Playing Assessment

The Kendall Betts Horn Camp community is a gathering of hornists spanning a wide range of ability levels in a non-competitive, supportive environment. In order to place you in the masterclass group and ensemble best-suited to your current level, our artistic team would like to hear you play informally for a few minutes. This is not an audition, nor will it be used to rank participants; it simply helps us to best serve each participant for an optimal KBHC experience. (Note: if you are a first-time high school participant, or if you are applying for a scholarship, you will be providing a separate video recording of your playing, and so you will not need to do the playing assessment as described here.)

When you complete the online application form for KBHC, you will choose whether you prefer to send us an informal video recording of yourself, or to play something in person when you arrive at camp. If you change your mind about this, you can let us know by sending a note (by May 15) to

What to Play

You can play anything you are familiar with and are comfortable playing for up to three minutes. It can be a solo (or part of a solo), an etude, orchestral excerpts, or something else. Remember that this is not an audition and not a competition; we just want to hear your horn sound.

Recording Yourself

An audition-quality recording is not required or expected for the playing assessment. If you want to make a video recording using just your mobile phone propped up on a stand, that would be fine. 

When you have your recording, upload it to YouTube and set the video to be “unlisted.” Then, send the link to your YouTube video to by May 15. In the subject line of your email, include your full name and “Playing Assessment Video Link.”