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American Brass Quintet Seminar @AspenBack To Chamber Music...

Important Information
  • Program offered first session only (two-week sessions available)
  • Fellowships and limited scholarships available
  • On-Campus housing may not be available to two-week participants age eighteen and older
  • Audio audition recordings are required
  • Group or individual resume required; 2 letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2018
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2017
$60 if you apply between October 2 and December 1, 2017
$125 if you apply between December 2, 2017, and January 2, 2018

Kevin Cobb, trumpet 
Louis Hanzlik, trumpet 
Eric Reed, horn 
Michael Powell, trombone 
John D. Rojak, bass trombone 

The American Brass Quintet Seminar @Aspen is the country’s premier brass chamber music training program for emerging, preformed brass quintets and young brass musicians.

Beginning June 25th, four weeks of daily, intensive study devoted exclusively to brass quintet repertoire, rehearsal techniques, and performance will ensue, led by members of the American Brass Quintet, faculty of the AMFS since 1970 and The Juilliard School since 1987. Participants will also receive weekly private instruction with the members of the ABQ.

In addition to daily coachings and rehearsals, participant ensembles will participate in a number of events such as open rehearsals of the American Brass Quintet, public performances, master classes, workshops (e.g. composer readings and community engagement activities).

Two 2018 brass quintet fellowship opportunities are available (ten individual fellowships) for preformed brass quintet. Fellowships cover tuition and room/board in AMFS housing or recipients can opt to receive a stipend toward off-Campus housing expenses. Fellowships are awarded to ensembles in pursuit of a career in brass chamber music.

Space will be reserved in the program for up to three additional ensembles of individual applicants, or preformed ensembles. Individual applicants will be formed into ensembles by the members of the ABQ. Preformed groups and individuals have the option to apply for a two-week session (6/25-7/8 OR 7/9-7/22). Fellowships are not available to individual applicants for any length of attendance and are not available to individual or group applicants for the shorter two-week session of attendance.

Four-week enrollment fees can be found here.

Two-week enrollment fees are as follows:

Tuition $1800
Room & Board $1800
Security Deposit $100
Health Service $70
Facility Fee $40

How to Apply



  • Group resume required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required
  • One member of the ensemble should apply under their name on behalf of the group


  • Resume required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required

Members of preformed brass quintets and individuals may simultaneously apply as individuals for Session II of the Orchestra/Instrumental Program (July 23-August 19). Applicants who are interested in applying on their instrument for the Orchestra/Instrumental Program must submit a second application and may pay the applicable fee at the time of submission.

*Note that availability of second session orchestral admission is limited based on the required balance of first and second session enrollment numbers for each instrumental area and full session applicants receive priority.

Audition Repertoire (AUDIO required)

All applicants must submit the following repertoire for their instrument in INDIVIDUAL AUDIO TRACKS.


Please upload your recordings in INDIVIDUAL AUDIO TRACKS.

  • EWALD: Moderato (1st mvt) from Brass Quintet No. 1 in B-flat minor
  • At least two other contrasting pieces, including one from the Renaissance (16-17th C) and one from 1950-present.


Please upload your recordings in INDIVIDUAL AUDIO TRACKS.


  • One movement of a concerto or sonata; accompaniment preferred 
  • One technical and one lyrical étude.


  • Exposition of Mozart Concerto 2, 3, or 4 
  • Étude of choice from Maxime-Alphonse, Kopprasch, or Gallay 
  • Solo piece of choice, preferably written after 1950 

Tenor Trombone

  • College/Conservatory level:
    • One complete vocalise from Volume 2 or 3 Bordogni/Rochut.
    • One complete étude from Marcel Bitsch: 15 Études de Rythme (except #1) 
  • High School level:
    • One complete vocalise from Volume 1, Nos. 20-60 or any one from Volume 2 Bordogni/Rochut. .
    • Étude #73 (complete) from V. Blazhevich Clef Studies (aka School for Trombone in Clefs).

Bass Trombone

  • One movement of a sonata or concerto 
  • One technical and one lyrical étude 


  • One movement of a sonata or concerto 
  • One technical and one lyrical étude 


Recording Specifications
  • Recordings must be recent: made no more than three months prior to application.
  • Each excerpt or work must be played through without stopping.
  • All excerpts and works must be uploaded in the order listed.
  • Please label each upload with the name of the excerpt or work. DO NOT include your name.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO