Gohar and Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition


In memory of Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian, this annual competition and festival is established with a unique message of inclusion and encouragement. Established in 2016, this is one of the most inclusive and affordable events of its kind, where students find a means to deepen their determination and strive to achieve their goals of becoming the best musician.

Festival director Satik Andriasssian is committed to create an educational event where students and enthusiasts of the classical guitar come together in a supportive and encouraging environment to share ideas and build friendships. Since 2016 the event has grown to offer a solo guitar and composition competition with great prizes, a clinic for middle school and high school guitar ensembles, masterclasses, workshops, discussion panels and concerts.


5:00 pm Music Building Conference Room

Classical Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition


8:00 am – 5:00 pm Music Recital Hall

Middle School & High School Classical Guitar Ensemble Clinic


1st Round Solo Guitar Competition

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Senior Category, Music Recital Hall

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Junior Category, Choral Room

9:00 am – 3:00 pm People’s Choice Award, Music Recital Hall

Panel Discussion: Women in Guitar: Careers, Rewards and Challenges

4:00-5:00 pm Panel Discussion, Choral Room


Final Round Solo Guitar Competition

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Senior Category, Choral Room

9:00 am – 11:00 pm Junior Category, Music Recital Hall

Lito Romero, Masterclass

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Choral Room

Kai Narezo, Flamenco Guitar Workshop

4:00 – 5:30 pm, Band Room

Awards Ceremony, Music Hall

2018 Composition Competition Winner Premier by Christian Cruz,

Competition Finalists’ Concert

7:30 Reception, Music Recital Hall Lobby


Senior Category:
1st round: Senior Category, two compositions from contrasting periods, 15 minutes
Final round: Senior Category, two compositions from contrasting periods, ( final round repertoire must be different than the 1st round) 15 minutes

Junior Category:
1st round: Junior Category, two compositions from contrasting periods, 10 minutes
Final round: Junior Category, two compositions from contrasting periods, ( final round repertoire must be different than the 1st round) 10 minutes


Winners agree to perform during the Awards Ceremony


All programs must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2019, 10:00 pm

No changes allowed after Nov. 1, 2019


There will be two categories: Senior and Junior levels.

Junior level: Through Grade 12

Senior level: Enrolled in a Post-secondary Music Program (2-year, undergraduate, or graduate program)

Junior level participants may cross over to senior level

Junior level competitors who wish to compete in both levels must register separately in both levels and may not repeat their junior level repertoire in the senior level competition.

There will be two rounds: 1st Round and Final Round

Competitors may not exceed the time limit

The competition uses score system of 0-20

Scores will not be rounded or approximated

Judges may discuss the scores if necessary

The first place holder demonstrates superior level artistic and technique ability

The winners agree to perform at the Awards Ceremony.


Award for the Best Composition for Intermediate Guitar Ensemble

The purpose of the Award is to encourage the creation of quality guitar ensemble repertoire that is suitable for players at the intermediate level (middle school/early high school). The compositions should do more than address the stated technical requirements and be of the highest artistic standard.

The winning composition will be performed by the CSULA Classical Guitar Ensemble on the 2019 Gala Recital.

Difficulty/Technical Restrictions (Grade 3*)

Meter 2/4, 3/4, C, cut time, 6/8, easy changing/asymmetrical meter

Key Signature None to 3 sharps

Tempo Largo-Allegro (56-120), ritard, accelerando, rallentando

Note/Rest Value All values in duple excluding complex syncopation plus easy compound rhythms

Rhythm Basic duple and triple syncopation, dotted rhythms

Dynamics pp-ff

Scoring Four parts, Guitar 1-4 (no resguisdo);
bass guitar or double bass can double or replace guitar 4. Difficulty should be distributed evenly, within the stated guidelines

Length 3-7 minutes

Things to Avoid Solos, large shifts in the left hand (skip of three or more positions);
Complex right-hand fingering.

*Musical technique rubric based on the American Band College Music Grading Chart. Guitar restrictions based on repertoire for the level.

Score Submission

  1. A PDF of the score must be submitted with the application. No parts at this time.
  2. A recording of the composition, live performance or computer realization, must accompany the score.
  3. Anonymous submission. The applicant must use a pseudonym and only the pseudonym must appear on the score and the recording.
  4. No arrangements of other composer’s work, only original compositions of the applicant may be submitted.


Middle School and High School Guitar Ensembles are encouraged to attend this all day event at California State University, Los Angeles. All the ensembles will have an opportunity to perform on the Music Recital Hall stage for several clinicians. During this educational clinic, clinicians will work directly with the students and the ensemble on technique, different aspects of music, stage presence, among others.

This is a great opportunity for the students to improve their musicianship, meet new people and have a fun day with students from other schools. In addition, students may join our 2019 Festival Orchestra, performing on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at the Awards Ceremony. In addition to the clinic, the festival offers many discussions, masterclasses, solo guitar competitions and concerts. We encourage everyone to attend all events.

The festival is proud to offer this wonderful event at no cost to the students and schools.


