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The International Trumpet Guild is pleased to announce an extension for the 2024 Ellsworth Smith Competition. The deadline for registration is now May 15, 2024. Any questions may be directed to

Jury Members

Tine Thing Helseth

Tine Thing Helseth with trumpet. Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has established herself as a prominent figure in the world of classical music, captivating audiences across the globe with her soulful and lyrical trumpet sound. With a collaborative and genre-defying approach to music, Tine's repertoire spans from classical to contemporary works and new commissions. She has received several accolades, including the 2013 Echo Klassik Award for "Newcomer of the Year" and the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Tine has collaborated with renowned orchestras worldwide and served as a juror for the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. Tine leads the all-female brass ensemble tenThing, touring extensively and presenting a Holiday-themed program in the U.S. She also serves as the Artistic Director of the Risør Kammermusikkfest in Norway. Tine is active in the recording studio, with her latest album "Seraph" gaining global recognition. Alongside her musical pursuits, she contributes to her community as a TV and radio presenter, trumpet instructor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and jazz performer in iconic Norwegian bars. 

Terry Everson

Terry Everson with trumpet in front of ornate background.Hailed by the Boston Globe for his “dazzling, clarion brightness with elegant edges” and in the Boston Musical Intelligencer for “virtuosity and musicality that was simply stunning”, trumpeter Terry Everson first gained international attention in 1988, winning (on consecutive days) both the Baroque/Classical and 20th Century categories of the inaugural Ellsworth Smith Trumpet Competition, with further success as First Prize laureate of the 1990 Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition. He is a Professor of Trumpet and Chair of Winds, Brass & Percussion in the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and is Principal Trumpet of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (performing on more than six dozen CDs) and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Everson’s solo recordings have received glowing reviews; the first, produced by the International Trumpet Guild, is often noted as a benchmark reference for the works contained therein. His compositions and arrangements for trumpet ensembles are performed often at competitions and conferences worldwide. Terry Everson is an Artist/Clinician for the S.E. Shires Company.

Pasi Pirinen

Pasi Pirinen holding trumpet to his chest, leaning against a wall.Pasi Pirinen, a distinguished trumpeter, currently holds the positions of Professor of Brass Instruments at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Principal Trumpet of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. With an extensive career that includes serving as the Principal Trumpet of the Córdoba Symphony in Argentina and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Pirinen has established himself as a prominent figure in the world of classical music. His educational journey took him from his hometown in northern Finland to the Sibelius Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and private studies in Cleveland and Paris. Pirinen's accolades include winning the ITG Ellsworth Smith Trumpet Competition in 1998 and being named 'Brass Player of the Year' by the Lieksa Brass Festival in 1999. As an active soloist, Pirinen has premiered contemporary works, and his critically acclaimed discography showcases his artistry. Additionally, he is recognized as a Yamaha Artist and contributes to the global musical community through teaching and serving as a jury member in prestigious international trumpet competitions.