Aspen Music Festival And School

Fellowships and Financial Assistance

AMFS financial assistance is classified as either fellowship or scholarship. Below outlines our available financial assistance. 


Fellowships come with tuition and room and board in School housing, or recipients may choose to receive a housing stipend to be used toward their off-campus living expenses. Most fellows are responsible for the health service, facility, and refundable security deposit fees, as well as their own travel. Fellowship awards are based strictly on merit.

Admission into the following programs comes with full fellowship support to each student:

  • Aspen Conducting Academy
  • Aspen Contemporary Ensemble
  • Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies

CLICK HERE to learn more about orchestral fellowship experiences in Aspen.


In all other programs, nearly fifty percent of each class attends the AMFS on a fellowship. With more than $3 million in financial aid available, another twenty-five percent of each class receives some level of scholarship support, which is any degree of assistance less than a full ride. These awards are based on need as well as merit. Another twenty-five percent of each class attends AMFS without financial assistance. All students applying for programs that offer both fellowships and scholarship assistance should submit the financial aid application so they can be considered for ALL forms of assistance. The financial aid application is relatively brief and does not require supplemental documentation. Programs that offer both fellowship and scholarship are as follows:

  • Orchestral/Instrumental
  • Solo Piano
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Classical Guitar
  • Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS (artists at the Fleming Fellowship level receive full support)
  • American Brass Quintet Seminar @Aspen (three of the five admitted groups attend on full support)

    *Financial assistance is NOT available to orchestra students attending for Half Session
    *Financial assistance IS available to Solo Piano students attending for Half Session. 


Increasing Access 

Our financial assistance packages include a number of Increasing Access scholarships and fellowships designed to support students from underrepresented or marginalized communities. CLICK HERE to learn about the AMFS’s commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access.

All applicants will be considered for Increasing Access awards based on the demographic information and affiliations reported within the application. The AMFS is pleased to announce the addition of ten fellowships for Black, Latin, and Indigenous students, beginning in the 2022 season. See below for eligibility details for our Increasing Access awards:

  • Allen & Kelli Questrom Foundation Scholarship – for Hispanic, Latino, Black or African American students  
  • America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship – for an Israeli student of highest honor with the AICF 
  • James DePreist Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 
  • Jean Wood Preston Scholarship – for international student(s) 
  • Joan W. Harris Scholarship for Black of African-American Students – for Black or African American students 
  • Merle Chambers Fellowships Fund for Underrepresented Students – for Hispanic/Latino, Black or African American students 
  • Sue and Leonard Miller Scholarships for an African American – for a Black or African American student 
  • Susie and Barry Schub Endowed Scholarship Fund – for a minority student from the United States  
  • The Deanna J. Anderson Life & Legacy Percussion Fellowship – for an exceptional female percussion student 
  • Vincent Wilkinson Foundation Scholarship – for Hispanic, Latino, Black or African American students 
  • William Randolph Hearst Scholarship for Underrepresented Musicians – for Hispanic, Latino, Black or African American students from the United States 
  • Wonderful Scholarship – for Hispanic or Latino students from California 

CLICK HERE to view a complete list of all AMFS Scholarships and Fellowships 

Contact Us

If you have questions about applying for fellowships or financial assistance, please contact

If you are interested in creating a scholarship or fellowship at the AMFS, please contact Mi Ryung Song, AMFS Vice President for Advancement, at 970 205 5060 or

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO