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9th Annual Guitar Festival and Competition

Youths in the Strings Program - Latino Arts

Congratulations to this year's Competition Winners!

Latino Arts would like to congratulate the ALL participants of the 9th Annual Guitar Festival Competition! In total, 36 students from 8 states and 4 countries were represented! We look forward to bringing back the competition next year for the Festival's 10th Anniversary!


Intermediate Competition 
1) Oraldo Jesús Abreu Alonso
2) Samuel Acosta Aguilar
3) Anish Dhal

Honorable Mention
Dahlia Rostom
Aaron Walters

Advanced Competition
1) Darío González Pardo
2) Annika Nelson
3) Vivian Wang

Honorable Mention
Ángel Benkí


ONLINE COMPETITION followed by an in-person evening concert

Join us for the Ninth Annual Guitar Festival and Youth Competition presented by the Latino Arts Strings Program.
This year our Youth Competition will take place VIRTUALLY. However, our evening concert will be IN-PERSON. The Festival will include:

  • Youth Competition
  • Master Classes with world-renowned classical guitarists 
  • Jazz and Flamenco Workshops
  • Evening Concert featuring the video submissions of the winners of the youth competition along with soloist Ivan Resendiz.

    * To purchase tickets to the CONCERT ONLY, Click HERE

Scroll down to register for the Youth Competition!

Meet our featured Soloist:

Ivan Resendiz

Originally from Mexico City, Ivan Resendiz began his study of classical guitar at age 16 at La Escuela Superior de Musica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico with teacher Alejandro Mendez. Mr. Izquierdo has participated in numerous national and International guitar competitions alike, receiving top prizes in more than 13 competitions including South Carolina Guitar Competition and Boston Guitar Fest, to name a few. Ivan has performed in Mexico, France, Spain, Europe and the U.S. in festivals including Musica en Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Festival del Museo Nacional del Virreinato in Mexico.
In 2011, Ivan Resendiz founded the First Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago. The festival offers concerts, workshops and conferences to the Latin American Community in Chicago and continues to achieve its goal of bringing classical music to the immigrant community of Chicago.

* A special thank you to Strings By Mail for supporting this event!

Competition Registration Information

- Download the 2022 Competition Letter

- Download the 2022 Competition Guidelines and Judging Procedures



"We have really felt welcomed and enjoyed participating in the guitar festival for the past two years. It has also been a privilege to experience what you are doing for your community and the arts. Your love and dedication to both are evident. It was easy to see an atmosphere of mentoring, teaching, support, and caring by all the staff we encountered. It is not hard for us to imagine the impact on the community at large."

- Family of previous festival participant

"The Latino Arts Strings Program mission is at the core of what any community needs to build a strong foundation. Children are the future and we must provide the opportunities for them to grow and experience life in a way that was not perhaps possible with any of us. The LASP Guitar Festival brings joy and pride to them and the city of Milwaukee!"

- Rene Izquierdo, Classical Guitar Professor, Area Head, Guitar, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee