Aspen Music Festival And School

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Important Information
  • Fellowships and scholarships 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
  • No live audition
  • Viola Fellowships are chosen from the general 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 September 16-December 1, 2021
$125 December 2, 2021-January 5, 2022
Teaching Faculty

Half Session II

Students may have the opportunity to play alongside and/or receive group instruction from the following artist-faculty:


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


AMFS ALUMNI: Note that audition requirements have changed significantly from prior years.

STANDARD REPERTOIRE (applicants 18 and older) 

Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED in INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS. All repertoire should be unaccompanied.

  • Approximately 8 minutes of the first movement of a major concerto (such as Bartok, Hindemith Der Schwanendreher, Walton, Stamitz, or Hoffmeister)
  • Your choice of any movement of an unaccompanied Bach suite, sonata, or partita
  • BRAHMS: Haydn Variations, Variation V
  • BARTOK: Quartet No. 6 (Opening)

YOUTH REPERTOIRE (applicants 17 and younger) 

Audition repertoire must be submitted in INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS. Accompaniment not required. 

  • Two contrasting pieces (8 minutes minimum each; accompaniment not required)



Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO