Aspen Music Festival And School

Summer Programs

Summer 2020 dates will be announced soon!  Check back in the spring for details.


The Aspen Music Festival and School offers a wide variety of kids and family programs meant to inspire the next generation of classical music enthusiasts. Whether you're enjoying a family picnic at Music on the Mountain, singing and dancing at Gotta Move!, or gathering a multi-generational group to enjoy a Family Concert, you're sure to experience the excitement of the Aspen Music Festival and School and create cherished family memories that will last a lifetime. Also, explore our summer long educational programs  not just for kids! These programs allow locals and summer residents the opportunity to learn and grow their musical skills with lessons and musical activities throughout the summer. 

Select a program of interest below to learn more

Festival for Kids:

Kids Notes & Family Concerts | Gotta Move!Tunes & Tales | Sing Play Move

Kids and Family Programs:

Music on the Mountain | Youth Discounts

Summer Educational Programs:

P.A.L.S. (Passes and Lessons Scholarship) Program | Festival Lessons

Festival for Kids

Kids Notes and Family Concerts

Description: Bring your children for free light fare and Kids Notes pre-concert activities at 4 pm followed by a free concert at 5 pm. Open to all ages.

Location & Schedule:

Family Concert: SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf
Johannes Zahn conductor
A lively, short concert that will introduce kids to the world of classical music. Arrive early for Kids Notes at 4 pm and enjoy free refreshments and activities designed to prepare kids for the concert. Open to all ages.
Location: Meadows Hospitality Tent: pre-concert and reception, Harris Concert Hall: Family Concert
Date: Thursday, August 15
Kids Notes pre-concert event and reception: 4 pm (activities best for ages seven and younger)
Family Concert: 5 pm

Presented with special thanks to Pitkin County Dry Goods.

*Don't forget to join us at Benedict Music Tent for AMFS's annual free Fourth of July concert.  Fun for the whole family!*

Gotta Move!

Description: Modeled on “Music Together,” children sing, move, and play instruments, developing their curiosity about music. Always engaging and captivating for young music lovers, kids are sure to have fun in this high-energy, multi-age environment. Easy parking for families in the Benedict Music Tent/Harris Concert Hall lot! Designed specifically for infants through age 5, with an adult.

Location & Schedule:

Event 1:
Location: Meadows Hospitality Tent
Date: Monday, July 1, at 10:30 am

Event 2:
Location: Meadows Hospitality Tent
Date: Monday, July 15, at 10:30 am

Event 3:
Meadows Hospitality Tent
Date: Monday, July 29, at 10:30 am

Event 4:
Meadows Hospitality Tent
Date: Monday, August 5 at 10:30 am

Annie Flynn – All-Valley Music Together

Tammy Barr – Aspen Music Together

Tunes & Tales

Description: In collaboration with the children’s librarians at the Pitkin County Library (Aspen) and Basalt Regional Library, kids are treated to enchanting stories blended with music performed by AMFS students. For kids under age 9, with an adult.
Location and Schedule:
          Tunes and Tales at Basalt Regional Library: Wednesdays at 10:30 am (July 24 and 31, August 7 and 14)
          Tunes and Tales at Aspen's Pitkin County Library: Thursdays at 10:30 am (July 18 and 25, August 1, 8, and 15)
          For more details, visit the AMFS Events page

Sing Play Move

An early childhood music education program for the youngest classical music fans! Sing Play Move’s curriculum is based in folk/world music, action and game songs, nursery rhymes, instrumental play, free/creative and guided movement, and simple composition. Children and parents alike will delight in using John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for infants through elementary-aged children that focuses on creating students that are tuneful, beatful, and artful. Learn more.

Festival for Kids is generously underwritten by The Aspen Thrift Shop.

Kids and Family Programs

Music on the Mountain

Description: AMFS music students play spirited chamber music with the stunning Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop. Perfect for the whole family — bring a picnic or purchase lunch at the Sundeck restaurant. (Gondola ticket or strenuous hike required to get to this event.)
Location: Top of Aspen Mountain
Schedule: Dates TBD
For more details, visit the AMFS Events page

Youth Discounts

The Festival encourages children to come to concerts to experience the joy of live music. Children can attend events inexpensively with this program, which offers a heavily discounted Youth Season Pass (just $50!) and/or $5 tickets to children ages 4-18 for any regularly scheduled event. Music is a relevant and powerful force in the lives of all people, young and old alike.

For a classic family Festival experience, join us for free on the David Karetsky Music Lawn and in the Kaye Music Garden just outside the Benedict Music Tent. The Lawn and Garden are free and open at all times for those who wish to quietly listen to and enjoy the concert.


Summer Educational Programs

Educational Programs listed below are for locals or summer residents of the Roaring Fork Valley

P.A.L.S. (Passes and Lessons Scholarship) Program

A summer program of private lessons, chamber music, music education activities, and exclusive access to the Aspen Music Festival and School's summer season.

Application opens Thursday, March 19, 2019 at noon—Application deadline is Friday, May 7, 2019 at 10 pm (MDT)

The P.A.L.S. program is designed for local students (full-time or full-time summer residents of the Roaring Fork Valley) who are currently studying an instrument (including voice) and wish to devote serious focus to this instrument during the summer months. The P.A.L.S. program is not for beginning students, as you should already have at least one school year of experience on your instrument before applying to P.A.L.S.

High school and middle school students (entering grades 6-12) can apply for acceptance into the eight-week P.A.L.S. summer program, and students entering grades 1-5 are eligible to apply for the Little P.A.L.S. summer program. Learn more.

Festival Lessons

Lessons with top AMFS students are available to all interested (part-time or full-time) residents of the Roaring Fork Valley each summer.  Purchase a single lesson or a series. This opportunity is open to music enthusiasts of all ages, with or without prior music experience! $30 per half hour lesson. Learn more.

To learn more, please contact:

Katie Hone Wiltgen
Director of Education and Community Programming
970 205 5055

Heather Kendrick
Manager of Education and Community Programming
970 205 5057

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO