Aspen Music Festival And School

Chamber Music Lab

Chamber music experiences for advanced string players

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IN-PERSON classes are BACK, and AMFS Chamber Music Lab is brand new!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens on Friday, August 27
and closes on Wednesday. 





Advanced string students are invited to be involved in a brand-new chamber music program this school year! 

Love to make music with a small group of friends?  Want a learning and performance opportunity specifically designed for advanced string players?  Moved past the Beginning Strings class level but still want to be involved?  AMFS Chamber Music Lab is for you!

In this chamber music program designed specifically for older and advanced string players, you will work in small groups to develop ensemble skills, learn new music and techniques, and expand your independent musicianship with a dedicated ensemble coach.

Chamber music can be one of the most engaging and enjoyable experiences for many musicians. It invites us to collaborate eagerly, communicate compassionately, and create beautifully with fellow musicians. By playing in a chamber ensemble, you will have opportunities to develop your own ideas about the music by being responsible for your own part, and you will also be able to listen to and learn from the other members of the group—all in service of creating something beautiful together. The coach will help you make your piece come to life in a successful performance by facilitating learning about various tools like non-verbal communication, breathing, and rhythmic counting to stay together as a group without a conductor. When each individual is dedicated to learning their part and committed to working as a team, amazing things can happen! 

Most Chamber Music Lab students will not also participate in Beginning Strings classes, as they're likely past the curriculum level of most Beginning Strings students.  Chamber Music Lab students who would like to also participate in weekly Beginning Strings classes (Blue or Black Diamond level) are expected to be strong leaders and role models in the class and must receive instructor approval for class attendance. 



Participating students will be formed into small ensembles in October according to age/grade level, experience and current playing level, and location.  Small ensemble groups will meet weekly for one-hour coachings with a dedicated chamber music teacher (the Chamber Lab Coach).  Ensemble members will work with their coach to schedule coaching times and locations based on student and teacher availability. 

Chamber Music Lab participants are expected to practice consistently outside of ensemble coachings to make sure they can independently play their assigned parts.  It's always more fun when everyone comes to coachings prepared so that Chamber Music Lab coaching sessions can be spent making music together, after the individual practicing has happened at home.


Chamber Music Lab PERFORMANCES

  • Friday, February 25, 2022 – AfterWorks Solo Recital | Select ensembles invited to participate based on work in Chamber Music Lab coachings | Harris Concert Hall 
  • Friday, April 29, 2022 – Beginning Strings & Chamber Music Lab Showcase | Harris Concert Hall 

* Performances will only take place if large-group gatherings are allowed by local health officials.

* Chamber Music Lab coachings end in early May.



Cost includes 20+ weeks of coachings, all ensemble repertoire, snacks during coachings, AND six ONE-HOUR private lessons (lessons alone are valued at $480!).  All ensembles will perform at least once on the Harris Hall stage, with additional possible performances throughout the school year (if allowed by public health orders).  Students are responsible for the cost of an instrument (either a rented or purchased violin/viola/cello);  some AMFS-owned scholarship instruments are available. This program is heavily subsidized by the AMFS and generous donors, and the actual program cost is more than $700 per student!

Please note that this is a 20+-week program and that students should commit to the entire series of chamber music coachings.  Because chamber music typically involves only one student per part, absences can be detrimental to ensemble success.  Conflicts and emergencies should be communicated to the Chamber Music Lab coaches or AMFS Education team as soon as they are known.


A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to students who demonstrate significant financial need.  Additionally, a limited number of instrument scholarships are available to students who are unable to afford the cost of purchasing or renting a violin/viola/cello to use an AMFS-owned instrument while enrolled in Chamber Music Lab.

Payment Plan

Payment plans for Chamber Music Lab tuition are available, if necessary, and can be requested during the acceptance process.

Late Registration Fee

Students who complete the Chamber Music Lab registration form after 8 AM on Thursday, September 30 may be assessed a Late Registration Fee of $25 to cover late application processing and ordering of additional student supplies. 

AfterWorks Refund Policy

Once a student has registered for an AfterWorks program (Beginning Strings, Chamber Music Lab, Lead Guitar, or Maroon Bel Canto Choirs), the following policy will apply to tuition refunds if that student chooses to leave the AfterWorks program:

  • Before first class/rehearsal: full tuition refund
  • Between first and third class/rehearsal: half tuition refund
  • After third class/rehearsal: no refund




Registration for Chamber Music Lab opens on Friday, August 27, 2021 and closes on Wednesday, September 29.  Late registrations will be accepted starting Thursday, September 30 and may be subject to a $25 Late Registration Fee.




The Aspen Music Festival and School’s AfterWorks program offers after-school, in-school and summer programming, in collaboration with Valley schools, to support music education. These programs are designed to complement the quality music instruction students receive from schools and private instructors.

To learn more, please contact:

Katie Hone Wiltgen
Dean of Education and Community
970 205 5055

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO