Competitor Information

August 17-19, 2017

Featuring four separate competitions— Classical, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Rock & Blues—the Wilson Center Guitar Festival is open to competitors of all ages. Thanks to the generosity of our Competition Prize Money Sponsors Mark & Sharon Cameli in memory of John Cameli, our fifth anniversary Festival will feature increased prize money totaling $32,000. 

First-place cash prize (in each competition): $5,000 + solo performance!
Second-place cash prize
(in each competition): $2,000
Third-place cash prize
 (in each competition): $1,000

  • February 1-May 31, 2017: Video submissions open.
  • August 18, 2017: Live semi-final rounds at the Wilson Center.
  • August 19, 2017: Live final rounds at the Wilson Center + winners announced!

If you have questions about the 2017 competition or would like to receive additional information, click on the below link to complete the Festival Inquiry Form, and our Festival Manager will respond to your inquiry within two business days.

Congratulations to the 12 winners of our 2016 Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival!

For additional information on the Guitar Festival, please call 262-439-5681 or email