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How To Apply

Eligibility

Qualified young conductors who have recently finished their academic studies or who are working toward graduate diplomas in conducting at top-ranking American music schools, up to the age of 30, may apply.

Proficiency in English is required; working knowledge of German is desirable. Non-US citizens are welcome to apply, as long as you are a student or recent graduate of an American art program. Please note that if a non-US citizen is selected, the AAF is not responsible for fees associated with acquiring the necessary visa, etc.

Application Process & Deadlines

Please submit the following documents (if possible in electronic form) to the AAF aafconductors@americanaustrianfoundation.org:

  • Completed application form (see downloads), including digitally inserted recent photo
  • Two letters of recommendation (the author of the letter of recommendation must email the letter directly to aafconductors@americanaustrianfoundation.org)
  • Current résumé/CV, detailing educational background and conducting experience
  • One-page essay describing your objectives during the fellowship
  • A DVD, CD or USB drive of conducting excerpts, along with a detailed listing, must be mailed to the office. You may also send links via email, but applications without a physical DVD, CD or USB drive will not be eligible for consideration

The deadline for applications is 5:00pm EST on APRIL 10, 2020.

Mailing address:

The American Austrian Foundation, Inc.
ATTN: The AAF Young Conductors Fellowship
c/o UniCredit Group
150 East 42nd Street
28th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Details

This program is operated by the AAF and funded by AAF Trustee Karl Heinz Faber. The fellowship includes a $1,500 travel reimbursement, accommodation at Schloss Arenberg, and a small stipend. Program dates are mid-July - August 2020.

For more details about the Salzburg Festival, please visit their website

Within one month of completing the fellowship, each fellow is required to send a final report to the AAF aafconductors@americanaustrianfoundation.org