Aspen Music Festival And School

Maroon Bel Canto Choirs

Maroon Bel Canto Choirs are BACK!!!

Sing with students from all over the Roaring Fork Valley in a choir designed just for you!

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus:
for upper elementary school students

Maroon Bel Canto Singers:
for middle school students
 

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Program Information

Maroon Bel Canto Choirs are finally back and more joyful than ever!  We can't wait to return to the JOY of ensemble singing this school year!

With two choir divisions for the 2022-2023 school year, Maroon Bel Canto Choirs (MBCC) offers beginning and intermediate singing opportunities for all:  Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus (for upper elementary school students - see grades below, by school) and Maroon Bel Canto Singers (for middle school students).

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus (MBCCC) gives students in upper elementary school 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 a mass rehearsal and a performance. No prior music or vocal experience required.

Maroon Bel Canto Singers (MBCS) is a smaller, more select ensemble for older students, with or without prior choral experience. In this choir for middle school students, singers rehearse weekly at their chosen MBCS school, sing with students from other schools in a mass rehearsal, act as section leaders for younger students, and perform a concert in March. With the focus squarely on older middle-school singers, we’ll learn fun and challenging repertoire, develop sight-reading skills, and build strong vocal technique!  

This year, Maroon Bel Canto Choirs rehearsals begin at the start of November and end in mid-March (before Spring Break), allowing students to sing in the ensemble and still participate in other after-school activities and athletics, including Girls on the Run/Heart and Sole, Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, and fall and spring sports.


Maroon Bel Canto Choir Schools

All Roaring Fork Valley students (regardless of what school they attend during the school year) are welcome to sing in an MBCCC or MBCS ensemble at any participating school.

Meet the AfterWorks Teachers

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus:
For upper elementary school students

Glenwood Springs Elementary School

  • Grades 3-5, with 2nd graders admitted by director invite only
  • Tuesdays, starting November 1
  • Directed by Emma Leake

 

Sopris Elementary School

  • Grades 4-5, with 3rd graders accepted with director approval only
  • Thursdays, starting November 3
  • Directed by David Parker

 

More schools coming soon... Check back for updates!

Maroon Bel Canto Singers:
For middle school students

Basalt Middle School

  • Grades 5-8
  • Tuesdays, starting November 1
  • Directed by Katie Hone Wiltgen

 

Carbondale Middle School

  • Grades 5-8
  • Mondays, starting October 31
  • Directed by Christina Wenning

 

Riverview School

  • Grades 5-8
  • Wednesdays, starting November 2
  • Directed by Melinda Baum

 

More schools coming soon... Check back for updates!


Combined Rehearsal and Performance

A pillar of the MBCC program is the opportunity for students from all participating schools to come together and sing as a large ensemble in an all-choir workshop format.  Because singing is always more fun with a large group, the MBCC Workshop allows students from both choir divisions to sing for each other AND with each other. Led by MBCC conductors and school-based directors, and supported by the older students of Maroon Bel Canto Singers ensembles, the MBCC Workshop takes place at Harris Concert Hall in Aspen in mid-March and is immediately followed by the MBCC Showcase Concert, featureing students from all MBCC schools and both choir divisions performing together on stage in Harris Concert Hall. Additional performances may take place at individual MBCCC/MBCS schools, as determined by MBCC directors.

Transportation to Aspen is provided for the MBCC Workshop for students at all participating schools. Parents: You will drive your singer home after the Showcase Concert. If you do not plan to attend the concert, please make carpool arrangements for your child with the parents of other singers prior to the concert day.


After-School Program Cost: $195

Cost includes all rehearsals and concerts (see above), snacks during the MBCC Workshop, bus transportation (on school district buses) to the MBCC Workshop, a music binder, all music, and a MBCCC/MBCS uniform shirt.

This program is heavily subsidized by the AMFS and generous donors, and the actual program cost is more than $400 per student.

Please note that this program runs from November through mid-March and that students should commit to the entire series of rehearsals and performances. Obviously, some conflicts could arise, but in order for students to be a contributing member of a choral ensemble, they need to be in rehearsal as much as possible. If space allows at a particular school, mid-year enrollment will be permitted; the tuition amount remains the same.

The AfterWorks Refund Policy is as follows:

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

 

Late Registration Fee: $25

Students who complete the Maroon Bel Canto Choirs registration form after 8 AM on Tuesday, September 27 may be assessed a Late Registration Fee of $25 to cover late application processing and ordering of additional student supplies. 

Scholarship

A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to students who demonstrate significant financial need.
 

Payment Plan

Payment plans for Maroon Bel Canto Choirs tuition are available, if necessary, and can be requested during the acceptance process.
 

How to Register

Registration for Maroon Bel Canto Choirs opens on Tuesday, August 16 and closes on Thursday, October 27.  Late registrations will be accepted starting Friday, October 28, if space remains in school-based ensembles, and may be subject to a $25 late registration fee.

 

About AfterWorks

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
khonewiltgen@aspenmusic.org
970 205 5055

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO