March 9-12, 2018

The Catholic University of America – Washington, DC

THE BEATTY COMPETITION

The John and Susie Beatty Music Scholarship Competition, or as it is known – The Beatty Competition – is an educational program of Marlow Guitar International. Since it was founded in 2007, The Beatty Competition has provided hundreds of young guitar students the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and develop their confidence through public performance, while making lifelong friendships. The Beatty Competition is committed to making the event accessible, so it is open free of charge to guitarists 18 and under who reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. (To check eligibility please click here for a list of MD and VA counties.) This annual event takes place over a weekend, beginning on Friday evening with a light supper and introductory meeting of contestants, parents, and judges. The playing competition begins on Saturday with the first of three rounds, and concludes Monday evening with the finals. Each round is open to the public to be an audience member.

EDUCATION & ENCOURAGEMENT

At its core the Beatty Competition is about education and encouragement, so after each round the contestants meet individually with each judge to receive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Cash prizes for scholarship are awarded to every finalist, while the grand prize winner is invited to perform a piece at a Marlow Guitar Series concert. Participants and parents are encouraged to listen to all performances to support fellow young talents. In addition to encouraging performance achievement, The Beatty Competition fosters an appreciation in young players for the music of contemporary composers. Every year we commission composers of national and international renown to write new set pieces for each age category. We have to date supported composers in the creation of 33 new works for solo guitar, which have entered the guitar repertoire for players to enjoy. We are proud that so many past participants have gone on to attend such prestigious schools as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and Florida State University, and that others credit The Beatty Competition with providing the experience of setting and achieving goals which has served their various educational paths. The next Beatty Competition will be held March 9-12, 2018 at the Catholic University of America, in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064. Please check back here for details.

HISTORY OF THE BEATTY COMPETITION

The Beatty Competition came about in 2007 as the perfect intersection between the philanthropic wishes of John and Susie Beatty and their devotion to music, the desire of board member Dr. Amy Crews Cutts to expand the programs offered by the International Conservatory of Music (now Marlow Guitar International) to make a greater contribution to the community, and the vision of classical guitarist Berta Rojas to create a positive, educational competition for young players. For over a decade now, the competition has enjoyed the unwavering support of John and Susie Beatty, and of Amy Crews Cutts, competition director. Amy has produced the competition since its inception – managing applications, the timetable, the sponsors, the travel plans for the judges, the duties of the large volunteer corps, and more. She is the day-to-day face of the competition. Berta Rojas served as artistic director for the first three years, and the competition enjoys the lasting legacy of her leadership, including the judge-competitor feedback sessions, the prizes to honor historic composers, and the design of the “guitar man” logo. In 2010 Dr. Glenn Caluda picked up where Berta left off. His dedication to the educational aspects of the competition is strongly felt through his selection of judges who are experienced players and respected teachers from across the US. From 2008-2012 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts featured the Beatty Competition winners in a recital on the Millennium Stage. Here are is the recital from the 2012 winners:

PAST COMPOSER’S PRIZE

Each year The Beatty Competition Composer’s Prize celebrates an important historical composer of classical guitar music. The prize encourages contestants to explore and perform the music of these extraordinary contributors to guitar repertoire.
These are the composers featured by The Beatty Competition to date:

  • AgustÍn Barrios – sponsored by Centro Cultural de la República Cabildo of Paraguay
  • Napoleon Coste – sponsored by the DC Scottish Rite
  • Mauro Giuliani – sponsored by the DC Scottish Rite
  • Antonio Lauro – sponsored by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  • Manuel Ponce – sponsored by the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute
  • Julio Salvador Sagreras – sponsored by the DC Scottish Rite
  • Fernando Sor – sponsored by the International Conservatory of Music
  • Francisco Tárrega – sponsored by the DC Scottish Rite
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos – sponsored by the Embassy of Brazil
  • The Vihuelists: Luis Milán, Alonso Mudarra, Luis De Narváez, Miguel de Fuenllana, Estevan Daza, Enríquez de Valderrábano, Diego Pisador, and Francesco da Milano – sponsored by the DC Scottish Rite

BEATTY COMPETITION PAST COMMISSIONS

The Beatty competition thanks Carol and Chris Espinosa of Portola Valley, CA for sponsoring the annual commissioning of these pieces. All contestants are required to play the set piece for their division in the first round of the competition.
Commissioned Composers and set piece titles:

  • Sergio Assad, Brazil
    Composer of the 2018 set pieces
  • Glenn Caluda, USA
    Small Chaconne for the Great Whales, Song for the Rain Forest, and Celebration
  • Ernesto Cordero, Puerto Rico
    Las Niñas, Niebla, and El Caminante
  • Mark Anthony Cruz, USA
    Chiesa di Santa Maria, Chiesa di San Francesco, and I Guardiani
  • Gerald Garcia, UK
    Antonio, Milonga, and Havabanera
  • Vincent Lindsey-Clark, UK
    Pulsar, Free Fall, and Troubadour
  • José Luis Merlin, Argentina
    Bailongo Campero, Beso de Luna, and Un Paseo a Caballo
  • Julio César Oliva, Mexico
    Columbia, Fiesta Mexicana, and Son de la Paloma
  • Raphael Scarfullery, USA
    Moon Dance, Rain Dance and Sun Dance
  • Frank Wallace, USA
    I. Round the World, II. Don’t Say Goodbye, and III. Par 9

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2018 COMPETITION

For 2018, the competition will be held March 9-12, 2018 at Catholic University in Washington, DC, and will be judged over three days to determine scholarship winners in each of three age groups: Youth (up to 12 years old), junior (13-15 years old), and senior (16-18 years old) in addition to the grand prize and the special composer’s prize. Application to the competition is free and all performances are open to the public with free admission. The Competition is open to guitar players up to 18 years old who reside in the Washington, DC and Baltimore metro areas. Rules, set piece music and other information is available in the downloads section. On March 9th is a “Meet the Judges Reception” for contestants and their parents – this is not open to the public. March 10 we will hear all of the contestants play the required set piece for their division and a piece of their choosing. Semifinalists will be announced at the end of each division’s performances. In the semifinal round on March 11 and in the finals on March 12, contestants will play programs of their choosing within the time limits set for their respective divisions. In each competition round contestants who do not advance are invited to meet with the judges in one-on-one, 5-minute “speed dates” to review their performances and get ideas for improving their playing.

Amy Cutts

Beatty Competition Executive Director
amy@www.marlowguitar.org

Glenn Caluda

Beatty Competition Artistic Director
glenn@www.marlowguitar.org

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