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 for how many instrumentalists will be accepted into the program:

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