Academy Competition

Preliminary Draft (2018-11-20): Rules subject to change.

The Boston GuitarFest is pleased to present the Academy competition for players ages 16-20 (at least 16 and no older than 20 by June 30th, 2019)


  • 1st prize: $750 and a shared performance at one of the following year’s festival concerts
  • 2nd prize: $400
  • 3rd prize: $200
  • 4th prize: $100

Schedule for 2019

(subject to change)

  • Preliminary round: Saturday, June 29, 11am-5pm
  • Final round: Sunday, July 30: 11am-2pm


  • Contestants must be registered as participants in the Boston GuitarFest Academy Program or Institute Program (must be a registered participant in this year’s Boston GuitarFest — specific program determined by age and skill level as detailed).
  • ages 16-21

* A previous year’s first place winner cannot compete in the academy program competition the following year. 

Competition Rounds

  • Preliminary round: not to exceed 10 minutes. 
  • Final round: not to exceed 20 minutes.  This work may be the same or different as in the preliminary round.

Performance Requirements

  • Individual movements from major works are acceptable.
  • No concertos or chamber music will be permitted.
  • Only four competitors will be chosen for the final round.

If you have ideas about required repertoire and are unsure about their fulfillment of the requirements, please e-mail [email protected] for clarification or confirmation.


Register for the Academy Competition at

2018 Academy Competition Winners

1st Prize – Felix Dallaire
2nd Prize – Michael Vascones
3rd Prize – Christ Habib
4th Prize – Aytahn Benavi
5th Prize – Benjamin Lauring