Aspen Music Festival And School

Classical Guitar Back To Programs of Study

Important Information
  • HALF SESSION II, Monday, July 27 - Sunday, August 23
  • Scholarships are available
  • AUDIO or VIDEO recording required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2020
Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by Monday, September 16, 2019
$60 if you apply between Tuesday, September 17 and Monday, December 2, 2019
$125 if you apply between Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and Thursday, January 2, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the full 2020 session of the Aspen Music Festival and School is canceled. 2021 application information will be posted to our website by mid-August.

Sharon Isbin, director

The Aspen Classical Guitar Program is an intensive four-week program that offers master class instruction with Director Sharon Isbin and her assistant concentrating on technique, sound production, interpretation of all repertoire, and Baroque performance practices. Advanced students will receive all of their master class lessons from Ms. Isbin; others may have one or more of their lessons with her assistant. Placement will be determined on an individual basis. Qualified students enjoy many opportunities for performance, including chamber music collaborations. The program culminates with a class concert. Students also have the opportunity to participate in chamber music and guitar ensemble, coached by Ms. Isbin's assistant.

How to Apply


  • Resume required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required

Audition Repertoire

AUDIO or VIDEO recording should be approximately fifteen minutes in length, with two or three contrasting works. These recordings are used for studio placement.




Recording Specifications
  • Recordings or video must be recent: made no more than one year prior to application.
  • Each excerpt or work must be played through without stopping.
  • All excerpts and works must be uploaded in the order listed.
  • Please label each upload with the name of the excerpt or work.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO