Arkansas 2022: Apply for Funding

2022 Henry Romersa Travel Grant

Henry Romersa is the founder of the National Trombone Workshop, which he organized for the first time in Nashville, Tennessee, in the summer of 1971. The event eventually evolved into the International Trombone Workshop, and traveled the world, taking place at venues in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Finland, and locations all across the US. Henry’s vision for a world-renown, annual trombone event continues to be realized today, as the International Trombone Festival.

The Henry Romersa Fund provides travel support to an educator or student, wishing to attend the ITF; Priority is given to educators

AWARD
The winning applicants will receive:
-Up to $600 in travel reimbursement to attend the ITF at the University of Central Arkansas, July 13-16, 2022
-Ground transportation (shuttle) from airport (Little Rock only)
-Accommodations in UCA dorms (meals not included)

2022 Art Kimbrough Travel Grant

Art Kimbrough is a trombonist, music educator, corporate executive, and serial entrepreneur with a lifelong love of his first profession as a trombonist.

Art received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University in 1969 under the guidance of Donald Yaxley who prepared him for the next level of advancement in his career as a trombonist, teacher, and conductor. Graduate studies under Phil Jamison at the University of Georgia and master classes at the London Symphony Institute orchestra with Denis Wick further developed his skills as a musician and teacher. He began his career in 1969 by launching the first orchestra program in suburban Atlanta’s DeCalb county school system, and within 4 years creating the first county wide Honor Orchestra.

A detour into the emerging technology world of corporate America took him away from a full-time career in music, but music never left his soul. With every relocation to a new city, he found a community big-band to play in and continue to express his musical creativity. Currently, as an executive coach to CEOs, he is in the business of leading leaders on their path to excellence. Musical analogies and metaphors flow readily in his coaching language as he helps them understand concepts of teamwork and individual performance.

Donald Yaxley shaped Art as a musician, a person, and a leader in ways Yaxley could not have imagined, including securing financial support for Art during a period of his schooling when money was a barrier to his education. Because of the inspiration and support of Donald Yaxley, Art wishes to honor Professor Yaxley by “passing it on” through this award to the next generation of young players following their dreams as a trombonist and musician.

The Art Kimbrough travel grant provides support to any individual wishing to attend the ITF.

AWARD
The winning applicants will receive:
-Up to $500 in travel reimbursement to attend the ITF at the University of Central Arkansas, July 13-16, 2022
-Ground transportation (shuttle) from airport (Little Rock only)

How to apply:

Complete the online application: ITF Travel Grant Applications

Materials needed for application:
-Personal Statement, outlining financial need, your interest in attending the ITF, what you hope to gain from the experience, and any other pertinent information you would like the committee to consider
-Letter of recommendation (optional)
-Resume and publicity photo (optional)

Policies:
-Award will reimburse actual travel costs, either for airfare, or mileage, but not both
-Any costs associated with attending the ITF, which are not specifically listed in the awards above, will be the responsibility of the awardees.
-Travel dates may be extended up to 2 days before and 1 day after Festival

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