AFO Musician Information

2023 Artosphere Festival Orchestra Musician Information

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO), under the baton of Music Director Corrado Rovaris made its debut performance on May 17, 2011 at Walton Arts Center in the beautiful city of Fayetteville Arkansas.  Beginning from its premiere season in 2011, and for every year since, over 90 world-class musicians from distinguished symphonies, chamber ensembles and music schools around the world travel to Northwest Arkansas to participate in the annual festival celebrating the convergence of arts, music, nature and sustainability. In addition to traditional orchestral, chamber music, and community engagement performances, members of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra also perform pop-up mini concerts in a variety of settings, and participate in popular performances on the scenic Ozark trails and in other beautiful natural settings.

Returning Musician Registration: Please complete the 2023 AFO Application/Registration Form to let us know you wish to return for the 2023 Artopshere Festival. 

New Musician Auditions:  On November 28, 2022 orchestra openings will be announced and we will accept new applications.  You may get ahead of the process by completing the form found here: AFO Audition Information.

Festival Orchestra Dates: 
Saturday, May 13 Arrival / Thursday, May 25 Departure / full three program residency Saturday, May 13 Arrival / Sunday, May 21 Departure / two program residency
Wednesday, May 17 Arrival / Sunday, May 21 Departure / one program residency

Travel dates: May 13, & 17 will be arrival dates based on programming needs. Musicians will depart on May 21 & 25, 2023.

Concert Dates: May 16, 20, 24, 2023.

Repertoire: 2023 Artosphere Festival Orchestra Repertoire

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 7pm at Walton Arts Center
J. Brahms | Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor
L.v. Beethoven | Pastoral Symphony

Saturday, May 20, 2023 8pm at Walton Arts Center
O. Respighi | Roman Trilogy
Roman Festivals
Fountains of Rome
Pines of Rome

Thursday, May 24, 2023 7pm at Crystal Bridges Museum
W.A. Mozart | Symphony No 11 in D major K. 84
W.A. Mozart | Exsultate jubilate K.165/158a 
W.A. Mozart | Symphony No 25 in G minor K. 183 

Rehearsal Calendar PDF 

Compensation: Each musician will receive a stipend for participating in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. Compensation will be computed for each individual residency based on instrumentation needs only. Section Principals and Concertmaster will receive additional bonus compensation. Large instruments cartage will be provided and arranged individually.

COVID-19 Policy & Protocols: All AFO staff, musicians and soloists must be fully vaccinated and will be required to upload proof of vaccination at the time of onboarding.  Musicians are encouraged to test for COVID-19 before travelling to Northwest Arkansas.  Testing will be required before the first rehearsal of each program.  As COVID-19 infection rates, CDC guidance, industry policy, protocols and standards are rapidly changing, we will publish more definative AFO COVID-19 Policies & Protocols within 30 days of the start of the orchestra residency.    

Venues: Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Travel: Travel to and from Northwest Arkansas is the responsibility of each participating musician. Additional cartage is available for bass, cello, tuba, and harp, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Round trip ground transportation will be provided for all musicians from XNA regional airport to Fayetteville.  Round trip ground transportation from TUL, Tulsa International airport, will be provided with specific shuttle departure times from TUL TBD.     

Lodging and meals: Musician lodging will be provided and asigned by the festival at The Graduate Hotel, other comparable hotel properties.  Room assignments will be coordinated between individual musician and festival staff and confirmed prior to arrival.  

Each musician will receive a meal stipend based on length of stay during the festival.  This amount will be provided as part of musician compensation and will be available on the day of arrival.

Orchestra Concert Dress: Black suits with black shirts for men, no tie required. Black dresses or Black slacks with black blouses with long sleeves for women. No short skirts, no sleeveless dresses.

Musicians selected to play in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra may also participate in the Artosphere Chamber Music series, as well as the many outreach programs. 

If you are interested in participating in the 2022 Artosphere Festival Orchestra or have any questions please contact us at jsmith@waltonartscenter.org.