National Solo Competition

National Solo Competition

Each year the American Trombone Workshop (ATW) hosts its National Solo Competition. This event gives students and young professional trombonists the opportunity to compete against their peers. It has drawn competitors from around the world.

This year YouTube submissions are sent to ATW for review in January. The judges will select winners and these submissions will be featured in a virtual performance during 2021’s virtual ATW.

The experience gained through making a quality audition recording and learning how to perform in a competitive environment is invaluable for musicians of any age or performance level. The ever-growing number of entries received is evidence that the National Solo Competition continues to be one of the workshop’s most exciting and anticipated events.


ATW National Solo Competition 2021 will be a virtual concert comprising YouTube video performances featuring the selected winners. All of the submissions will need to be uploaded to YouTube. Due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding Covid-19 we realize that finding and performing with an accompanist may be difficult this year. Because of this we are allowing contestants to submit WITH OR WITHOUT an accompanist, and lack of an accompaniment will not count against a submission. Also, because the concert will be virtual, the YouTube submission deadline will be DELAYED until January 4th, 2021.

The winner’s submissions may be cut to create the final virtual performance, just as in the normal final round performances. Cuts will be used to create a fair and engaging virtual concert product including material from all of the winners submissions.


2021 ATW Tenor Trombone Repertoire

Division Title Composer Publisher
1 Romanza Appassionata Carl Maria von Weber, (P.X. Laube arr.)
2 Ballade Frank Martin (UE edition)
3 Three Calls for Unaccompanied Trombone Brad Edwards

2021 ATW Bass Trombone Repertoire

Division Title Composer Publisher
1 Concerto in F Ernest Sachse (Goess arr.)
2 Concerto in One Movement Alexander Lebedev (Friedrich Hofmeister arr.)
3 Concerto Robert Spillman

2022 ATW National Solo Competition Guidelines and Repertoire---TBA

If you have any questions or comments, please email SSG Hank Currey.

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