American Modern Orchestra Instrumentation

Although the institute will accept enough instrumentalists each summer to fill out a standard, large-sized orchestra, each season will be slightly different, depending on the programmed repertoire. For example, we may need more than one flutist to double piccolo, in which case, we will make that clear on the application page.

The following list serves as a general guideline:

3 Flutes (Flute 3 doubling Piccolo and/or Alto Flute)
3 Oboes (Oboe 3 doubling English Horn)
3 Clarinets (Clarinet 3 doubling Bass Clarinet)
2 Bassoons
4 French Horns
3 Trumpets
3 Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Tuba
3 Percussionists (all doubling Timpani)*
2 Keyboards (mostly piano, may double synthesizer, provided by the festival)
1 Harp
22 Violins
10 Violas
8 Cellos
6 Basses

*Percussionists will be expected to play all standard instruments found in a classical orchestra, although parts may be divided as necessary at the festival.