ITA Quartet Competition


Combined ages of members may not exceed 100 (no individual member may exceed 28 years of age; birth date of January 1, 1990 or later)

First Prize – $1,000 cash prize, donated by the International Trombone Association

General Requirements

Recording Guidelines

  • Applicants must strictly follow the Recording Guidelines for the 2019 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions to avoid disqualification.

Competition Rules

  • The required repertoire should be 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. The three movements should be recorded as a single, continuous performance
  • No written signs, name tags or other written material is to be visible in the video.
  • All four performers should be entirely and continuously visible in the submitted video throughout the performance.
  • The submitted file must not contain any identifying information. The video file should be named: “QuartetEntry.mp4” (.mov, etc.)
  • Members of past winning quartets are not eligible to participate in the 2019 ITA Trombone Quartet Competition.
  • No quartet personnel changes for the final competition round are permitted; any exception must be granted in advance of the final round by the ITA Competitions Committee. If a finalist group is unable to be present at the ITF, an alternate group may be selected. Presentation of a valid photo ID will be required of each performer immediately prior to the final competition.

Repertoire Requirements

Preliminary Round:

Claude Debussy – Trois Chansons, arr. Michael Levin (Virgo)

Final Round: 

Désiré Dondeyne – Suite (EMR)

Free Choice piece – 5 minutes or less in duration

Past Winners

Year Winner School
2002 Cincinnati Conservatory Trombone Quartet David Vining, coach
2003 Corpus Trombone Quartet, Ferenc Liszt Academy (Budapest) Tividar Sztan, coach
2004 Novus Trombone Quartet David Waters, coach
2005 CT3 Trombone Quartet (Northwestern University) Royce London, coach
2006 Spitfire Trombone Quartet (Guildhall School of Music and Royal Academy of Music — London)
2007 UNT TF Trombone Quartet (University of North Texas) Tony Baker, Jan Kagarice & Vern Kagarice, coaches
2008 Bell Street Four (University of North Texas) Tony Baker, Jan Kagarice & Vern Kagarice, coaches
2009 Maniacal 4 Trombone Quartet (University of North Texas) Jan Kagarice, coach
2010 Seretean Trombone Quartet (Oklahoma State University) Paul Compton, coach
2011 Quattroforte Trombone Quartet (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary)
2012 SubitoBones, University of Texas, Austin Charles Villarubia, Nathaniel Brickens, coaches
2013 Northside Quartet, Austin, TX Charles Villarrubia, Nathaniel Brickens, coaches
2014 Thein Brothers Quartet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ben van Dijk, coach
2015 Atlantic Trombone Quartet, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, The Netherlands Pierre Volders, Remko de Jager, J&oumrgen van Rijen, Ben van Dijk, coaches
2016 Capriccio Trombone Quartet (Japan) no school affiliation
2017 Boston Based no school affiliation
2018 The eNq Northwestern University