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.

June 14, 2019 Midnight EST. Begin your application.

Yes, limited scholarships are available.

There will be rolling admissions. You will be notified as soon as possible. Begin your application.

There is NO deposit. Full fees are due one week after notification of acceptance to secure the spot in the program. 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 not be housing available for Summer 2019, however, we are hoping that we will be able to secure some housing in the near future.

Your family is welcome to enjoy the lake and the property with you and join us for dinners (prearranged at an additional cost) and of course, attend the concert, however, rehearsals will be for participants only.

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.

No, you may opt out.

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.


Learn more on our Schedule page.

You will get a suggested list after you are accepted.

One lesson per session is included.

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

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