Arkansas 2022: Youth Workshop

Interested in the ITF Youth Workshop? This page will tell you everything you need to know!

What is the ITF Youth Workshop?

The Youth Workshop at the International Trombone Festival is a program for developing trombonists, ages 12-17, who are interested in a fast-paced, fun, trombone-all-day experience that will put them front and center with top trombone artists and teachers from around the world.

What happens at the Youth Workshop?

The short answer?  Everything!  Youth Workshop attendees will interact 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 think of!  No where else in the world can you experience so much trombone in one place!

2021 Youth Workshop Faculty Nikki Abissi works with students in a warm-up session.

What is the Youth Workshop Schedule?

A detailed schedule will be available soon, but in the meantime, here is a general outline, to assist with travel plans.

Tuesday, July 12
Afternoon/evening: Arrive in Conway and check-in to dorms!
Evening: Kick-off event! (Food, social time, and trombone choir!)
We understand that travel plans can be complicated! Students are welcome to arrive Wednesday morning, if needed.

Wednesday, July 13-Friday, July 15
Scheduled events from 8:30am-10:00pm, daily
(with lots of time for exhibits, and other Festival fun!)

Saturday, July 16
Morning rehearsals/attend events

Commuters should plan to meet the Youth Workshop group for morning warm-ups at 8:30am, each day, and will be ready for pick up, after the evening concert ends, at around 10:00pm.

What does a typical day look like?

The Youth Workshop schedule runs concurrently with the main ITF schedule, but is very structured.  While regular Festival attendees can pick and choose from a variety of events, the Youth schedule is thoughtfully organized, to be 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.

Still wondering what it’s all about? Watch some of our Youth Workshop attendees performing the music from Avengers Endgame, with some very special guests, in the video below!

Who is in charge of the Youth Workshop?

Youth Workshop attendees move through a structured daily schedule, under the direct supervision of ITF Youth Workshop Director, Andrea Van Hof, and a staff of counselors, who will attend all events with the group.  Dorm life is also safe and structured, with resident assistants on hand at all times.  In addition, the Youth Workshop has a staff of dedicated faculty, who are top teachers and performers from across the country.

Watch 2021 ITFYW attendees in a special recording project with Chris Bill below!

Where can I stay during the Youth Workshop?

Attendees can choose from on-campus housing, or commute to campus and join the group each morning.  Commuters 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.

Check out this ITFYW recap from 2017!

How do I register for the Youth Workshop?

Youth Workshop registration is available through the ITF main registration page, here.

YOUTH WS Registration: $330.00

YOUTH WS Dorms: Double Occupancy

5-nights (Tues-Sun) $175.00
4-nights (Wed-Sun) $150.00

The Youth WS provides a fully structured environment, with camp counselors on site; Dorms are double occupancy; Meals and linens are not included; All alcohol and tobacco products are strictly prohibited in UCA dorms, regardless of attendee’s age.

Still have questions?  Contact Youth Workshop Coordinator Andrea Van Hof at

Who teaches at the Youth Workshop?

Marte Kennedy, Dallas area studio teacher and freelancer
Dr. Lucas Borges, Ohio University
Dr. Noel Wallace, Tarleton State University
Amy Bowers, Los Angeles area studio teacher and freelancer
Dr. Joseph Jefferson, Southeast Missouri State University
Dr. Oscar Diaz, Texas A&M University Kingsville

See you in Conway!