Aspen Music Festival And School

Costs and Financial Aid

**The information contained on this page does not apply to the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute. Please click here for details specific to SFPCI.

  Full Session Half Session (I or II)
Tuition $4,750 $3,200
Room & Board  $4,750 $3,200
Security Deposit $100 $100
Health Service $195 $120
Facility Fee $100 $60

*The security deposit is required of all students and is refundable subject to completion of the checkout procedure and completion of the Student Exit Survey. After all applicable fees have been paid for damages or unreturned items, any remaining balance of security deposit will be refunded by check at the address provided in the checkout form, and mailed on September 30, following the season of attendance.

*The health service fee is required of all students and provides access to free doctor visits at Internal Medicine Associates (IMA), unlimited free counseling, and limited physical therapy. All permanent and seasonal residents may take advantage of the services offered by Community Health Services. (Some services are free and personal insurance is accepted for those that are not.)

*The Facility Fee is required of all students and provides access to AMFS facilities and amenities.

Payment and Refund Policy

Tuition and housing deposits are due at the time of enrollment and are non-refundable should a student decide not to attend after enrolling. Deposits will be applied toward the total cost of attendance. Students who are placed in on-campus housing and subsequently withdraw or cancel their housing reservation will forfeit their deposits. Fellowship students who request on-campus housing and then subsequently withdraw that request will forfeit $1,000 from the fellowship stipend. In addition, once a student has registered, all fees (including tuition and room and board) are non-refundable except in the case of medical emergencies as approved by the Dean. Any overpayment will be refunded approximately one week after registration and can be collected at the Office of Student Services. 

Students are required to pay their balance due by June 1. Online payments can be made through the Status Page of the student’s AMFS account. Checks should be mailed to 225 Music School Road, Aspen, CO 81611 and made payable to the Aspen Music Festival and School. Include student name and reference number in the notes. There will be a $25 insufficient funds charge for returned checks. A single payment of the full balance is encouraged; however, an installment plan is available to help students/parents meet their financial obligations. The Installment Plan Request form is available on the student’s Status Page. 

All students pay a $100 security deposit. The security deposit is refundable subject to completion of the check-out procedure and completion of the Student Exit Survey. After all applicable fees for damages and unreturned items have been paid, any remaining balance of the security deposit will be mailed to the address provided in the check-out form, postmarked by September 30. 

In the case of season cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all deposits, and tuition/balance payments will be refunded.  

Financial Assistance

Over $3 million in financial assistance is available. More than two-thirds of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s 650 students receive scholarship, and nearly half receive 100% assistance with tuition as well as room and board. Fellowships are awarded strictly on merit and cover tuition, and room and board in School housing, or the recipients may elect to take a stipend to be used toward off-campus housing expenses. Those who apply for fellowship positions should also submit the financial aid application so they can be considered for other forms of assistance should they not receive a fellowship. Financial assistance is not available to students electing to attend for only Half Session of a Full Session program, with the exception of the Solo Piano program. For details, see your specific program of study.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Stephen Abramson Scholarship
America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship
Asian Cultural Council Scholarship
Terry and Les Anderson Scholarship
Courtlandt D. Barnes, Jr. Piano Scholarship, Robert B. Eichholz Bequest
Merle M. Barr Piano Scholarship
Benedict Opera Scholarship
James Conlon Prize, given by Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass
Aspen Opera Center Fellowship, in honor of Renée Fleming, given by Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass
Aspen Opera Center Fellowship in honor of Asadour Santourian, given by Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass
Robert Spano Conducting Prize, given by Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass
Mercedes T. Bass Opera Fellows
Mary Allen Bates Memorial Scholarship
Ed Berkeley Fellowship for Opera Funded by Linda and Alan Englander
Luciano and Giancarla Berti Scholarship
Rose Frishman Blatt Memorial Scholarship for a Female Pianist
Bowers Noyce Oboe Fellowship
Drs. Alice and Martin Brandfonbrener Student Scholarship Fund
Per Brevig Trombone Scholarship
Yefim Bronfman Scholarship, in memory of Janet Rae Naster
The Bulkley-Flint Scholarship in memory of Katherine MacKenty Bryan
Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum Scholarship
New Horizons Fellowship, Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum
Bucksbaum Family Scholarship
Marion and Leslie Chabay Scholarship
Merle Chambers Fellowships Fund for Minority Students
Fanny and Henry Claessens Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Clarke Scholarship
Clow-Odén Scholarship in memory of J. Beach Clow and Olga Odén
Congdon Family Fellowship
Miné Sawahara Crane Memorial Scholarship
Joan Cundill Memorial Scholarship
Martha Daube Memorial Piano Scholarship
Terese David Scholarship
Jan DeGaetani Memorial Scholarship
Helen Warren DeGolyer Memorial Scholarship
Dorothy DeLay Fellowship
Edward H. Deming Piano Scholarship
James DePreist Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship
Edelstein Foundation Scholarship
Robert Edgerton Memorial Cello Scholarship
Eleanore Mullen Weckbaugh Foundation Scholarship
Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation Extraordinary Talent Fellowship for Voice
Martha Fischer Memorial Scholarship
Alan Fletcher Endowed Scholarship
Flug Anniversary Scholarship
Martin Flug Scholarship
Rosemary and Richard Furman Opera Apprentice
Nancy Goeres Bassoon Fellowship
Harriett and Richard Gold Scholarship
Edward A. Goldstein Scholarship
Marcelle Goltzer Memorial Scholarship
Alex Greene and Ben Darneille Memorial Scholarship
H. Paul Gudelsky Memorial Scholarship for Guitar
Lillian and Gordon Hardy Scholarship
Irving Harris Memorial Scholarship
Joan W. Harris Scholarship for Minority Students
Mr. and Mrs. Arch L. Harris Scholarship given by Robert A. Harris
Mme. Rosina Lhevinne Scholarship given by Robert A. Harris
Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship for Minority Musicians
Ellen and Irv Hockaday Scholarship for Piano or Cello
Robert J. Hurst Scholarship
Sharon Isbin Guitar Scholarship
Jaquish & Kenninger Scholarship
Beverley Peck Johnson Voice Scholarship
Ruth S. Kahn Scholarship in memory of her husband, son, and son-in-law
Seth Kahn Scholarship for Brass
David A. Karetsky Memorial Fellowship for a Young Conductor
Katcher Family Scholarship – New World Symphony
Jane W. Kitselman Fellowship
Sidney Knapp Memorial Scholarship
Donna and Edwin Kornfeld Piano Scholarship
Doris B. Kovner Chamber Music Scholarship
Therese S. and Harry J. Lackritz Scholarship
The Maria and Harry Hill Lawson Jr. Scholarship
Fred O. Lane Memorial Lemonade Stand Scholarship
Harry and Effie Lerner Trust Scholarship
Raphael Levy Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Lin Yao Ji Scholarship for Summer Studies in Music
LLWW Foundation Scholarship
Louis & Harold Price Foundation Fellowship
The Phyllis and Saul Lowitt Aspen Opera Center Fellowship
Ruth S. Luby Scholarship
Munro L. Lyeth Scholarship for a Pianist
Helen Mack Memorial Piano Scholarship
Maestro’s Circle Scholarship
Carole and Daniel Malkin Memorial Scholarship
Ernst and Wilma Martens Scholarship
Susan and Larry Marx Scholarship
Elaine and James McDade Charitable Trust Fellowship
Joyce McGilvray Endowed Scholarship
Charles E. Merrill Trust Scholarship
ACA Fellowship in honor of Jorge Mester
Sue and Leonard Miller Scholarship for an African American
Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Scholarship
Caroline and John Moore Scholarship
Music Center of LA County Spotlight Scholarship
Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego Scholarship
Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship
The Munroe Yale Artist Scholarship Fund
Becky and Michael Murray Scholarship
Elizabeth W. Musser Memorial Scholarship
Marcie and Robert Musser Endowed Scholarship
Denver Young Artists Orchestra Scholarship in memory of Janet Rae Naster
National Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship
Bert Neirick Scholarship
Neuman Family Foundation Scholarship
Charles Owen Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth Paepcke Memorial Piano Scholarship
Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship
Papper Family Scholarship
Fonda and Charles Paterson Scholarship
Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Fellowship
Michael and Ellen Pokress Memorial Scholarship for Strings
Polonsky Foundation Fellowship
Anne and Arnold Porath Scholarship
Jean Wood Preston Scholarship
Allen & Kelli Questrom Foundation Scholarship
Anne and Chris Reyes Scholarship
K. Lois Risley Flute Scholarship
John Rojak Bass Trombone Scholarship
Ruth Coates Roush Scholarship
Stuart Sankey Scholarship
Susan and Ford Schumann Scholarship
Jules Selcer Scholarship
Jacob Shaham Memorial Scholarship for Violin or Piano
Galen Shea Memorial Scholarship
Sigma Alpha Iota Voice Scholarship
Simms Family Foundation Scholarship
Simms/Mann Family Foundation Fellowship
Dorothy K. Sommer Memorial Scholarship
Spiegel Family Scholarship
Pearl Zeid Steinberg Memorial Scholarship for Piano
Cita and Irwin Stelzer Fellowship, in memory of Marina Stelzer
The John N. Stern Scholarship for students of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Nancy and Herbert Stessin Memorial Piano Scholarship
ACA Fellowship in memory of Jack Strandberg
Andrea and Lubert Stryer Flute Scholarship
Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation Scholarship
Goodrich and Norris Taylor Scholarship
ACA Fellowship in memory of Albert Tipton
Becky Topelson Piano Scholarship
Sylvia Eisenberg Tucker Memorial Scholarship
Aube Tzerko Memorial Piano Scholarship
Roberta and Terry Turkat Endowed Spotlight Award Scholarship
United Jewish Appeal Aspen Valley Powered by JEWISHcolorado Scholarships
Nadine Asin and Thomas van Straaten Flute Scholarship
Linda and Dennis Vaughn Scholarship
David and Ann Verdrager Memorial Scholarship
Wall Family Foundation Fellowship
Phil West Memorial Scholarship
Helen F. Whitaker Fellowship
Vincent Wilkinson Foundation Scholarship
Wonderful Scholarship
Avedis Zildjian Company Percussion Scholarship

If you are interested in creating a scholarship or fellowship at the AMFS, please contact Steve Haddad, AMFS VP for Advancement, at 970-205-5060 or

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO