For Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Thomas Beeston believed that music is our common denominator and that it has the power to heal, to inspire and to transform. Highly regarded as a guitarist and luthier, Tom was a leading figure in the evolution of Tucson as an international center for the classical guitar. He was a friend and mentor to Norman Douglas Sholin, founder of the UA Guitar Program, as well as Sholin's first classical guitar teacher. Thomas served as an advisor to the UA guitar program until his death in 1999.
The Beeston Guitar Competition has garnered the attention of music lovers from all age groups and backgrounds. Its increasing popularity means it draws large audiences from the community.
The final round of the Thomas H. Beeston Memorial Guitar Competition features four finalists, chosen from the semi-final round held the previous day. Each finalist performs a 20-minute program in this public recital venue. Immediately after the concert nearly $15,000 in prizes, including a finely crafted guitar by Stephan Connor, will be awarded to the winners.
Beeston Competition Guidelines:
- Semi-Final Round: 15 minutes of free-choice repertoire*
- Final Round: 20 minutes of free-choice repertoire*
*Your program must include at least one pre-classical piece (baroque or renaissance), and this piece can be a part of either your semifinal or final program. A pre-classical piece can be performed in both rounds, assuming that the piece you play is your chosen carryover piece, or that you have more than one pre-classical piece in your program. ONE piece may be repeated from the semi-final round to the final round.
*Your program must include at least two different style periods per day. Please take into account that in order for your program to effectively have contrasting time periods the different pieces must basically be from different centuries. Two pieces of music from the 20th century will most likely be considered the same style of music and not fulfill the contrasting style requirement.
2003: Gonzalo Molano
2004: Jane Curry
2005: Pavel Meza
2006: Eduardo Minozzi Costa
2007: Matthew Palmer
2008: Matthew Palmer
2009: Jane Curry
2010: Renato Serrano Muñoz
2011: Renato Serrano Muñoz
2012: Misael Barraza-Díaz
2013: Misael Barraza-Díaz
2014: Renato Serrano Muñoz
2015: Misael Barraza-Díaz
2016: Steve Lerman & Misael Barraza-Díaz
2017: Andres Pantoja & Misael Barraza-Díaz
2018: Bin Hu & Misael Barraza-Díaz
2019: Andrea Roberto & Misael Barraza-Díaz
2020: Ana Maria Iordache & Misael Barraza-Diaz
2021: Ignacio Mondaca
2022: Giovanni Accadía