Composers Workshop

Call for scores

The International Trombone Festival is excited to sponsor the second annual


to be held the the University of Iowa, in conjunction with the 2018 ITF, July 11-14.

Featuring coaching and master classes with


And performances with ITF artists and presenters.

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  • Any composer, regardless of age or nationality, is eligible to submit (a maximum of) one score, featuring trombone(s) in chamber music or solo settings.
  • Preferred instrumentation: Trombone choir (6-12 performers, including any combination of alto, tenor, and/or bass trombones), trombone quartet (3 tenor trombones, and 1 bass), or trombone (alto, tenor, or bass) and piano. Other instrumental combinations which prominently feature trombone will be considered (based on the availability of musicians to perform them).
  • Ideally, score should be between 5-15 minutes in length, including all movements.  Longer or shorter works will be considered, based on merit.
  • Accepted composers will be invited to the 2018 Composers Workshop at the University of Iowa, July 11-14, 2018, and will participate in group discussions with other workshop composers, one-on-one coaching with Eric Ewazen, intensive score study, reading/rehearsal sessions, and a featured concert performance with Festival artists, presenters, or faculty, of their work.  In addition, the Festival program presents a variety of new-music concerts, which Workshop participants will attend as a group.
  • Work must be 100% original.  Previous performances are allowed, provided that they are not high-profile, professionally archived/recorded, or otherwise in a format that would meaningfully detract from the “new music” or “premiere” status of the ITF concert format.
  • Application requirements: Current resume or curriculum vitae (include current contact information, educational background, list of published/non-published works, and other pertinent, professional information), and score submission (preferred format: PDF of a computer-generated, printable file; MIDI recording is optional, but recommended)
  • Email the above materials to Dr. Karen Marston, Festival Director, at
  • Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2018.

The ITF does not provide financial support to attend the Composers Workshop.  The special registration rate for Workshop Composers is $200 (full festival, more information here).  Housing is available either on-site (dorms), or in local hotels (more information here).  For information about travel to Iowa City, go here.

Below: Denson Paul Pollard performs Ewazen’s Ballade for Brass Trombone and Piano, at SliderAsia in 2014

About master composer, Eric Ewazen:

Eric Ewazen’s music has been performed by distinguished soloists, chamber ensembles, vocalists, wind ensembles and orchestras around the world. His music can be heard on some 70 commercially released CDs, by some of the finest recording artists of the 20th/21st centuries. He has been a guest at over 150 colleges and universities worldwide, including 19 different countries and 49 states of the 50 United States. Dr. Ewazen received his Bachelors of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1976, and his Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the Juilliard School in 1978 and 1980, He has been a faculty member of The Juilliard School since 1980, teaching Music Theory in the College Division and Composition in the Pre–College Division. He was Vice-President of the League of Composers-ISCM and Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestra of St. Lukes in NYC. During the current 2017/18 season, 2 orchestral pieces of Dr. Ewazen’s have been premiered, his “Concertino for Bass Trombone (or’tuba) and Orchestra by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and his “Concertino for Organ and Orchestra” by the Allentown Symphony. In addition, two works for wind ensemble, both In Memoriams, have been commissioned for upcoming performances in the Spring — one commissioned by Southern Connecticut State University, honoring the teachers and students killed in the heartbreaking Newtown Massacre upon the 5th anniversary of the event, and the other commissioned by The University of Las Vegas, honoring those that died in the horrific Las Vegas shooting of October, 2017. Dr. Ewazen’s artistic philosophy is that music is sometimes there to provide joy and beauty, and sometimes there to provide comfort and healing and to be a mirror of our times. Dr. Ewazen has beeen a huge advocate and champion of the trombone, encouraging fellow composers and students to explore the unique, spectacular and beautiful colors of the instrument. He has collaborated with some of the greatest trombonists of the 20th and 21st centuries in the creation of a wide variety of repertoire for the instrument, from solo and chamber works to concerti and orchestral works. Many of these wonderful trombonists will be at the 2018 ITA Festival, and the composers at the workshop will have a chance to meet and work with these artists! 

See you in Iowa City!