Rich Matteson Jazz Competition – Young Artist Division

This competition is named after the legendary jazz euphonium player, Rich Matteson (1929-1993).
Rich Matteson was internationally recognized as one of the most exciting jazz soloists and clinicians. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Rich had a wide and varied career as public school music teacher, professional performer, conductor, arranger, composer and university professor. He was an outstanding recording musician in every jazz idiom.

Submit your entry in:

Category: Competition, Live
Related instrument(s): Tuba, Euphonium, Sousaphone, Baritone
Registration fee:

$85 USD

Discounted fee before December 17, 2022:

$75 USD

Application open from:

November 14, 2022

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

To submit, you must be a paying ITEA member through:

June 3, 2023


All competitors must be ITEA members at the time of the live rounds (semifinals and finals) of the competition. Finalists and semi-finalists must be registered and present at ITEC. The competitors must never have held a full-time professional position as a musician on any instrument.
Contestants for the Young Artist solo and jazz competitions must not have reached their 19th birthday as of the day of the finals, see date information. A copy of a birth certificate, passport, or other definitive identification must be submitted with every entry application for the Young Artist competitions. 


The jury is looking for excellent performances of high musical and technical standards.


Finalists and semi-finalists must be registered and present at ITEC 2023 to be held Monday, May 29 – June 3, 2023 at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Winners of the online competitions and competitors that are chosen to perform as semifinalists/finalists in live rounds will be notified after February 1, 2023, and they will have approximately two weeks to accept their invitation to ITEC. All competitors who accept their invitation will pay a reduced registration fee for ITEC.


Prize amounts will be announced in early 2023.


Dr. A.J. Miller, chair

Rounds and repertoire

1 Recorded preliminary round

Be sure to review the age requirements for this competition! Note that TWO tunes are required for each round.
Download iReal Pro backing tracks: competitors may use these tracks for practice and their preliminary recording.

Download Now's The Time

Download Cantaloupe Island

Required repertoire:
  • Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
  • Now’s The Time – Charlie Parker (key of F at q=158)
2 Second round
Semifinal is played live with a rhythm section.
Required repertoire:
  • So What – Miles Davis
  • Song For My Father – Horace Silver
3 Final round
The final round is played live with a rhythm section.
Required repertoire:
  • I Got Rhythm – George Gershwin (key of C)
  • I Got Rhythm – George Gershwin (key of C)
Registrations are now open. You can submit entries until January 1, 2023 11:59 PM
must be member through: June 3, 2023

You need to be signed in and a paying ITEA member before you can submit. Sign in here, or join here.