Robert Marsteller Tenor Trombone Competition


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For trombonists ages 22 and under (birth date of January 1, 1998 or later)

First Prize – TBA

General Requirements

Recording Guidelines

  • Applicants must strictly follow the Recording Guidelines for the 2021 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions to avoid disqualification.

Competition Rules

  • Live piano accompaniment is required. While live, in-person collaboration is still preferred, a pre-recorded piano accompaniment will be allowed for the 2021 competitions cycle in the event that restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic do not make a live performance possible.
  • 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. 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: “MarstellerEntry.mov” (.mp4, etc.)
  • Past winners of the Robert Marsteller Tenor Trombone Competition are not eligible to enter the 2021 Marsteller competition.
  • Co-Winners from the 2020 Marsteller Competition are eligible to enter if still meeting age and other requirements.

Repertoire Requirements

Preliminary Round:

Anthony Barfield – Red Sky, trombone and piano reduction (Paarup Music Editions)

Final Round:

Amy Mills – Red Dragonfly, movements 2 and 3 (Amy Mills Music)

 

Past Winners

Year Winner School
1986 Brian Foote Florida State University
1987 John Dilutis Curtis Institute of Music
1988 Scott Bergeson Brigham Young University
1989 Douglas Wright New England Conservatory
1990 Chris Nigrelli Western Michigan University
1991 Jon Etterbeek Juilliard School of Music
1992 Alexander Fedianin Kazakhstan
1993 Barry Hearn University of Texas at Arlington
1994 Katie Kretschman University of Wisconsin
1995 Steve Wills University of Missouri
1996 Jed Hudson University of North Texas
1997 Nathan Zgonc Indiana University
1998 Chelsea French DePaul University
1999 Robert Lugosi Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary
2000 Michael Lormand University of Southern Mississippi
2001 James Williams Juilliard School of Music
2002 Jonathan Lombardo Juilliard School of Music
2003 David Applegate University of North Texas
2004 Matthew Allison San Francisco Conservatory of Music
2005 Tim Higgins Northwestern University
2006 Matthew Knight Cambridge University
2007 Achilleas Liarmakopoulos Curtis Institute of Music
2008 Joshua Bledsoe Arizona State University
2009 Keith Dyrda McGill University, Canada
2010 Malcolm Williamson Eastman School of Music
2011 Timothy Hilgert Valdosta State University
2012 Csaba Bencze University of Pécs, Hungary
2013 John Romero Baylor University
2014 Alexander Walden Curtis Institute of Music
2015 Daniel Tellez Gutierrez Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock
2016 Brian Wendel The Juilliard School
2017 Tolga Akman Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien, Hannover
2018 Robyn Smith New England Conservatory
2019 Pavlo Titiaiev Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
2020 Co-Winner Jonathan Salcedo Vanderbilt University
2020 Co-Winner Polina Tarasenko Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
2020 Co-Winner Joao Teixeira Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste