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Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships are available to full-session applicants
  • AUDIO audition recordings are required
  • All applicants must upload general audition repertoire
  • Horn fellowship recipient chosen from general pool
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2019
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2018

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2018
$60 if you apply between October 2 and December 1, 2018
$125 if you apply between December 2, 2018, and January 2, 2019
2018 Teaching Faculty


Full Session

Half Session I

How to Apply


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

Audition Repertoire

The Aspen Music Festival and School French horn department will award up to five merit-based fellowships that cover tuition and room/board for the summer season. Two of these fellowships offer the opportunity to play premiere assignments alongside artist-faculty from major U.S. orchestras or as principal in a variety of ensembles. The ACA fellowships (as many as three) come with the opportunity to play for the all-fellowship Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra. This high-level orchestra is the training ground for the conducting program and offers the opportunity for a student to shine on standard orchestral works. Availability of these fellowships will be posted in early December.

Fellowships are awarded to the most outstanding applicants as deemed by the members of the AMFS Artist-Faculty.

One non-ACA horn fellowship is available for the 2019 season.

All horn applicants must submit the required horn repertoire in INDIVIDUAL AUDIO TRACKS. The horn fellowship recipient is chosen from the general pool of applicants.

  • STRAUSS: Til Eulenspiegel (first horn solo at the beginning and third horn solo in D horn at the recapitulation)

Please choose one selection from each bullet along with the piece above to add up to four.

  • One of the following MOZART Concerti; accompaniment not required
    Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 147 (1st movement)
    Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major, K. 447 (1st movement)
    Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major, K. 495 (1st movement)
  • RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92 (1st movement, Vivace, measure 84-101 or 25 before C until C, 1st horn)
    Wagner: From Götterdämmerung (Siegfried's Short Call)
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47 (1st movement, low tutti)
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 "Eroica" (Scherzo trio, second horn)
    R. Strauss: Don Quixote (Variation VIII, second horn, six measures before Reh. 59 to eight measures after Reh. 62)




Recording Specifications
  • Recordings must be recent: made no more than three months 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. DO NOT include your name.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO