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
  • VIDEO audition recordings are required
  • No live audition
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

How to Apply


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

Audition Repertoire (VIDEO required)

The Aspen Music Festival and School cello department will award up to seventeen merit-based fellowships that cover tuition and room/board for the summer season. Eleven 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. The ACA fellowships (as many as six) 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.

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

Applicants must submit either the General Admission Repertoire OR the Fellowship Repertoire. Those who submit the Fellowship Repertoire will be considered for a full merit award covering the cost of tuition and room/board in school housing or a stipend to be used toward off-campus housing expenses. General Admission applicants may also be considered for need and/or merit-based scholarship. A financial aid form must be submitted in order to be considered for need and/or merit-based scholarship opportunities.



Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED.

  • Any movement of a concerto and a contrasting piece (accompaniment not required).
  • Each work must be played through without stopping.


Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED. Fellowship auditions must be recorded WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT, on ONE TRACK, without breaks, and with NO SPLICING. Auditions that do not comply with these guidelines will not be considered.

  • A movement of a major concerto (preferably not a slow movement) and a contrasting piece.
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 (2nd mvt, opening to letter A - no repeat)
  • VERDI: Requiem (Offertorio, opening to m. 33)
  • MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 “Italian Symphony” (1st mvt, bar 25 to downbeat of bar 51))

Fellowship Opportunities


Recording Specifications
  • Recordings must be recent: made no more than three months prior to application.
  • All excerpts and works must be recorded 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