Frequently Asked Questions

In the application process, we include a phone/video session with the director to help determine this. We do not accept beginners. Begin your application.

Application deadline: Midnight on June 1st, 2020 (Fee $25).
Begin your application.
The fee is $675 for one session.
The fee is $1,200 for both sessions.

Yes, limited scholarships are available.

Applicants will be notified by June 8th, 2020. The deadline to apply is June 1st, 2020 and the deadline to pay in full is by midnight on June 30th, 2020. Begin your application.

55 Branch Farm Road
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

(It is on Lake Flower, in the Village of Saranac Lake, next to Branch Farm Bed & Breakfast, located at 25 Branch Farm Road, Saranac Lake, NY 12983)

View our Getting Here page.

There will be limited housing available. Contact Branch Farm Bed and Breakfast by either visiting their website or giving them a call at 518-891-0869.

Your family is welcome to enjoy the lake and the property with you and join us for lunches and dinners (prearranged at an additional cost).

Adirondack Regional Airport is the closest, with 3 daily flights from Boston.

Albany International Airport and Burlington International Airport are in the general area and renting a car would be suggested to get you to Saranac Lake from there.

Learn more on our Getting Here page.

We suggest renting a car.

Once we select participants, we will ask everyone if they are willing to share their contact information with other participants in order to help those desiring to share rides or accommodations.

No. You need to bring your own horn.

You will get some of the music. Sight-reading will happen.

Once accepted, we will ask about your dietary restrictions and the chef will accommodate.

No. We will have vegetarian options.

There are no stairs required.

Yes, there are two dogs and one bird.

Pets are not welcome during rehearsals and masterclasses.

Learn more on our Schedule page.

You will get a suggested list after you are accepted.

No. Lessons might be available with the guest artist or Ilze. The fee is to be determined.

You can contact the visiting artist to determine this and then schedule it around our program. We will have more information once you are accepted.

You may not.

No. You are welcome to bring your own.


Yes, you may fish. You will need a license and that can be obtained at the Blue Line Sport Shop in town.

There is swimming in the lake. However, it has a very muddy bottom and you cannot wade in from the shore. The closest beach is Riehl Beach, on Lake Colby, which is a mile outside of town. There is also another spot out on Route 3 towards Tupper Lake. It is very popular with the locals. That would be a good afternoon excursion.

Once you’ve been accepted, you may pay via the Payments Page, or mail a check made out to “Saranac Horn Retreat” to:
Ilze Brink-Button
Saranac Horn Retreat
4244 Francis Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035

Your spot is confirmed when we receive your full payment. The deadline to pay in full is by midnight on June 30th, 2020.


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