Guitarists from seven countries and 21 states competed in the second annual Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival, which took place August 14-16 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

The competition showcased guitarists competing in four separate genres—classical, jazz, fingerstyle and rock/blues. First place ($3,000 cash prize), second place ($1,500 cash prize) and third place ($1,000 cash prize) winners were awarded in each genre.


Congratulations to the winners and all competitors who joined us this year!


1st Place: Steve Cowan • Montreal, Canada
2nd Place: Mark Edwards  • Baltimore, MD
3rd Place: Xavier Jara • Arlington, MN


1st Place: Gabriel Andrews • Avonsleigh, Australia
2nd Place: Brock Camden • Burlington, Canada
3rd Place: Rachael Carlson • Milwaukee, WI


1st Place: Gabriel Condon • Penfield, NY
2nd Place: Robert Andrew Corder, Jr. • Los Angeles, CA
3rd Place: Matthew Rotker-Lynn • Milwaukee, WI


1st Place: Jernej Bervar • Maribor, Slovenia
2nd Place: Mark Mendoza • Whitefish Bay, WI
3rd Place: Christopher Schuck • Brookfield, WI