Aspen Music Festival And School

Solo Piano Back To Programs of Study

Important Information
  • Scholarships available for full session and half session participants
  • VIDEO audition recordings are required
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

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 have the opportunity to augment their weekly lessons by performing in recitals and master classes taught by guest artists and members of the piano artist-faculty. There are two piano competitions each summer, and winners have the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the Aspen orchestras.

The 2019 special recital project for solo pianists will be comprised of the complete Chopin Preludes. Students will have the opportunity to nominate themselves to prepare and perform with their teacher’s approval.

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 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 length, with a complete Classical work (minimum of 7 minutes in length) and a complete romantic work (minimum of 7 minutes in length). Concertos may be submitted, but are not required. Repertoire must be memorized and each work should be uploaded as separate tracks. 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