What Can We Do For Young Guitar Students?


Dear Friends,

This Tuesday November 28th is #GivingTuesday, “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.” (GivingTuesday.org)

On this day of giving, we hope you will consider supporting Marlow Guitar International. One of MGI’s most rewarding programs is The Beatty Music Youth Scholarship Competition and it will be the focus of this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign.

You can give through our page on the Catalogue of Philanthropy website: http://cfp-dc.org/CF9R .  You can also help by engaging with us on Facebook and Twitter, and sharing our posts throughout #GivingTuesday.

Most thankfully yours,
Joao Figueiroa
Executive Director

About The Beatty Competition

Since it was founded in 2007, The Beatty Competition has provided hundreds of young guitar students the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and develop their confidence through public performance while making lifelong friendships. Marlow Guitar International is committed to making the event accessible, nurturing and educational. The Competition is open to guitarists 18 and under who reside in the Washington, DC-Baltimore metro area and no application fee is required. This annual event takes place over a weekend in early March, beginning on Friday evening with an introductory meeting of contestants, parents and judges followed by a reception. The playing competition begins on Saturday and concludes Monday evening with the finals. Each round is open to the public and free of charge.

The Beatty Competition incorporates unique and special characteristics that are highly rewarding to participants and contribute to the greater guitar community. The judges are selected from all over the United States (including Puerto Rico) for their performance resumes as well as their dedication to teaching. At the end of each round, contestants who do not advance are invited to five-minute, one-on-one meetings with each judge during which they receive advice on how to improve their playing and performance. Additionally, each year we commission three new set pieces for the competition. Composers of the set pieces are internationally renowned, and for the 2018 competition, we are especially pleased to have Maestro Sérgio Assad (Brazil) as our set piece composer.

The Beatty Competition also celebrates the rich history of the guitar repertoire by selecting an historically significant composer to be the subject of the $1000 Beatty Composer Prize. In 2018, we will honor the great Austro-Hungarian composer, Johann Kaspar Mertz (1805-1856). The best performance of a Mertz composition played by any contestant in any round wins this award.

Your support will help us continue this wonderful youth program. Can you help us by pledging your support for the 2018 Composer Prize or other Beatty scholarships? Whether $25 or $250, we greatly appreciate the consideration.


Rupert Boyd, Australia – March 15, 2014

Reposted from the International Conservatory of Music blog.


We can feel the love.  450 people came out Saturday night to hear our John E. Marlow Guitar Series March 15 performance.

We heard a pre-concert performance by our Beatty Music Scholarship Competition Grand Prize winner, Infinity Willner. She played a wonderful Joropo by Merlin.

Then we sat back to enjoy the sensitive and evocative music of our featured performer, Rupert Boyd (Australia), making his triumphant return to the Marlow Guitar Series stage. He played Dowland, Piazzola , JS Bach, Fernando Sor and Granados and some evocative, contemporary music of Peter Schulthorpe, all of it with great musicality and charm.

This performance was one of the stops on Rupert Boyd’s US tour, organized in cooperation with the International Conservatory of Music (ICM)  and the Embassy of Australia. ICM’s Project Manager, Bill Herrmann, organized the tour, sending Mr. Boyd to perform in New York City, NY, Buffalo, NY, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Honolulu, HI, San Francisco, CA Flagstaff, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, and Muncie, IN!

We would like to express our thanks to the Embassy of Australia for their sponsorship of the splendid “Meet-the-Artist” Reception this past Saturday night. The weatherman cooperated by delivering a balmy 60 degree day and a full moon!  All and all, we would have to call the entire evening, super incredible.