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AMFS Preludes

The AMFS offers a unique program designed to help concertgoers be prepared for our concerts.

AMFS Preludes are preconcert talks designed to present listeners with engaging and topical commentary on the Sunday afternoon programs. Lectures are presented by AMFS’s artistic team and special guests.

Preludes are held every Sunday through our concert season. Preludes begin at 3:00 pm and are held in Harris Concert Hall unless otherwise noted.

For more information on the AMFS Salon, contact Annual Fiving Coordinator Darian Oliva at 970-205-5065 or doliva@aspenmusic.org.

The Aspen Experience

The AMFS is the country’s premier summer music festival, offering a combination of intensive one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience.

Each student coming to Aspen steps into an extraordinary musical world of unparalleled depth and breadth. The AMFS encompasses more than 600 students, five orchestras, opera, dozens of chamber music concerts, master classes, lectures, and more.

Students in all programs can attend more than 400 performances, master classes, lectures, and panels; and, as part of the AMFS community, make connections that can last a lifetime.

AMFS is open to musicians of any age and at any stage of their career. However, the intensity of the professional performance schedule and the exacting standards of quality make AMFS most appropriate for the serious, dedicated musician.

Programs of Study Available at the AMFS

Orchestra
Brass Quintet Studies
Solo Piano
Collaborative Piano
Opera Coaching
Opera
Conducting
Composition
Classical Guitar
Chamber Music

AMFS Artist-Faculty

Our artist-faculty represent nearly all the major U.S. orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to name just a few.

Solo Recitals and Chamber Music at the AMFS

Solo Recitals and Chamber Music have an important presence at the Aspen Music Festival and School. We are pleased to offer a wide array of solo recitals curated and performed by renowned guest artists and chamber music concerts performed by our artist-faculty, guest artists, and students.

Solo Recitals:
Most of AMFS’s recitals are performed in Harris Concert Hall. These events offer the listener the opportunity to hear a diverse selection of classical music programming.

Chamber Music:
The AMFS has four resident string quartets (American String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Takács Quartet), the resident brass quintet (American Brass Quintet), the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio, one student fellowship brass quintet, and the elective Chamber Music Program.

Orchestra at the AMFS

The AMFS has five orchestras:

Aspen Festival Orchestra
A large symphony orchestra composed of AMFS artist-faculty members and students in side-by-side performance. It is led by world-renowned conductors and joined for most concerts by star guest soloists. Repertoire consists of standard and contemporary works for symphony orchestra.

Aspen Chamber Symphony
A chamber-sized symphony composed of AMFS artist-faculty members and students, in side-by-side performance. It is led by world-renowned conductors and joined for most concerts by star guest soloists. Repertoire consists of standard and contemporary works for the chamber symphony.

Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra
A large symphony orchestra composed entirely of students. Concerts are directed by notable guest conductors, and soloists include star guest artists, artist-faculty members, and student competition winners. The ensemble provides its members with an important opportunity to continue to develop their orchestral playing skills while rehearsing and performing major orchestral works. The orchestra is led by ten student mentor fellows who rotate through the principal string positions and is coached by artist-faculty who hold prominent positions in top American orchestra.

Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra
The Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra is the centerpiece of Aspen’s conductor-training program. The orchestra is guided by Music Director Robert Spano, visiting master conductors, and the next generation of up-and-coming conducting talents, who perform in the orchestra when off the podium.

Aspen Opera Center Orchestra
A pit orchestra composed of AMFS students that performs with the prestigious Aspen Opera Center. The orchestra is led by an artist-faculty concertmaster and world-renowned conductors. The AOC performs three fully-staged productions in the historic Wheeler Opera House.

Opera at the AMFS

The Aspen Opera Center, formerly known as the Aspen Opera Theater Center, offers a wide range of exciting performance opportunities. These include: vocal chamber music performances; weekly public Opera Scenes Master Classes; house concerts; and two fully-staged productions in the Wheeler Opera House, where all roles are sung by AOC singers and performances are led by distinguished conductors and directors.

For more information on the AMFS Salon, contact Annual Giving Coordinator Darian Oliva at 970-205-5065 or doliva@aspenmusic.org.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO