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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
  • 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
Application 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

Half Session I

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 violin 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 an 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


STANDARD REPERTOIRE (applicants 18 and older) 

Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED in 5 INDIVIDUAL VIDEO TRACKS. All repertoire should be unaccompanied.

  • First movement exposition from a standard concerto of the 19th or 20th century (with no cadenza).
    *If performing Sibelius, play until 5 after Reh. 7 including the cadenza.
  • MOZART: First movement exposition of Violin Concerto No. 3, 4, or 5 (exposition only, no cadenza)
  • STRAUSS: Don Juan (beginning to 14 after C)
  • MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo, m. 17-99)  
  • BEETHOVEN: String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4 in C minor (beginning to measure 13) 

*String orchestra placement assignments will be determined for enrolled students based on faculty review of the student’s admission audition recordings.

YOUTH REPERTOIRE (applicants 17 and younger) 

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

  • First movement of a concerto (7 minutes minimum) and a contrasting piece



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