Guitarists Of All Ages Can Compete for $22,000 of Prize Money in Wisconsin’s Wilson Center 2015 Guitar Competition & Festival

New Berlin, WI (PRWEB) March 16, 2015

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Wisconsin, will present their third annual Guitar Competition & Festival from Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15. The weekend will include the semi-final and final rounds of competition, free master classes and clinics, as well as ticketed concerts for the public on all three evenings.

Featuring $ 22,000 in prize money, the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is open to competitors of all ages. The festival features four separate competitions Fingerstyle, Classical, Jazz, plus Rock & Blues. First place winners (in each competition) will receive a $ 3,000 cash prize; second place winners (in each competition) will receive a $ 1,500 cash prize; and third place winners (in each competition) will receive a $ 1,000 cash prize. First-place winners in each competition will perform live on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Milwaukee area musical instrument retailer Cascio Interstate Music is one of the event’s major supporting sponsors. Cascio is Wisconsin’s largest music store, and is among the top 20 largest musical instrument retailers in the nation. “We are very pleased to again support the Wilson Center’s major national guitar event here in our hometown,” said Michael Houser, CEO of Cascio Interstate Music. “Participation in this event continues to grow year to year, and this year will be no exception. The competition features a variety of guitar stylings and genres of music, further enhanced by the live concert appearances of guitar masters Leo Kottke, Ana Vidovic, Jonathan Kreisberg, Antoine DuFour, and Troy Stetina.”

The competition takes place in two phases: performance video submission and invitation-only live performance semi-final and final rounds August 13-15. Guitarists may register in a maximum of two (2) different genre categories, and all applications must be received by midnight (CDT) on May 1, 2015. Complete information and rules are available at

Festival performances open to the public are ANA VIDOVIC on Thursday, August 13 @ 7:30 pm; TROY STETINA & JONATHAN KREISBERG on Friday, August 14 @ 7:30 pm; and LEO KOTTKE with special guest ANTOINE DUFOUR on Saturday, August 15 @ 7:30 pm. Follow the links for concert tickets at after April 6, 2015.

Over the years, Cascio’s involvement in the Milwaukee music community has included concert sponsorships at area theaters and venues, sponsorship of a stage for local/regional bands at Summerfest, (the world’s largest outdoor music festival), a drumline for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and live performance/educational clinics at their New Berlin retail store.

Cascio’s store and website offer electric and acoustic guitars, with the area’s largest in-stock selection of top brands including Milwaukees number one dealership for Martin, Breedlove, Guild, PRS, Fender and Yamaha and more, along with guitar amps and accessories, drums, wind and string instruments, and numerous other items.

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is a beautiful performing and visual arts and education facility nestled in Brookfield, Wisconsin’s Mitchell Park that opened its doors in 2002. Located just 20 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee, the Wilson Center serves as a bridge for the arts by connecting communities, linking arts organizations, and fostering a collaborative spirit that helps keep the arts alive and growing in Southeast Wisconsin. The Wilson Center is nestled inside Brookfield’s Mitchell Park on Mitchell Park Drive. Mitchell Park Drive is just south off Capitol Drive, between Brookfield Road and Barker Road.

Cascio Interstate Music ranks in the top 15 nationally among musical instrument retailers as well as being one of the nation’s top drum retailers. Cascio provides musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators at over 100,000 schools and universities, as well as music professionals worldwide. The company started in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Over 100,000 musical products are marketed nationwide via catalogs and online, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For Wisconsin musicians, their Milwaukee music store offers private music lessons, free educational clinics, musical instrument rentals, musical instrument and electronic repair, and more. Cascio designs, markets and manufactures proprietary brand musical instruments including Union Drums, Archer Guitars, Ravel Band Instruments and Melokia Ukuleles for consumers, major online retailers and schools worldwide. Read more at

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