Call for Scores


2019, International Trombone Festival, Composers Workshop, Call for scores

The International Trombone Festival is excited to sponsor the third annual COMPOSERS WORKSHOP, to be held at Ball State University, in conjunction with the ITF.

July 10-13, 2019


Dr. Doug S Bristol, Professor of Music Theory and Technology, Alabama State University conducts his piece, Autumn Mountain Harvest, for Trombone Choir, at the 2018 Composers Workshop Showcase Concert.

Featuring coaching and master classes with composers including:




And performances of accepted compositions.


Dr. Richard Bullen’s (Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Junior Departments, London, England) Steradian, Trombone Choir and Torch Beams at the 2018 ITF in Iowa City.

APPLICATION LINK: 2019 ITF Composers Workshop Application

Eligibility: 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).

Length of composition: Less than 10 minutes, including all movements.  Longer or shorter works will be considered, based on merit.

Participation: Accepted composers will be invited to the 2019 Composers Workshop at Ball State University, July 10-13, 2019, and will participate in exclusive master class opportunities with workshop composers.  Accepted scores will be presented on a Saturday New Music Concert, performed by ITF artists, presenters, registrants, and/or faculty.  In addition, Composers Workshop attendees will have access to the full ITF schedule, which includes numerous master classes, concerts, and workshops featuring new music.

ITF Registration: Accepted composers must attend the ITF in Muncie, and pay the regular, full registration rate.  The ITF does not provide financial support for travel, registration, housing, meals, or other costs.  For more information about the ITF schedule, please visit  Housing is available either on-site (dorms), or in local hotels (more information here).  For information about travel to Iowa City, go here.

Composition Requirements: Submitted compositions must be 100% original. Previous performances of the submitted composition 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.


Dr. Jeremy Marks, Professor of Trombone at UNC, Charlotte, performs a solo work at the 2018 Composers Workshop, in Iowa City.

Application requirements:

  • To apply, please submit an application, using the link below.
    • Be sure to have the following items ready to upload:
      • Short bio, detailing career highlights
      • Current resume or curriculum vitae (include current contact information, educational background, list of published/non-published works, and other pertinent, professional information to composing)
      • Score in PDF format. Do not send parts at this time. Parts will be requested from the selected composers. Score should include any additional information necessary for the performance of the work. Scores that are not in PDF format will not be considered.
      • A recording of the piece. Submit a URL to a recording of the piece on any online platform (YouTube, Soundcloud, Dropbox, websites, etc.)  If a live recording is not available, a MIDI or other digital representation is acceptable.
  • APPLICATION LINK: 2019 ITF Composers Workshop Application

For questions, please email the Composers Workshop Director, Dr. Deb Scott, at

Deadline for submissions: March 24, 2019.

See you in Muncie!