ITA Solo & Ensemble Competitions

2015 Registration Open (October 19, 2014)

Registration open for the 2015 Competitions

The repertoire for the 2015 Solo & Ensemble Competitions has been posted and can be found under the various competition categories in the navigation bar. The General Rules and Requirements and submissions instructions have been posted! The finals will be held during the 2015 International Trombone Festival July 8-11 in Valencia, Spain.

2015 Competitions Overview

Classical Tenor Trombone Competitions

Classical Bass Trombone Competitions

Classical Alto Trombone Competitions

Jazz Trombone Competitions

Ensemble Competitions

The deadline for all entries is December 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST).

All applications require current ITA membership at the time of registration.

A non-refundable application fee of $30 (+ a $22 Acceptd admin fee) is required for each solo entry - Fontana, Johnson, Smith, Marsteller, Wiehe, Gagliardi, ITA Alto, Roberts, Kleinhammer and Van Haney. A non-refundable $75 application fee (+ a $22 Acceptd admin fee) fee is required for each ensemble entry - Quartet, Winding and Remington.

Download the 2015 submission instructions for the Solo & Ensemble Competitions here.

Direct inquiries regarding ITA competitions can be directed to Donny Pinson, ITA Competitions Coordinator, at competitions2015@trombone.net.

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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 8-11, 2015 in Valencia, Spain. All finalists will receive a full tuition waiver to attend the 2015 ITF; housing, food and travel expenses will NOT be covered by the International Trombone Association or the International Trombone Festival.

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 8-11, 2015 in Valencia, Spain. 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 will be obligated to serve ITA in the form of a clinic/solo appearance to promote the organization.

Failure to strictly adhere to the following General Rules and Requirements will result in immediate disqualification. In the event of a disqualification, the application fee will not be refunded.

General Rules and Requirements (applicable to ALL competition categories)

  • Each competition participant (except 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 file upload. Specific submission instructions may be found under Submission Instructions.
  • Registration will open at the end of October, 2014 and close on December 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST).
  • A non-refundable application fee of $30 (+ a $22 Acceptd fee) is required for each solo entry—Fontana, Johnson, Smith, Marsteller, Wiehe, Gagliardi, ITA Alto, Roberts, Kleinhammer and Van Haney. A non-refundable $75 application fee (+ a $22 Acceptd fee) is required for each ensemble entry—Quartet, Winding and Remington.
  • Age requirements must be met as of December 31, 2014. Proof of age (i.e. photocopy of driver's license, visa or birth certificate) must be included.
  • Each competition category has its own set of specific rules and repertoire requirements. These must be strictly followed in addition to the General Rules and Regulations.
  • No editing of any kind is permitted within a solo piece, a movement of a larger work, or an orchestral excerpt.
  • No spoken comments are allowed, including any verbal count-offs. Audible dialogue of any kind will result in disqualification.
  • No identifying information (applicant's name, school, teacher, etc.) may be included in the uploaded audio file names or in any embedded metadata. Such information in an uploaded audio file is grounds for disqualification.
  • Attendance at the 2015 International Trombone Festival in Valencia, Spain is required of all finalists. Finalists and winning ensemble members are required to register for the 2015 ITF by April 1, 2015 in order to confirm their participation and to guarantee their finalist position. Alternates or runners-up may be invited to replace any contestant who fails to register by April 1, 2015.
  • 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.

Guidelines for Making the Recording

It is suggested that the recording be made at the highest possible quality and then converted to a suitable format for file upload.

Single mono/stereo microphone placement for soloist and pianist. (Must be recorded from a single position (no separate microphones for soloist and pianist).

Microphones should be placed 6 - 12 feet (1.8 - 3.6 meters) from soloist/pianist 2 - 4 feet (.6 - 1.2 meters) above the trombone bell.

Cardioid type microphone preferred

Adjust piano peg as necessary to find best balance with performer.