Aspen Music Festival And School

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Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships are 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.
  • The Aspen Festival Orchestra (AFO) principal tuba fellowship recipient is chosen from the general applicant pool.
  • Additional repertoire required for euphonium consideration.
  • 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


Faculty residencies may vary.


The Aspen Music Festival and School tuba department offers the opportunity to play premier assignments alongside artist-faculty from major U.S. orchestras or as principal in a variety of ensembles. 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



All tuba applicants must submit the following repertoire in 10 INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS. Do not include your name in the video title or description.

  • CASTEREDE: Sonata for Tuba; 2nd movement; accompaniment not required
  • REVUELTAS: Sensemaya; Reh. 2 to 11
  • WAGNER: Meistersinger Overture; Reh. J to L
  • BERLIOZ: Hungarian March; first entrance F arpeggio for 20 m.
  • WAGNER: Ride of the Valkyries
  • MAHLER: Symphony No. 1; 3rd movement first entrance, hold the last D for four measures
  • PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5; 1st movement, Reh. 3 to 7 m. after Reh. 5
  • BERLIOZ: Corsair Overture; Reh. 5 through 9 m. after Reh. 5, and Reh. 12 to the downbeat of Reh. 13
  • MAHLER: Symphony No. 5; 3rd movement, 13 m. before Reh. 16 to Reh. 17
  • WAGNER: Ein Faust Overture; m. 1–3

As of September 2023, the AFO principal tuba fellowship position is not available for 2024. However, in the event the position becomes available, the fellowship recipient will be selected from the general applicant pool. 

EUPHONIUM (full session only) 

To be considered for euphonium placement please submit the following excerpt, for a total of 11 INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS.

  • ARBAN: Fourteen Characteristic Studies (select one)


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