Aspen Music Festival And School

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Chamber music has an important presence at the Aspen Music Festival and School, with four resident string quartets (Pacifica Quartet, American String Quartet, Calidore String Quartet, and Escher String Quartet), a resident brass quintet (American Brass Quintet), as well as chamber music experts of the artist-faculty.

AMFS full session students are invited to audition for chamber music after arrival in Aspen and should sign up for an audition time upon enrollment. Students will complete a pre-season survey about their expectations for the chamber music experience, including repertoire preferences. Efforts will be made to accommodate requests but without guarantee. Preformed ensembles may be asked to do their own scheduling with minimum rehearsal and coaching services required. Also, several violas are available for loan (no charge) to violinists interested in playing viola for chamber music.

Accepted individuals will be placed in ensembles and assigned a special project. Intensive coaching and rehearsals will ensue in preparation for a spotlight performance. Assignments are project-based. Students may work intensively for two- to three- weeks or may work the entire session, depending on complexity of the repertoire. A common estimation of the commitment might be 16 services (rehearsals and coachings) over a 2-week period

Note that half session students will not be placed into ensembles via the audition process. Half session students and full session students not placed in an ensemble via the audition process are encouraged to form their own groups, as desired. The chamber music department will assist with assigning a coach as well as a performance opportunity, as long as there aren’t unreasonable obstacles in doing so. Note: Late chamber music auditions are not offered.

Placement in chamber music is not guaranteed for any student. Once assigned to an ensemble, group members are expected to remain committed to their rehearsals and coaching for the duration of their session at the AMFS. Students of all ages are welcome to audition for the Aspen Chamber Music program upon arrival at Aspen. Students under age seventeen should consult with their private teachers before auditioning. It may be recommended that younger or less-experienced players focus on private study or specially-designed and limited exposure to chamber music.

AMFS Chamber Music Coaches

Darrett Adkins, cello Nancy Allen, harp Renata Arado, violin
Nadine Asin, flute Daniel Avshalomov, viola Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Jean Barr, piano Jeremy Berry, viola Fabio Bidini, piano 
Per Brevig, trombone Laurie Carney, violin Hung-Kuan Chen, piano
Estelle Choi, cello Kevin Cobb, trumpet Christian Colberg, viola
Ellen dePasquale, violin Elaine Douvas, oboe James Dunham, viola
Simin Ganatra, violin Nancy Goeres, bassoon Ally Goldman, viola
Jonathan Haas, percussion David Halen, violin  Robert Hanford, violin
Per Hannevold, bassoon Louis Hanzlik, trumpet Austin Hartman, violin
Cornelia Heard, violin Alex Kerr, violin Eric Kim, cello  
Alex Klein, oboe Wolfram Koessel, cello Pierre Lapointe, viola
Anneleen Lenaerts, harp     Espen Lilleslåtten, violin Mingjia Liu, oboe
Sivan Magen, harp Julian Martin, piano  Raymond Mase, trumpet
Ryan Meehan, violin Robert McDuffie, violin  Demarre McGill, flute  
Michael Mermagen, cello Jeffrey Myers, violin Anton Nel, piano      
Michael Powell, trombone  Erik Ralske, horn Eric Reed, horn
John Rojak, bass trombone  Sylvia Rosenberg, violin Michael Rusinek, clarinet
Rita Sloan, piano Brinton Smith, cello  Brook Speltz, cello
Danbi Um, violin Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet Brandon Vamos, cello   
Jonathan Vinocour, viola Bing Wang, violin   Virginia Weckstrom, piano
Donald Weilerstein, violin Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano  Peter Winograd, violin
Stephen Wyrczynski, viola Cynthia Yeh, percussion  


Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO