ITA Solo & Ensemble Competitions


General Information

Three finalists, selected from a preliminary recorded round, will be chosen by international judging panels in 12 different competition categories—Fontana, Johnson, Smith, Marsteller, Wiehe, Gagliardi, ITA Alto, Roberts, Yaxley, Van Haney, Kleinhammer and Quartet. Those applicants selected as finalists will be invited to perform in a live final round at the International Trombone Festival on July 11-14, 2018 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. All finalists will receive a full tuition waiver to attend the 2018 ITF; housing, food and travel expenses will NOT be covered by the International Trombone Association or the International Trombone Festival.

***Recording Format***

Be sure to carefully read the recording guidelines and plan for the correct recording format. Video entries are now required for the Marsteller, Smith, Yaxley, Alto, Wiehe, Quartet, and Johnson categories. All other categories will remain as audio-only submissions.

A winner and one runner-up will be selected from submitted recordings in the Emory Remington and Kai Winding trombone ensemble categories. Each winning ensemble will receive a featured performance at the International Trombone Festival on July 11-14, 2018 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. Its members and conductor will receive a full tuition waiver to attend the ITF; housing, food and travel expenses will NOT be covered by the International Trombone Association or the International Trombone Festival.

Winners of the Remington and Winding Competitions will be obligated to perform at the 2018 International Trombone Festival. Winners in other categories may be asked to participate in a clinic or solo performance at the 2018 ITF.


Submission Instructions

Applications to the 2018 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions are now open at: https://app.getacceptd.com/ita.

Please begin your application well before the due date in case you encounter any problems with submitting the online application; the deadline will not be extended if you encounter problems submitting your application in the last moments before the deadline. Payment must be made to Acceptd via credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and JCB are accepted.)

2018 Submission Instructions (PDF)


Recording Guidelines

The 2018 Recording Guidelines must be strictly observed to avoid disqualification.


General Requirements (applicable to all competition categories):

  • Failure to strictly adhere to the General Requirements, Recording Guidelines, or Competition Rules will result in immediate disqualification. In the event of a disqualification, the application fee will not be refunded.
  • Each competition participant (except piano accompanists or rhythm section players) must be an ITA member in good standing BEFORE beginning the Competition registration process.
  • Entries will be submitted by online application and digital audio or video file upload, depending on the competition. The format for the submission will be specified in the rules for each competition. Specific submission instructions may be found under “Submission Instructions.” When recording, applicants must strictly follow the “Recording Guidelines.”
  • Each competition category has its own set of specific rules and repertoire requirements. These must be strictly followed in addition to the General Requirements and Recording Guidelines.
  • Registration will open on October 1, 2017 and close on December 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST).
  • A non-refundable application fee of $57 ($30 ITA fee + $27 Acceptd fee) is required for each solo entry—Fontana, Johnson, Smith, Marsteller, Wiehe, Gagliardi, ITA Alto, Roberts, Kleinhammer and Van Haney. A non-refundable $102 application fee ($75 ITA fee + $27 Acceptd fee) is required for each ensemble entry—Quartet, Winding and Remington.
  • Age requirements must be met as of December 31, 2017. Proof of age (i.e. photocopy of driver’s license, visa or birth certificate) must be included (PDF or JPEG file format.)
  • Applicants should strictly follow the Recording Guidelines document. Absolutely no editing of any kind is permitted within a solo piece. Editing is defined as any alteration to the recorded performance from the first to the last note. (It is permitted to trim the beginning or end of each file, i.e. before the music begins or after it concludes.) Individual movements or excerpts may be recorded separately only where specifically allowed in the competition rules.
  • Applicants are not allowed to post pictures, video, or audio from the recording sessions online or to social media until after finalists have been formally announced by the International Trombone Association.
  • Attendance at the 2018 International Trombone Festival at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, USA is required of all finalists. Finalists and winning ensemble members are required to confirm their participation at the 2018 ITF by March 15, 2018 in order to guarantee their finalist position. Alternates or runners-up may be invited to replace any contestant who fails to confirm by March 15, 2018.
  • All finalists will be required to perform in the final round with the accompanist or rhythm section provided by the ITA.
  • All finalists will be allotted equal rehearsal time with the provided accompanist on the day before the competition.

Frequent Reasons for Disqualification

  • Failure to remove all identifying information from audio file names or metadata.
  • Failure to record with prescribed accompaniment.
  • Failure to provide an unedited recording.
  • Failure to record prescribed repertoire according to stipulated rules.
  • Failure to avoid all spoken dialogue.
  • Failure to submit required proof of age.
  • Failure to meet specified age requirements.
  • Failure to meet ITA membership requirements.
  • Posting of pictures, video, or audio from the recording sessions online or to social media before the preliminary round results have been announced.

Questions regarding the ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions may be directed to Donny Pinson, ITA Competitions Coordinator at the following address: donny@trombone.net.

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