Aspen Music Festival And School

Maroon Bel Canto Choirs

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

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus – for students in grades 3-5

Maroon Bel Canto Singers – for students in grades 6-8
 

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Program Information

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.


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.

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus – for students in grades 3-5

Aspen Community School

  • Thursdays, starting October 11
  • 3:10-4:20 pm
  • Directed by Veronica Hudak
     

Basalt Middle School

  • Tuesdays, starting October 9
  • 3:40-4:50 pm
  • Directed by Brittany von Stein
     

Glenwood Springs Elementary School

  • Thursdays, starting October 11
  • 3:45-5:00 pm
  • Directed by Emma Leake
     

Riverview School

  • Tuesdays, starting October 9
  • 3:50-5:00 pm
  • Directed by Melinda Baum
     

Sopris Elementary School

  • Mondays, starting October 8
  • 3:40-4:50 pm
  • Directed by David Parker

     

Maroon Bel Canto Singers – for students in grades 6-8

Aspen Middle School

  • Mondays, starting October 8
  • 3:45-5:00 pm
  • 5th grade students at AMS eligible to participate, with director approval
  • Directed by Erica Nottingham
     

Basalt Middle School

  • Mondays, starting October 8
  • 3:40-4:50 pm
  • Directed by Brittany von Stein
     

Riverview School

  • Mondays, starting October 8
  • 3:50-5:00 pm
  • Directed by Melinda Baum
     

Glenwood Springs Middle School

  • Mondays, starting October 8
  • 3:50-5:00 pm
  • Directed by Shanti Gruber
     


Combined Rehearsals and Performances

Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus: A pillar of the MBCCC program is the opportunity for students from all participating schools to come together and sing as a mass choir twice per school year in Mass Rehearsals held at Harris Concert Hall in Aspen. Mass Rehearsals, led by MBCCC conductors and school-based directors, take place at Harris Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 30 and Wednesday, April 10 (approved by participating schools). The MBCCC combined performance is April 10 at 6:30pm, at which students from all MBCCC schools will sing together on stage in Harris Concert Hall. An additional mid-year performance may take place at individual MBCCC schools or combined with MBCCC ensemble from schools in the same community, as determined by MBCCC directors.

Transportation to and from Aspen is provided for the first Mass Rehearsal on Wednesday, January 30 for students participating in MBCCC at BMS, GSES, Riverview School, and SES. Only transportation to Aspen is provided on the final MBCCC Mass Rehearsal day (Wednesday, April 10), as a 6:30 pm concert in Harris Concert Hall follows this Mass Rehearsal. Parents: You will drive your singer home after the 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.

Maroon Bel Canto Singers: Because singing is always more fun with a large group, MBCS singers will join together at three MBCS Workshops throughout the school year:  November 28 (4-7 PM at The Temporary in Willits), February 6 (4-7 PM at The Temporary in Willits), March 13 (11 AM – 6 PM in Harris Concert Hall in Aspen), followed by a concert in Harris Concert Hall at 6:30pm. In addition, MBCS singers will present a concert in January at Basalt Middle School on Tuesday, January 15.

Because The Temporary is easily accessible on the RFTA bus line, students from all participating schools can take RFTA to the 1st and 2nd MBCS Workshops OR a school bus will be provided (TBD). Transportation will be provided for students from BMS, Riverview, and GSMS to the 3rd MBCS Workshop in Harris Concert Hall on March 13. Singers from AMS take RFTA from the Aspen School District campus to Harris Concert Hall.  Parents: You will drive your singer home after the March 13 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 Mass Rehearsals/Workshops, dinner before concerts, bus transportation (for mid- and down-valley MBCCC students on school district buses; on RFTA and/or school district buses for MBCS), 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 is a 20+-week program (for MBCCC)/18+-week program (for MBCS) 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 applied and paid the tuition for an AfterWorks program (Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, or Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus), 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: $50

10/5/18:  Good news!  The registration period for Maroon Bel Canto Choirs has been extended!  Rehearsals start the week of October 8, but you have one extra week to register without a late fee.

Students who complete the MBCC registration form after 4 pm on Friday, October 12 will be assessed a Late Registration Fee of $50 to cover late registration processing and ordering of additional student supplies. 


Scholarship

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


How to Register

Registration is closed for the 2018-2019 school year.


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
Director of Education and Community Programming
khonewiltgen@aspenmusic.org
970 205 5055

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO