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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, 2019
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2018

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2018
$60 if you apply between October 2 and December 1, 2018
$125 if you apply between December 2, 2018, and January 2, 2019
2019 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 violin department will award up to thirty-seven merit-based fellowships that cover tuition and room/board for the summer season. Seventeen 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 twenty) 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 (7 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.

  • Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 217 (1st movement exposition only)
    Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 (1st movement exposition only)
    Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (1st movement exposition only)
  • 1st movement of a major concerto (7 minutes minimum; in addition to the Mozart concerto above)
  • Debussy: La Mer (#19 to #20)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (3rd movement, m. 99-115)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61 (2nd movement, m. 1-54 with repeats)

Dorothy DeLay Fellowship
Violin students have the opportunity to audition for the prestigious Dorothy DeLay fellowship at the end of each summer season. Applicants can only be nominated to audition by their teachers. The Dean will solicit nominations in early August. This award carries with it the invitation to return on fellowship for the subsequent season and solo with orchestra. The 2019 Dorothy DeLay fellow is Maya Buchanan who studied with Donald Weilerstein and Sylvia Rosenberg for the 2018 Aspen Music Festival and School season. She hails from the Curtis Institute of Music and studies with Almita Vamos during the year.

Fellowship Opportunities


Recording Specifications
  • Recordings must be recent: made no more than three months prior to application.
  • 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.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO