Larry Wiehe Tenor Trombone Competition

sponsored by Conn Selmer

For trombonists ages 23 and under (birth date of January 1, 2000 or later)

First Prize – King Trombone

Tony Baker, University of North Texas College of Music, invites trombonists to join this competition:

General Requirements

Recording Guidelines

  • Applicants must strictly follow the Recording Guidelines for the 2024 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions.

Competition Rules

  • The Larry Wiehe Tenor Trombone Competition serves to preserve a unique tradition of trombone playing from the United States around the turn of the 20th century. This tradition was made famous by Arthur Pryor, and it has been carried on by later trombonists, such as Larry Wiehe. Applicants are encouraged to research historical recordings by great masters of this style, such as Arthur Pryor, Larry Wiehe, Robert Isele, and Jim Erdman, in preparing audition recordings. Judges are encouraged to give preference to those applicants who present well-executed performances while interpreting the music in an historically informed manner.
  • Live piano accompaniment is required.
  • Any repeats should be performed as printed.
  • 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.
  • No written signs, name tags 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. In the event both performers do fit in the frame, due to social distancing or use of pre-recorded piano accompaniment, the trombonist must still be completely visible throughout the performance.
  • The submitted file must not contain any identifying information. The video file should be named: “” (.mp4, etc.)
  • Past winners of the Larry Wiehe Tenor Trombone Competition are not eligible to enter the 2024 Wiehe competition.

Repertoire Requirements

Preliminary Round:

Arthur Pryor – The Supervisor (EMR)

Final Round:

Arthur Pryor – Annie Laurie (Ludwig)

Past Winners

Year Winner School
1996 Rebecca Howenstine  Eastman School of Music
1997 Mark Templeton  Guildhall School of Music, London, England
1998 Peter Swann  University of Southern Mississippi
1999 David Sisk  Youngstown State University
2000 Andrew Poirier  University of British Columbia
2001 Jonathan Lombardo  Juilliard School of Music
2002 Ellen Marple  University of North Texas
2003 Achilleas Liarmakopoulous Rio Mesa High School, Camarillo, CA
2004 Jordan Witt Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
2005 Jason Robins Yale University
2006 Andrew Connington Royal Academy of Music
2007 Andrew Shelton Mars Hill College (NC)
2008 Adam Hanna Southeast Oklahoma State University
2009 Jason Cash Oklahoma State University
2010 Hana Beloglavec Western Michigan University
2011 Brian Santero Curtis Institute of Music
2012 John Romero Baylor University
2013 Jonathan Houghtling DePaul University
2014 Nick Dewyer Western Michigan University
2015 Lyman McBride Brigham Young University
2016 Marco Rodrigues ARTAVE (Portugal)
2017 Nicholas Halbig Baylor University
2018 Marie Nøkleby Hanssen Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien, Hannover
2019 Jirajet Thawornsiri Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
2020 Co-Winner Nathaniel Chiu Western Michigan University
2020 Co-Winner Guangwei Fan Curtis Institute of Music
2020 Co-Winner Polina Tarasenko Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
2021 Polina Tarasenko Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover
2022 Diogo Cunha Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Musik
2023 Justin Hamann Florida State University