Georgia 2021: Call for Scores

Composers Workshop, Call for scores

The International Trombone Festival is excited to sponsor the fourth annual COMPOSERS WORKSHOP, to be held at Columbus State University Schwob School of Music, Georgia, U.S.A.

July 14-17, 2021

Featuring coaching and master classes with composer

Steven Verhelst

Steven Verhelst

and performances of accepted compositions.

APPLICATION LINK: 2021 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 2021 Composers Workshop at Columbus State University, July 14-17, 2021, and will participate in exclusive master class opportunities with Steven Verhelst.  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 Columbus, GA, 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 and will be updated 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.

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 and optional PR photo
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: 2021 ITF Composers Workshop Application

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

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2021.

About Steven Verhelst:

Steven Verhelst loves Richard Strauss, Alan Menken, Christina Aguillera and the way Galliano plays Piazzolla.  Steven Verhelst studied bass trombone with Ben Van Dijk, Jörgen van Rijen, Pierre Volders and played in major orchestra’s in Belgium and the Netherlands.  Steven Verhelst thinks there is much more then just playing those silly notes.  Steven Verhelst composed A Song For Japan as a charity project for the victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan.  In 2020 he wrote A Song For Health as a support for the efforts of healthcare workers at the frontlines of the Corona Pandemic.  Steven Verhelst is a musician who is jealous of dancers because they can express more then anything else on this planet. Steven Verhelst is honoured to work for some of the greatest artists and orchestras in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tokyo, New York, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Syndey, … but always prefers to be at home in the morning when his children wake up.

See you in Columbus!