James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition The James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition—hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Music and in partnership with the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival—was founded to help create opportunities for gifted classical guitarists ages 14-18.
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You can keep updated with all our semi-finalist announcements here: https://bit.ly/3eX287yStay healthy & happy practicin...
04/28/2020

You can keep updated with all our semi-finalist announcements here: https://bit.ly/3eX287y
Stay healthy & happy practicing!

Interested about the history of the classical guitar? Check out this article featured in Classical Guitar Magazine: http...
04/23/2020

Interested about the history of the classical guitar? Check out this article featured in Classical Guitar Magazine: https://bit.ly/2VvW6D0

Here's a #throwback video of Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Jason Vieaux playing the jazz classic, "What a ...
04/16/2020

Here's a #throwback video of Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Jason Vieaux playing the jazz classic, "What a Wonderful World." Find his 2018 Great Day Houston performance here: https://bit.ly/34AEc5a

Due to the widespread public health concern around COVID-19 and to best protect our community, we have decided to change...
04/13/2020

Due to the widespread public health concern around COVID-19 and to best protect our community, we have decided to change the format of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. The semi-final round will be conducted by video submissions only. The date of the in-person final round will be determined this summer or fall, 2020. Please learn more here: https://bit.ly/2VtvZvl

Although we are disappointed not to hold the inaugural competition in the way we had planned, we are looking forward to staying connected to our candidates, watching their performance videos and celebrating their talent.

Uruguayan classical guitarist, Marco Sartor, will be a final round judge for the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Comp...
04/07/2020

Uruguayan classical guitarist, Marco Sartor, will be a final round judge for the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Find his performance of the Scarlatti Sonata K 9 here: https://bit.ly/2Vcx8XQ

Nigel North, lutenist, will be a final round judge for the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Find his live...
04/02/2020

Nigel North, lutenist, will be a final round judge for the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Find his live performance of Ciaccona in Eb Major, by Silvius Weiss here: https://bit.ly/39wfALr

Only 2 months before the live performance rounds of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition! Details availabl...
03/31/2020

Only 2 months before the live performance rounds of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition! Details available here: https://bit.ly/33WjPyV

The Davin-Levin Duo consists of Colin Davin, Co-chair of the Cleveland Institute of Music classical guitar division, and...
03/26/2020

The Davin-Levin Duo consists of Colin Davin, Co-chair of the Cleveland Institute of Music classical guitar division, and Emily Levin, principal harpist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Both will be semi-final round judges for the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Find their recent performance of Philip Glass' Etude no. 6 here! https://bit.ly/2QMWH0h

photo credit: Simon Powis

The 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition is pleased to offer substantial monetary prizes to its top four compe...
03/24/2020

The 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition is pleased to offer substantial monetary prizes to its top four competitors. First Place award is $10,000, Second Place $5,000, Third Place $2,500, and Fourth Place $1000.
Learn more about the competition here: https://bit.ly/2vGaw9t

All semi finalists will program 2 contrasting free-choice works and the required set piece.Find more semifinal round inf...
03/19/2020

All semi finalists will program 2 contrasting free-choice works and the required set piece.
Find more semifinal round information here: https://bit.ly/2vvYQpJ

03/18/2020

COVID-19 Message:

Please know that our administration is monitoring the situation very closely. At this time, the competition is scheduled to proceed as planned. If the plan changes, we will update the community with more information. We look forward to seeing our fifteen talented applicants this June.

Petra Poláčková will be a featured performer at the 2020 Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival! Find her vid...
03/16/2020

Petra Poláčková will be a featured performer at the 2020 Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival! Find her video of the "Chaconne" from J.S. Bach's Violin Partita no. 2 in d, BWV 1004 and an interview for Classical Guitar Magazine here: https://bit.ly/38UxI1t

Video by James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition preliminary round judge, Drew Henderson

Congratulations to our fifteen semi-finalists! https://bit.ly/2IDQ6Rr Now it's time to plan that trip to Cleveland! Chec...
03/12/2020

Congratulations to our fifteen semi-finalists! https://bit.ly/2IDQ6Rr
Now it's time to plan that trip to Cleveland! Check out the full schedule for the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition and Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival here: https://bit.ly/2IE2Sj1

One week count down until the semi-finalist results are released. 12-15 competitors will be chosen and invited to perfor...
03/09/2020

One week count down until the semi-finalist results are released. 12-15 competitors will be chosen and invited to perform live in Cleveland. Be on the lookout around March 15th!

James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
03/08/2020

James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

Get to know 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition semi-final round judge, Meng Su! Su enjoys an active career as concert soloist, recording artist, and half of the Beijing Guitar Duo. She also teaches at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.
https://bit.ly/2TuSiQc

photo credit: Sophie Zhai

Get to know 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition semi-final round judge, Meng Su! Su enjoys an active career a...
03/05/2020

Get to know 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition semi-final round judge, Meng Su! Su enjoys an active career as concert soloist, recording artist, and half of the Beijing Guitar Duo. She also teaches at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.
https://bit.ly/2TuSiQc

photo credit: Sophie Zhai

Did you know our 2020 judge Jason Vieaux was the first classical musician to perform on the NPR Tiny Desk series?Watch t...
03/03/2020

Did you know our 2020 judge Jason Vieaux was the first classical musician to perform on the NPR Tiny Desk series?
Watch the performance here: https://n.pr/38dZEwZ

About 2 weeks to go until semi-final round results are released! Learn more about the competition rules here: https://bi...
02/27/2020

About 2 weeks to go until semi-final round results are released!
Learn more about the competition rules here: https://bit.ly/2VqcXaL

Get to know semi-final round judge Emily Levin, who is principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra! Emily is a de...
02/25/2020

Get to know semi-final round judge Emily Levin, who is principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra! Emily is a dedicated orchestral, chamber and solo musician. She performs regularly in a harp and guitar duo with Colin Davin - Guitarist. https://bit.ly/2VgNkZX

Photo by: Dario Acosta

Our Founder, James Stroud designed this competition to "help create opportunities for the next generation of classical g...
02/20/2020

Our Founder, James Stroud designed this competition to "help create opportunities for the next generation of classical guitarists." Learn more about the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition mission statement here: https://bit.ly/38L9abR

02/18/2020

Thank you for submitting your applications for the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition! All semi-finalists will be notified of the results around March 15.

