Aspen Music Festival And School

Age Restrictions

The Aspen Music Festival and School is open to musicians of any age and at any stage of their career. However, the intensity of the professional performance schedule and the exacting standards of quality make Aspen most appropriate for the serious, dedicated musician.

AMFS does not have housing for students under the age of 18. For age restrictions related to housing, see On-Campus Housing


All students 18 and older play in orchestra. Students under the age of 18 do not play in orchestra but may participate in private lessons and chamber music.

Chamber Music

Students of all ages are welcome to audition for the Aspen Chamber Music program upon arrival at Aspen. Students are placed with others of similar ability who are assigned to the same orchestra. Students under age 18 will be placed with other students of similar age and ability who are not in orchestra. Placement in chamber music is not guaranteed for any student and priority is not available to students attending Half Session. It may be recommended that younger or less-experienced players focus on private study or specially designed and limited exposure to chamber music.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO