2018 National High School
Classical Guitar Competition

Please note: the 2018 competition is over. Watch for details about our 2019 competition as they become available.

Open to residents of all 50 states who are attending and matriculated in a public or private high school in the above states through the date of the competition finals. Applicants may not be represented by professional management.

2017 Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Competition:

1st prize - Eliza Balmuth and Everett Shen (tie)
2nd prize - Alexander Seguin

Ria Modak, winner of the 2017 competition, peformed at Festival 2018 Saturday, April 14.

Past First Prize Winners

Ria Modak, 2017

Kang Min Shin, 2016

Michael Vascones
Michael Vascones, 2015

Jonathan Bodian
Jonathan Bodian, 2014


  • First Prize: $500.00 and a concert performance at the 2019 Long Island Guitar Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase.
  • Second Prize: $200.00.
  • Additional prizes awarded to all competitors who perform at the Festival will include accessories and strings donated by D'Addario, Savarez and Augustine.

The competition is limited to the first thirty (30) applicants to have all required materials submitted to the Long Island Guitar Festival by the stipulated deadline.

A completed application which includes a link to a web-accessible video performance and an entry fee of forty dollars ($40.00) must be received by the Long Island Guitar Festival no later than March 24, 2018 April 1, 2018. Late entries will not be considered. Both the Competition Rules and Guidelines and Competition Application for our 2018 competition can be downloaded here in a compressed zip file.

All applicants are responsible for their own expenses such as travel, lodging, etc.

All applicants must perform on a nylon string, classical guitar when recording their video or performing in the semi-finals or finals.

  • Performance Video. A 4 to 7 minute video sample of your playing. A link to this video, uploaded to YouTube or another web-accessible site, must be included in the application.
  • Semi-finals. A piece chosen from the Heitor Villa-Lobos Complete Works for Solo Guitar, Editions Max Eschig.
  • Finals. A piece chosen from the Heitor Villa-Lobos Complete Works for Solo Guitar, Editions Max Eschig AND a piece of 4 to 7 minutes in length. This may include multiple movements from the same composition, such as a suite or sonata.

For further information about repertoire and other rules and guidelines, please consult the Competition Rules and Guidelines.

All application material and the entry fee should be mailed to the address below. Checks and money orders should be made out to LIU/Long Island Guitar Festival.

DEADLINE: All application material and the entry fee must be received by March 24, 2018 April 1, 2018.

Festival Competition Address:
Long Island Guitar Festival 2018 - Competition
LIU Post Department of Music
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

For more information please contact us at LIGFestival@aol.com or 516-299-3181.

Last update: May 24, 2018

The 27th Long Island Guitar Festival will take place April 9–14, 2019. It will feature the US debut of UK guitarist Laura Snowden, Jérôme Ducharme, Robert Trent, Claude Laflamme, and the Leisner / Fernández Duo.

Guitarists and Performers: watch for details on how you can participate in a Festival 2019 Master Class.

High School Guitar Ensemble Directors: if you are interested in having your ensemble perform in a 2019 Long Island Guitar Festival Ensemble Showcase please read the Ensemble Showcases page.

Guitar Teachers and Guitarists: if you or your students would like to perform with the 2019 LIGF Guitar Orchestra please read the Guitar Orchestra page.

School of Performing Arts

Department of Music

Long Island Guitar Festival
Department of Music
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548