Aspen Music Festival And School

Double Bass Back To Orchestra /...

Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships available to full-session applicants. Click here to learn more about our Fellowships and Financial Assistance 
  • All applicants should submit the financial aid form for access to need-based financial assistance
  • VIDEO audition recordings are required
  • No live audition
  • Double bass fellowships are chosen from the general applicant pool
  • 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, 2022
Application open September 15, 2021

Application Fee

$25 September 15-October 15, 2021
$60 October 16-December 1, 2021
$125 December 2, 2021-January 5, 2022
Teaching Faculty

Double Bass

Full Session

Half Session I

Half session II


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


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.

  • Any movement from a Bach Cello Suite
  • MOZART: Symphony No. 35 in D major (4th movement m. 134 to m. 181)
  • BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major (4th movement m. 244 to m. 279)
  • HAYDN: Symphony No. 31 in F major (bass solo, no repeats)
  • STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben, op. 40 (2 m. before 61 to 64)



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