The Guthman Competition

Margaret Guthman New Instrument Competition


Meet the 2020 Guthman Competition Judges

We are very excited to announce the amazing panel of judges who will be joining us for the 2020 Guthman Competition: Rebecca Fiebrink(Left), Reader, Goldsmiths, University of London, Jordan Rudess(middle), Composer, Keyboardist, and Member of Progressive Metal Band Dream Theater, Dave Smith(Right), Engineer, Musician, and Founder of Synthesizer Company Sequential.

The Venue

The competition is hosted at the Ferst Center for the Arts, in the heart of Georgia Tech’s campus. Free Parking will be available in the W02 Student Center Parking Deck in Visitor Area 3, a short walk from the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech. The parking deck entrance is located on the driveway closest to the traffic light at the corner of Ferst Drive and Regents Drive/Means Street. After you park in the deck, exit the deck opposite from the street side, and then go right at the sidewalk, heading towards the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech, which will be on your left.

It's A Convention For Musical Inventors

While the competition is just that – a competition – for the participants, it’s also a convention. Contestants mingle with peers who have similar interests, and share ideas with other talented creators. Our semifinalists are often just as interested in learning more about the other instruments at the competition as we are! The finals begin at 7pm on March 9th, and are a classic concert format. Each finalist gets the opportunity to perform on stage, demoing their instrument to a live crowd and an online audience. It’s an experience not to be missed by music enthusiasts, technical hobbyists, or anyone else who is interested to see where technology is taking the music of tomorrow!