2018 National High School
Classical Guitar Competition

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.

The Competition entry deadline has been extended to April 1, 2018.

2017 Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Competition:
1st prize - Ria Modak
2nd prize - Benjamin Lauring
3rd prize - Sunyyah Foristall

They are pictured with James Erickson, Assistant Festival Director (left) and Harris Becker, Festival Director.

Ria Modak will perform at the 2018 Festival on April 14.

Past First Prize Winners

Ria Modak, 2017

Kang Min Shin, 2016

Michael Vascones
Michael Vascones, 2015

Jonathan Bodian
Jonathan Bodian, 2014

2016 Winners

Grace Elmer (left) & Ria Modak, second prize (tie) with first prize winner Kang Min Shin performed at the 2017 Festival on April 8.


  • 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: March 23, 2018

Scheduled artists and performers for our 26th annual festival include: Berta Rojas, Rene Izquierdo, Cavatina Duo, The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Alexandra Yannis Guitar Duo, Simon Powis, James Erickson, Michael Roberts, Laura Lessard, The Artesian Guitar Quartet, and Harris Becker.

2018 Competition Flyer
Entry Deadline is April 1

Tickets for Festival 2018 are available by mail using this Ticket Order Form. Tickets for select events are available through Ticketmaster and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Box Office. Tickets to all events will be available at the door.

Guitarists and Performers: if you are interested in participating in a Festival Master Class as a performer, please see the More Information page.

High School Guitar Ensemble Directors: if you are interested in having your ensemble perform in a 2018 Long Island Guitar Festival Ensemble Showcase please read the Ensemble Showcases page.

Returning to the Festival in 2018 for its fourth year is the LIGF Guitar Orchestra, open to high schoool students and others.

School of Performing Arts

Department of Music

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