James Stroud

All-Ohio Guitar Competition & Festival

Welcome to the James Stroud

All-Ohio Guitar Competition & Festival 

March 14-15, 2014

featuring a student competition, two professional feature concerts and a trade show.


The James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition is Ohio's premiere guitar competition. It is open to all students attending high school or college in Ohio under the age of 30.

Online registration for competitors is required.

-All events are free and open to the public.

-Prize money increased to $5000

Festival location:  Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Several of our past winners have received full scholarships to prestigious music conservatories including Peabody, Curtis and the Eastman School of Music.

2013 Highlights           


Stephen Fazio
2013 Competition Winner

Matthew Gould
Founder of DUO46 with violinist Beth Llana Schneider, guitar professor at Cambian College, Sudbury, ONT.

Roland Dyens
French-African classical guitar virtuoso, composer and international sensation.

James Stroud with guitar by

Francisco Simplicio 1931 ex Rey de la Torre