The 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition is "the most lucrative annual classical guitar event for its age grou...
02/12/2020

The 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition is "the most lucrative annual classical guitar event for its age group in the country." Substantial monetary prizes will be awarded to its four top competitors. First Place is $10,000, Second Place $5,000, Third Place $2,500, and Fourth Place $1,000.
Send in your application today! https://bit.ly/38PpEjE

Jason Vieaux and Colin Davin - Guitarist- co-chairs of the Cleveland Institute of Music Guitar Department, "look forward...
02/10/2020

Jason Vieaux and Colin Davin - Guitarist- co-chairs of the Cleveland Institute of Music Guitar Department, "look forward once again to sharing CIM's rich environment of world class classical guitar concerts, premieres, master classes, lectures, private lessons, exhibits, and camaraderie with old friends and new from around the USA and beyond in a celebration of fine music."

Find the schedule for the 2020 Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival and James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition here: https://bit.ly/2tKQw4K

1 week remaining until preliminary round videos are due! Send in your application today for a chance to attend the first...
02/07/2020

1 week remaining until preliminary round videos are due! Send in your application today for a chance to attend the first James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition hosted by Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Entry form available here: https://bit.ly/2O8EqJB

Here's a Classical Guitar Magazine #throwbackthursday featuring a 2016 Classical Guitar Sessions presentation with one o...
02/05/2020

Here's a Classical Guitar Magazine #throwbackthursday featuring a 2016 Classical Guitar Sessions presentation with one of our 2020 judges, Jason Vieaux.

https://bit.ly/2U7FEZd

photo credit: Tyler Boye

All applicants must submit 2 preliminary round videos featuring a selection by J.S. Bach and a free choice solo. Additio...
02/03/2020

All applicants must submit 2 preliminary round videos featuring a selection by J.S. Bach and a free choice solo. Additional rules here: https://bit.ly/2uD48z9

Join us in Cleveland for the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Only 2 weeks left to apply! Find the entry ...
01/31/2020

Join us in Cleveland for the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Only 2 weeks left to apply! Find the entry form here: https://bit.ly/2O8EqJB

The 1st annual James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition will be held June 4-7, 2020 in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Inst...
01/29/2020

The 1st annual James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition will be held June 4-7, 2020 in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Learn more about the facility here: https://bit.ly/3aQdmIT

In addition to judging the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli will perform ...
01/27/2020

In addition to judging the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli will perform as Soloduo at the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2RtGCgH

A recent video of J.S. Bach's Prelude, Saraband, Gigue & Double (BWV 997) produced and performed by 2020 judge, Drew Hen...
01/24/2020

A recent video of J.S. Bach's Prelude, Saraband, Gigue & Double (BWV 997) produced and performed by 2020 judge, Drew Henderson, Guitarist/Producer!
https://bit.ly/36iRrql

Find the entry form and submit your preliminary videos here: https://bit.ly/2usCapw

The top four competitors at the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition will receive substantial monetary prizes....
01/22/2020

The top four competitors at the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition will receive substantial monetary prizes. First Place award is $10,000, Second Place $5,000, Third Place $2,500, and Fourth Place $1000. Apply now! https://bit.ly/38PpEjE

The James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition will be held at the Cleveland Institute of Music June 4-7, 2020. Its missi...
01/20/2020

The James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition will be held at the Cleveland Institute of Music June 4-7, 2020. Its mission is to encourage "artistic and musical pursuits for advanced musical studies and professional musical careers." Entry form available here: https://bit.ly/2R7RmkG

Jason Vieaux, 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition judge and head of the guitar department at the Cleveland In...
01/17/2020

Jason Vieaux, 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition judge and head of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, was recently interviewed about his multifaceted career. Read the Classical Guitar Magazine article here: https://bit.ly/2THvmz9

One month remaining until the preliminary video deadline. Apply to the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition today! ...
01/15/2020

One month remaining until the preliminary video deadline. Apply to the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition today! Find the entry form here: https://bit.ly/36UmQ3x

A quick reminder that video submissions must include a Baroque composition by J. S. Bach. Here's one from  Classical Gui...
01/13/2020

A quick reminder that video submissions must include a Baroque composition by J. S. Bach. Here's one from Classical Guitar Magazine featuring 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition judge Colin Davin - Guitarist performing "Gigue" from the Suite for Cello no. 6, BVW 1012.
https://youtu.be/IzAZwE0OF2E
Video produced by 2020 judge, Drew Henderson, Guitarist/Producer

Learn more about entry guidelines here: https://bit.ly/2ThnZOz

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About the Competition

The James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition—hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Music and in partnership with the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival—was founded to help create opportunities for gifted classical guitarists ages 14-18, aiding in their pursuits for advanced artistic studies and professional music careers.

James Stroud’s Story

When I was a young university guitar student practicing for many hours each day and dreaming of a career as a professional classical guitarist, I often wished I owned a nicer guitar or could attend summer music festivals and master classes. I knew how important these opportunities were to my professional development, but these essentials were always beyond my financial reach. Through the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition, I hope to assist today's young, hard-working and well-deserved guitar students in reaching their goals and recognizing their full potential.


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