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 Center
Collaborative Piano
Opera Coaching
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:

Orchestra/Instrumental (Please note: Winds, brass, percussion, and harp students are rarely accepted for Half Session.)
Solo Piano

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.
Center for Advanced Quartet Studies is offered weeks one through six.
Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute is offered for two weeks beginning mid-August. 

Full Session (eight weeks) attendance is highly encouraged, as Half Session (four weeks) has many limitations. Financial assistance is not available to students electing to attend for only Half Session of a Full Session program (Solo Piano excepted). Orchestral opportunities are restricted due to the orchestra rotation calendar and available seating. Further, organized chamber music is not available for half-session attendees; however, ad hoc groups are encouraged and will be assisted with arranging coachings and performance opportunities, to the extent possible.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO