Aspen Music Festival And School

Enrolled Student Information

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Student Portal

Click HERE for a link to your AMFS Student Portal.

On this page, you can view your application status, complete payments, submit forms, and find important information about the AMFS. Make sure to save your username and password, and be on the lookout for “status update” emails.


Important Dates


2022 Session Dates


  • Full Session:   Wednesday, June 22–Sunday, August 21, 2022 
  • Half Session I:   Wednesday, June 22–Sunday, July 24, 2022 
  • Half Session II:   Monday, July 25–Sunday, August 21, 2022 


Student Housing Check-In
(First and Full Session Students)
Begins Tuesday, June 21, between 3–11pm
(First and Full Session Students)
Wednesday, June 22
Orchestra Seating/Chamber Music Auditions
(First and Full Session Students)
Wednesday–Sunday, June 22–26
Aspen Conducting Academy:
String Auditions
Friday, June 24
Aspen Conducting Academy:
Conductor Auditions
Saturday–Sunday, June 25–26
Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS Auditions
Saturday–Sunday, June 25–26
Convocation and All-School Luncheon
*Required for all students
Monday, June 27
Rehearsals, Lessons, and Classes Begin;
Late Orchestra Auditions
Tuesday, June 28
Performances Begin
Thursday, June 30
Student Housing Checkout
(First Session Students)
Monday, July 25, by 10 am
Student Housing Check-In
(Second Session Students)
Monday, July 25, starting at 4 pm
Orchestra Seating Auditions
(Second Session Students)
Tuesday, July 26, starting at 9 am
(Second Session Students)
Tuesday, July 26, 10–11 am
(Second Session Students)
Tuesday, July 26, 11:15 am–12 pm
Final Concert of the Season
*Students may depart Aspen after this event
Sunday, August 21, 4–6 pm
Student Housing Check-Out
(Second and Full Session Students)
Monday, August 22, by 12 pm (noon)



Health and Safety in the Mountains


Aspen is at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet and the climate is dry. Together, these two qualities make the perfect environment for dehydration and altitude sickness to occur. When arriving at Aspen, refrain from strenuous activity and exercise, and drink plenty of water until you feel acclimated. Summer temperatures range from ninety degrees during the day to fifty degrees (sometimes, lower) at night. Brief afternoon showers are common. Dress in layers and bring a raincoat, sweater, or light jacket. Aspen day dress is casual (jeans, shorts, and other casual attire).


Aspen is known for sightings of elk, black bears, occasional sightings of moose, and very rare sightings of mountain lions, in addition to other wildlife. Black bears are timid animals, but they are attracted to food. The best way to avoid an encounter is to properly dispose of your trash in bear-proof containers (provided on the Bucksbaum Campus and around Aspen). Keep food items out of vehicles and close / lock ground floor doors and windows. If you encounter a bear, make your presence known by making noise (don’t surprise the animal), and back away slowly (do not run). Moose sightings are rarer than bear sightings, but moose can be aggressive. If you see a moose, do not approach the animal. Position yourself so there is a physical barrier between you and the moose and then create a wide berth as quickly and calmly as possible. Mountain lion sightings are extremely rare but not a safe situation. If you see a mountain lion, make yourself seem as large as possible, make noise, do not act afraid, and slowly create distance between you and the animal. Elk are generally not a danger but are beautiful to observe in the mountains.


Some of the most beautiful hikes in the world are in the Rocky Mountains. Make sure you explore safely. Have a plan – study your map and bring it with you. Hike in groups of three or more. Tell someone (Residence Life staff, for instance) where you are going and your expected time of return. Carry and drink plenty of water (a minimum of one quart every two hours), wear sturdy footwear with traction, dress in layers, and stay on the trail.

We recommend that all students purchase a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card. For just a few dollars, you help to ensure that emergencies can be responded to in a timely manner with all the resources that can help save a life on the trail.                   970 925 5775


White-water rafting is a popular sport in the area. Rivers run high in early summer, following the snow-melt. We recommend staying off the rivers until late summer. Should you partake in the sport, always go with a guide and wear the recommended safety equipment.


AMFS Policies


Students are expected to attend all required events and must be in Aspen for the duration of their session. Please review Important Dates and the 2022 School Calendar. Short-term (typically no more than seven days, inclusive of travel) absences may be approved for extraordinary cases. Except in the case of family emergency, absences must be requested and approved thorough the Student Services Office. Leaves of absence will not be considered for students of the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute due to the short duration of the program. If a late arrival is approved, placement and seating auditions may be affected or unavailable. 

Late Auditions
Late Chamber Music auditions are not offered. Late orchestra auditions are offered on Tuesday, June 28. Students who arrive after this date will be subject to any available seating for the first session and an audition will be granted for second session placement on Tuesday, July 26. Late Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS auditions must be requested through the Office of Student Services and will be scheduled by the program administrator on an individual basis.

