Aspen Music Festival And School

Musical Connections

The Musical Connections program brings support to the music educators and music students of the Roaring Fork Valley by offering in-school enrichment and programming designed for students involved in their school music programs. Through programs such as AMFS Honor Ensembles, Musicians in Schools, Educational Support, and Musical Connections Concerts, teachers are able to enhance their core curriculum with quality music experiences for all involved students.


AMFS Honor Ensembles | Musicians in the Schools | Educational Support


AMFS Honor Ensembles

2020-2021 School Year:  Because large ensemble gatherings are not possible at this time, no AMFS Honor Ensemble events will occur in the 2020-2021 school year.  For details on last year's event, see below:

All-Valley Middle School Honor Band
March 4, 2020
On March 4, the talented students of the Roaring Fork Valley’s middle school band programs were featured on stage in Harris Concert Hall in the fifth-annual All-Valley Middle School Honor Band, conducted by Dr. Matthew Forte of the University of Toledo.

The All-Valley Middle School Honor Band again featured top 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade band students from all Valley middle schools, selected based on nominations from band directors.  Repertoire was in part chosen based on school director recommendation to feature music that students were currently studying with their school ensembles.  Professional musicians were hired as principal players/section leaders within each section.  The honor band event concluded with a free concert Wednesday evening in Harris Concert Hall at 7:00pm.  

All-Valley Honor Choir will return in the 2021-2022 school year.


Musicians in the Schools – AMFS Residencies

The AMFS works with the University of Colorado – Boulder College of Music and professional chamber ensembles to bring residency performance opportunities to Roaring Fork Valley classrooms.

2020-2021 School Year:  Because community partners are not permitted to be working in school classrooms at this time, no AMFS Musicians in the School residencies will occur in the 2020-2021 school year.

The 2019-2020 school year’s offerings included:

CU Boulder - String Quartet: Ivalas Quartet
(February 3-5, 2020)
The University of Colorado - Boulder Graduate String Quartet in Residence, the Ivalas Quartet, kicked off the Musicians in the Schools programming with their residency visit to the Roaring Fork Valley.  They worked with students in elementary schools across the area and with students enrolled in the AMFS Beginning Strings program.  During their residency, the quartet also presented a performance at the Basalt Regional Library as part of the Music at the Library concert series on Monday, February 3 at 5:30pm.

CU Boulder – Brass Quintet and Wind Quintet
(March 3-5, 2020)
The University of Colorado Brass Quintet and Wind Quintet joined us for a joint residency, offering interactive concerts for elementary schools, side-by-side rehearsals, and masterclass opportunities for middle and high school bands.  They also participated as section leaders and sectional coaches for the All-Valley Middle School Honor Band event on Wednesday, March 4 at Harris Concert Hall. 

A professional ensemble residency may return in the 2021-2022 school year.


Educational Support

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


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

To support this program, please contact:
Kat Berg
Donor Stewardship Manager
970 205 5061                                               



Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO