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Charlotesville Classical
Guitar Competition

*We're happy to announce the 3 winners of the 2017 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Competition:

1st Place: Anna Leone (Watch her video)
2nd Place: Maya Loncar (Watch her video)
3rd Place: Jan Marie Laman (Watch her video)

The guitar judges were: David Edwards, Jeremy Bass and Rafael Scarfullery.

Congratulations to Anna, Maya and Jan Marie. Read below their artistic biographies.

Anna Leone is a highlighted young classical guitarist in the Brazil’s classical musical scenario. In 2014, she graduated at Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), in the guitar class of Maria Haro. Recently, Anna received a graduate assistantship to study Master in Music Performance at James Madison University in the USA. During the last five years, Anna had the pleasure to be a student in some master classes with renowned musicians, such as: Odair Assad (Brazil), Denis Azabagic (Bosnia - USA), Pedro Rodrigues (Portugal), Marcelo de la Puebla (Chile), Mario Ulloa (Costa Rica), Daniel Wolff (Brazil), among others. She also was a student in Nicolas de Souza Barros’ guitar technique classes and guitar arrangements. Anna Leone has achieved a lot of prizes in Brazil’s music competitions. The past four years she was awarded in seven music/guitar competitions and honorable mentioned in three ones. The most important ones are the 1st prize in X Guitar’s Association of Rio Selection of Young Talents (Av-Rio), 2nd prize in Villa-Lobos Musical Conservatory of FITO Guitar Competition, 3rd prize in VII Music in Museum Young Musicians Competition, 3rd prize in VII Fred Schneiter National Guitar Competition and Revelation Award of I Guitar Moviment Competition. Last year, Anna had performed in Finland, beyond recitals in Brazil and USA. Also, she co-participated in a Brazilian television music program Partituras, at TV Brasil.

Maya Loncar is currently a guitar performance major at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, where she is studying with the legendary guitar pedagogue, Julian Gray. In addition, she has had an international musical upbringing, having studied in Croatia, Canada, and the United States. Maya is a soloist and chamber musician, performing with many different ensembles, and is currently an active performer with her trio, Triple Tango. She has won many top prizes in competitions, having recently won first place for the Undergraduate Division of the 2017 Appalachian State Guitar Festival and Competition, and is sought after in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia area as a performer, educator, and clinician.

Jan Marie Laman is a freshman music education student at Shenandoah Conservatory, under the instruction of Professor Julian Gray. In high-school, she studied privately under Dr. Adam Kossler, and received ensemble direction from Mr. Hart Wells. For three years she was a proud member of the Potomac Falls High School guitar quartet, who regularly performed in and out of school. Jan Marie has received master classes from Dr. Elliot Frank, Ivan Resendiz, Jason Vieaux, Mary Ackerman, Mark Edwards, Gohar Vandanyan, Kevin Gallagher, Patrick Lui, John Kossler, Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli, Rene Izquiero, Julian and Serap Gray, Matt Denman, and Matt Palmer. She is a two year member of the All State Virginia Guitar Ensemble. She has performed in many places such as the FSASSY Awards at the department of education in Washington, D.C., Galilee United Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Sterling United Methodist Church, Virginia Commonwealth University, East Carolina University, Appalachain State University, Peabody Conservatory and the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in New York City. She has placed in various competitions throughout the Northeastern United States such as the Aguado Guitar Competition, East Carolina Guitar Festival Competition, Charlottesville Guitar Competition and the Beatty Competition. She hopes to become a future music educator as well as a performer.

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Place: The Haven
112 Market St., Charlottesville, VA, 22902
The competition will take place from 1:00-3:00pm.
There will be only one round.


Any guitarist from the USA or abroad.

There will be 2 levels: Adult level for 18 years old or older and Youth level for 17 years old or younger.

Family members or students of the judging team are not allowed to participate.

Repertoire: Any music chosen by the performer, played from memory.

Time limit for each participant: up to 5 minutes.

*We've extended the deadline to register for the guitar competition, adult division only (18+). Now it's Saturday morning, September 9, at 11am. If you're still thinking about it, you have until Saturday morning to decide. It's easy to participate: Up to 5 minutes of any classical guitar music.

To enter the competition you have to register for the full guitar festival ($60) and there's no extra fee.

All competition participants are required to play in the guitar orchestra.

Fill out this Registration Form and send it via email to:

To pay the registration fee, go to the guitar festival page.

For questions, contact Rafael Scarfullery at:

          phone: 434-851-0674

Prizes for each division:

Youth level:
1st: $200, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $50
Adult level: 1st: $300, 2nd: $150, 3rd: $75

Performers will be evaluated on technique, musicianship and overall presentation. All the judges' decisions are final.

Winners will perform for the Winner's Concert during the guitar festival on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 8:00pm.

Foreign competition winners are subjet to a 30% tax withholding of the total prize amount. US winners will be given the IRS-1099 form.


Copyright 2017 Rafael Scarfullery