round


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 February 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/unedited  recordings must be submitted to competition@phillyguitar.com or received through postal delivery by the competition deadline.   Files may be attached to email or sent through a dropbox service to competition@phillyguitar.com.   Mailing address and paper application 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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