2018 AFO Musician Information

2020 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.

Auditions: On January 1, 2020 Orchestra Openings and Auditions Information will be available at www.getacceptd.com  More auditon details can be found at AFO Audition Information.

Festival Orchestra Dates: May 3 - 10, 2020 for Large Orchestra Only musicians May 3 - 14, 2020 for Vivaldi String Orchestra Musicians.

Travel dates: May 3, 6, & 9, will be arrival dates based on programming needs. Musicians will depart on May 10, and 14,  2020.

Concert Dates: May 6, 9, 13, 2020.

Repertoire: 2020 Artosphere Festival Orchestra Repertoire

To Be Announced

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.

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 by the festival at The Graduate Hotel and Mount Sequoyah Retreet Center. Musicians should expect to share a double queen bed hotel room.  Single rooms will be available but the number is limited. 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 2020 Artosphere Festival Orchestra or have any questions please contact us at afo.info@waltonartscenter.org.