The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is one of the only competitions of its kind - an event dedicated to identifying the newest and greatest ideas in music. Every year, we invite musical inventors from around the world to share their creations and ideas about the future of music.

For the 2023 competition, finalists will travel to the Georgia Tech campus from March 10-11 to meet with judges, perform in concert, and compete for $10,000 in prizes.

Two people on stage using a cube with different colored sides to play music.

Guthman Webinar for 2023 Applicants

Please join us for our webinar for 2023 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition applicants. This webinar is an opportunity for applicants to learn more about the competition, how to effectively present their work, and to ask questions.

Georgia Tech professors Gil Weinberg and Jason Freeman, who co-direct the competition, will give an overview of the submission process and competition format. University of the Arts London professor Rebecca Fiebrink will share her perspective as a past judge. The webinar will also feature People's Choice Award and first place winner of the 2022 Guthman competition, Daniel Vaczi.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 21st from 11 am - 12 pm EDT.

Guthman Competition Finalist, Chantelle Ko, performing with the Globe instrument.

Call for Submissions

2023 Competition

Musical inventors from around the world are invited to submit their instruments to the 2023 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

Every year, we invite musical inventors to share innovative musical instruments at the intersection of musicality, design, and engineering. The Guardian called the competition "The Pulitzer of the New Instrument World."

The deadline for submissions has closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's finalists!

Headshots of Athan Billias, Kris Bowers, Morwaread Farbood.

2023 Judges

Our 2023 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition judges are: Athan Billias, President of the MIDI Association; Kris Bowers, Award-winning film score composer and pianist; and Morwaread Farbood, Associate Director of Music Technology at New York University.

Dániel Váczi shows the Glissotar to School of Music students

Students Touch the Future of Music at Guthman Competition

For Georgia Tech's music technology majors, the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition represents the pinnacle event of their creative study and research. Students help produce the concert, exhibit their work, and learn from the judges and competitors. They even get to play the instruments!

FOREST: Our Latest Music Technology Research

FOREST is the performative outcome of an NSF funded project aimed at enhancing trust between humans and robots through sound and gesture. Center for Music Technology researchers and School of Music students found that embedding emotion-driven sounds and gestures in robotic arms help establish trust and likability between humans and their AI counterparts.

Start Your Music Technology Journey

At the Georgia Tech School of Music, our students combine technical skill with exceptional music talent to truly change the way the world experiences music. Learn more about our bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in music technology, our pre-college summer studio, and our innovative research labs.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Updates

Sign up for our Guthman Musical Instrument Competition communications to receive updates on milestones for the 2023 competition, as well as information regarding our yearly Moog Hackathon and calls for submission for the 2023 competition.


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