Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Announces Judges for 2024 Event

The Georgia Tech School of Music has announced names of the three music technology influencers who will be judges for the 26th Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. The competition will be held at Georgia Tech March 8-9, 2024. 

This year’s judges are all entrants from past competitions. The judges are Andrew McPherson, co-creator of the Hitar and the Magnetic Resonator Piano and Professor of Design Engineering and Music in the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London; Bosko Kante, inventor of the ElectroSpit tubeless talkbox and founder of the nonprofit black music incubator HiiiWAV; and Kelly Snook, music technologist, NASA research scientist, and inventor of the MiMu gloves wearable instrument.

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is a preeminent music technology competition and event that has been referred to as the “Pulitzer Prize of the New Instrument World.” The competition offers a global perspective into the ways individuals create, consume, and define music, today as well as into the future. 

For the March 2024 competition, ten finalists will compete for First, Second, and Third place, as well as a People’s Choice award, which will be selected by the audience.

“We’re excited and honored to have three of our past participants returning this year as judges,” said Jason Freeman, Professor and Chair of the School of Music at Georgia Tech. “Their reputation and esteemed industry profile reflects a key goal of the Guthman Competition, which is to help launch music technologists and innovators on a career path of influence and achievement in the world of music technology and design.”

For more information, visit the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition website.

Left to right: Andrew McPherson, Bosko Kante, Kelly Snook