First Prize Guitar for the C-G Competition at 2020 Twisted Spruce Online Guitar Symposium

The C-G Competition is about collaboration between composers and guitarists (C-G).  Prizewinners will be decided upon by the overall creativity of their project, quality of the score, and quality of the recording.  Teams may win the prize or individuals may be named. 
Composition students who participate in the Twisted Spruce curriculum will have until Sept 15, 2020 to complete the work they began during the festival.  All new music scores must be started by composers registered for the 2020 Online Symposium. 
Compositions and performances by first and second prize finalists will be invited to open the August 2021 Festival in Colorado Springs, CO.   First, second, and thrid prize winners will be named.  The guitarist who wins first prize will win a handmade concert guitar by Wilson Burnham.


Back in February, before the COVID-19 pandemic, I repaired a guitar for Colin McAllister, a Colorado Springs, Colorado, based classical guitarist and professor. When he stopped by to pick up the guitar, he told me little bit about the Twisted Spruce Music Foundation , and that the Foundation was going to have a music composition/classical guitar competition during the summer. He asked me if I was willing to talk about classical guitar construction and how to care for a classical guitar and I immediately agreed. Colin is a great guy and a wonderful guitarist and I always enjoy talking to people about the classical guitar.

Recently, I received an email from Nathan Fischer, co-founder of Twisted Spruce, asking me to contact him. I called and he wanted to ask if it was okay to schedule me for the next to last day of the symposium. He told me that the main mission of the symposium/competition was to bring young people together to collaborate and create a new musical work. He hoped that next year the symposium would be held in Colorado Springs and that the foundation would attract enough donations to pay for room and board for the competitors. As he said that I realized that I needed to do more than be a presenter at the symposium, I offered to donate my latest guitar to the Foundation.

Nathan couldn't believe that I would be that gracious and gladly accepted my offer! I believe that I need to help out young people whenever I can and if this donation helps attract more attendees for the symposium, that will be great.

Good luck to all of those will be part of the 2020 C-G Competition!


Here are some of the guitar specifications:

Top - Western Red Cedar
Back and Sides - Wenge
Bindings - Padauk
Fretboard - Indonesian ebony
Neck - Spanish cedar
Tuners - Gilbert

Neck width at nut- 52mm
Neck width at 12th fret - 62mm
String length - 650mm























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