Georgia 2021: Youth Workshop

The 2021 ITF Youth Workshop

The ITF Youth Workshop offers students ages 12-17 a structured, chaperoned experience, while giving them the opportunity to be a part of the biggest trombone event in the world.  Students attend select Festival events as a group, and benefit from exclusive master classes throughout the week, all geared toward the developing trombonist.  The Youth Workshop is also a performance program – students are placed in ensembles, and rehearse with top teachers from around the world.  Don’t be surprised if a few of our ITF Artists pop on on the concert!  Youth Workshop students learn from the masters, while making musical connections and friendships to last a lifetime.

Who teaches at the Youth Workshop?

Youth attendees will spend their days working directly with worldclass faculty:

Nicole Abissi
Nick Finzer
Martin McCain
Sean Reusch

And our incredible Youth Workshop Artists!

Joe Alessi
Chris Bill
Jen Wharton 

What happens at the Youth Workshop?

The short answer?  Everything!  Youth Workshop attendees will work directly with artists and teachers in master classes, rehearsals, clinics, and all sorts of trombone-related activities.  In addition, there will be lots of time to visit the ITF Exhibits, to try out horns, mouthpieces, mutes, and basically any trombone-related thing you can possibly imagine.  No where else in the world can you experience so much trombone in one place!

Who is in charge of the Youth Workshop?

The Youth Workshop is under the guidance of director Andrea Van Hof, an experienced educator and veteran band director.  Van Hof received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Western Michigan University and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.  Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. Andrea has taught in schools in New York, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Indiana, and joined the ITF team in 2019.  She will be on hand throughout the event, to ensure that all Youth Workshop events run smoothly!

What is the daily schedule like?

The Youth Workshop schedule runs concurrently with the main ITF schedule, but by contrast, is very structured.  While regular Festival attendees can pick and choose from a variety of events, the Youth schedule is thoughtfully organized, and specifically geared toward the developing trombonist. Youth will attend some of the main Festival events as a group, but will also spend time rehearsing and preparing a concert program, which will be performed on a mainstage Saturday afternoon.  In addition, the schedule will include a number of Youth Workshop exclusive master classes from Festival Artists, and of course, time to visit the ITF Exhibit Hall.

Where can I stay during the Youth Workshop?

Attendees can choose from on-campus housing options, which include a 3-meal per day meal plan, or stay off-campus, and join the group each morning, before the day’s activities begin.  Commuting students should be dropped off and picked up by a guardian or parent each day.  Those who are old enough to drive should provide the ITF with a note, signed by a parent, indicating that they can come and go without supervision.

How do I register for the Youth Workshop?

Youth Workshop registration will be available during main Festival registration (opening in January 2021).

Still have questions?  Email the ITF Director, Dr. Karen Marston, at Or, contact the Youth Workshop Director Andrea Van Hof at

See you in Columbus!