High School Application

Acceptance for high school student participation at KBHC is by qualifying application and is for students scheduled to graduate in 2021–2025. Enrollment is noncompetitive and first-come, first-served in order to enable a participant-to-faculty ratio of 4:1. This ensures that every participant has an unparalleled opportunity to improve their technique and musicianship. Students must be at least 14 years old as of June 12, 2021; presently in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade; and currently studying horn privately on a regular basis.

For first-time high school applicants, the application includes a recording of your performance of a solo and/or etude of your choice, a short essay, and two recommendations. The solo and etude choices should demonstrate your current level of ability.

For questions, please contact Peggy Moran, Executive Director (peggy@horncamp.org).


COST: $2,095 per week

EARLY REGISTRATION INCENTIVE: $1,995 per week if registering by December 31, 2020

Participants may choose to attend one or two weeks. The first day of each week is an arrival day. The last day of each week is a departure day, allowing 6 full days of instruction each week. Multiweek participants have two free days between sessions. Extra days are $80 each. You may arrive a day early for any week and/or stay an extra day at the end of Week 1. Please note: There is no tuition discount if you choose not to stay at Ogontz.

Payment Schedule

DEPOSIT: $204 per week (paid online) or $200 per week (paid by check)

You may submit your deposit online using our online deposit form or by mailing a check or money order. Deposit checks and money orders should be made out to Cormont Music and mailed to:

Kendall Betts Horn Camp
c/o Cormont Music
Julia Gerhardt, Operations Director
PO Box 2418
Decatur, GA 30031

If you are not accepted, the deposit will be refunded. Your balance must be postmarked by April 15, 2021. There is a $50 late fee for payments postmarked after this date.

Competitive Scholarships

A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to high school and college students. You may apply for (in the case of high school students) or reserve (in the case of college students) a place at camp if you are set in your plans to participate regardless of scholarship outcome.

Application Guide

For Returning Participants

If you are a returning high school participant, then complete the online application form for returning participants and pay your deposit. (See the instructions under “Payment Schedule” above.)

For First-Time Participants

1. Video Performance

First-time high school applicants must submit a video performance. Your video performance consists of a solo and/or etude of your choice that demonstrates your current level of ability. You may include any repertoire you wish. You may excerpt from recordings of solo recitals, band, or orchestra concerts and other performances if you wish. Accompaniment is acceptable but not required.

If submitting a video via YouTube, you must upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted video and e-mail a link to the video to KBHC Executive Director, Peggy Moran, at peggy@horncamp.org. Please include your first and last name in the subject line of the e-mail in addition to the words, “KBHC High School Audition Video.” If you prefer to conduct your audition/interview via Zoom or Skype, please Contact Us.

2. Essay

Note: if you conduct your audition/interview via Zoom or Skype, you can skip this step.

Submit a short essay, 500 to 600 words in length on the following subject:

Why I Wish to Participate at KBHC in 2021

Send your essay to Peggy Moran, KBHC Executive Director, at peggy@horncamp.org. Please include your first and last name in the subject line of the e-mail in addition to the words, “KBHC Application Essay.”

3. Private Teacher Recommendation

Send the recommendation form link to your private horn teacher and ask them to fill it out and submit it.

4. Second Recommendation

Send the recommendation form link to another musician who knows you or your work well, such as:

  • A school band or orchestra director
  • A youth orchestra conductor or section coach
  • A second instrument private teacher
  • An all-state conductor, or section coach
5. Application Form
6. Pay Deposit

Pay the deposit. (See the deposit instructions above.)