Aspen Music Festival And School

Half Session FAQ

The following Aspen Music Festival and School programs are offered for Full Session (eight weeks) only:

Aspen Conducting Academy
American Contemporary Ensemble
Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS
Collaborative Piano (all emphases)
Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies

The following Aspen Music Festival and School programs accept Half Session applicants; however, Full Session is strongly encouraged:

Solo Piano

* Full Session (eight weeks) attendance is highly encouraged, as Half Session (four weeks) has many limitations. Please note that winds, brass, percussion, and harp students are rarely accepted for Half Session. Additionally, financial assistance is NOT available to orchestra/instrumental students attending for Half Session and orchestral opportunities are restricted due to the orchestra rotation calendar and available seating. Further, organized chamber music is not available for half-session attendees.

These programs are offered for unconventional dates:

American Brass Quintet Seminar @Aspen is offered for Half Session I.
Classical Guitar is offered for Half Session II.
Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute is offered for two weeks beginning mid-August. 

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO