ITA Quartet Competition

Combined ages of members may not exceed 100 (no individual member may exceed 28 years of age; birth date of January 1, 1987 or later)

Due to the difficulty that some groups had obtaining a copy of the Walter Ross Quartet, we have extended the deadline until January 1. Groups that have already submitted a recording have the option of keeping that recording (by leaving their application as is) or resubmitting a new recording at no additional cost. The quartet is available for free from the composer's website:

First Prize - $1,000 cash prize, donated by the International Trombone Association

General Rules and Requirements

Additional Rules

  • The Preliminary round repertoire should be uploaded as a single audio file (All movements in one file.)
  • Each movement may be recorded separately and assembled into a single track, but there may be no editing within a movement.
  • Members of past winning quartets are not eligible to participate in the 2016 ITA Trombone Quartet Competition
  • No quartet personnel changes for the final competition round are permitted under any circumstances. If a finalist group is unable to be present at the ITF, an alternate group may be selected. Presentation of a valid photo ID will be required of each performer immediately prior to the final competition.

Preliminary Round Repertoire

  • Quartet, by Walter Ross (Boosey & Hawkes)

Final Round Repertoire

  • Consort of Four Trombones, by Charles Wourinen (Edition Peters)
  • Free choice piece, 6 minutes or less

Past Winners

Year Winner School
2002 Cincinnati Conservatory Trombone Quartet David Vining, coach
2003 Corpus Trombone Quartet, Ferenc Liszt Academy (Budapest) Tividar Sztan, coach
2004 Novus Trombone Quartet David Waters, coach
2005 CT3 Trombone Quartet (Northwestern University) Royce London, coach
2006 Spitfire Trombone Quartet (Guildhall School of Music and Royal Academy of Music -- London)  
2007 UNT TF Trombone Quartet (University of North Texas) Tony Baker, Jan Kagarice & Vern Kagarice, coaches
2008 Bell Street Four (University of North Texas) Tony Baker, Jan Kagarice & Vern Kagarice, coaches
2009 Maniacal 4 Trombone Quartet (University of North Texas) Jan Kagarice, coach
2010 Seretean Trombone Quartet (Oklahoma State University) Paul Compton, coach
2011 Quattroforte Trombone Quartet (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary)
2012 SubitoBones, University of Texas, Austin Charles Villarubia, Nathaniel Brickens, coaches
2013 Northside Quartet, Austin, TX Charles Villarrubia, Nathaniel Brickens, coaches
2014 Thein Brothers Quartet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ben van Dijk, coach
2015 Atlantic Trombone Quartet, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, The Netherlands Pierre Volders, Remko de Jager, J&oumrgen van Rijen, Ben van Dijk, coaches