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Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships are available to full-session applicants
  • Fellowship applicants will also be considered for scholarship with submission of financial aid form
  • AUDIO audition recordings are required
  • All applicants must upload general audition repertoire
  • Oboe fellowship recipient is chosen from the general pool
  • Applicants interested in the English horn fellowship must include the additional excerpts with their general audition repertoire
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2018
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2017
$60 if you apply between October 2 and December 1, 2017
$125 if you apply between December 2, 2017, and January 2, 2018
2018 Teaching Faculty


Full Session

Half Session I

Half Session II

How to Apply


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

Audition Repertoire

The Aspen Music Festival and School oboe department will award up to four 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. If available, the ACA fellowships (as many as two) 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.

The non-ACA oboe fellowship is not availableAvailability of fellowships with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra will be posted in early December.

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

  • Two solo pieces (minimum four minutes each); accompaniment not required
  • Three standard orchestra excerpts

The non-ACA English horn fellowship is available.

ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS FOR ENGLISH HORN FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION: please include all repertoire above on oboe and below on English horn in INDIVIDUAL AUDIO TRACKS.

  • BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture, op. 9 (beginning to modulation)
  • DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, "From the New World" (2nd movement, principal solo)
  • FALLA: The Miller's Dance from The Three-Cornered Hat (solo)
  • ROSSINI: Overture to William Tell (solo)




Recording Specifications
  • Recordings must be recent: made no more than six 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.


It is expected that all oboe students will share the English horn responsibilities/opportunities at Aspen. Please bring your English horn, if you have one, and reeds and the equipment needed to make new English horn reeds. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the instrument, if needed. 

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO