Aspen Music Festival And School

In-School Programs

During the School Year

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s Community and Education programs strive to offer a broad spectrum of the highest quality in educational music experiences to all ages of the public in the Roaring Fork Valley. The programs listed below are a great resource for area music instructors as well as parents interested in enrolling their children in enriching music programs. For information on the AMFS's summer lessons programs please visit the Summer Programs page.



The Aspen Music Festival and School's "AfterWorks" after-school programs partner with area schools to offer music education at the end of the school day, during the curricular school day, and during the summer. The after-school programming is designed to complement the quality music instruction students receive from schools and private instructors.

Lead Guitar

This program is designed to teach students to read music as well as play in a classical style through a variety of music. Lead Guitar, an established guitar program based at the University of Arizona, is designed and led by master guitarist, Brad Richter. Lead Guitar/Brad Richter and the Aspen Music Festival and School offer this guitar program which provides curriculum, teacher training, performance opportunities, and the chance for students to work in depth with a master guitarist and local teacher. Learn more.

Beginning Strings  

The Beginning Strings Program is open to elementary aged students who wish to study a string instrument through a curriculum that starts with group lessons, private lessons, and performance opportunities and progresses to master classes, ensemble playing, and beginning work in chamber music. Our highly experienced teachers will work to help students develop a joy and love for music through string education and performance. This program is a wonderful opportunity for children interested in music to begin playing violin, viola, or cello in a supportive, engaging musical environment. Learn more.

Maroon Bel Canto Choirs

Maroon Bel Canto is bigger and better than ever, with two choir divisions for the 2018-2019 school year! Due to program growth and high enrollment numbers, the Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus structure has been revised with two ensembles under the Maroon Bel Canto umbrella to best meet the diverse needs of our singers: Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus (for grades 3-5) and Maroon Bel Canto Singers (for grades 6-8).

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus (MBCCC) gives students in grades 3 through 5 the chance to participate in a traditional children’s choir with other young singers and learn the foundation of choral singing in a fun, supportive, high-energy environment. Singers rehearse weekly at their chosen MBCCC school site and then join with singers from across the valley in two mass rehearsals and a performance. The choir is open to all students with a desire to sing.

Maroon Bel Canto Singers (MBCS) is a smaller, more select ensemble for older students, with or without prior choral experience. In this choir for sixth through eighth graders, singers will rehearse weekly at their chosen MBCS school, participate in three MBCS Workshops, and perform in two concerts. With the focus squarely on older middle-school singers, we’ll learn challenging and fun repertoire, develop sight-reading skills, and move quickly through advanced choral techniques! Starting in the second week of October and ending before Spring Break, MBCS is designed so busy middle school students can sing in the ensemble and still participate in other after school activities and athletics. Learn more.

AfterWorks Refund Policy

Musical Connections

The Musical Connections program enriches the lives of Roaring Fork Valley children and adults by bringing accomplished musicians to local schools and performance venues for residencies and concerts. Musical Connections also offers honor ensemble opportunities to talented students in the Roaring Fork Valley's band and choir programs.

AMFS Honor Ensembles  

The Aspen Music Festival offers both an Honor Band for middle school students and Honor Choir for high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley. These ensembles offer students an immersive experience that includes a full day of side-by-side rehearsals and sectionals led by music professionals. The day concludes with an exciting free concert that evening in Harris Concert Hall showcasing the hard work of the students throughout the day. Learn more.

Musicians in the Schools  

AMFS works with CU Boulder and professional ensembles to bring residencies to the classrooms of the Roaring Fork Valley. Learn more.

Educational Support 

Our Education Department is happy to assist local music teachers in their classrooms. Contact Katie or Heather to set up an appointment. Learn more.

Musical Connections Concerts

In collaboration with the Basalt Regional Library, our Musicians in the Schools residency artists perform on the BRL’s Music at the Library series.

To learn more, please contact:
Katie Hone Wiltgen
Director of Education and Community Programming
970 205 5055

Heather Kendrick
Education and Community Coordinator
970 205 5057

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO