Aspen Music Festival And School

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Important Information
  • Scholarships and fellowships ranging from partial tuition to tuition plus room/board are available
  • All applicants should submit the financial aid form for access to need-based financial assistance
  • VIDEO audition recordings are required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 5, 2021
Application open September 1, 2020

Application Fee

$25 September 1-15, 2020
$60 September 16-December 1, 2020
$125 December 2, 2020-January 5, 2021

Piano students at the AMFS study with members of the internationally renowned artist-faculty, receiving an average of ninety minutes of lesson time per week, through a combination of private and class study. In addition, they attend weekly master classes as well as panel discussions hosted by the faculty. Pianists can be nominated to perform on a weekly recital dedicated to pianists. They may also screen with the Artistic Administrator for additional performance opportunities. There are two piano competitions each summer, and winners have the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the Aspen orchestras. See the Concerto Competition form for eligibility guidelines.

Students may also elect to study and perform mixed-ensemble literature, which may include chamber music with either strings or winds, two-piano/four-hand repertoire, duo sonata class, and mixed contemporary ensembles. Other music-related classes are available including keyboard studies, piano pedagogy, and lectures from the artist-faculty on a variety of relevant topics.

How to Apply


  • Resume required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required

Audition Repertoire

VIDEO recordings must be at least FORTY minutes in total length, with a complete Classical work (minimum of 7 minutes in length) and a complete romantic work (minimum of 7 minutes in length), each work submitted on a separate track. Concertos may be submitted, but are not required. Repertoire must be memorized. Applicants may choose to include any additional work(s) to comply with the time requirement.




Recording Specifications
  • Recordings must be recent: made no more than three months prior to application.
  • Each excerpt or work must be played through without stopping.
  • 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