Performance Librarian

Performance Librarians are each assigned to an AMFS performing ensemble, including opportunities in material circulation, musical theater, opera, band, contemporary, symphony orchestra, and chamber music. The Performance Librarians report to the Head Librarian. See below for description of opportunities.


  • Prepare, bow, and mark parts as necessary in consultation with the Head Librarian, guest conductors, concertmasters, and faculty. 
  • Organize music folders for orchestra personnel, distribute parts to musicians, and track outstanding parts to ensure all are returned at the end of each concert week. 
  • Assist production crew with music shifts during stage changes at both rehearsal and concert services. 
  • Attend all rehearsals, readings, and concerts for the assigned ensemble(s). 
  • Staff the libraries at either the Bucksbaum Campus or the Benedict Music Tent during open hours. 
  • Work closely and effectively with guest artists, faculty members, students, and staff. 
  • At the discretion of the Head Librarian, work with publishers to ensure music materials are ordered, complete, and fully prepared. 
  • Other related duties as necessary.

Ensembles supported by AMFS library staff 

ACA – Aspen Conducting Academy 

ACA provides musicians an experience in an ensemble of fellows. Weekly performances, repertoire readings, composer collaborations, and AOTVA collaborations. Two (2) librarians support this ensemble, ACA head and ACA+AOTVA asst. Ensemble repertoire provides librarians with an introduction to standard works and common preparation hurdles. ACA performance day is Wednesday.   

ACE – Aspen Contemporary Ensemble 

ACE provides musicians an experience in ensemble of fellows. One (1) librarian supports the contemporary ensemble(s) weekly performances of contemporary repertoire and composer collaborations. Ensemble(s) repertoire provides librarians with an introduction to contemporary works and opportunity to develop working relationships with composition studio. ACE performance day is Saturday.  

ACS – Aspen Chamber Symphony  

ACS performance day is Saturday.  

AFO – Aspen Festival Orchestra 

The Aspen Festival Orchestra is the largest ensemble. One (1) librarian supports AFO’s weekly performances and repertoire readings.  

AFO performance day is Sunday.   

AOTVA – Aspen Opera Theater & Vocal Arts 

AOTVA program Performance days vary.  

Chamber Music 

Performance days vary.  

Special Performances 

Each librarian will serve as primary librarian for special performances throughout the season. Including but not limited to; July 4th, Baroque Evening, musical theater, guest artist recitals, and other programs as assigned. Performance days vary. 

AMFS Librarian Role breakdown 

AFO Librarian  

The AFO librarian is the primary support for the largest ensemble of the festival working primarily out of the BMT library. Head Librarian serves as support for AFO librarian & ensemble. 

ACS Librarian  

The ACS librarian is the primary librarian for the Aspen Chamber Symphony, primarily working out of the BMT library. Collaborating with AOTVA librarian for joint performances, Asst Head Librarian serves as support for the ACS librarian & ensemble. 

ACA Librarian  

They are the primary librarian for ACA, working closely with Head Librarian, Asst. Head Librarian, and ACA+AOTVA asst. Librarian in the preparation of their materials. This role works on main campus and travels to BMT for performances.  

ACA + AOTVA Asst.  

This librarian provides support to both ACA and AOTVA ensembles. This role works on main campus and travels to BMT for performances.  

Circulation Librarian 

The Circulation Librarian serves as the primary for circulation of materials, staffing the campus library and providing support to the festivals chamber music program. MLIS is not required for this role, however if currently enrolled in MLIS program, experience may be used as independent study credit towards degree.

  • A minimum of 2 years music library experience required. 
  • Knowledge of classical music repertoire and the ability to read music required. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines, while demonstrating patience, good judgement, and a positive attitude. 
  • Knowledge of computers (Microsoft products) and information technology. Experience with ArtsVision, ResourceMate, and Adobe suite is preferred but not required. Training will be provided as necessary. 
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle are strongly recommended.


June 1, 2023-August 22, 2023


$11.00/hour plus housing provided by AMFS (valued at a minimum of $4.20/hour depending on location.) Overtime $20.47/hour

The overall non-local compensation for this position, including hourly pay ($11.00/hour) and housing ($4.20/hour), exceeds the 2023 Colorado minimum wage of $13.65.

Benefits include AMFS season pass and paid sick time.

Application Procedure

Please complete the online application process and attach your cover letter and resume (with references) where prompted. PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Hiring Timeline

Application review to begin in January. Applicants who submit materials before February 13, 2023 will be given priority in the review process. Interviews will be scheduled to begin after February 13, 2023. Application to remain open until position(s) filled.


Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At AMFS, we are committed to becoming an anti-racist organization and believe that when people feel respected and included they can be more creative, innovative, and successful. While we have more work to do to advance diversity and inclusion, we’re investing to move our organization and classical music industry forward. In order to create and maintain a diverse community, AMFS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law.

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Statement on the COVID Vaccination Mandate

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