Kendall Betts Horn Camp

One of the best experiences any horn player can have

Alumni of KBHC have positions in major symphony orchestras, military bands, and universities all around the globe. KBHC provides invaluable training for serious high school, college, and graduate students as well as providing a fulfilling experience for professionals, amateurs, and those just picking up the horn for the first time in many years. KBHC is located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire’s North Country.

Schedule and rates

Full Immersion
Quality Instruction
Perfect Landscape

Philosophy

Our goal at Kendall Betts Horn Camp is to have the best possible horn experience in the world for all involved. Our teaching philosophy is to give every participant the opportunity to become the best musician they can be through proper instruction and dedicated support.

Faculty

The faculty of KBHC includes the top players and teachers in the US and beyond. Campers work with these renowned soloists, members of top orchestras, and faculty of illustrious schools of music in individualized settings.

Staff

The staff at KBHC provides additional teaching, administrative, and technical support to further personalize the curriculum offered at KBHC. Many staff members are also KBHC alums and former students of Kendall Betts. They all are talented teachers and players in their own right.

Curriculum

Our mission at KBHC is to provide world-class instruction in all areas of the horn. Our curriculum affords campers the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of experiences. We offer elective courses in warm-up, fundamentals, orchestral excerpts/auditioning, improvisation/creativity, ear training, natural horn, solo performance, Alexander Technique, and yoga. In a given week, everyone will receive private lessons, a private Alexander Technique session, daily warm-up instruction, solo opportunities, horn choir, and the opportunity to perform on the final concerts. With our elective system, campers can tailor their experience to their desires. This ability to personalize the camp experience means that campers can attend again and again and create a brand new camp experience for themselves each time they return. Free time in the daily schedule gives campers the chance to enjoy each other’s company and to explore their surroundings. Leisure activities include, but are not limited to hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, and other outdoor sports. We encourage all campers to take full advantage of both the horn instruction and the leisure activities.

High School Students

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High school students scheduled to graduate in 2022-2026, and who will be at least 14 years old by June 11, 2022, are eligible to apply. Students must also be currently studying horn privately on a regular basis. First-time participants need to fill out an application and make a recording in order to be accepted into the camp. Returning high school students only need to fill out the application. 

College Students

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College undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music performance, music education, or any other subject, are eligible to apply.

The immersive experience of KBHC is the ideal space for serious college students. Campers work with renowned faculty in individualized and small group settings, and can delve deeply into orchestral excerpts, fundamentals, and solo work.  Many of our collegiate alumni have gone on to successful careers as performers and educators. College and adult participants are assigned to small study groups of like abilities and interests.

Adult Students

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KBHC offers great value to a wide range of adults, including professionals, serious amateurs, and those picking up the horn for the first time in years. Campers are divided into small groups dependent on their level, and you can determine the best use of your time at camp: reinvigorate your already high level of playing, dive deeply into a specific area such as natural horn or solo performance, or work on fundamentals to improve your playing.