Aspen Music Festival And School


P.A.L.S. - Summer, 2021

Passes and Lessons Scholarship Program

The P.A.L.S. program is generously underwritten by Les Dames d'Aspen, with corporate support from U.S. Bank.



Due to the continuation of restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aspen Music Festival and School's summer season will be limited in scope. While our full P.A.L.S. program will not be possible this summer, we are pleased to offer a Virtual P.A.L.S. iteration with an online private lesson series.

Included in Virtual P.A.L.S. 2021:

  • Virtual private lessons with an assigned teacher (either local to the Roaring Fork Valley or a former AMFS student who taught in P.A.L.S. in a previous summer and is now teaching virtually)

    • Five half-hour lessons for students entering grades 1-5 (Little P.A.L.S. division)
    • Five one-hour lessons for students entering grades 6-12 (P.A.L.S. division)


NOT Included in Virtual P.A.L.S. 2021:
Due to tight audience restrictions, campus limitations, and careful social distancing measures, some of our favorite parts of the P.A.L.S. program will not be included this summer.

  • AMFS P.A.L.S. Season Pass: P.A.L.S. students will NOT receive a season pass, discounted concert tickets, or access to concerts/recitals.

  • P.A.L.S. Events: P.A.L.S. Events (like P.A.L.S. masterclasses, pre-concert chats, backstage tours, and recording sessions) are not scheduled for the 2021 summer.

  • P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience: We will not be forming chamber music ensembles in P.A.L.S.


Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Thursday, April 1, at noon – Application Opens

  • Monday, May 10 at 10:00pm – Application Deadline

  • All applicants will be notified of acceptance status by Saturday, May 29


Who Can Apply?

All music students, grades 1-12, plus students entering college as a music major or minor, who…

  • are currently studying an instrument (including voice) and wish to devote serious focus to this instrument during the summer months. 

    • Instruments of study in P.A.L.S.: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Guitar, and Voice.

  • already have at least one school year of experience on their instrument.

  • can complete a series of VIRTUAL private lessons.

    • P.A.L.S. Division:
      • grades 6-12, plus students entering college as a music major or minor
      • 5 one-hour private lessons
    • Little P.A.L.S. Division: 
      • grades 1-5
      • 5 half-hour private lessons


Cost and Scholarship

P.A.L.S. Program Cost - Summer 2021

  • P.A.L.S. Division - Grades 6-12:  $300

  • Little P.A.L.S. Division - Grades 1-5:  $150


A limited number of scholarships are available to families who demonstrate significant financial need. Financial support through tuition scholarship may be awarded based on:

  • Financial need

  • Past involvement in P.A.L.S. or Little P.A.L.S.

  • Current or past involvement in AMFS AfterWorks programming (Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, and Maroon Bel Canto Choirs)

  • Number of accepted students per family (multiple students from the same family are not likely to all receive scholarship)


Please Note:

  • Scholarship is only available to students who attended school in the Roaring Fork Valley during the 2020-2021 school year AND who live in the Roaring Fork Valley on a full-time basis.

  • In order to receive a scholarship, students must be in good standing with the Aspen Music Festival and School and not have an outstanding balance from participation in any prior AMFS programs.

  • Students who are currently seniors in high school and will have graduated by the start of the 2021 P.A.L.S. program are only eligible for scholarship in P.A.L.S. if they are entering college in the fall of the 2021-2022 school year as an accepted music major or minor.

  • Because the P.A.L.S. program has become so popular, and because we want to serve as many students as possible through participation in P.A.L.S. this summer, we are not able to offer scholarships to all deserving students. Scholarship priority will go to students who demonstrate significant financial need.




The P.A.L.S. program is generously underwritten by Les Dames d'Aspen, with corporate support from U.S. Bank.



Contact Katie Hone Wiltgen

Dean of Education and Community

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO