Justin Dunlap and Sterling Tanner win 2016 ATW Solo Competitions!

Four UT students were named finalists in 2016 American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competitions: Ben Yang (freshman, bass trombone performance major), Justin Dunlap (freshman, trombone performance major), Sterling Tanner (2nd year MM bass trombone performance major), and Evan Sankey (2nd year DMA trombone performance major). The ATW National Solo Competition is an annual event that gives students and young professionals an opportunity to compete with soloists drawn from around the world. The organization has drafted the event as follows:

Recordings are sent to ATW for review in November. From this semifinal round, up to three entrants per division are invited to compete in an open public recital doing the workshop in front of a distinguished panel of judges. The judges select winners and provide valuable comments to each of the competitors.

This year’s event was held March 9 and 10 in Brucker Hall – the United States Army’s Performance Center – located at historic Fort Myer, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital.

Justin was selected as winner in Tenor Trombone Division 1 (for trombonist age 18 and under) and Sterling was selected as winner in Bass Trombone Division 3 (the most advanced competition category).

The ATW is the largest professionally organized and staffed annual trombone conference in the United States. Soloist, educators, and students — as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world — attend the workshop.


(l to r) Sterling Tanner, Ben Yang, Evan Sankey, Justin Dunlap