About the School
The Aspen Experience
The Aspen Music Festival and School is the country’s premier summer music festival, offering a combination of intensive one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience.
Each student coming to Aspen steps into an extraordinary musical world of unparalleled depth and breadth. It encompasses more than 650 students, five orchestras, opera, a robust offering of chamber music studies, master classes, lectures, and more.
Along with private instruction, many students rehearse and perform major orchestral repertoire side-by-side with their teachers and/or with principal players from major orchestras, including those of New York, Vienna, Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Orchestras perform weekly or accompany one of two professional operatic productions. Soloists and conductors vary by week and are among the world’s most revered classical musicians.
Students in all programs can attend more than 400 performances, master classes, lectures, and panels; and, as part of the AMFS community, they make connections that can last a lifetime.
Aspen is open to musicians of any age and at any stage of their career. However, the average age of an Aspen student is 22. The intensity of the professional performance schedule and the exacting standards of quality make Aspen most appropriate for the serious, dedicated musician.
Join Aspen for its seventy-second season, and experience what has made the Aspen Music Festival and School a place of artistic and personal transformation since 1949.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the full 2020 session of the Aspen Music Festival and School is canceled. 2021 application information will be posted to our website by mid-August.
Teaching and Performance Venues
The Aspen Music Festival and School is headquartered at the pastoral 38-acre Bucksbaum Campus located just outside of Aspen among groves of aspen trees, fields, and ponds. In 2013, the AMFS celebrated the opening of the newly redeveloped Campus with two new rehearsal/performance halls, percussion facilities, and practice rooms. Brand new teaching studios were dedicated in 2014, and, in 2016, a third rehearsal/performance hall, dining facilities, additional teaching studios, and administrative offices were unveiled.
For a full list of performance and teaching venues, visit the Venues page.
|Students||More than 650, from approximately 40 states and 40 countries|
|Ages||Approximately 10 to 37, average age is 22|
|Artist-faculty||130 from nearly every major U.S. conservatory, music school, and orchestra|
|Performance Venues||Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall, Wheeler Opera House, and other smaller venues around the town of Aspen|
|Total events in eight weeks||More than 400|
|Elevation||7908 ft. above sea level|
|Average daily high in the summer||76 degrees|