Early Departures Requested During Mid-Session
We understand that students sometimes don't know what school they will be attending in the fall and, therefore, do not know their school start date until mid-summer. Students are expected to request any early departures immediately upon knowing their school start date. Even if a student believes their AMFS commitments will be completed prior to the final session date, students are required to be in Aspen through the last required date unless an early departure has been approved. Typically, approved early departures only allow for a few days between departing Aspen and school start dates. It is wise to do as much preparation as possible prior to arrival in Aspen to ensure a quick transition from Aspen to one's next commitment. Note that school start dates will be verified by the Student Services department. Any reason for early departure other than Fall school commitments is subject to the general leave of absence policy and should be requested at the time of enrollment. 

Financial Penalty
Students with financial assistance may be subject to a prorated deduction to their award. For instance, a student with a full scholarship or fellowship (tuition + housing) who requests a one-week leave of absence from the eight-week session may be responsible for paying one-eighth of their award back to the AMFS. In this case, that amount would be $1,243.75. The same scenario applies to someone with a partial scholarship. A student with a scholarship of $3,000 requesting a one-week leave of absence would be responsible for paying $375 back to the AMFS. Subject to the discretion of AMFS.

Late Arrival Fee 
All late arrivals that cause a student to miss the designated Registration Day (June 22 or July 26; see specific times in the 2022 School Calendar) will be charged a $100 late arrival fee. 



The AMFS health care providers will be asked to confirm any illness as a cause of absence from any required activities (orchestra/opera rehearsals, coaching, classes, lessons, etc.) Artist-faculty members are not empowered to excuse students from any rehearsal. If a student presents a doctor's note for an illness or injury, all parties including opera administrators, orchestra managers, private teachers, chamber coaches, the schedule coordinator, and the Office of Student Services will be notified. Continued practice and participation in other musical activities will not be permitted to ensure the student's full recovery.

Large-ensemble rehearsals (opera/orchestra/chamber music) have priority over all other musical activities (private lessons, classes, chamber music coachings, and paid or unpaid performances).

As rehearsals and concerts are part of the educational environment and process, the AMFS is unable to provide specific rehearsal times for each work. Any change in rehearsal order will be communicated to ensemble members in advance of the service. Students who are not assigned to all pieces must plan to be in attendance for the entire service.

Attendance will be taken at all rehearsals. Students are expected to be punctual and maintain a professional attitude. Unexcused absences and frequent tardiness will result in disqualification from competition and recital opportunities, and may result in suspension of private lessons, withholding of the security deposit, forfeiture of scholarship, and/or expulsion. Students will not be excused from rehearsals for religious practices.

Master classes and repertoire classes offered by artist-faculty and guests are scheduled within two weekly class blocks devoid of conflicts. Students should plan to take full advantage of the classes offered and should not schedule other conflicting activities.

Weekly private lessons are considered a critical part of a student’s educational experience. The student and artist-faculty member will work together to schedule lessons around ensemble rehearsals and other activities, to ensure a well-rounded experience. Students are expected to be punctual and arrive prepared.

Participation/Attendance As Related to Performance Injury:
Temporary rest from practicing and playing is usually recommended when dealing with a performance-related injury. Physical therapy may be recommended and is available in Aspen with therapists familiar with music performance problems. Students with pre-existing chronic medical problems that could curtail participation in required performance activities should not attend the AMFS. Students who sustain or aggravate an existing performance-related injury while in Aspen must communicate with the Dean, who will consult with the student’s private teacher, the AMFS health team, and the student to determine what, if any, musical activities will be permitted. Students unable to resume AMFS activities may be dismissed to tend to their injuries in a focused manner, under their regular medical care. Students will be able to communicate any physical concerns in the pre-season survey so that performance-injury history or tendencies can be considered when assigning workload.



The AMFS trains its students to be professionals and orchestra, opera, and chamber music services are managed as such, in a safe and nurturing environment. See the Student Orchestra Manual, the Student Chamber Music Manual, and the Student Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS Manual (posted to Status Pages in the spring and available in print at Registration) for a detailed explanation of these experiences, as well as a comprehensive set of guidelines.



Changes to private teacher assignment must be approved in advance by the Dean of Students. Email Azusa Chapman:



Extra lessons (in addition to the weekly private lessons included with tuition) should be arranged and paid for directly with the desired teacher.

If a student or artist-faculty member must cancel a scheduled lesson, 24-hour advance notice is required. If this condition is not met by the student, the artist-faculty member is not obligated to make up the lesson unless the student has a doctor’s note. If an artist-faculty member cancels at any time, they must make up the lesson. Refunds will not be given for lessons that have not been taken, regardless of circumstances.



Video recording is NOT allowed in any AMFS Facility at ANY time unless a Video Recording Permission Form is completed and signed by all appropriate parties. Video recording rights may be granted if the student is performing as a soloist or chamber musician at a concert, or performing at a master class or all-student recital. Obtain a Video Recording Permission Form from the Student Services Office in the Hardy Building. The form must be completed with ALL signatures (performers, conductors, master class coach, etc.) and returned to the Main Reception Desk no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Late forms will not be honored. Students must secure all video equipment; no video recorders are available through the AMFS. Events at non-AMFS venues may be recorded without a form, with permission from the teacher of the event and/or anyone else who will appear in the recording.



Students are expected to conduct themselves with basic standards of honesty and character. Plagiarism, cheating, and dishonesty in AMFS-related matters are prohibited and can result in a student’s dismissal from the AMFS without refunding any portion of the fees paid. The student consents to the creation and distribution of any recording, broadcast, or electronic transmission of any kind, without compensation, made by the AMFS or any AMFS-approved entities while they are a student of the AMFS. The student similarly consents to the use of their likeness in photographs, video, or any visual media with influential members and organizations of the arts and education community in the effort to facilitate significant arts and academic opportunities.



The possession or consumption (and being in the presence) of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the AMFS residence halls, even if the student is of legal drinking age. Further, students are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages onto any AMFS property or venue except for lawn seating at the Benedict Music Tent, in which case students in possession may be asked to show proof of legal age. Students of any age are not permitted to consume alcohol at a concert on which they are performing. The AMFS Alcohol Policy also conforms to all local, state, and federal laws. It is illegal for a person under twenty-one years of age to purchase, consume, possess, or transport any alcohol, liquor, or malt or brewed beverages containing alcohol. Distribution of alcohol by sale or gift to persons under the age of twenty-one is forbidden and unlawful.  

The possession or consumption (and being in the presence) of marijuana in any form is prohibited in the AMFS residence halls, even if the student is of legal age, per Colorado law. Further, students are prohibited from bringing marijuana in any form onto any AMFS property or venue. It is illegal for a person under twenty-one years of age to purchase, consume, possess, or transport marijuana in any form. Distribution of marijuana by sale or gift to persons under the age of twenty-one or to anyone other than the person who was identified at the point of sale by the legal place of purchase is unlawful. The AMFS Drug Policy conforms to federal law regarding all other controlled substances.



The Bucksbaum Campus, Burlingame, Marolt Ranch, Aspen Highlands Village, and the Benedict Music Tent have designated smoking areas. Smoking is prohibited at the Aspen School District campus. Smoking in areas other than those designated is forbidden. Smoking products/devices include, but are not limited to, cigars, cigarettes, pipes, materials which are lighted or inhaled, e-cigarettes, electronic vaping devices, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or such devices which vaporize substances to simulate smoking. In our dry climate, smoking bans mandated by the City or County are a common occurrence and students will need to heed any notices, as distributed.



Possession, storage, and/or use of a firearm of any description (including, but not limited to, air rifles, airsoft guns, paintball guns, pellet guns, pistols, ammunition, gunpowder, etc.) on any AMFS property is prohibited. In addition, possession, storage, or use of a dangerous weapon (including, but not limited to, clubs, dangerous knives, and martial arts weapons), hazardous chemicals or biological substances, explosive devices of any description (including but not limited to, fireworks, regardless of size or type), incendiary devices specifically modified to be used as a weapon, hunting equipment, and other dangerous articles, weapons, or substances is prohibited on any AMFS property or venue.



Students should NOT bring pets to Aspen even if living in off-campus housing. There are few rentals that allow pets and pets are not permitted in rehearsal halls, performance venues, studio and classroom buildings, practice rooms, or residence halls. Pets may come onto the Bucksbaum Campus but are not permitted inside structures. Pets must not be disruptive and must be leashed at all times. Owners are responsible for immediately disposing of waste. Pets are not permitted on the Aspen School District campus.



The Aspen Music Festival and School does not provide insurance for students’ personal property, including but not limited to students’ instruments, and cannot be held responsible in the event of loss, damage, or theft of personal property. The AMFS strongly recommends that students obtain insurance coverage for their personal property prior to arrival in Aspen. Some homeowner insurance may provide coverage. Do not leave personal property unattended at any time.



Tuition and housing deposits are due at the time of enrollment and are non-refundable should a student decide not to attend after enrolling. Deposits will be applied toward the total cost of attendance. Students who are placed in on-campus housing and subsequently withdraw or cancel their housing reservation will forfeit their deposits. Fellowship students who request on-campus housing and then subsequently withdraw that request will forfeit $1,000 from the fellowship stipend. In addition, once a student has registered, all fees (including tuition and room and board) are non-refundable except in the case of medical emergencies as approved by the Dean. Any overpayment will be refunded approximately one week after registration and can be collected in the Student Mail Room.

Students are required to pay their balance due by May 15. Online payments can be made through the Status Page of the student’s AMFS account. Checks should be mailed to 225 Music School Road, Aspen, CO 81611 and made payable to the Aspen Music Festival and School. Include student name and reference number in the notes. There will be a $25 insufficient funds charge for returned checks. A single payment of the full balance is encouraged; however, an installment plan is available to help students/parents meet their financial obligations. The Installment Plan Request form is available on the student’s Status Page.

All students pay a $100 security deposit. The security deposit is refundable subject to completion of the check-out procedure and completion of the Student Exit Survey. After all applicable fees for damages and unreturned items have been paid, any remaining balance of the security deposit will be mailed to the address provided in the check-out form, postmarked by September 30. In the case of season cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all deposits, and tuition/balance payments will be refunded



The AMFS admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, family responsibility, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression or individuals associated with any of the aforementioned protected group statuses to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the AMFS. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other AMFS- administered programs. No person shall be denied engagement solely because of any impairment which is unrelated to the ability to participate in activities involved in the position(s) or program for which application has been made.



