Solo Competition

Ensemble Competition

Mock Auditions

Penny Turner

Mentorship Program

Composition Competition

Competitions

Susan Slaughter Solo Competition

Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition

Penny Turner Young Artist Award

Mock Military & Orchestra

Mentorship Program

Composition Competitions

Susan Slaughter Solo Competition

Created by the IWBC Board of Directors, the solo competition has been held in conjunction with every IWBC Conference since the first in 1993. In 2006, the Board officially named it the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition. It is open to all brass musicians of all ages and gender; amateur, student, and professional alike. Brass instruments that are qualified to compete include the trumpet, horn, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Winners receive prize money which is fundraised in conjunction with the Holiday Brass Concerts that occur annually in St. Louis, MO and Baltimore, MD. 

The solo competition has two age categories:
Category I: 23 years of age and younger
Category II: 24 years of age and older

Competitors will compete in the category at the age they are by the end of the registration period. 

Competitors (solo, ensemble, mock) will be eligible to enter the lottery to participate in masterclasses with guest artists at the 2022 conference.

Susan Slaughter Solo Competition
Grand Final Round Category 1 
1st Prize: $5,000
2nd Prize: $3,000
3rd Prize: $1,000
 
Grand Final Round Category 2
1st Prize: $5,000
2nd Prize: $3,000
3rd Prize: $1,000
 
Category 1 Solo Competition (up to 3 winners awarded per instrument)
1st Prize: $600
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $100
 
 
Category 2 Solo Competition (up to 3 winners awarded per instrument)
1st Prize: $600
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $100

REQUIREMENTS FOR SOLO COMPETITIONS 2022

Eligibility Requirements for Solo Competitions:

  1. Participants must be pre-registered conference attendees. 
  2. All participants must return a completed competition application along with the 

$50 competition fee, by April 1, 2022.

No applications will be accepted after this date. 

SOLO COMPETITIONS:

Categories 

The solo competition is open to all student, amateur and professional women and men in the following categories:

Category I:  23 and under 

Category II:  24 and older 

(All age requirements are as of March 31, 2022)

The Preliminary Round of the solo competition will be held on the morning of the first day of the conference on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton, TX on Tuesday, May 23, 2022. Rehearsals will be held on Monday, May 22nd, 2022. Competitors will be able to choose their rehearsal time on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All contestants will perform in the Preliminary Round.  The number of participants who advance to the Final Round will be determined by the judges.   The judges may, at their discretion, withhold awarding any prize if the quality of playing is not at an appropriate level.

Each round will be performed behind a screen.  The final round of the solo competition is open to the public.

SOLO COMPETITION PRIZES FOR PRELIMINARY ROUND: 

Three prizes are offered in each age category for each instrument at the conclusion of the preliminary round.  All solo competition prizes will be awarded during the conference.

First Prize = $600 U.S. plus a $60 gift certificate to use at the conference exhibits. 

Second Prize =  $300 U.S. plus a $60 gift certificate to use at the conference exhibits. 

Third Prize =  $100 U.S. plus a $60 gift certificate to use at the conference exhibits.

GRAND PRIZE FINAL ROUND:

The first prize winner in each category on each instrument will advance to the Grand Prize Final Round.  These competitors (up to six) will compete for three prizes in each age category.

Grand Prize =   $5,000 U.S.

 Second Prize = $3,000 U.S.

 Third Prize =   $1,000 U.S.

The Grand Prize Final Round of competition will be held on the morning of Friday, May 27, 2022 and is open to the public.  An accompanist is required for all rounds of competition.  You may elect to provide your own accompanist or an IWBC accompanist can be provided for a fee of $50 for a rehearsal and performance in both rounds of the competition if necessary.  (No extra rehearsal time is available.)  You will need to arrive early to rehearse with an IWBC accompanist.  Please plan accordingly.  

ACCOMPANISTS

IWBC will provide accompanists at the cost of $50 per competitor. This includes one 30 minute rehearsal and performance at both rounds of competition (if the competitor advances)
Competitors are welcome to bring their own accompanist who will be provided a complimentary accompanist registration pass.

DEADLINES

Competitors will be eligible to register to compete at the conference on the same day registration opens to the general public. Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis so we strongly encourage anyone interested in competing to either join our conference update email list, follow us on social media, or become a member to receive updates and be the first to know when registration opens. The final deadline for competitor registration (if spots are still available) is April 1, 2022. 

2022 Solo Competition Schedule:

Trumpet Category 1: 8am-2pm CDT
Trumpet Category 2: 8am-2pm CDT

 

Horn Category 1: 8am-2pm CDT

Horn Category 2: 8am-2pm CDT
 

Tenor Trombone Category 1: 8am-2pm CDT

Tenor Trombone Category 2: 8am-2pm CDT
 

Bass Trombone Category 1: 2pm CDT

Bass Trombone Category 2: 2pm CDT
 

Euphonium Category 1: 8am-2pm CDT

Euphonium Category 2: 8am-2pm CDT
 

Tuba Category 1: 8am-2pm CDT

Tuba Category 2: 8am-2pm
 CDT
 
Final Round: Friday, May 27, 2022 | 9AM – 2PM CDT
 
IWBC reserves the right to alter the schedule if necessary.

Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition

Created by the IWBC Board of Directors, the Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition premiered at the 2017 IWBC Conference at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. The current requirements of the competition include the following:

  • Open to all ages and genders
  • Only like instrument ensembles may participate
  • Ensembles should have three or more members
  • Selected ensembles will perform a prelude to a concert, master class or recital
  • Selected ensembles from the preliminary round will advance and compete for a grand prize.
  • All competition participants will receive a reduction in conference fees.

Competition winners will receive prize money which is fundraised in conjunction with the Holiday Brass Concerts that occur annually in St. Louis, MO and Baltimore, MD. 

Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition
1st Prize: $5,000
2nd Prize: $3,000
3rd Prize: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements for Ensemble Competitions:

  1. Participants must be pre-registered conference attendees, and members of IWBC.
  2. All participants must return a completed competition application along with the 

$15.00 per member, competition fee by April 1, 2022.

No applications will be accepted after this date.  

ENSEMBLE COMPETITION:

The ensemble competition is open to all student, amateur and professional musicians of all genders in a like instrument ensemble with three or more members. Each ensemble should prepare a piece or multi-movement piece 8-12 minutes in length. 

All ensembles are required to bring an original score and parts to the conference as well as upload a PDF of the score when registering. Percussion accompaniment for ensembles is permitted as long as you bring your own equipment. Arrangements are allowed.

The Preliminary Round of the ensemble competition will be held  on the campus of North Texas on Wednesday May 25, 2022 from 8:00am-2:30pm depending upon the total number of participants.  Due to limited space, the spots will be available on a first come-first serve basis once registration opens. 

All contestants will perform in the Preliminary Round.  The number of participants who advance to the Final Round will be determined by the judges.   Selected ensembles will also be invited to perform on the courtyard concerts during the conference. The judges may, at their discretion, withhold awarding any prize if the quality of playing is deemed not at an appropriate level.

The preliminary and final rounds will be behind a screen.  All rounds of the ensemble competitions are open to the public.  

GRAND PRIZE FINAL ROUND:

Selected ensembles will advance to the Grand Prize Final Round.  These competitors will compete for three prizes. 

Grand Prize =   $5,000 U.S.*

 Second Prize = $3,000 U.S.*

 Third Prize =   $1,000 U.S.*

*Each member of the groups advancing to the grand prize final round will receive $20 exhibitor gift certificate. 

The Grand Prize Final Round of competition will be held on the Friday, May 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm and is open to the public.  

Ensemble Prelims: Tuesday, May 24 | 2:30-8:45 PM CDT

Ensemble Finals: Friday, May 27 | 2-3:30 PM CDT

IWBC reserves the right to alter the schedule if necessary.

Mock Auditions

IWBC sponsors mock audition competitions for orchestra and military band. Competitors will receive feedback from the panel of judges and are eligible to win cash prizes. Open to all ages, gender,  and experience level. 

Mock Band Audition (up to 3 winners per instrument)
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $120
3rd Prize: $60
 
Mock Orchestra Audition (up to 3 winners per instrument)
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $120
3rd Prize: $60

Wednesday, May 25

Mock Military Band Auditions: 8-11:30 AM CDT

Mock Orchestral Auditions: 12 -3:30 PM CDT

Penny Turner Young Artist Award

Penny Turner Young Artist Award, a scholarship competition created by IWBC Board Member Ginger Turner in honor of her late mother, Penny Turner. Ginger says of her inspiration to create the award:

My Mom played the cornet growing up and was a band director for a few years. She never experienced anything like IWBC in her youth and she thought it was the coolest. We always tried to get her to a conference but her health and my schedule never made it happen. She was able to attend a number of the Baltimore Holiday Brass Concerts and really enjoyed the music and the community created through that experience. I thought a scholarship in her name would help keep her connected to the organization that she so loved.”

The competition is open to all women brass players between the ages of 12-18; their music teachers or private instructors may nominate competitors.

Mentorship Program

The IWBC Mentorship Program partners women with accomplished professionals in their field. Winners will receive two mentoring sessions that they can choose how to use (lessons, career advice, etc.) and receive assistance with their application materials. Winners will also be featured in IWBC’s social media, website, and Noteworthy Newsletter.

Composition Competition

The IWBC commissions works from women composers for its biannual conference. The competition is free and open to women composers of all ages and all nationalities. Past winners are not eligible.

Winning composers receive a $1,500 cash prize and travel and lodging for the International Women’s Brass Conference. 

 

Emerging Composers composition Competition

IWBC & Rising Tide Music Press are proud to partner and launch a new composition competition for BBIA early career composers!

Winning composers will be featured at the upcoming conference. Click below for more details.

This competition is open to all genders.