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 
  • All applicants should submit the financial aid form for access to need-based financial assistance
  • VIDEO audition recordings are required
  • Click here for details on AMFS age restrictions 
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 5, 2022
Application open September 15, 2021

Application Fee

$25 September 15-October 15, 2021
$60 October 16-December 1, 2021
$125 December 2, 2021-January 5, 2022
Teaching Faculty

Half Session I

Half Session II

on Leave in 2022

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.

The Aspen Music Festival and School is open to musicians of any age and at any stage of their career. However, the intensity of the professional performance schedule and the exacting standards of quality make Aspen most appropriate for the serious, dedicated musician. Click here for additional age restrictions and requirements. 



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


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.



Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO