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We are proud to sponsor the Zellmer Trombone Competition in honor of the Minnesota Orchestra’s long-time Principal Trombonist, Steven Zellmer. Mr. Zellmer, who passed away in 1996, left behind a gift to the orchestra with instructions that it be used to help young trombonists in their pursuit of career in a professional symphony orchestra. Having performed with orchestras for over 40 years, Mr. Zellmer wished to pass on his love of the trombone and his orchestral career in a manner that would continue to benefit both musicians and their audience.

A grand prize of $5000 will be given to a winner to assist in the pursuit of additional study. Additional prizes include a second prize of $2500, a third prize of $1500, and finalist awards of $500 to each of the participating finalists. 

This year’s competition will take place May 31, 2019, at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.

Application Fee: $60

Application Deadline: The application deadline has been extended to February 22, 2019 at 10:00CST. 

Please contact us via email at zellmertrombone@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for applying and best of luck with your audition recordings!