Wilson Center
Guitar Competition & Festival

August 13 - 15, 2015

The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is an annual, multi-genre competition which features four different categories—Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical. Four competitions, one festival. Contestants compete for $22,000 in prize money!

Featuring $22,000 in prize money, the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is open to competitors of all ages! This annual festival features four separate competitions—Fingerstyle, Classical, Jazz, and Rock & Blues.

First Place (in each competition) - $3,000 cash prize
Second Place (in each competition) - $1,500 cash prize
Third Place (in each competition) - $1,000 cash prize

The semi-final and final rounds of competition will take place Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts located at 19805 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield, WI.


The Wilson Center Guitar Competition takes place in two phases: performance video submission and invitation-only live performance semi-final and final rounds in Brookfield, WI.

You may register in a maximum of two (2) different genre categories. Indicate on the form the category (-ies) in which you wish to compete. The registration fee is $50 for one category. The registration fee is $80 for two categories. The application fee is non-refundable, without exception.

All applications must be received by midnight (CDT) on May 1, 2015.  Applicants must submit a performance video of two contrasting works either by DVD or YouTube, with the video marked as public or unlisted. Video submission opens on 2/1/2015.  PLEASE READ THE COMPLETE RULES BEFORE APPLYING.

From the pool of YouTube and DVD applications, jurors will select semi-finalists who will be invited to perform in the live semi-final round at the Wilson Center. The number of competitors advancing to the final round will be determined by the semi-final round adjudicators. To ensure the integrity of the competition, both the semi-final and final round auditions will be blind, with jurors seated behind a screen so they are not able to identify competitors. Semi-final and final round performances are open to the public and will be judged by a panel of renowned artists from each genre. First-place winners in each competition will perform live on Saturday, August 15, 2015.


Tickets to these performances will go on sale to the public beginning April 6, 2015.

Ana Vidovic
Thursday, August 13 @ 7:30 pm

Ana Vidovic is an extraordinary talent who has given more than 1,000 public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. A Croatian virtuoso classical guitarist, her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, and beyond.

Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet & The Troy Stetina Band
Friday, August 14 @ 7:30 pm

Troy Stetina is an internationally renowned guitarist, leading authority in guitar instruction, and clinician. He has authored more than 40 rock and metal guitar methods for Hal Leonard Corp., which have been translated into numerous languages and have sold more than 1 million copies. American jazz guitarist and composer Jonathan Kreisberg started playing guitar at the age of ten. He was admitted to the New World School of the Arts at age 16 and was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while in his teens. Jonathan has recorded five CDs as a leader, including The South of Everywhere, his latest project.

Leo Kottke with special guest Antoine Dufour
Saturday, August 15 @ 7:30 pm

Fingerstyle legend Leo Kottke has composed scores for film soundtracks, childrens shows, and a symphony; and he has also released more than 21 LPs. Kottke is known for his self-deprecating, loopy sense of humor and brilliant stage presence. “What happens in the fretboard appears to mirror the sudden ebbs and flows in his thought process,” wrote Billboard’s Jim Bessman of Kottke’s concert style.