Bullying is unwelcome or unreasonable behavior that demeans, intimidates, or humiliates people either as individuals or as a group. Bullying behavior is often persistent and part of a pattern, but it can also occur as a single incident. It is usually carried out by an individual but can also be an aspect of group behavior. Bullying is unacceptable. Participating in any kind of bullying action may result in expulsion.



The AMFS is committed to maintaining a work environment where every employee, student, artist-faculty member, and guest artist is treated with respect and dignity. All individuals have the right to work, learn, teach, or perform in an atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices and treatment, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, whether verbal, physical, or environmental, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

For purposes of enforcing this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature (verbal, written, or physical) when: 1.) submission to or rejection of this conduct by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting hiring, evaluation, promotion, or other aspects of employment, education, or performance; and/or 2.) this conduct interferes substantially with an individual’s employment, education, or performance; and/or 3.) this conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to work, learn, teach, or perform.

Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: unwanted sexual advances; demands for sexual favors in exchange for favorable treatment or continued employment; repeated sexual jokes, flirtation, advances, or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic or verbal commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess, or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling, touching, pinching, assault, coerced sexual acts, or suggestive, insulting, obscene comments or gestures; and display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.

This policy governs all permanent and temporary employees of the AMFS, as well as students, artist-faculty, and guest artists. The AMFS will not tolerate, condone, or allow sexual harassment, whether engaged in by fellow employees or supervisors, or by non-employees who conduct business with the AMFS, including students, artist-faculty, and guest artists. The AMFS encourages reporting of all incidents of sexual harassment, whoever the offender may be, and promises thorough protection to the reporter.

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment should report the incident to one of the following AMFS staff by calling 970 925 3254:

  • Azusa Chapman, Dean of Students
  • Jenny Elliot, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Administration

Complaints of sexual harassment will be investigated promptly and in a manner that is as impartial and confidential as possible. Retaliation against any employee, student, artist-faculty member, or guest artist for complaining about sexual harassment or for participating in an investigation is strictly prohibited.

Violations of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Based on the seriousness of the offense, disciplinary action may include verbal or written reprimand, suspension, or termination.



The AMFS has adopted a policy regarding consensual relationships between faculty or supervisory staff and the staff or student that they supervise, teach, or coach. No staff member or faculty member is permitted to be involved in a relationship (sexual and/or romantic) with any other staff member or student with whom he or she has a direct professional relationship (such as teaching or coaching) or an indirect professional relationship (such as orchestra placement decisions, leading a section, or managing an orchestra). Such relationships may adversely affect the teacher/student relationship and give rise to conflicts between personal and professional interests. Furthermore, no staff or faculty member should be in a supervisory position (including teaching and coaching) over a staff member or student with whom they have had a previous relationship. In addition, students are prohibited from renting rooms from or residing with faculty members or staff.

Pre-existing relationships of this nature should be disclosed to the hiring manger, General Manager, Dean, Vice President for Strategy and Administration, or President upon receipt of their letter of agreement (or prior) to determine and resolve any potential conflicts between their employment and the relationship with a student of the AMFS. Exceptions to the co-habitation rule may be granted on a case-by-case basis.



  • As a student of the Aspen Music Festival and School, I will adhere to all rules, regulations, and policies stated in Student Handbooks and by the administration.
  • As a student of the Aspen Music Festival and School, I will take responsibility for my own schedule and put my musical education first.
  • As a student of the Aspen Music Festival and School, I will be honest and respectful and ensure that I represent the AMFS well, both on and off Campus.
  • As a student of the Aspen Music Festival and School, I will comply with all city, state, and federal laws.
  • As a student of the Aspen Music Festival and School, I understand that breaking the Code of Conduct could mean disciplinary action as severe as expulsion without refunding of fees paid.


What to Bring to Aspen


  • Sheet music: There are no sheet music stores in Aspen. A limited number of scores and parts are available at the chamber music library. Students are encouraged to bring all the solo and chamber music that they might need for the summer.
  • Instrument (auxiliary instruments if you have them), maintenance tools and accessories, music stand
  • Spending money: Aspen is an expensive resort town. Students are encouraged to bring a debit and/or credit card to Aspen rather than cash only.
  • Padlock for locker use: There is an orchestra locker room at the Benedict Music Tent and some small lockers on the Bucksbaum Campus.
  • Sunscreen, lip protection, and sunglasses: the sun at Aspen’s elevation is intense.
  • Water bottle
  • Fleece, lightweight layers, rain jacket, umbrella, and hiking boots
  • Dorm residents: Extra-long flat and fitted twin sheets, pillowcase, bath towels, and hangers. Blankets provided. Pillows can be purchased from the AMFS for $5. Cookware, dishes, and utensils are not provided in the residence halls. It is suggested that those who wish to prepare food in their dorms (some have limited cooking facilities) purchase supplies from local thrift shops. All residents receive a meal plan and can eat in the cafeterias.
  • WiFi enabled electronic device: cell phone, tablet, or computer (Student Services can offer assistance if you are unable to bring this essential item) 



  • Metronome and tuner
  • Recording equipment for lessons and practice sessions
  • Humidifier
  • A fan: Dorm rooms tend to get warm during the day (Local thrift shops or are good places to obtain these.)



