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


  • May 31, 2017 – Deadline for application materials and video.
  • June 15, 2017 – Notification of semifinalists via email.
  • August 18, 2017 – Live semi-final rounds at the Wilson Center in Brookfield, WI.
  • August 19, 2017 – Live final rounds at the Wilson Center + winners announced!

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

Guitar Festival Sponsors

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