Aspen Music Festival And School

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Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships are available to full-session applicants
  • Fellowship applicants will also be considered for scholarship with submission of financial aid form
  • AUDIO audition recordings are required
  • All applicants must upload a general audition recording
  • Bassoon fellowship recipient is chosen from the general pool
  • Applicants interested in a contrabassoon fellowship must also submit contrabassoon repertoire
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2019
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2018

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2018
$60 if you apply between October 2 and December 1, 2018
$125 if you apply between December 2, 2018, and January 2, 2019
2019 Teaching Faculty


Full Session

How to Apply


  • Resume required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required


Audition Repertoire

The Aspen Music Festival and School bassoon department will award up to nine merit-based fellowships that cover tuition and room/board for the summer season. Seven of these fellowships offer the opportunity to play premiere assignments alongside artist-faculty from major U.S. orchestras or as principal in a variety of ensembles. If available, the ACA fellowships (as many as two) come with the opportunity to play for the all-fellowship Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra. This high-level orchestra is the training ground for the conducting program and offers the opportunity for a student to shine on standard orchestral works. Availability of these fellowships will be posted in early December.

Fellowships are awarded to the most outstanding applicants as deemed by the members of the AMFS Artist-Faculty.

Non-ACA bassoon fellowships are available for the 2019 season.

All bassoon applicants must submit the required bassoon repertoire in INDIVIDUAL AUDIO TRACKS. Bassoon fellowship recipients are chosen from the general pool of applicants.

  • MOZART: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, K. 191 (1st movement to the end of exposition); accompaniment not required
  • STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring (opening)
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, op. 35 (2nd movement, solo plus the cadenzas)
  • RAVEL: Bolero (solo)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36 (2nd movement, solo)

Both non-ACA contrabassoon fellowships are available. 

ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS FOR CONTRABASSOON FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION: please include all repertoire above on bassoon and below on contrabassoon in INDIVIDUAL AUDIO TRACKS.

  • RAVEL: Mother Goose Suite (solo)
  • RAVEL: Piano Concerto for Left Hand in D major (solo)
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 (4th movement, Allegro, m. 374-464)
  • J. S. BACH: Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello in G major, BWV 1007 (Gigue)




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