All students should expect to perform in any ensemble (orchestra, opera, specials) and should bring the required clothing. AMFS does not provide attire for loan.

Orchestra Concert Dress

  • Long sleeve white or cream blouse
  • White tuxedo shirt w/ black bow tie
  • White or cream tuxedo jacket
  • Long black skirt or black dress pants
  • Black dress shoes, black socks (hose optional)

Brass Fanfares (pertains to all brass students)

  • Black pants or skirt
  • Black dress shirt with sleeves to the wrist
  • Black dress shoes, black socks (hose optional)
  • Black jacket (optional)

Opera Orchestra and Specials Dress (includes Aspen Contemporary Ensemble)

  • Long black pants or skirt
  • Black dress shirt with sleeves to the wrist
  • Black jacket (optional)
  • Black dress shoes, black socks (hose optional)
  • Long gown (optional)

Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS Dress for Singers

  • Long black skirt or dress pants
  • White blouse or white dress shirt
  • Black jacket/tux
  • White or cream jacket
  • Formal gown (optional for solo performances)
  • Dark suit, black bow tie
  • Dancewear or sweats for movement
  • Stage-worthy boots (if applicable)
  • Small makeup kit
  • Black or tan character shoes
  • Dress shoes

American Brass Quintet Seminar @Aspen

  • Black dress pants (or skirt) and black jacket
  • Black dress shirt with sleeves to the wrist
  • Black dress shoes, black socks 
  • Business casual for less formal performances

Aspen Chamber Music Participants

Professional performance attire is required. For example, orchestra attire or all black is a safe standard. Personal flair is invited such as a gown, etc. No jeans, shorts, or casual shoes. Feel free to coordinate your look with your ensemble colleagues.

Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute (Singers)

Choose option below:

  • Black gown (black wrap required if off-the-shoulder or straps are less than 1-inch thick)
  • Black suit with white dress shirt or blouse, black belt with silver or black buckle


  • Formal black footwear: dress shoes, flats or heels attached at the ankle (no mules)
  • Optional: Elegant neck and ear jewelry: clear, silver, or pearls only (no gold or colored gems)



Instrument Storage and Care

Auxiliary Instruments

  • Flute:  It is expected that all flute students will share the piccolo and alto flute responsibilities/opportunitites at Aspen. Please bring your piccolo and alto flute if you have one. Fellows are expected to bring their own instruments.
  • Oboe:  It is expected that all oboe students will share the English horn responsibilities/opportunitites at Aspen. Please bring your English horn if you have one, as well as reeds and the equipment needed to make new English horn reeds. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the instrument, if needed. Fellows are expected to bring their own instruments.
  • Clarinet:  It is expected that all clarinet students will share the B-flat, A, E-flat, and bass clarinet responsibilities/opportunitites at Aspen. Please bring these instruments if you have them. Fellows are expected to bring their own instruments.
  • Bassoon: Not all bassoon students are expected to play contrabassoon; however those who have the ability will be given opportunities. Those who own the instrument  should bring it to Aspen. Fellows are expected to bring their own instruments.
  • Aspen Contemporary Ensemble:  The flute fellow is expected to bring an alto flute and a piccolo. The clarinet fellow is expected to bring an E-flat and bass clarinet.
  • Euphonium:  The recipient of the euphonium scholarship is expected to bring their instrument to Aspen.


Large instrument storage is available on the Bucksbaum Campus. Eligible students receive information about this benefit prior to the season. Interested students will sign a waiver adn pay a $15 fee for an access code to a shared storage room. A limited number of small instrument (violin/viola) lockers are available in the Lower and Upper Classroom Buildings. Locks are not provided. Do not leave instruments unattended in practice rooms or elsewhere at any time.


A facility fee ($100 Full Session / $60 Half Session; $40 for Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute students) will be charged to all students and provides access to AMFS facilities and amenitites, including practice space. 

Percussionists receive use of the AMFS instruments and cartage between AMFS venues, as well as practice space.

Harpists receive cartage between AMFS venues, as well as practice space. Harpists are encouraged to bring their own instruments and are responsible for transporting them to/from Aspen. Those who do not bring their own instrument will be charged a $250 rental fee which will guarantee partial/shared use of a harp for the summer Students will complete a questionnaire as part of their pre-registration process whereby they will be able to reserve and pay for the harp rental.

*Percussionists and harpists will be contacted by their respective production crews with instructions regarding instrument moves, practice space, and storage.


Luthier Joan Balter – 555 E. Durant Avenue, Aspen

Joan Balter is available to help string players with insturment repari and she offers strings and accessories for purchase. Ms. Balter also teaches classes on the Buucksbaum Campus focused on instrument maintenance, buying and selling instruments, and how to maximize one's sound potential. See the Class Schedule upon arrival in Aspen for details.

Aside from the occasional visitor, there are no repair services regularly available in Aspen for wind/brass instruments. AMFS does plan to have a service person in Aspen on occasion. Players are advised to bring supplies and tools with them.

Reed Room: A reed room with access to water nearby is available for reed work. Supplies and tools are not provided. Location will be designated in the Student Handbook distributed at Registration.


Transportation to and Around Aspen


Aspen is located 220 miles west of Denver, Colorado (about a 3.5-hour drive). The City of Aspen is served by major airlines.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is a small facility and airlines may not be able to transport large instruments. Therefore, shipping the instrument or travel to a larger airport in the region may be necessary.

For many ground transportation options, cellists and tubists must pay an additional fee and double bass players must book a private shuttle.

Students traveling with large instruments should speak directly with their airline, airport, and/or ground transportation provider in advance.


Students must stay through the final concert (4-6 pm) on August 21. Students who book tickets with a return date earlier than August 21 will be asked to change their flights. Any resulting change fee will be the responsibility of the student. Also, note that the dates surrounding the AMFS season get booked early. Reserve travel as far in advance as possible.


The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is located ten minutes from downtown Aspen.

AMFS volunteers will be at the airport to assist arriving students on Tuesday, June 21. Free bus service is available from the airport to the Bucksbaum Campus, residence halls, and downtown Aspen. Please check with the bus driver to determine which stops they intend to make. Students may also use High Mountain Taxi service (970 925 8294), which is readily available. Expect a fare of approximately $20.



Denver International Airport (DEN) is a large airport approximately 220 miles from Aspen that often offers a more affordable (but less convenient) option.

Eagle-Vail Airport (EGE), approximately 1.5 hours by car from Aspen, is another option. This is also a smaller, regional airport so do pay attention to cargo restrictions.



Bustang, managed by the Colorado Department of Transportation, offers $28 bus service from Denver to Glenwood Springs, forty miles northwest of Aspen. Call 800 900 3011 or visit for more information. See for information on local bus service from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.

Rental Cars may be arranged for a one-way trip from Denver to Aspen via Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, or Sixt. Please contact these agencies directly for rates and availability. You may view the Carpool List on your Student Portal to connect with other students seeking a ride! 



Amtrak service is available to Glenwood Springs, forty miles northwest of Aspen.

Call 800 USA RAIL or go to See for information on local bus service from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.



NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to leave personal vehicles at home.  See GETTING AROUND ASPEN for an explanation.

There are two routes by car from Denver to Aspen.

  • From the Denver International Airport, take I-70 West to Glenwood Springs (exit 116). Follow signs to Highway 82 which leads to Aspen (forty miles). From the roundabout, take the Castle Creek Road exit and continue one-half mile to Music School Road on the left.
  • Take the scenic route via Independence Pass. Drive west on I-70 and take the exit for I-91 South. Travel through Leadville (I-91 becomes 24 South), then west onto Highway 82 over Independence Pass. Follow the signs for Highway 82/Main Street through downtown Aspen (Main Street takes several turns.) Leaving Aspen, enter the roundabout and take the Castle Creek Road exit. Then continue one-half mile to Music School Road on the left.



Students are strongly encouraged to leave personal vehicles at home and use public transportation while in Aspen. There is no student parking on the Bucksbaum Campus and limited or no student parking at other AMFS venues. Aspen is a small, densely populated, tourist town. Traffic is heavy, parking is insufficient, and gasoline prices far exceed national averages. The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) offers free and convenient bus service between all AMFS venues and extends from the City of Aspen to Snowmass Village. More info at


Students are encouraged to bring bicycles (as well as helmets and locks) to Aspen as their primary mode of transportation. The AMFS provides a limited number of bicycles first-come, first-served for a nominal fee of $25.

Bicycle rentals are also available through local shops. Additionally, WE-cycle, a bike-share system similar to systems in many major cities, will be offering free access to its bike-share network this summer. With over a dozen stations, including the Benedict Music Tent and Marolt Ranch, WE-cycle offers students an easy and convenient way to get around town. For more information visit

Student should ALWAYS wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.


On-Campus Housing

AMFS does not have housing for students under the age of 18.

Students 18 and older who wish to live on campus may live in Marolt Ranch or Burlingame residence halls. Full descriptions of the properties are below. All students living in the residence halls receive a meal plan to include three meals per day, available in either the Marolt or Bucksbaum cafeteria. The two residence halls have the capacity to house the majority of the student body, and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that all units are typically reserved by May 1. The residence halls are overseen by the Residence Life staff. These individuals are available to assist the student-residents and to promote a sense of community.

See the AMFS Policies section for a full version of AMFS rules and regulations. A condensed version of AMFS policies as they pertain to the residence halls are as follows: Alcohol (regardless of whether a student is of legal drinking age), controlled substances (including marijuana), animals (including pets and service animals), and firearms (or anything like a firearm; see full regulations for definitions) are not permitted in or on the property of the residence halls. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas and not within the units. Smoking products/devices include, but are not limited to, cigars, cigarettes, pipes, materials which are lighted or inhaled, e-cigarettes, electronic vaping devices, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or such devices which vaporize substances to simulate smoking.

The AMFS reserves the right to search bags, rooms, and other personal belongings if there is suspicion of alcohol, controlled substances, or other items not permitted.

See the individual property descriptions for practice and quiet hours, as they vary by property. Overnight guests are not permitted. Student-residents must review the Student Handbook upon arrival, and must comply with any new policies shared by the Office of Student Services or the Residence Life Staff. 

