Arkansas 2022

The 2022 International Trombone Festival will take place at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, with hosts Dr. Justin Cook and Dr. Christopher Sharpe. The festival will take place July 13-16, 2022, and the lineup of artists, ensembles, presenters, and university faculty will be deeper than ever before. The planning team has been hard at work putting together a diverse roster from the trombone community, and we are eager for you all to experience an exciting program of artists from across the globe!

The ITF is packed with events throughout the four-day schedule. World-class soloists such as Pete Ellefson, Brittany Lasch, Christian Lindberg, Martin McCain, Louise Pollock, Obeed Rodriguez (at left), and Yu Tamaki Hoso will present diverse programs for trombone and piano with repertoire ranging from old favorites to brand new works.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra trombone section will be the orchestral section in residence and are planning a compelling program and a masterclass on orchestra section playing.

We are very excited to announce that Christian Lindberg will be making his long-awaited return to the ITF!

The Festival schedule will conclude with a bombastic performance from Boston Brass! This exciting brass quintet of virtuosos will bring down the house at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall, a 1,200-seat venue that hosts UCA’s large ensembles as well as national and international tours of performing arts programs.

Student trombonists aged 12 through the summer after their final year of high school can also get in on the fun as part of the ITF Youth Workshop, run by ITFYW Administrator Andrea Van Hof. Youth will experience a curated and supervised Festival schedule together with daily rehearsals and master classes, culminating in a Saturday main stage concert!

The year 2022 will also see the return of Festival favorites like the Cramer Choir, a long-standing tradition, featuring a collection of collegiate trombone professors from around the US and conducted by John Drew (Professor of Trombone, Florida State University)

Dr. Deb Scott (Professor of Trombone, Stephen F. Austin State University) will once again return as Director of the Composers Workshop. Accepted scores will be presented on a New Music Concert performed by ITF artists, presenters, registrants, and/or faculty.

New to the ITF this year will be the Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir, organized by Tony Baker and Dr. Javier Stuppard. The goal of this ensemble is to showcase outstanding Black trombone artists from around the world and to provide meaningful social networking for Black trombonists of all ages. Look for an exciting concert from this group!

World class teachers and teaching artists will present on a range of topics, from wellness, to pedagogy and historical research. Many new music and innovative recitals will be in this line-up as well!

Dr. Gretchen McNamara, Wright State University, pictured at left

Thirteen student and community ensembles from across the US have been chosen to perform!

University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir, pictured at right.

Traveling to and staying in Conway will be easy to coordinate. Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock is just a 30-minute drive from Conway, and we are within a six-hour drive from major population centers in the South and Midwest: Birmingham, Dallas/Fort Worth, Memphis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Tulsa, and of course Little Rock. The official ITF Hotel for this festival will be the brand-new Courtyard by Marriott in Conway, opening this April just a short 10-minute drive from the UCA campus. As always, festival attendees will also have the option to stay in dorms on the UCA campus.

Text of this post written by Dr. Christopher Sharpe

See you in Conway!