Aspen Music Festival And School

Robert Spano, Music Director
Alan Fletcher, President and CEO

Aspen Contemporary EnsembleBack To Programs of Study

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, 2014
Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2014

Application Fee

$60

Sydney Hodkinson, conductor

The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) is in residence for the full eight-week session. The septet functions as the ensemble for the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies and reads music written by student composers. Instrumentation is as follows: flute/piccolo/alto flute, clarinet/E-flat clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion.

The ensemble also participates in many contemporary music performances with the artist-faculty of the AMFS. Members of this ensemble receive private weekly lessons with artist-faculty members and may also take elective courses. All student-members receive a fellowship.

How to Apply

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2015
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  • 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 code.

Audition Repertoire

This repertoire list is for the 2014 summer season. Please check back in September for updated 2015 audition repertoire.

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

Violin:

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

Viola:

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Applicants may submit one of the required pieces listed below and a selection of their own, post 1980. Works to be performed solo (no duos, ensembles, accompaniment).

  • SYDNEY HODKINSON: Sojournen [9']
  • SCOTT SLAPIN: Recitative for Solo Viola

Cello:

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2015
Applicants may submit one of the required pieces listed below and a selection of their own, post 1980. Works to be performed solo (no duos, ensembles, accompaniment).

  • GEORGE CRUMB: Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello [12']
  • KAIJA SAARIAHO: Petals [9']

Flute:

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

Clarinet:

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

Percussion:

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

Piano:

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2015
Applicants may submit one of the required pieces listed below and a selection of their own, post 1980. Works to be performed solo (no duos, ensembles, accompaniment).

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

Guidelines for Submitting Audition Recordings