All the ensembles need to submit a registration form available on our website

Arrive at least 30 minutes before your assigned time

Prepare a ten minute program to perform for the clinicians

All students will receive a certificate. Please submit ensemble members name to:

Sevag Derderian, Clinic Chair: [email protected]

Satik Andriassian, Festival Director: [email protected]

Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition

2020 Festival Awards Ceremony Public Performance

Panelist Opportunity at the 2020 Festival

Solo Competition Adult Category

First Prize


GSI Guitar Salon recording session

Solo concert 2020 Festival

La Bella Strings

Second Prize


La Bella Strings

Third Prize


La Bella Strings

Solo Competition Junior Category

First Prize

GSI Guitar (La Canada Model 115)

30-minute solo concert 2020 Festival

La Bella Strings

Second Prize

Yamaha Guitar (NCX700; NX Series)

La Bella Strings

Third Prize


La Bella Strings

People’s Choice Award

AMI Guitar (AMI-CMC-6E including hard shell case)


All winners must be present at the Awards Ceremony to receive their prizes. Failure to do so will result in forfeit.

All participants present at the Awards Ceremony will receive guitar strings and other guitar accessories and gift packages.

Registration fees can be paid at this link /uas/uas-events-payment, select Gohar & Ovanes Classical Guitar Comptetion from "Event" drop down menu.




Satik Andriassian

Classical guitarist and ethnomusicology scholar Satik Andriassian is the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the distinguished Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Award for her guitar performance and her scholarly achievements. Satik Andriassian is a lecturer of classical guitar at California State University Los Angeles where she runs a successful and progressive classical guitar studio and ensemble. Ms. Andriassian studied Classical guitar with Loris Chobanian, Sharon Isbin and Ron Purcell. Ms. Andriassian is Founder and Director of CSULA Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Festival and Competition. Since 2016, the festival has attracted many young talented classical guitarist participants and gained sponsorship of several major organizations and companies including Yamaha Guitars, La Bella Strings, Addario Strings, Guitar Solo International and California State University Entertainment Alliance. The 2018 Festival is proud to present the addition of Junior High and a High School Classical Guitar Clinic in addition to the Solo Competition, Composition Competition, masterclasses and concerts. Ms. Andriassian has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Players since 2009. Her solo career spans concertizing throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. She specializes in promoting new music written for the guitar by American composers and has performed works of George Crumb, Leslie Bassett and John M. Kennedy, among others. Since 2013 she has been the master guitar teacher at the renowned Malta International Music Festival and Competition where she serves as one of the committee of international judges for all instruments. In Italy she participates annually at the Settimana della Musica - Proloco Murlo as well as the Solarino Guitar Festival as a soloist, chamber music performer and teaching masterclasses. During the summer of 2018 she launched her first Guitar Ensemble European Tour, visiting and concertizing in several European cities, including London, Rome, Sicily and Malta. Currently, she is working on a Performers and Composers Workshop which will take place in Siena, Italy. Satik Andriassian resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, composer, John M. Kennedy and her two children, Taleen and Tadeh.

Sevag Derderian

Sevag Derderian, an accomplished baritone, pianist and organist, is the founder and director of the Music Education Department of the Association of Armenian Church Choirs of the Western Diocese (AACCWD). During his time as Chairman, the AACCWD has launched two music scholarship funds, developed a music curriculum for the Christian Education Council & HyeCamp, held masterclasses, workshops, trainings, and expanded the online sacred music library. Currently, he is leading a project for the first comprehensive collection of Armenian Apostolic Church Hymns and variable compositions. A native parish member of Saint Peter Armenian Apostolic Church ( Van Nuys, CA), Derderian serves as a guest musical conductor and artistic director at his home parish where his concerts have attracted hundreds of parishioners with ever-expanding orchestral and choral works. Derderian is a proud board member of the CSULA Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition, Festival & Symposium and union member of the American Federation of Musicians (Local #47). Derderian pursued his vocal training with Professor Juliana Gondek of UCLA as well as Leslie Delehanty and Howard Austin.

John Kennedy

American composer and scholar John M. Kennedy produces an eclectic range of work from mixed ensemble and solo pieces to multi-media compositions, reflecting his early background as a Rock and Jazz bassist. His Fulbright Scholar Award supported his invitation from the University of Malta to teach music composition and seminars on American music in 2017. Recent compositional highlights include two premieres at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb; premiere of a work by a combined ensemble of the Malta Philharmonic and the Armed Forces Malta Band; “Solace” for solo ‘cello by Interensemble of Padova, Italy; and new music festivals in Bangkok, Thailand, Kwang-ju, Korea, and Daegu, Korea. His commissions include the Olympia Youth Orchestra, the Baldwin-Wallace College Wind Ensemble and the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. Early recognition for his work includes the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Young Composer Award from ASCAP. His work receives continuing recognition from Meet the Composer, Inc., annual ASCAPlus Awards and Subito grants from the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles. For more information on his work, go to: www.johnmkennedy.net, or follow him on social media; #compose4food, @composerkennedy.