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
  • No live audition
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

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 viola department will award up to twenty merit-based fellowships that cover tuition and room/board for the summer season. Thirteen 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 seven) 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.

Applicants must submit either the General Admission Repertoire OR the Fellowship Repertoire. Those who submit the Fellowship Repertoire will be considered for a full merit award covering the cost of tuition and room/board in school housing or a stipend to be used toward off-campus housing expenses. 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

  • First movement of a concerto (8 minutes minimum) and a contrasting piece (accompaniment not required)


Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED. Fellowship auditions must be 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 movement of an unaccompanied Bach Suite, Sonata, or Partita
  • 1st movement of a major concerto (8 minutes minimum)
  • R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben Rehearsal 77 through 4 measures after Rehearsal 79
  • MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, op. 61 (Scherzo: Reh. B to Reh. D)
  • RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe Rehearsal number 158 through Rehearsal number 162 

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