Required items: extra-long twin size sheets (flat and fitted), pillowcases, bath towels, and hangers. Pillows can be purchased from the AMFS for $5. (Blankets are provided.)

Recommended items: cell phone, cooking utensils, fan.

Note that basic items like bath mats, hangers, dishes/cooking utensils are not provided. Student-residents are directed to local thrift shops (or Amazon) to acquire such items if so desired. Cleaning supplies are provided but shared among all residents and must be checked out. Student-residents are encouraged to purchase their own supplies if they desire regular access to these products.

Internet is provided for checking emails and light web-browsing. It is not designed to support streaming or high-density downloads and will only function on one device at a time, per resident. Student-residents who desire higher-performance internet should contact the local service provider to acquire service at their own expense.



Marolt Ranch Photos

Directions: From Highway 82, take the Castle Creek exit at the roundabout and turn left after less than a quarter mile at the small “Marolt Ranch Housing” sign. Follow the driveway to the main parking lot.

Housing Profile:

  • 94-unit facility
  • 1.5 miles from downtown Aspen
  • .25 miles from the Bucksbaum Campus
  • Pay laundry facilities onsite (On-time purchase of a $5 laundry card, plus additional $1.75 per wash load and $1.50 per dryer load, paid for with debit or credit card.) Rates are subject to change. 
  • Dining hall onsite
  • Three residents housed per two-room suite (units contain one double and one single room). Room assignment within each suite is determined by the roomates upon their arrival.
  • Units have capability for phone hook-up at tenant's discretion and expense through local untility company (phone not provided).
  • Refrigerator and microwave provided. Cookware, dishes, utensils not provided.
  • Blanket provided. Pillows can be purchased from AMFS for $5.
  • Limited parking.
  • Quiet hours are 10 pm to 9 am, no practicing.


Burlingame Photos

Directions: Traveling east on Highway 82, pass the Aspen Airport on the right. Travel another half mile and make a left at the next traffic light (Harmony Road). Burlingame is straight ahead. Burlingame is located approximately three miles west of downtown Aspen.

Housing Profile:

  • Ages 21 and up
  • Full session students only 
  • 56-unit facility
  • 1.5 miles from downtown Aspen
  • .25 miles from Bucksbaum Campus
  • Pay laundry facilities onsite (On-time purchase of a $5 laundry card, plus additional $1.75 per wash load and $1.50 per dryer load, paid for with debit or credit card.) Rates are subject to change. 
  • Two residents housed per two-room suite (roommates share common spaces but have a private bedroom). Room assignment within each suite is determined by the roomates upon their arrival.
  • Units have capability for phone hook-up at tenant's discretion and expense through local untility company (phone not provided).
  • Kitchen sink, refrigerator, microwave, and stovetop in units. Cookware, dishes, utensils not provided.
  • Blanket provided. Pillows can be purchased from AMFS for $5.
  • No dining hall at Bulingame; food service is available at the Marolt Ranch and at the Bucksbaum Campus.
  • Quiet hours are 10 pm to 9 am, no practicing.



Highlands Photos

Directions: From Highway 82, take the Maroon Creek Road exit at the roundabout and travel 1.5 miles. Take a left on Thunderbowl Lane and a right on Boomerang Road. Short-term parking can be found here. Units are located above the shops and restaurants on the Plaza on Prospector Road.

Housing Profile:

  • Ages 21 and up
  • 3 miles from downtown Aspen
  • 3 miles from the Bucksbaum Campus
  • In-unit laundry (free of charge)
  • Double and triple occupancy rooms. A very limited number of singles are assigned prior to arrival. Units vary in size and layout, and can house three to eight students.
  • Units have capability for phone hook-up at tenant's discretion and expense through local untility company (phone not provided).
  • Full kitchen with sink, stovetops, and oven in each unit. Cookware, dishes, utensils not provided.
  • Blanket provided. Pillows can be purchased from AMFS for $5.
  • No dining hall onsite; food service is available at the Marolt Ranch and at the Bucksbaum Campus.
  • NO PARKING AVAILABLE (served by free RFTA bus).
  • This property is shared with members of the public community. Early quiet hours at Highlands ensure a peaceful space for students and neighbors. Beginning at 7 pm, windows and doors must be closed if practicing inside the unit. There is no practicing allowed past 10 pm.


Campus Café – Bucksbaum Campus

Marolt Grill – Marolt Ranch

The Marolt cafeteria is open starting Tuesday, June 21, 4–9 pm, for dinner. The Bucksbaum cafeteria is open starting Wednesday, June 22, for breakfast. Meal service for Half Session II students will begin at dinner on Monday, July 25. Meal service for Half Session II and Full Session students ends after dinner service on Sunday, August 21.

All students living in the residence halls receive a meal plan to include three meals per day, available with Student ID. Refunds and/or discounts for the meal plan are not available.

Food AllergiesStudents with food allergies should communicate with the Office of Student Services before their arrival in Aspen. Vegetarian selections, as well as a salad and sandwich bar, are always available. Food must not be taken for later consumption.

