Entrance Information

The next Steven Zellmer Trombone Competition will be held on June 2, 2017 at
MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second Street, Minneapolis MN 55401.  We look forward to hearing your recordings in the Spring of 2017.  Good Luck!

Eligibility Requirements

be eligible, you MUST be born after January 1, 1990 and not be under full-time contract with a professional orchestra or band. Previous Grand Prize winners are ineligible.

Entrance Package

Applicants must submit the following:

1. A completed Application Form
2. A one-page resume detailing education and performance experience.
3. A non-refundable entry fee of $50.00. Make check payable to Steven Zellmer Trombone Competition.
4. A CD of the literature specified on the Preliminary Audition Repertoire page.

CD Specifications

The name, address, phone number, and email address of the applicant must be included on the CD case, but nothing may be written on the CD itself. In addition, your audition CD:
  • must be postmarked by February 17, 2017. Late CD’s will not be considered.
  • must be playable on standard CD playing equipment.
  • must not have any editing or splicing within an excerpt.
  • must not have any verbal announcements.
  • must not be enhanced with added reverberation, compression or expanding, etc.
  • will not be returned.
The use of high quality recording equipment is strongly recommended.


Three judges from the Minnesota Orchestra brass section will decide both the Preliminary and Final Rounds. Judging of the Preliminary Round will be completed without the judges knowing the identity of the contestants. Decisions will be based solely on the performances contained on the audition CD’s. Judging of the Final
Round will be based exclusively on Final Round performances. The judges reserve the right to not name a winner in this competition or split the prize money among any number of finalists.