The 6th annual ST. JOSEPH INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL & COMPETITION, sponsored by Missouri Western State University, is currently taking applications for home-hosts for the US and international musicians that will be in St. Joseph from May 13-17, 2009. Home hosting is an opportunity to become personally involved in the festival and get to know some of these brilliant artists on a personal level in exchange for 4 full complimentary tickets valid for entrance to all festival events (a $160. total value). More importantly, this is a chance to introduce our tremendous community to the foreign and US musicians that come to St. Joseph every year for this monumental event. Former guests to our festival have come from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Uruguay and throughout the US. Naturally, hosts with varied language skills are a great asset, but a majority of our guests speak English fluently. The prize money and gifts for this year’s competition are in excess of $7000 which places us among the top 5 classical guitar competitions in the US so the festival is expecting more competitors than ever before.
Past competition winners: 2004
1st Prize: Isaac Bustos (Nicaragua)
2nd Prize: Munhk-Orgil Turbold (Mongolia)
3rd Prize: Nenad Savic (Serbia)
2005 1st Prize: Alieksey Vianna (Brazil)
2nd Prize: Marco Sator (Uruguay)
3rd Prize: Joseph Williams (US)
2006 1st Prize: Alexandr Tsiboulski (Ukraine / Australia)
2nd Prize: Samuel Klemke (Germany)
3rd Prize: Robert Sharp (US)
2007 1st Prize: Eduardo Minozzi Costa (Brazil)
2nd Prize: Austin Moorhead (US)
3rd Prize: Jonathan Dotson (US)
2008 (festival not produced).
2009 To be announced May 17, 2009.
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