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Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships are available to full-session applicants
  • VIDEO audition recordings are required
  • All applicants must upload all audition repertoire
  • All full session percussion applicants are eligible for the Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship, awarded to the most outstanding percussion applicant
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

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 15

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

Audition Repertoire

The Aspen Music Festival and School percussion department will award up to four merit-based fellowships that cover tuition and room/board for the summer season. Three fellowships, including the Charles Owen percussion fellowship, 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 fellowship (1) comes with the opportunity to play timpani 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 an Aspen percussion student to shine on standard orchestral works. 

All percussion applicants must submit the required percussion repertoire. All full session percussion applicants are eligible for the Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship, awarded to the most outstanding percussion applicant as judged by the members of the AMFS Percussion Artist-Faculty.

Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW. VIDEO recording is required, on ONE TRACK, without breaks, and with NO SPLICING. Auditions that do not comply with these guidelines will not be considered.

Marimba

  • 2-4 minute movement or excerpt from a Bach Sonata, Partita or Suite for Violin, Lute, or Cello

Snare Drum

  • J. DELECLUSE: 12 Etudes (Etude #1)
  • PROKOFIEV: Lt. Kije (1st mvt, Reh. #1-2)
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade (4th mvt, Reh. P-U)

Xylophone

  • GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (Overture, Opening)
  • MESSIAEN: Exotic Birds (Reh. #6-7)
  • COPLAND: Appalachian Spring (5th measure after Reh. #48 to 2nd measure after Reh. #49)

Timpani

  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (1st mvt coda, 18 bars before S to the end)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 (1st mvt, 2 before Reh. T to Reh. U)
  • MARTIN: Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments (5 measures after 18 to 7 measures after 22)


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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 on one track 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