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Important Information
  • Program offered Half Session I only
  • Fellowships and limited scholarships available
  • Video audition recordings are required
  • Group resume required; 2 letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 5, 2021
Application open September 1, 2020

Application Fee

$25 September 1-15, 2020
$60 September 16-December 1, 2020
$125 December 2, 2020-January 5, 2021

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

The American Brass Quintet Seminar @Aspen (ABQS @A) is the country’s premier brass chamber music training program for emerging, preformed brass quintets.

Enjoy four weeks of daily, intensive study devoted exclusively to brass quintet repertoire, rehearsal techniques, and performance, 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 coaching and rehearsals, 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).

Three 2021 brass quintet fellowship opportunities are available (fifteen individual fellowships) for preformed brass quintets. 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. Up to two additional quintets may be accepted, with little or no financial assistance.

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

Audition Repertoire (VIDEO required)

All groups must submit the following repertoire in INDIVIDUAL VIDEO 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.


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