Aspen Music Festival And School

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Application Open Dates 

Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS:  August 1, 2022
All other programs:  September 15, 2022 


Full Session:   Wednesday, June 21–Sunday, August 20, 2023 
Half Session I:   Wednesday, June 21–Sunday, July 23, 2023 
Half Session II:   Monday, July 24–Sunday, August 20, 2023  

Session offerings vary by program. Please check your Program of Study page for more information. 

Private Lessons

Orchestra/Instrumental and Collaborative Piano students receive one, one-hour lesson each week from AMFS artist-faculty. Solo Piano students receive an average of ninety minutes of lesson time per week, through a combination of private and class study. Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS (AOTVA) singers will receive 60 minutes of vocal instruction weekly from an AMFS artist-faculty member. When AOTVA co-artistic director Renée Fleming is in residence, Fleming Artists will receive 45 minutes of vocal instruction with Ms. Fleming along with a 45-minute lesson with their primary artist-faculty member.

Studio and Performance Classes

Many faculty departments host weekly studio classes. Artist-faculty and guest artists conduct performance class series that focus on solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Performance classes are open to all students and the public.

Student Performance Opportunities

Numerous opportunities are available for students to perform solo and chamber music repertoire. Concerto Competitions are also programmed for Violin, Lower Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion (every other year), Harp, and Solo Piano. Students are able to participate through auditions and/or teacher-approved applications. Concerto Competitions are available to instrumentalists enrolled in the Orchestra / Instrumental program or pianists enrolled in the Solo Piano program only.

Concert Attendance

Students are given an AMFS season pass and are encouraged to attend the 400-plus events presented throughout the season.

    Robert Spano, Music Director

    Alan Fletcher, President and CEO