2020 Prize Info
Note: Prizes subject to change.
Instrumental Prizes (Judges' Choice)
Instrument prizes, awarded according judges' choice, may or may not be awarded to category prize winners. The judges' decision regarding the recipients of the instrument prizes is final.
Model: MD305. Individually hand-built using traditional materials & "Old World" craftsmanship. Solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides with ebony fingerboard & adjustable ebony bridge. A-style body with F-hole. Retail value $639. See complete specs HERE.
Prize sponsor: Eastman. Visit their website at www.eastmanguitars.com.
Model: MC-150RP. The beautiful blonde Maple Classic is the ideal all-around banjo for the eclectic player. The flangeless MC-150RP is convertible to a powerful openback (like many of our banjos); just pop off the resonator and mounting brackets and you're in business. It's also the most economical banjo we make that has a full complement of professional-grade parts in its arsenal. These include a 3/4" hard maple rim with a matching flathead tone ring, planetary-gear tuning machines, straight-line tailpiece, engraved armrest, snowflake inlay, and natural gloss finish. Compatible with either bluegrass or old-time musical stylings! See complete specs HERE.
Prize sponsor: Gold Tone. Visit their website at goldtonemusicgroup.com/goldtone/
Model: Cordoba 23C ukuleles each feature a solid ovangkol top paired with ovangkol back and sides, rosewood bridge and fingerboard, mahogany neck, and ovangkol headstock veneer. Ovangkol ranges from rich orange to a darker brown in color, and is commonly streaked with gray, purple, or black for beautiful aesthetics. It’s tonally similar to rosewood, with a slightly fuller mid-range. The figure of ovangkol provides a gorgeous backdrop for the abalone rosette and Córdoba logo.
Prize Sponsor: Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe. Visit their website at http://www.appbluegrass.com/
Violin Pickup System:
Model: "The Band" violin pickup system. The Band is an instant-fit pick-up which velcro’s to itself around the body of the instrument. It requires no alteration of the instrument itself and generates a strong passive (no batteries required) signal which can usually be plugged straight into a mixing desk or combo amp. The multiple pick-up elements of the Violin version of The Band, are tuned specifically for Violin and deliver a lively, tailored passive signal. The Band is used equally in folk/rock and classical situations and is a favourite with sound engineers and players alike, as it offers far greater volume levels before feedback, compared to mics. You can avoid being tied down to mic stands and The Band cuts feedback, bowing noise, body noise and excessive treble by acoustic filter. Valued at $575.
Prize sponsor: Headway. Visit their website at www.headwaymusicaudio.com.
Competition Categories & Prizes
Individuals may compete in up to three of the following categories. See the Rules for complete rules and regulations.
- Grand Prize - Judges' Choice: One winner will receive FREE tuition to ONE WEEK of Traditions Weeks workshops at Common Ground on the Hill, valued at $485. Information about available workshops can be found at http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/twhome.html, this year featuring bluegrass superstar Tony Ellis, GRAMMY nominees Che Apalache, the Foghorn Stringband, Jordan Tice, Mark Schatz, and many more!
- First place winners will receive FREE tuition for THREE class periods of Traditions Weeks workshops at Common Ground on the Hill, valued at $425.
- Second place winners will receive FREE tuition for TWO class periods of Traditions Weeks workshops - a $300 value
- Third place winners will receive FREE tuition for ONE class period at Traditions Weeks, a $175 value
- Traditions Weeks offers three separate weeks of workshops in music, dance, visual arts, lecture, film and more.
- 2020 Workshops take place during the weeks of June 28-July 3, July 5-10 and July 12-17.
- Each workshop meets at the same time every day, Monday-Friday.
- There are 5 separate class periods available each week, and around 180 class offerings in any given week.
- Most classes are single period; however, certain classes (such as hammered dulcimer and visual arts workshops) are two-period.
- Complete information can be found online at http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/twhome.html.