Aspen Music Festival And School

Fellowship Experiences in Aspen

ORCHESTRAL FELLOWSHIPS

The Aspen Music Festival and School offers fellows the opportunity to play premier assignments alongside or in a section led by artist-faculty from major U.S. orchestras or as principal in a variety of ensembles. Several orchestral merit-based fellowships are available in every department. A small number of fellowships offer a permanent position in a specific orchestra or are awarded by auxiliary instrument. These opportunities are offered at the time of admission and their 2022 availability is listed below. Again, additional fellowships are available in every instrumental area.

Flute

  • Aspen Festival Orchestra flute
  • Aspen Festival Orchestra piccolo
  • Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra flute (2) – availability will be posted by December 20

Oboe

  • Aspen Festival Orchestra English horn - available
  • Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra oboe (2) - availability will be posted by December 20

Clarinet

  • Rotating Eb clarinet
  • Rotating Eb clarinet
  • Rotating bass clarinet
  • Rotating bass clarinet
  • Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra clarinet (2) - availability will be posted by December 20

Bassoon

  • Rotating contrabassoon
  • Rotating contrabassoon
  • Aspen Conducting Academy bassoon (2) - availability will be posted by December 20

French horn

  • Aspen Festival Orchestra third horn
  • Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra (3) - availability will be posted by December 20

Tenor Trombone

  • Aspen Chamber Symphony Principal - open
  • Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra trombone (2) - availability will be posted by December 20

Tuba

  • Aspen Festival Orchestra Principal - open

Harp

  • Aspen Chamber Symphony Principal

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

  • Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra principals (up to ten) - open
  • Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra (full orchestra) - open

 

ORCHESTRA DESCRIPTIONS 

Aspen Chamber Symphony (ACS) 

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. Performances are Fridays at 5:30 pm.

Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra (APO)

A large symphony orchestra led by fellowship principals. Concerts are directed by notable guest conductors, and soloists include star guest artists, artist-faculty members, and student competition and prize-winners. Exceptional string players will be appointed principals as part of Aspen’s Center for Orchestral Leadership. They will receive intensive training, as they will be individually coached and mentored in section leadership by seasoned professionals from major American orchestras and will receive critique and support from guest conductors. Note that this is a rigorous program for those with high-level orchestra experience and an interest in honing their leadership skills. Winds, brass, percussion, and harp players will rotate into this orchestra to receive principal opportunities. Performances are Wednesdays at 5:30 pm.

Aspen Festival Orchestra (AFO) 

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. Performances are Sundays at 4 pm.

Aspen Conducting Academy (ACA) Orchestra 

An artist-faculty concertmaster leads an orchestra otherwise composed entirely of fellows, with principal opportunities available. This high-level orchestra is the training ground for the conducting program and offers fellows the opportunity to workshop standard orchestral repertoire. Musicians enjoy regular exposure to Program Director and Music Director Robert Spano and VP for Artistic Administration Asadour Santourian, who have been responsible for catalyzing many careers in our industry. Instrumentalists network with conducting fellows who are the future leaders of classical music. Conductors perform in the orchestra when off the podium. Curriculum includes weekly orchestral concerts, concerto performances, opera scenes master classes, repertoire readings, and a family concert. Ideal candidates are mature players who need that edge in order to launch their professional careers. ACA assignments are offered at the time of admission and a seating audition takes place upon arrival in Aspen. Performances are Mondays at 4 pm.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO