2021 Frank Wallace Memorial Festival & Competition

The Boston Classical Guitar Society is honored to present the 2021 Frank Wallace Memorial Festival & Competition. Taking place online in May 2021, this online event will feature two concerts, a masterclass, and a competition. We invite professionals, aficionados, students, and the general public to celebrate the life, legacy, and compositions of one of New England’s most accomplished, passionate, and distinctive voices.

Our headlining artist will be William Kanengiser, from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and we will also welcome several artists with connections to Frank and his music. The online competition is open to students aged 16–22 with a first prize of $1000.

Thank you to the Augustine Foundation for their generous support of the Wallace Festival & Competition!

Event Schedule

Saturday, May 15th

3:00 PM – Masterclass with William Kanengiser

Those interested in performing (all ages welcome) should fill out our application form. Performers will be selected by April 1st.

Fee to perform: $50. Free to audit.

7:00 PM – Recital with William Kanengiser

Free admission. Donations in support of the Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund welcome.

Sunday, May 16th

4:00 PM – Recital celebrating the music of Frank Wallace.

Performances by New England guitarists and colleagues of Frank.

Free admission. Donations in support of the Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund welcome.

Monday, May 31st 

Deadline for entering the competition. 

Competition Regulations & Guidelines

Registration and Submission

This online competition is open to young guitarists between the ages of 16 and 22 as of May 31st, 2021. You can register for the competition here.

Registration and Video Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Music is to be submitted as a YouTube video. Your video can be public or unlisted. Total music not to exceed ten minutes, and should include:

Nonrefundable Entry fee: $25.


  • 1st prize $1000.
  • 2nd prize $300.

Non-United States citizens are subject to a 30% tax withholding. 

Additional Guidelines

Competitors may not be represented by professional management.

Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Proof of age is required of all participants. 

Pauses between pieces are not considered in the ten minute maximum. 

All competitors must perform on a nylon string, classical guitar.

The decision of the jury is final.

Competition results will be released the week of June 15th, 2021.

For competition-specific questions, please reach out to Dan Acsadi, dan.acsadi@bostonguitar.org.