Before completing any application, read this information; it applies to all IHS Awards and Contest Programs.
Applications for IHS awards and contests are available online or by contacting the IHS Executive Director. Send completed applications to the IHS Executive Director, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by completing an online application.
The preferred language for applications is English; however, applicants whose native language is not English may submit applications in their native language, with an English translation. Outside assistance in completing this translation is acceptable. Versions in both languages must be submitted.
Recorded materials must be in MP3 Audio. Other formats may be converted for transmission to the judges but may lose quality in the process.
First prize winners of IHS awards and performance contests are not eligible to participate in the same award or contest again. All awards must be used in the year they are awarded. If an award includes IHS membership and the winner is already a member, the membership is extended.
The International Horn Society reserves the right to cancel competitions or withhold one or more awards if, in the opinion of the judges, conditions warrant such action.
Barry Tuckwell Award
The Barry Tuckwell Award was established in 1997 to honor the IHS Founding President and is designed to encourage and support worthy horn students as they pursue education and performance opportunities by attending and participating in masterclasses and workshops throughout the world. Application deadline December 1, 2022.
IHS Premier Soloist Competition
The purpose of this competition is to nurture and develop the great horn soloists of the future. All finalists are expected to pay for travel to the Symposium and register as a participant. Application deadline March 20, 2023
Frizelle Orchestral Audition Contests
The Jon Hawkins Memorial Award
Jon Hawkins (biography here) was a Life Member of the IHS, just starting his career as a professional musician when he met his death in a traffic accident. His parents, Neil and Runa Hawkins, established this award as a memorial to their son. A biography of Jon Hawkins appears on page 108 in the October 1992 issue of The Horn Call.
This award encourages the attendance of deserving, highly motivated horn students at the annual IHS symposiums, where they can be intensely exposed to state-of-the-art levels of performance, pedagogy, equipment, and resources. Application deadline March 20, 2023
Paul Mansur Award
This award, named for the longtime Editor of The Horn Call, Emeritus Dean, and IHS Honorary Member, Paul Mansur. It provides opportunities for full-time students attending the IHS international symposium to receive a lesson from a world renowned artist or teacher. Application deadline March 20, 2023