Aspen students launch site to help offset audition costs

Posted on: August 4, 2015

“A pair of students at the Aspen Music Festival and School have made more than music this summer,” writes Andrew Travers in Friday’s (7/31) Aspen Times (Colorado). “Miguel Sonnak, 23, recently spearheaded the launch of a crowdfunding website to help fellow young musicians with the often onerous cost of traveling to auditions.… The idea came to [violist] Sonnak—a native of Spain … studying with the American Academy of Conducting here this summer—while conducting here earlier this month. He looked around at the student musicians, many younger than he is, and thought about the difficulty many face traveling around the U.S. just to audition…. ‘I talked to my viola section, they loved it. I went to the cellos and the violins, they loved it,’ Sonnak recalled…. He hooked up with a fellow student, Anders Cornell, who can write code, and the pair went to work in a Marolt Ranch dormitory.” The site, Audition Trail, is “open to musicians who play violin, viola, cello and bass. The site invites them to write an essay and upload a video audition on the site for consideration…. He is hopeful that the newborn site will grow and become a resource for aspiring professional musicians.”

Posted August 4, 2015