(Right) Glass artist Tim McFadden, of McFadden Art Glass, creates a guitar-shaped trophy for the Baltimore International Guitar Competition. Screenshot from video by Baltimore Classical Guitar.

Baltimore is home to a vibrant arts and music scene, where artists born locally and abroad meet, create, and share their craft.

Among the plethora of events showcasing artistic talent is the Baltimore International Guitar Competition this month.

Eight guitarists from around the world have been selected to advance to the semifinal round of the competition Sept. 21 at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.

Afterwards, the three-day final round will be held Sept. 23-25, at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); Towson University; and the Peabody Conservatory, in that order.

The first place winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize and a $15,000 Augustine Career Award, which will be used for career development. They will also be invited to perform in the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society’s 2023-2024 International Concert Series.

And to top it all off, the winner will earn a trophy made by glass artist Tim McFadden of McFadden Art Glass.

In this video, McFadden shows the process of making the trophy – from creating a wood color and texture, to forming the guitar shape:

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...