Aspen Music Festival And School

Percussion Back To Orchestra /...

Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships available to full-session applicants. Click here to learn more about our Fellowships and Financial Assistance 
  • Applicants should submit the financial aid form for access to all funding opportunities
  • VIDEO audition recordings are required
  • All full session percussion applicants are eligible for the Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship, awarded to the most outstanding percussion applicant
  • Students under the age of 18 do not play in orchestra but may take private lessons and participate in chamber music 
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 5, 2022
Application open September 15, 2021

Application Fee

$25 September 15-October 15, 2021
$60 October 16-December 1, 2021
$125 December 2, 2021-January 5, 2022
Teaching Faculty

Students may have the opportunity to play alongside and/or receive master class instruction from the following Artist-Faculty

ORCHESTRAL OPPORTUNITIES 

The Aspen Music Festival and School percussion department offers the opportunity to play premier assignments alongside artist-faculty from major U.S. orchestras or as principal in a variety of ensembles. For details on the student orchestral experience, please see the Orchestra/Instrumental program page. 

Please see our Fellowships and Financial Aid page to learn more about our many fellowship and scholarship opportunities. 

HOW TO APPLY 

APPLICATION OPEN SEPTEMBER 15

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

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

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

  • One movement of a Bach sonata, partita or suite for violin, lute, or cello


SNARE DRUM

  • J. DELECLUSE: Etude No. 6, from 12 Studies for Snare Drum
  • PROKOFIEV: "Lieutenant Kije"  (1st movement, m. 6-37, 57-61 and 85-98)
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio espagnol (4th movement, beg. To Reh. M)


XYLOPHONE

  • GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (beg. to B)
  • MESSAIEN: Oiseaux Exotiques (6 to 7 and 26 to 28)
  • STRAVINSKY: The Firebird (127 to 133)


TAMBOURINE

  • DVORAK: Carnival Overture (beg. to C & 8 bef. U to end)


CYMBALS

  • DVORAK: Scherzo Capriccioso (Q to end)


TIMPANI

  • BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra (4th movement, m. 42-50)
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (1st movement, 18 bars before S to end)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 (1st movement, 2 before Reh. T to U)

 

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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