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Aspen Music Festival - How Selective? Acceptance rate?

Senior2016MSenior2016M Registered User Posts: 368 Member
Just wondering how selective this festival generally is? Anyone been for composition or have any idea? What about for voice? There aren't any other threads with this specific info so I'm hoping to crowdsource a figure that maybe someone has heard from a reputable source. Thanks!

Replies to: Aspen Music Festival - How Selective? Acceptance rate?

  • SpiritManagerSpiritManager Registered User Posts: 2,816 Senior Member
    It is very selective for composition. Are you in a college program already - or in high school? Most of the attendees are undergrads and graduate students.
  • Senior2016MSenior2016M Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    @SpiritManager Yes, I'm in college already. I know it's uber competitive for comp, so I'm not expecting much.
  • SpiritManagerSpiritManager Registered User Posts: 2,816 Senior Member
    Are you already studying composition? Do you have a portfolio to submit? Letters of recommendation? (I don't actually know the process - just guessing.)
  • Senior2016MSenior2016M Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    @SpiritManager Yes, and I've already applied. I was just curious about the odds, that's all.
  • musicprntmusicprnt Registered User Posts: 6,253 Senior Member
    Aspen in general is very competitive (I don't know composition), it is kind of the preferred summer program of a lot of Juilliard pre college and conservatory students and other high level programs, so it will be very competitive. With Aspen (and it is only my experience/opinion), often with Aspen the kids who get in there have teachers teaching there, which can make it harder IME for kids applying from outside. Basically, it is probably as competitive as a competive music school admission would be as a rule of thumb IMO.
  • Senior2016MSenior2016M Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    @musicprnt So if one of the comp faculty for this year worked with me for 2 years and knows my work well, that means I'll at least be considered seriously right?
  • musicprntmusicprnt Registered User Posts: 6,253 Senior Member
    @senior2016M: I would say yes, if you worked with faculty there and they are going to be on the faculty for when you are going, it is going to increase your chances of getting in (even if they aren't, they likely might talk to one of the faculty who will be there). There are no guarantees, things could happen, your teacher might have no openings and none of the other teachers could work with you, it could be a really strong year with a ton of really strong candidates, you never know, but I would say you have a very good chance of getting in, based on what I know.
  • Mezzo'sMamaMezzo'sMama Forum Champion Music Major Posts: 3,550 Forum Champion
    Aspen is also extremely competitive for voice. Did you also audition for voice and does your voice teacher regularly send students there? The latter comes into play as does whether or not they have openings for your voice type; older students usually get preference.
  • Senior2016MSenior2016M Registered User Posts: 368 Member
    @Mezzo'sMama I didn't apply for voice, just composition. I don't have an Aspen "feeder teacher" if you will, FWIW.

    Thanks everyone for the responses! I'll see soon enough in December what the outcome is. And there's always a subsequent year - I'm hopeful I will go some day, even if it's not freshman year of college :)
  • musicprntmusicprnt Registered User Posts: 6,253 Senior Member
    @Senior2016M :
    Some programs can take several years of applying to get in, it often comes down to applying in the right year where there is an alignment of planets around you getting in, so don't get discouraged if you don't get in, it always pays IMO to keep trying.
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