George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition

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For trombonists ages 20 and under (birth date of January 1, 2000 or later)

First Prize – TBD

General Requirements

Recording Guidelines

Competition Rules

  • Live piano accompaniment is required. No pre-recorded accompaniments are acceptable.
  • The required repertoire should be recorded as one complete, unedited take (no separate movements), and submitted as a single video file, recorded from a single, uninterrupted camera angle. Accepted file formats include: MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, FLV, WEBM, M2V
  • No editing of either video or audio is allowed.
  • No written signs, nametags or other written material is to be visible in the video.
  • Both performers should be clearly visible in the video throughout the performance, with the trombonist as the focal point.
  • The submitted file must not contain any identifying information. The video file should be named: “” (.mp4, etc.)
  • Past winners of the George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition are not eligible to enter the 2021 Roberts competition.
  • Co-Winners from the 2020 George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition are eligible to enter if still meeting age and other requirements.

Repertoire Requirements

Preliminary Round:

Eduard Lassen – Zwei Fantasiestuck, arr. Bollinger (Ensemble Pub.)

Final Round:

Steven Verhelst – Danzone I, II, and III (Available at


Past Winners

Year Winner School
2007 Thomas Knapp Texas Christian University
2008 Steve Warren Oklahoma State University
2009 Zachary James University of Southern Mississippi
2010 Caleb Ketcham Oklahoma State University
2011 Derek Lyp Western Michigan University
2012 Freddy Oulette University of North Texas
2013 Riley Giampaolo Oak Ridge High School
2014 Joshua Cirtina Royal Northern College of Music, United Kingdom
2015 Daniel Vaitkus Boston University
2016 Joaquim Rocha Escola Superior de Musica e Artes de Espectáculo
2017 Giuseppe Fu Leman Manhattan Preparatory School/Juilliard Pre-College
2018 Changwon Park New England Conservatory
2019 Riley McGinn University of California, Los Angeles
2020 Co-Winner Ivan Cheung Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
2020 Co-Winner Joao Cunha Zurich University of the Arts
2020 Co-Winner Pelle van Esch Royal Conservatory of the Hague