Competitions Main Page

The International Trumpet Guild (ITG) sponsors several on-going competitions and contests that offer cash prizes and scholarships. Official rules supersede the brief descriptions on this page and are made available for download below early in the fall semester.


Conference Competitions

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competition or scholarship

YOUTH COMPETITIONS OPEN JANUARY 15 - ALL OTHERS OPEN JANUARY 1

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 1

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Competition and Scholarship Rules


 


 

The following competitions take place at the annual international conferences of the International Trumpet Guild. PDF of the current competition rules is forthcoming. For information not found on these pages or in the .pdf files, please contact the Chair of Conference Competitions.

ITG Orchestral Excerpts Competition. Monetary prizes awarded. Held at the annual ITG Conference. Entrants must be under 25 years of age on February 1 of the competition year. Deadline to apply: February 1. Rules to this competition are available above in PDF format. Email: ConfOrchContest@trumpetguild.org

ITG Jazz Improvisation Competition. Monetary prizes awarded. Held at the annual ITG Conference. Entrants must be under 25 years of age on February 1 of the competition year. Deadline to apply: February 1. Rules to this competition are available above in PDF format. Email: ConfJazzContest@trumpetguild.org

ITG Solo Performance Competition. Monetary prizes awarded. Held at the annual ITG Conference. Entrants must be under 25 years of age on February 1 of the competition year. Deadline to apply: February 1. Rules to this competition are available above in PDF format. Email: ConfSoloContest@trumpetguild.org

ITG Military Band Excerpts Competition. Monetary prizes awarded. Held at the annual ITG Conference. Entrants must be under 25 years of age on February 1 of the competition year. Deadline to apply: February 1. Rules to this competition are available above in PDF format. Email: ConfMilitaryBandContest@trumpetguild.org

ITG Conference Scholarships for Students.(Supported by the ITG Memorial Fund and the Music Industry). Scholarships for annual ITG Conference. For students in following age groups: under 15, 15-19, 19-22, and 22-25. Also for jazz students up to 25.Ages as of February 1 of the competition year. Deadline to apply: February 1. Rules to this competition are available above in PDF format. Email: ConfScholarships@trumpetguild.org

ITG Youth Competition. The ITG, in its efforts to encourage young performers, presents two competition divisions (Under 15 and 15-19) for players of all soprano brass instruments (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, E-flat cornet) Held at the annual ITG Conference. Deadline to apply: February 1. Rules to this competition are available above in PDF format. Email: confyouthcontest@trumpetguild.org


 

Professional Competitions

Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. (Supported by a grant from The Herb Alpert Foundation). $15,000 total prizes. Held once every two years. 

2017 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Solo Competition - University of Idaho - Lionel Hampton School of Music

Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition. Sponsored by ITG and the Columbus Foundation of Columbus, Ohio. $15,000 total prizes. Held once every four years. 

2016 Ellsworth Smith Website - Information, Rules and Repertoire

Competition Registration Page


 

2012 Ellsworth Smith Trumpet Solo Competition photos here.
2012 Ellsworth Smith Competition Results

 

The article The Roads They've Taken: A Look at ITG's Student Contest Winners by Anne Hardin (May96 ITGJ) [500k] describes the annual conference competitions and follows up on the careers of winners from 1977-1995.

 

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