Aspen Music Festival And School

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Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships available to full-session applicants. Click here to learn more about our Fellowships and Financial Assistance. 
  • Applicants should submit the financial aid form for access to all funding opportunities.
  • VIDEO audition recordings are required.
  • Students under the age of 18 do not play in orchestra but may take private lessons and participate in chamber music.
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 5, 2024
Applications open September 15, 2023

Application Fee

$30 September 15–October 15, 2023
$60 October 16–December 15, 2023
$110 December 16, 2023–January 5, 2024
Teaching Faculty


The Aspen Music Festival and School cello department offers the opportunity to play premier assignments alongside artist-faculty from major U.S. orchestras or as principal in a variety of ensembles. All students 18 and older play in orchestra. Students under the age of 18 do not play in orchestra but may participate in private lessons and chamber music. For details on the student orchestral experience, please see the Orchestra/Instrumental program page.

Please see our Fellowships and Financial Aid page to learn more about our many fellowship and scholarship opportunities.  



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


STANDARD REPERTOIRE (applicants 18 and older) 

Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED in 5 INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS. All repertoire should be unaccompanied.

  • At least 5 minutes from an important movement of a major concerto demonstrating your virtuosity and musicianship
  • A complete movement of a solo work of your choice, not less than 3 minutes
  • STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben, op. 40 (m. 1 to 5 after Reh. 5)
  • MOZART: Symphony No. 35 (4th mvt., m.134 to 181)
  • BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, op. 60 (3rd movement andante, m. 1–16) 

* String orchestra placement assignments will be determined for enrolled students based on faculty review of the student’s admission audition recordings.

YOUTH REPERTOIRE (applicants 17 and younger) 

Audition repertoire must be submitted in INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS. Accompaniment not required. 

  • Any movement of a concerto and a contrasting piece



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Robert Spano, Music Director

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