Competitions

The Bolton Guitar Studies hosts five annual competitions: the Beeston Memorial Guitar Competition, the Wolfe Memorial Guitar Competition, the David Russell Bach Prize, the Sholin Memorial Guitar Competition, and the Schaeffer Memorial Guitar Competition.

Beeston Competition

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...

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Wolfe Competition

More and more, during recent years, public and private studio recitals by guitar students at The University of Arizona have deeply impressed and moved me. They have won my high and continual admiration for their shared enthusiasm, perseverance, and devotion in study...

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David Russell Bach Prize

The wonderful music of J.S. Bach is satisfying on all levels: emotionally, intellectually, technically, and historically. It has given me so much pleasure and happiness all through my life, that I want to encourage all the students...

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Sholin Competition

Norman Douglas Sholin founded and designed the guitar degree program at the University of Arizona School of Music and Dance in 1974...

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Schaeffer Competition

Sponsored by the Leonard and David Schaeffer Memorial Endowment, this competition honors the memories of Leonard and David, and their father, Albert Schaeffer, by showcasing the exemplary talents of the University of Arizona guitar studio....

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