National Trombone Quartet Competition

National Trombone Quartet Competition

Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2021

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The American Trombone Workshop presents the 2021 National Trombone Quartet Competition. Our goal is to promote this important and popular genre for players of all ages. Typically, those selected as the winners of this competition will be given the opportunity to perform a full recital for the ATW live audience; however, because of COVID-19 restrictions this year, the workshop will be doing this recital virtually.

Submission Instructions

This year, audio recordings must be submitted to the competition coordinator as a YouTube submission. Competitors are asked to upload their entries to their own YouTube accounts and send the links to the competition coordinator. Please send two YouTube links; there should be one for each piece. Do NOT send the different movements of the same piece as separate links. No editing is allowed during any of the movements or works. Video titles are to be set as: ATW 2021 National Quartet Competition, Name of Quartet, Name of the piece.

To apply, email a link to audio files directly to the competition coordinator, SSG Austin Westjohn. Include in this email the following:

  • Quartet Name
  • Personnel
  • School affiliation (if any)
  • Teacher name
  • Telephone number for the group representative

The winning ensemble will be selected by a panel of judges in mid-February, and will perform a VIRTUAL recital at the 2021 American Trombone Workshop. If you have any questions contact SSG Austin Westjohn

Competition Eligibility

The 2021 National Trombone Quartet Competition is open to all trombone quartets. There are no age restrictions. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the winning quartet will perform a virtual solo recital at the 2021 American Trombone Workshop. Due to these changes, the deadline has been DELAYED until February 1, 2021.


Title Composer Publisher
Quartuor for trombones (all four movements) Max Dubois Alphonse Leduc
No More Blues (arr. Scharnberg) Antonio Caros Jobim Firebird Editions


Please direct all questions to competition coordinator SSG Austin Westjohn at

Past Winners

Year Winner School
2020 New England Trombone Quartet
2019 New England Trombone Quartet
2018 New England Conservatory Trombone Quartet
2017 Yale University Trombone Quartet
2016 The Juilliard Trombone Quartet
2015 AMF Trombone Quartet, University of Texas at Austin
2014 Bearbones Trombone Quartet, Baylor University
2013 Yale University Trombone Quartet
2012 Indiana University Trombone Quartet
2011 Co-winners: Oklahoma State University Trombone Quartet and University of Michigan Trombone Quartet
2010 Rittenhouse Quartet
2009 Northwestern University Trombone Quartet
2008 Southern Methodist University Trombone Quartet
2007 University of North Texas TF Quartet
2006 Chicago Trombone Quartet

Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2021

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