Aspen Music Festival And School

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Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships available to full-session applicants
  • All applicants will be considered for fellowship and also 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
2019 Teaching Faculty

Double Bass

Full Session

Half Session I

How to Apply


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

Audition Repertoire (VIDEO required)

The Aspen Music Festival and School double bass department will award up to fourteen merit-based fellowships that cover tuition and room/board for the summer season. Ten 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 four) 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.

All applicants will be considered for fellowship. In the event that a fellowship is not awarded, 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, recorded WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT, on ONE TRACK, without breaks, and with NO SPLICING. Auditions that do not comply with these guidelines will not be considered.

  • Your choice of any dance movement from an unaccompanied Bach Suite (excluding preludes)
  • R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (2 bars before 61 to 64)
  • MOZART: Symphony No.40 in G minor (1st Movement; 34 bars before letter E to 1 bar before E)
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (4th Movement; 24th bar of K to 18 before M)
  • STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella (Vivo – without repeat)

*Double bass fellowships are chosen from the general pool of applicants.

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