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
  • All applicants must upload general audition repertoire
  • Flute fellowship recipient is chosen from the general pool
  • Applicants interested in the piccolo fellowship must include the additional excerpts with their general audition repertoire
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2018
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2017
$60 if you apply between October 2 and December 1, 2017
$125 if you apply between December 2, 2017, and January 2, 2018
2018 Teaching Faculty


Full Session

Half Session I

Half Session II

Students may have the opportunity to play alongside and/or receive master class instruction from the following artist-faculty.

How to Apply


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

Audition Repertoire (VIDEO required)

The Aspen Music Festival and School flute department will award up to four merit-based fellowships that cover tuition and room/board for the summer season. Two 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.

The non-ACA flute fellowship is available. Both Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra flute fellowships are available.

All flute applicants must submit the required flute repertoire in INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS. The flute fellowship recipient is chosen from the general pool of applicants.

  • MOZART: Flute Concerto in G major, K. 285c (K. 313) (1st movement); accompaniment not required
    MOZART: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314 (1st movement); accompaniment not required
  • BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3, op. 72b (m. 328-360)
  • BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98 (4th movement, m. 97-105)
  • MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, op. 61 (Scherzo, two before Reh. P to end)
  • RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2 (three after Reh. 176 to two after Reh. 179)
  • A French conservatory piece (i.e. Faure or Enescu); accompaniment not required

The non-ACA piccolo fellowship is not available.
ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS FOR PICCOLO FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION: please include all repertoire above on flute and below on piccolo in INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS.

  • VIVALDI: Piccolo Concerto in C major, RV 443 (1st movement); accompaniment not required
  • BERLIOZ: Dance of the Sprites from La damnation de Faust, op. 24 (Presto after Reh. 9)
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, op. 35 (4th movement, m. 17 to 28 after Reh. V)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36 (3rd movement, Scherzo, two after Reh. E to Reh. G and 4th movement, m. 3 to 12 after Reh. H)
  • RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2 (three after Reh. 156 to two after Reh. 159)
  • SCHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 54 (three measures after Reh. 8 to the third beat at Reh. 10)




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.


It is expected that all flute students will share the piccolo and alto flute responsibilities/opportunities at Aspen. Please bring your piccolo and alto flute if you have one.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO