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Important Information
  • Program offered full-session only
  • All students receive fellowships
  • Audio audition recordings required
  • Statement of interest in contemporary music required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2018
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2017
$60 if you apply between October 2 and December 1, 2017
$125 if you apply between December 2, 2017, and January 2, 2018
Timothy Weiss, conductor
Donald Crockett, conductor

The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) is in residence for the full eight-week session. This septet functions as the ensemble in collaboration with the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies and performs music by prominent living composers and twentieth-century classics as well as new works by the Festival’s student composers. The group is often augmented by other AMFS musicians and artist-faculty members. Instrumentation is as follows: flute/piccolo/alto flute, clarinet/e-flat clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion. Members of this ensemble receive weekly private lessons with artist-faculty members and may also take elective courses. All student members receive a fellowship.


How to Apply

Please refer to your instrumental area below for information regarding open positions
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 15

  • Resume required
  • Statement of interest in contemporary music required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required


Applicants who are interested in applying on their respective instrument for the Orchestra program must submit a second application and the applicable fee at the time of submission.

Audition Repertoire

All applicants must submit the following repertoire for their instrument in INDIVIDUAL AUDIO TRACKS.

Violin:

The violin fellowship position is not available.
Applicants must submit two of the required pieces listed below

  • ELLIOT CARTER: Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi [4']
  • ZIMMERMANN: Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin [13']
  • HENZE: Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin [18']

 

Viola:

The viola fellowship position is not available.
Applicants must submit two of the required pieces listed below.

  • PENDERECKI: Cadenza for Solo Viola [7’]
  • JOAN TOWER: Wild Purple [7']
  • PAUL HINDEMITH: Sonate opus 26, movements 1 and 2 [4']\
  • GYÖRGY LIGETI: Sonate, movmement 1 [6']

 

Cello:

The cello fellowship position is not available.
Applicants must submit the required pieces listed below. Works to be performed solo (no duos, ensembles, accompaniment).

I. One or more movements from one of the following works:

  • CRUMB: Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello [12']
  • HINDEMITH: Solo Sonata
  • HENZE: Serenade for Solo Cello

 

II. One of the following of the candidate’s choice:

  • CARTER: Figment I
  • BERIO: Sequenza
  • DUTILLEUX: Strophe I from Trois Strophes
  • PENDERECKI: Capriccio (mvts. I and II)

 

Flute:

The flute fellowship position is not available.​​​​​​​

  • BERIO: Sequenza I for Flute [6']
  • VARÈSE: Density 21.5 [4']

 

Clarinet:

The clarinet fellowship position is not available.

  • STRAVINSKY: Three Pieces for Clarinet [6']
  • JOAN TOWER: Wings [9']

 

Percussion:

The percussion fellowship position is not available.​​​​​​​

  • XENAKIS: Rebonds B [6']
  • DRUCKMAN: Reflections on the Nature of Water [15']

 

Piano:

The piano fellowship is available. ​​​​​​​
Applicants must submit two of the required pieces listed below.

  • PIERRE BOULEZ: Notations [16']
  • LIGETI: Fanfares from Études, Book I [4']
  • LIGETI: L'escalier du diable from ƒtudes, Book II
  • CARTIER: Caténaires [4’]

 

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Recording Specifications
  • Recordings must be recent: made no more than three months prior to application.
  • Each excerpt or work must be played through without stopping.
  • All excerpts and works must be uploaded in the order listed.
  • Please label each upload with the name of the excerpt or work. DO NOT include your name.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO