Boston University School of Music to host 2008 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition Thursday, October 9–Sunday, October 12

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 |
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 |

(Boston) – The Boston University School of Music at the College of Fine Arts will present the 2008 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition in honor of the competition’s 20th anniversary. Hosted by Terry Everson, Associate Professor of Music at the BU School of Music and winner of the first Ellsworth Smith Competition in 1988, the competition will run October 9–12 at Boston University. Seven finalists will be evaluated by esteemed judges Stephen Burns (USA), Gabriele Cassone (Italy), and Jens Lindemann (Canada) in the competition for this prestigious title.

The Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition is jointly sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild and the Columbus Foundation, which manages the Helen Smith Trust and the Ellsworth Smith Memorial Endowment. The endowment was started in 1982 by the daughter of amateur cornetist Ellsworth Smith in memory of her father, with the goal of supporting the training of virtuoso cornet and trumpet students.

This year’s competition was open to all trumpeters born after January 1, 1978. Competitors were selected by a first-round audition based on recordings evaluated by well-known trumpet artists Eric Berlin, Kevin Cobb and Richard Kelley. No more than four semifinalists will be chosen after performing four works in second and third rounds; after two more rounds, two finalists will be selected to perform Richard Cornell’s Concertino in Round 6 with the BU Symphony Orchestra. The winner and runner up will be announced at the end of this final concert, and prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 will then be awarded. All competition events, including round 2-6 performances, Judges Clinics, and the Judges’ Recital, are free and open to the public.

The International Trumpet Guild is a world-wide association of trumpeters comprised of nearly 7,000 members from more than 60 countries. Included among its members are many of the world’s leading professional artists, teacher, amateur players and students of all ages.


Thursday, October 9

6:00pm: Opening Ceremonies and Round Two performances
Tsai Performance Center

Friday, October 10

9:00am: Round Three performances
First Church, Cambridge, MA

3:00pm: Judge’s Clinic with Stephen Burns*
4:00 pm: Judge’s Clinic with Gabriele Cassone*
5:00 pm: Judge’s Clinic with Jens Lindemann*
Sleeper Hall at Boston University

8:00pm: Round Four performances
Tsai Performance Center

Saturday, October 11

2:00pm: Round Five performances
7:00pm: Judges’ Recital and announcement of finalists
Tsai Performance Center

Sun, Oct 12

8:00pm: Final Concert, featuring the BU Trumpet Ensemble,
BU Wind Ensemble and BU Symphony Orchestra
Prizes to be awarded at the conclusion of this concert
Tsai Performance Center

*Judges’ Clinics are sponsored by Vincent Bach


Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

First Church, Cambridge
11 Garden Street, Cambridge

Sleeper Auditorium
Boston University School of General Studies
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

All competition events are free and open to the public.


Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The Boston University School of Music at the College of Fine Arts, founded in 1872, is the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States. The character of the School is shaped by its position at the center of a major university situated in the heart of Boston, a city that takes learning and music seriously. The School is committed to integrating professional training and the study of the liberal arts for undergraduate students. At the graduate level, students participate in a rich intellectual and artistic environment, vital for professional development. Alumni and faculty are members of major symphony orchestras, opera companies, prestigious ensembles, and educational institutions throughout the world.

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Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or
Ellen Carr at 617-353-8783 or