ITA Solo & Ensemble Competitions


Announcing the 2018 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions!

Repertoire for the 2018 Competitions is now available. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Complete rules and requirements will be posted in August 2017.

2017 Competitions Update

Congratulations to all of the finalists and winning ensembles of the recorded round of the 2017 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions! The final rounds, as well as the performances by the winning Remington and Winding ensembles, will be held at the International Trombone Festival at the University of Redlands, June 28-July 1, 2017. Visit the ITF website for more information. A downloadable PDF list of the 2017 preliminary round winners, finalists, and judges is available here.

 

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 June 28 – July 1, 2017 at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, USA. All finalists will receive a full tuition waiver to attend the 2017 ITF; housing, food and travel expenses will NOT be covered by the International Trombone Association or the International Trombone Festival.

***New for 2017***

Video entries are now required for the Marsteller, Quartet, and Johnson competitions. All other categories will remain as audio only entries.

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 June 28 – July 1, 2017 at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, 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 2017 International Trombone Festival. Winners in other categories may be asked to participate in a clinic or solo performance at the 2017 ITF.


 

Submission Instructions

Applications are now open through December 1, 2016. Applications to the 2017 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions will once again be submitted at: https://app.getacceptd.com/ita. In your application, you will need either your ITA membership number or username (used for login to this website) to verify that you are a current ITA member.

For submission instructions, please click here.


 

Recording Guidelines

The 2017 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. Note: Applicants may now give either their ITA membership number OR username (for ITA website login) as proof of current membership.
  • 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, 2016 and close on December 1, 2016 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, 2016. 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, a movement of a larger work, or an orchestral excerpt. 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.)
  • 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.
  • Preliminary round results will be announced in early February 2017.
  • Attendance at the 2017 International Trombone Festival the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, USA is required of all finalists. Finalists and winning ensemble members are required to confirm their participation at the 2017 ITF by March 15, 2017 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, 2017.
  • 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 (e.g. no band or orchestra accompaniments).
  • 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 2017 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions may be directed to Donny Pinson, ITA Competitions Coordinator at the following address: itacomps2017@trombone.net.

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