The Aspen Music Festival and School is open to musicians of any age and stage of their careers, but note that the intensity of the professional performance schedule and the exacting standards of quality make Aspen most appropriate for the serious, dedicated musician. The average age of the Aspen student is 22.
Students age 18 and older are required to audition for orchestra upon arrival at Aspen, though students of all ages are welcome to audition. Students under age 18 should consult with their private teachers before auditioning. Placement in orchestra is not guaranteed for students under the age of 18. It may be recommended that younger or less-experienced players focus on private study or specially-designed and limited exposure to orchestra.
Students of all ages are welcome to audition for the Aspen Chamber Music program upon arrival at Aspen. Students under age 18 should consult with their private teachers before auditioning. Placement in chamber music is not guaranteed for any student and priority is given to Full Session students. It may be recommended that younger or less-experienced players focus on private study or specially-designed and limited exposure to chamber music.
The AMFS is not structured like a summer camp; other than some Monday events, there are few organized recreational activities. The AMFS is not staffed to handle the special social and structural needs of younger students nor are they able to supervise the social choices of students. Students are responsible for their own actions and the possible consequences for inappropriate or unacceptable behavior. Parents: Be aware that there are no uniforms, no daily sign-out procedures, and no supervised practice times. Please also be aware that the average student is over age 21 and of legal drinking age, though the AMFS does not allow alcohol in on-campus housing and follows federal law in regard to controlled substances. Underage students unable to focus on their musical studies without parental supervision and unable to make responsible social choices should consider attending the Aspen Music Festival and School accompanied by a parent or should delay attendance until they are fully able to do so.