Mission of Ictus International Music Competition

Trumpet Competition | Orchestra Competition | Band Competition

Ictus International Music Competition is an online music competition open in 2018 to wind bands, orchestras, and solo trumpet. Described by David Bilger of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as “democratizing music competitions,” Ictus Music was founded to make international music competitions more accessible through eliminating prohibitive travel costs, conference fees and visa issues by having the application and adjudication take place online.

During its first year, Ictus International Music Competition was only open to bands and orchestras.  The competition drew applicants from South Africa to Texas and all the way to Washington State.  The first place winners received prize money, and were featured on local TV news, newspapers, and classical music blogs.  Each winner has their bio and winning performance on our website. While the competition for bands and orchestras is only open to groups at the middle school, high school, youth orchestra, college/conservatory and community ensemble levels, the trumpet competition is open to trumpeters of all ages to make the competition more accessible. 

With judging done online, the competition maintains a high artistic standard through having a jury composed of internationally renowned musicians. These jury members have played with or conducted some of the world’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Canadian Brass, and more.

Additionally, Ictus International Music Competition has a strong educational focus. The competition’s website, social media, and YouTube channel provide a free resource to the public through video interviews and performances of the renowned musicians who serve as jury members. These interviews provide insights into those musicians careers, their beginning in music, practical tips on how to practice, what they listen for when adjudicating, how to audition for professional music jobs, and the future of classical music. The performance videos will serve in place of the traditional live concerts that most competitions have to showcase the jury.

It is not the intention of the competition to replace live music performance, but the competition hopes to increase the perception of classical music, music education, and music performance through this new and innovative platform.