Aspen Music Festival And School

Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus — Festival Summer Camp

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus - Festival Summer Camp

July 16 – 20, 2018

The Aspen Music Festival and School is pleased to once again offer a fun and music-filled summer choir camp through the AMFS AfterWorks program. As part of the Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus (MBCCC), the sixth annual MBCCC Festival Summer Camp is open to students entering fourth through eighth grades. The camp will be run by professional music educators and choir directors, along with the AMFS Director of Education Katie Hone Wiltgen. Participating kids will have an opportunity to learn about vocal technique in a choir setting, sing a varied repertoire and perform a camp finale concert, attend AMFS orchestra rehearsals and observe closed rehearsals in the Aspen Opera Center, meet Festival guest artists, conductors, and students, and participate in fun acting, movement, and outdoor activities.

The 2018 Festival Summer Camp runs Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, from 8:45 am (daily check-in no earlier than 8:30 am) to 4:30 pm (at Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen's West End), with a performance on Friday at 4 pm (also at CEC).


The cost for the camp is just $200 for the week, if you complete registration on or before June 27! Starting June 28, camp tuition is $250. Camp participants receive two snacks per day and a camp T-shirt. Space in the summer camp is very limited, and singers who participated in the MBCCC school-year program will be given first priority for placement in the summer camp program.


A limited number of scholarships are available to students based on family need and past involvement in the MBCCC program. Scholarship is only available to students who live in the Roaring Fork valley full time.

Camp Conductor

Amanda Sprague Hanzlik is the director of choral activities at Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut, a position she has held since 2012. She is also the co-director of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus – Festival Summer Camp. Mrs. Hanzlik was the director of the Treblemakers Children’s Choirs, served as an adjunct professor of music education and directed the family music center, from 2008-2012 at the University of Connecticut.

Mrs. Hanzlik frequently appears as a guest clinician and honor choir director in the state/region for both ACDA and CMEA festivals and currently serves on the board of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Mrs. Hanzlik will chair the 2018 Connecticut All-State Choir (CMEA).

Originally, from the great state of Iowa, Mrs. Hanzlik is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A. in vocal performance/music education) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A. in music and music education). She resides in Storrs, CT with her husband Louis and children, Ethan and Grace.

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.

Register Here!

Thank you to Father Jonathan Brice and Christ Episcopal Church for allowing us use of their beautiful sanctuary and community spaces! We so appreciate your continued support of MBCCC Festival Summer Camp!

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO