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Important Information
  • Program offered full-session only
  • All students receive fellowships
  • Audio audition recordings required
  • Statement of interest in contemporary music required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: December 1st, 2016
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2016

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2016
$60 if you apply between October 2, 2016, and December 1, 2016

Sydney Hodkinson, conductor

The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) is in residence for the full eight-week session. This septet functions as the ensemble in collaboration with the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies and performs music by prominent living composers and twentieth-century classics as well as new works by the Festival’s student composers. The group is often augmented by other AMFS musicians and artist-faculty members. Instrumentation is as follows: flute/piccolo/alto flute, clarinet/e-flat clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion. Members of this ensemble receive weekly private lessons with artist-faculty members and may also take elective courses. All student members receive a fellowship.

How to Apply

Please refer to your instrumental area below for information regarding open positions
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 15

  • Resume required
  • Statement of interest in contemporary music required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required


Applicants who are interested in applying on their respective instrument for the Orchestra program must submit a second application. Please contact the Office of Student Services for an application fee waiver.

Audition Repertoire

All applicants must submit the following repertoire for their instrument via AUDIO recording:

Violin:

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2017

Applicants must submit two of the required pieces listed below

  • ELLIOT CARTER: Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi [4']
  • ZIMMERMANN: Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin [13']
  • HENZE: Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin [18']

Viola:

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2017
Applicants must submit two of the required pieces listed below.

  • SYDNEY HODKINSON: Sojournen [9']
  • SCOTT SLAPIN: Recitative for Solo Viola
  • PENDERECKI: Cadenza for Solo Viola [7’]

Cello:

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2017.
Applicants must submit the required pieces listed below. Works to be performed solo (no duos, ensembles, accompaniment).

I. One or more movements from one of the following works:

  • CRUMB: Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello [12']
  • HINDEMITH: Solo Sonata
  • HENZE: Serenade for Solo Cello

II. One of the following of the candidate’s choice:

  • CARTER: Figment I
  • BERIO: Sequenza
  • DUTILLEUX: Strophe I from Trois Strophes
  • PENDERECKI: Capriccio (mvts. I and II)

Flute:

One 2017 flute fellowship position is available.

  • BERIO: Sequenza I for Flute [6']
  • VARÈSE: Density 21.5 [4']

Clarinet:

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2017

  • STRAVINSKY: Three Pieces for Clarinet [6']
  • JOAN TOWER: Wings [9']

Percussion:

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2017

  • XENAKIS: Rebonds B [6']
  • DRUCKMAN: Reflections on the Nature of Water [15']

Piano:

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2017
Applicants must submit two of the required pieces listed below.

  • PIERRE BOULEZ: Notations [16']
  • LIGETI: Fanfares from Études, Book I [4']
  • LIGETI: L'escalier du diable from ƒtudes, Book II
  • CARTIER: Caténaires [4’]

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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 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