The Aspen Music Festival, By Scott Perlov

Every summer, aspiring classical musicians from across the country flock to Colorado to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School, where they receive intensive individual lessons from some of the world’s brightest and foremost instructors. Since 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School has provided a forum for the instruction and performance of orchestral concerts, opera, chamber music, master classes, and more.

Six hundred students receive admission to the program, which offers the opportunity to rehearse as well as to perform beside teachers from renowned orchestras throughout the nation. The eight-week festival features concerts at the acoustically advanced Benedict Music Tent, the Harris Concert Hall, the impressive Victorian Wheeler Opera House, and churches throughout Aspen. By the end of the festival, there will have been more than 300 programs offered, an extraordinary feast of classical music set against the backdrop of the majestic Rockies.

Entry into the Aspen Music Festival and School is by audition and application; the admission process is rigorous and highly selective. Musicians must meet challenging standards with their performance abilities and musical background.

About the author:

Scott Perlov attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as a classical pianist before entering law school. His favorite pianists are Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninoff.