University of Florida: Graduate Assistantship Available

The University of Florida Trombone Studio would like to announce a Graduate Assistantship opening beginning Fall 2016. At this time, we are accepting applications from tenor trombonists seeking the Master of Music degree in Music Performance.

The application deadline is February 1st, 2016.

Assistantship responsibilities will include performing with UF ensembles, assisting with the planning and implementation of studio events and day-to-day operations, and assisting with the UF Trombone Choir.

Benefits include a full tuition waiver, stipend, and health insurance.

The University of Florida is located in the city of Gainesville in the North-central part of the state. It is also roughly equidistant from the cities of Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Tallahassee, all of which have international airports. The state of Florida is home to a variety of musical opportunities including twenty-five professional orchestras, several cruise lines, and the Walt Disney Corporation.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Erik Shinn

TTU Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest

The TTU Trombone Ensemble Composition Contest Committee is requesting original works for trombone ensemble with the following characteristics:

Duration: 4-6 minutes in length

Instrumentation: Jazz Trombone Quintet/4 tenors, 1 bass with a rhythm section of piano, bass and drums

Type of Work: Original composition, not an arrangement of a previously written tune, with some improvisation built into the work

MIDI RECORDINGS ONLY (mp3s/CDs)! Live group recordings will not be considered.

A $1,000.00 Cash Prize will be awarded to the winning composition.

Additional awards may be granted at the discretion of the contest adjudication panel.


The Top Selections may be performed at the Thirteenth Annual Big 12 Trombone Conference, scheduled for January 15-17, 2016 at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Notification will be sent out to those composers.

Composition submissions deadline is November 1, 2015. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or via email (postal mail submissions must be post marked by this date).

Please submit a full score, parts, a midi recording and a payment of $30.00 (checks made payable to Iota Tau Alpha or ITA)

Mailing Address:

Professor James T. Decker
C/o Texas Tech University School of Music
Box 42033
Lubbock, TX 79409-2033


Credit/Debit card payments for entry fees can be made here.

SliderAsia 2015 Solo Competitions Finalists

A full list of finalists and alternates for the SliderAsia Open 2015 solo competitions has been published below. The live final round of competitions will be held during SliderAsia Music Festival in Hong Kong during 13-19 July 2015.

1501: International Solo Tenor Trombone Open
** FAN Guang Wei (China)  Finalist
** Peter STEINER (Italy)  Finalist
** Janos SUTYAK (Hungary)  Finalist
** YANG Hung Wei (Taiwan)  Finalist
** Jonas LIPPERT (Germany)  First Alternate
** KIM Jong Yun (Korea)  Second Alternate

1502: International Solo Bass Trombone Open
** Jack NOBLE (USA)  Finalist
** Kazuho OISHI (Japan)  Finalist
** PARK Chang Won (Korea)  Finalist
** Aldwyn TAN (Singapore)  Finalist
** Pawin PUNGBUA (Thailand)  First Alternate
** Takumi SATO (Japan)  Second Alternate

Hong Kong Trombone Association/ITA affiliation

We would like to welcome the Hong Kong Trombone Association as the latest addition to the growing ITA Affiliate Societies listing. We are looking forward to developing an information exchange and joint membership programs together!

Established in 2009, Hong Kong Trombone Association (HKTA) is a non-profit association of a group of passionate trombone enthusiasts aimed at education and promotion of appreciation in western brass music, in particular to trombone music and its entire related works, to the general public. Through organizing performances, workshops, master classes and exchange programs, with local and overseas professional musicians and educators, HKTA is also dedicated to facilitate exchanges of players at different levels towards the advancement of professional music playing standards.

HKTA organizes the annual SliderAsia Trombone Festival, which is a premier annual music festival for Asian trombonists of all levels as an annual get-together during summer. Details can be found at

Summer Slides with Tromboteam

Summer Slides @ Southern Miss with Tromboteam is an intensive 4-day camp consisting of master classes, solo competitions, chamber music, trombone choir, recitals, group warm-ups, audition preparation, private lessons, etc. It is scheduled for June 3-6, 2015, on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. The faculty for the camp will consist of members of Tromboteam, a professional trombone quintet. Tromboteam has performed recently as guest artists at the International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Music and the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington DC. Members include Jennifer Griggs, John Grodrian, Ben McIlwain, Sarah Paradis and Craig Watson.

Students will be provided with housing, a meal plan, and will have access to the practice rooms at Southern Miss.

For more information visit:

SiderAsia Competition Deadline Extended

SliderAsia 2015 International Competitions deadline has been extended to March 15, 2015.

3 Finalists & 2 Top Alternates of each competition category will be invited to participate in SliderAsia 2015 in Hong Kong with free entry, free lodging and free meals.

Winner gets USD1500 cash.
1st-runner-up gets USD800 cash.
2nd-runner-up gets USD500 cash.

Registration Deadline: March 15, 2015
Tape Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015
All details and online registration can be found at:

Assistant Professor Low Brass/Music Theory

Assistant Professor, Low Brass/Music Theory (Tenure Track)

JOB DESCRIPTION OR DUTIES: The Music and Performing Arts Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is searching for an Assistant Professor of Low Brass/Music Theory (Tenure Track) to start in August of 2015.

Serve as Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Low Brass/Music Theory. Demonstrate a high level of performance ability and implementation of brass pedagogy. Responsibilities will include: teaching the low brass studio, directing the low brass ensemble, teaching music theory/ear training courses, and other courses appropriate to the candidates interests, experience, and departmental needs. In addition, active student recruitment and retention, scholarship (research/creative activity), and university service are required.

REQUIRED AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Earned doctorate in music or ABD with degree completion by the time of appointment; experience in teaching low brass and music theory/ear training. Willingness to teach distance courses. Preferred: 1+ year(s) of college level teaching experience; experience advising undergraduate and/or graduate students; experience teaching distance courses.

HOW TO APPLY: Application review will begin on March 30, 2015. Review continues until position is filled. For more information and to apply visit All applications MUST be completed online. To apply select “Apply” and follow instructions to complete the Faculty Application. Also, attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of five references with contact information to the online application. In addition, please arrange to have three to five letters of reference sent to:

Dr. Duane Bierman
Chair, Asst. Prof. of Low Brass/Music Theory Screening
Committee Department of Music and Performing Arts
2506 12th Avenue
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849

Please direct questions about the position to: 308-865-8607. Direct questions about the online application process to: 308-865-8655 or The University of Nebraska at Kearney is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person upon the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin. Applicants needing accommodations should contact Human Resources at 308-865-8655. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate. Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive. The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. NuFlex benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care as well as an Educational Assistance Program. Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA/CREF and Fidelity.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving approximately 7,200 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of 31,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial and agricultural center of a large mid-state area.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and participates in E-verify.