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Important Information
  • Program offered Half Session I only
  • Fellowships and limited scholarships available. Click here to learn more about our Fellowships and Financial Assistance. 
  • VIDEO audition recordings required
  • Group resume required; 2 letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 5, 2022
Application open September 15, 2021

Application Fee

$25 September 15–October 15, 2021
$60 October 16-December 1, 2021
$125 December 2, 2021–January 5, 2022

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 2022 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.

Please see our Fellowships and Financial Aid page to learn more about our many fellowship and scholarship opportunities. 

The program is rigorous and, thus, members of the American Brass Quintet @Aspen Program are expected to stay focused on their core curriculum and not engage in extracurricular activities, such as concerto competitions.




  • 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


All groups must submit the following repertoire in INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS. Do not include your name in the video title or description.

  • Record a brief video introducing the group and discussing your goals for the program 
  • 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.


Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO