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Competition Rules and Repertoire
Applicants are responsible for following all rules and guidelines as posted on the ITA website. Additionally, each individual competition will have its own specific rules.
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, July 12-15, 2023 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. All finalists will receive a full tuition waiver to attend the 2023 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, July 12-15, 2023 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Its members and teacher/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 2023 International Trombone Festival.
- In the event the final rounds of the 2023 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions are not able to be held at the 2023 ITF due to unforeseen circumstances (such as the COVID-19 pandemic), the ITA reserves the right to convert the final rounds to a virtual format, and to make any necessary adjustments to the published rules and prize structure. In such circumstances, the ITA will also attempt to present Remington and Winding performances in a virtual format.
- In the event COVID-19 related travel restrictions on foreign travel to the United States are in place, a virtual option for participation will be made available to affected finalists.
- Piano accompaniment is required for all solo repertoire with accompaniment. While live collaboration is still preferred, pre-recorded accompaniment will be allowed for the 2023 competitions cycle in the event that restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic do not make a live performance possible.