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Aspen Music Fest students offer help on the Audition Trail

July 31, 2015

A pair of students at the Aspen Music Festival and School have made more than music this summer.

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 site — auditiontrail.org — is collecting donations and inviting musicians to apply for scholarships for plane tickets and travel expenses.

The idea came to Sonnak — a native of Spain and recent graduate of Lyon University Conservatory of Music in viola performance, who is 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.

“They’re going from Boca Raton to San Francisco to New York — all over the country — and these plane tickets are expensive,” Sonnak said. “Factor in that people sometimes don’t know anyone in that city and they need a hotel room for two nights.”

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