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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, 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

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.

Note: 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. 

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

The non-ACA oboe fellowship is available

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 filled for the 2019 season.

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.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO