Aspen Music Festival And School

About the School

The Aspen Experience

The Aspen Music Festival and School 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. It encompasses more than 600 students, five orchestras, opera, a robust offering of chamber music studies, master classes, lectures, and more.


Along with private instruction, many students rehearse and perform major orchestral repertoire side-by-side with their teachers and/or with principal players from major orchestras, including those of New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Orchestras perform weekly or accompany one of three professional operatic productions. Soloists and conductors vary by week and are among the world’s most revered classical musicians.

Students in all programs can attend more than 300 performances, master classes, lectures, and panels; and, as part of the AMFS community, they make connections that can last a lifetime.

Aspen 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 Aspen most appropriate for the serious, dedicated musician.

Join Aspen for its sixty-ninth season, and experience what has made the Aspen Music Festival and School a place of artistic and personal transformation since 1949.

Summer 2017

Full Session: June 21 – August 20
Half Session I: June 21 – July 23
Half Session II: July 24 – August 20

Teaching and Performance Venues

The Aspen Music Festival and School is headquartered at the pastoral 38-acre Bucksbaum Campus located just outside of Aspen among groves of aspen trees, fields, and ponds. In 2013, the AMFS celebrated the opening of the newly redeveloped Campus with all-new performance/rehearsal halls, percussion facilities, and practice rooms. Brand new teaching studios were dedicated in 2014. Campus facilities also include a music library, a dining hall, and the administrative offices.

For a full list of performance and teaching venues, visit the Venues page.
 

Aspen by the Numbers
Students More than 600, from approximately 40 states and 40 countries
Ages Approximately 10 to 37, average age is 22
Artist-faculty 130 from nearly every major U.S. conservatory, music school, and orchestra
Guest artists 100+
Orchestras 5
Operas 3 Productions
Performance Venues Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall, Wheeler Opera House, and other smaller venues around the town of Aspen
Total events in eight weeks More than 300
Elevation 7890 ft. above sea level
Average daily high in the summer 76 degrees

 

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO