Rules and Regulations
Application Information and Instructions
2016 National Trumpet Competition
March 10-12, 2016
Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy of these rules.
1.1. All applicants must register and pay ALL FEES ON-LINE at the NTC website:
www.nationaltrumpetcomp.org (online registration will open November 1, 2015). Applicants must
register online using a valid credit card and ONE (only) valid e-mail address. An applicant’s recording will
not be reviewed unless payment is received by the December 15, 2015 deadline.
1.2. Students enrolled full time or home schooled at the time of the Competition who are either US
citizens or foreign students studying in the USA may apply.
1.3. All applicants (soloists and ensembles) must submit a video recording of their competition piece. All
applicants are responsible for mastering this process and for making a successful upload. Applicants are
strongly urged to verify, on their own, that their link functions properly, to ensure that the judges are
able to avail themselves of their video. Again, every aspect of this part of the process is the responsibility
of the applicant. Soloists submit their solo piece only. Ensembles submit their selected piece only. Jazz
contestants submit their required piece and selected piece only (2 pieces total). There must be no other
works in the video(s).
1.3.1. Solo recordings must be with piano accompaniment.
1.3.2. No stopping/starting, editing, or splicing of any kind is allowed. To attempt to circumvent
NTC’s efforts to keep the competition fair for all goes against the ethics of integrity to which NTC
aspires. Please submit an honest, un-edited video.
1.3.3. The video must contain exactly and only what is to be performed in the live rounds, including
the single cut allowed (solo division), any cadenza(s), etc. Performances for solo and ensemble
categories are limited to 8 minutes, including stage entrance, tuning, and performing. Jazz
contestants are limited to 12 minutes. If an uploaded video contains more than one piece (2 for
Jazz), the preliminary judges will only listen to the first 8 minutes of your video (or 12, for Jazz).
1.3.4. Recordings must be successfully submitted by midnight Eastern Standard Time, December 15,
2015; there will be no exceptions. Videos must be uploaded UNLISTED (not Private) to YouTube and
the link to your video provided in your online NTC application. Videos not viewable by the judging
panel will be disqualified.
2. Solo Division Age Requirements (applicants must meet both parameters of age and school
2.1. Graduate Solo Division: Open to anyone through age 28 as of March 12, 2016, and enrolled full
time in graduate school.
2.2. Undergraduate Solo Division: Open to anyone through age 25 as of March 12, 2016, and enrolled
full time in an undergraduate program.
2.3. High School Solo Division: Open to anyone grades 10 – 12, through age 19 as of March 12, 2016,
and enrolled full time in a high school or home schooled.
2.4. Junior Solo Division: Open to anyone through grade 9 (no lower age limit) up through age 15 as of
March 12, 2016, and enrolled full time in school or home schooled.
2.5. Jazz Solo Division: Open to anyone through age 28 as of March 12, 2016, and enrolled full time in
school or home schooled.
3. Solo Divisions
3.1. There are no “byes” for prior finalists.
3.2. There is no repertoire list, other than the fact that only published (including self-published) works
may be submitted. Self-published works must be computer generated and laser printed on high quality
stock. No hand-written manuscripts will be accepted.
3.2.1. In the case of lesser known or self-published works, applicants should submit a PDF of the
piano score to email@example.com by October 15, 2015. Such applicants will be
notified by November 1, 2015 whether their piece is acceptable for performance with an NTC
pianist; if not, the applicant must arrange for their own pianist if they wish to enter that piece, and
should not request an NTC pianist at the time of entry.
3.3. All solo works must be performed with piano accompaniment. Upon acceptance to the semi-final
round, applicants who requested an NTC pianist in any of the solo divisions, must send a PDF of their
piano score to their assigned pianist. This PDF must include the applicant’s name, division, phone, and e-
mail legibly shown on the front page, and any cuts must be clearly marked. The file containing the music
must be sent directly to the assigned NTC pianist no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time,
February 1, 2016. Applicants who do NOT request an NTC pianist at the time of their original
application will not be allowed to request one at any time thereafter.
JANUARY 20, 2016 – Notification of acceptance to the semi-final round will be posted on the
NTC website. Pianist assignments and contact information will also be posted that day, along
with a rehearsal and competition schedule. This schedule is to be considered final at the time
of publication; due to the complexity of scheduling soloists, ensembles and staff pianists, no
adjustments may be made for any reason.
FEBRUARY 1, 2016 – Deadline to pay NTC pianist fee online AND send music to the NTC pianist.
If piano music is not sent by this date, the applicant will lose the privilege to perform with an
NTC pianist and will either have to bring their own pianist or withdraw from the competition. It
is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with their pianist to make sure they have received
their music. There are NO refunds given; if an applicant pays the fee online and fails to send
their music, NTC will not refund their money.
3.4. Prior winners may enter the same Division as many times as age and school enrollment parameters
3.5. Applicants may enter only that category which age and school enrollment parameters dictate.
3.6. All soloists are limited to 8 minutes on stage, which includes entrance, set-up, tuning, and
performing. This will be strictly enforced.
3.7. In the case of a large single movement work (such as the Arutunian Concerto), one and only one cut
shall be allowed. This cut must be the same as in the applicant’s video, and in each round for which they
3.8. Any combination of movements within one piece is allowed, in any order, as long as the 8 minute
time limit is adhered to. No cuts are allowed in multi-movement works, except in the case of the
presentation of one movement from a multi-movement piece that by itself is longer than 8 minutes.
3.9. Lengthy (piano-only) expositions may be shortened, and will not count as the “one cut.” This rule
refers to works such as the Concertos by Haydn or Hummel. This shortening does not apply to works
without a lengthy and actual piano-only exposition in the sonata form sense of the term.
4. Ensemble Divisions
4.1. There are two divisions, based upon ensemble size: Small Ensemble (4-6 members) and Large
Ensemble (7-10 members). Each division will be adjudicated independently of the other. Performer
personnel in the video must be the same personnel at the live NTC event in March. No individual may
participate in more than one ensemble (even in different divisions).
4.2. All works are to be performed one on a part (no doubling of parts).
4.3. Cuts are allowed and are at the discretion of the performers, so long as the video version and the
live version are identical.
4.4. Each ensemble will be allowed 8 minutes of stage time which will include set-up, tuning, and
performance. This will be strictly enforced.
4.5. Conductors are permitted but not required; conductors will not count in ensemble size.
4.5. Instruments other than trumpets, cornets, piccolo trumpets, bass trumpets, and flugelhorns are not
4.6. Students up to and including age 28 as of March 12, 2016 may apply, and must be enrolled full time
at the time of the Competition in the school that they represent. There are no other age limitations in
the Ensemble Divisions.
4.7. All members of an ensemble must be enrolled full time at the same school.
5. Jazz Solo Division
5.1. Selected semifinalists will play in a live preliminary round, from which finalists will be chosen. In
their application recording, applicants must include the required work Invitation by Bronisław Kaper &
Paul Webster, as well as a contrasting piece of their choice.
5.2. Semifinalists will perform both selections under a 12 minute time limitation, which will include set-
up, tuning, and performance.
5.3. Finalists will play a program of their choosing (no repertoire restrictions whatsoever), and will have
20 minutes of on-stage time, which will also include set-up, tuning, and performance.
5.4. Jazz Division competitors must perform semi and final rounds with the professional jazz rhythm
section (piano/bass/drums) provided by NTC. Upon acceptance to the semi-final round, applicants must
send a PDF of your piano part to NTC. This PDF must include the applicant’s name, division, phone, and
e-mail legibly shown on the front page. The file containing the music must be sent no later than
midnight Eastern Standard Time, February 1, 2016.
JANUARY 20, 2016 – Notification of acceptance to the semi-final round will be posted on the
FEBRUARY 1, 2016 – Deadline for online payment of the NTC rhythm section fee AND to send
PDFS of rhythm section music to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6.1. Application fee for all solo divisions is $85 per applicant.
6.2. Application fee for ensembles is $40 for each player in the ensemble.
6.3. NTC Collaborative Pianist fee is $85 per applicant.
6.4. NTC Rhythm Section fee is $85 per applicant.
7. Rules Disclaimer (Please Read!)
Final interpretation of all rules remains with the National Trumpet Competition. All applicants accept
total responsibility for the understanding of and compliance with NTC rules and regulations. Failure to
adhere to NTC rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees.
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