International Trombone Festival Composer’s Workshop

logoThe International Trombone Festival announces a new Composer’s Workshop for composers interested in writing for trombone in the 21st century — learning new techniques, interacting with performers and getting readings of their music at the 2017 International Trombone Festival. The distinguished composer, Eric Ewazen, and University of Redlands faculty composer Anthony Suter will lead the workshop.

The daily sessions will include:

  • Presentations by each of the composers of the music they’ve written which will include looking at their scores plus recordings or mp3s of computer performances of their music. Discussion of their interest in adding to the trombone repertoire, and how their music can “fit” the instrument.
  • A talk discussing Mr. Ewazen’s approach to writing for trombone, which will include a look at some of the great and iconic pieces for trombone written by other composers.
  • A session with invited trombonists demonstrating and talking to the composers about trombone technique — what they consider to be easy, hard, trombonistic repertoire etc. Also included will be demonstrations on the technical aspects of the instrument, how they produce sound, ranges that are good to write in, etc. plus a look at extended techniques and mutes.
  • Individual lessons with Eric Ewazen for each of the student composers.
  • Performers of the participating composers’ pieces will be performed by some of the distinguished guest artists participating in the festival.

Upon acceptance, the composers will be asked to write a piece for trombones involving solos, duets, trios or trombone quartets. The solos can have piano accompaniment. The composers will each bring in these pieces they have written for trombones to the first session.  They can modify their pieces during the course of the Festival. Reading sessions will be held with performers from the Festival culminating in a workshop performance of the works.

Eligibility: The workshop is open to all composers.

Tuition: The workshop is free and includes registration for the 2017 International Trombone Festival.

Room and Board: Each composer is responsible for his or her own room, board and transportation. Information of housing and travel options for the ITF is available on the ITF website at:

How to Apply:

Submit a resume, sample score (pdf) and links to recordings by e-mail to by January 15, 2017.

The International Trombone Festival (ITF) is the world’s largest annual trombone festival. The International Trombone Festival, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ITF is responsible for producing the annual International Trombone Festival. Its sole member is the International Trombone Association although it is wholly independent of the ITA with its own board, its own staff and its own budget.

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