We are pleased to announce the 2021 AAF Young Conductors Fellowship Program of The American Austrian Foundation. Qualified young conductors, born in 1990 or later, who have recently finished their academic studies or who are working toward graduate diplomas in conducting at top-ranking American music schools are invited to apply.

This fellowship provides young and promising conductors, aged 30 and younger and from the United States, with the opportunity to spend up to four weeks at the Salzburg Festival observing the world's leading conductors and artists. Fellows will live at Schloss Arenberg, AAF's conference center, a mere ten minutes from the Festival Hall with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, several of whom reside at Schloss Arenberg during the month of August.

The Salzburg Festival ("Salzburger Festspiele"), founded in 1920 by Max Reinhard and Hugo von Hofmansthal, is the benchmark for all festivals worldwide. Each year unique opera and concert productions bring together the world's finest singers, conductors and musicians. The chance to observe and meet the maestros is an unforgettable experience for any young conductor.

Application details are available here.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 9th, 2021.

For further information on this program or The American Austrian Foundation, please visit our website. Inquiries regarding the AAF Young Conductors Fellowship Program may be submitted via email to:

Please note that the 2021 AAF Young Conductors Fellowship is subject to cancellation at any time due to the ongoing pandemic.

The AAF and Salzburg Festival are not responsible for lost applications.

The American Austrian Foundation (AAF) is a public 501(c) (3) non-profit founded in 1984 by a group of Americans and Austrians with an interest in promoting a positive relationship between the two countries. The AAF organizes postgraduate educational programs and provides fellowships in medicine, media and the arts. The AAF has offices in Vienna, Salzburg, and New York. For more information, please visit our website.