Food may not be shared with individuals who are not on the meal plan. Doing so will result in revocation of the meal plan without refund.



Marolt Ranch, below the dining hall
970 544 0849, main office line (call during office hours)

970 319 2100, Resident Supervisor on Duty (call for emergencies, outside of office hours)
The Student Information Center (SIC) serves as a communication hub for students living in the residence halls. Residence Life officers staff the SIC during office hours. A Supervisor is on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached by cell phone in case of emergencies, when the office is closed. Important information such as bus schedules, copies of the Student Handbook, cleaning supplies, and paper products are available at the Center. (Many documents are also available at other AMFS venues and on the Status Page of the student’s AMFS account.)


Off-Campus Housing

Students under the age of 18 and student who choose to live off campus must make their own living arrangements. As a resort town, housing in Aspen is expensive. Students can expect to have roommates and/or should consider housing in the Snowmass Village or down valley areas. Students are encouraged to make arrangements as early as possible. However, summer housing usually does not become available until April, after ski season.

The following websites are resources that students have found helpful:



As a resource to students, the AMFS posts a referral list of available local housing on students' Status Pages. The list will be regularly updated with vacancies from mid-April until the Festival’s start in mid-June. This list is not an endorsement of any kind, but strictly a list of properties and roommate opportunities. The AMFS does not guarantee the condition, including but not limited to, the quality, comfort, and safety of any listing, and will not interfere with negotiations. Further, the AMFS is not responsible for any contractual obligations agreed upon between landlord and tenant. Landlords interested in advertising available properties should email to be added to the list.

The Off-Campus Housing List will also contain contact information of other AMFS students seeking off-campus roommates. Students who wish to be added to this list should fill out the “Off-Campus Roommate Request” Form upon enrollment.  

*Note that students are not permitted to rent from or reside with AMFS artist-faculty.


Housing for Students Under Age 18

Students under the age of 18 may not live in the residence halls. The AMFS requires a parent or legal guardian to be in residence in off-campus house with any student under the age of 18 for the student's entire session. If parents choose to grant permission to a legal guardian, the guardian must be at least 21 years of age and cannot be an AMFS student. The Authorization of Guardianship Form must be submitted to the dean of students and must include a statement signed by the parent giving responsibility of the child to a guardian. This form must also be signed by the guardian, stating that they will accept responsibility for the child. Each submission will be considered on a case-by-case basis.




Bucksbaum Campus – 225 Music School Road; 970 925 3254

The Bucksbaum Campus is located two miles outside of downtown Aspen and is served by the RFTA free bus system. The Campus is comprised of the Gordon Hardy administration building, the Robert Harth Building with cafeteria and executive offices, three rehearsal halls, three classroom buildings, a percussion building, a music library, and nearly seventy practice rooms. 



Located in Aspen’s historic West End, the Benedict Music Tent, opened in 2000, is a 2,050-seat open-air venue. Adjacent is the 500-seat, acoustically pristine chamber and recital venue, Harris Concert Hall. Fully-staged operas and Opera Scenes Master Classes are held in this historic Wheeler Opera House, located in downtown Aspen.

The AMFS also presents several recital series at local churches, libraries, and museums.

See the Student Handbook provided at Registration for a map and full explanation of all facilities, including hours of operation.


Mail and Communications

Email is the main source of communication for the AMFS. Students should check their email regularly.



The Student Mail Room is located on the basement level, back side (Creekside) of the Hardy Building. See the Student Handbook issued at Registration for hours of operation.

Student mail and packages sent via U.S. Postal Service should be addressed as follows: 
Student’s Name
AMFS Student
P.O. Box 8284
Aspen, CO 81612

Student packages sent by any service other than USPS (like FedEx or UPS) should be addressed as follows:
Student’s Name
AMFS Student
225 Music School Rd.
Aspen, CO  81611

*Expect delays to our isolated mountain town, including with services like Amazon Prime. Students will receive an email notifying them when they have items to collect.

*Students may send large packages (linens, bicycles, etc.) in advance of their arrival but to arrive no earlier than June 15. Packages may be collected beginning Wednesday, June 22. 

*Don’t forget to submit a forwarding address with the U.S. Postal Service (can be done online) upon departure from Aspen.



Soundings, the School newsletter, is delivered via email weekly, to apprise students, faculty, and staff of Festival-related events, including how to apply for special educational and performance opportunities, and reminders of School policies to ensure a successful summer.

Aspen Essentials is a pre-season newsletter that will be distributed in the several weeks leading up to the start of the season to help ready students for the experience ahead of them. 




Students are encouraged to bring cell phones. Depending on the carrier, cell phone service can be spotty on the Bucksbaum Campus, at the Benedict Music Tent/Harris Concert Hall, and the residence halls, but it works well in town and surrounding areas. Verizon Wireless provides the best coverage in the Aspen area. Telephones and land line service are not provided in the residence halls.



The AMFS provides Wi-Fi in the residence halls and on the Bucksbaum Campus for the purpose of checking email and light browsing. Students interested in a more sophisticated service at their residence hall may purchase private service through a local provider at their own expense. 


Student Health Plan

All registered students of the AMFS are required to participate in the Student Health Plan and to pay the Health Service fee of $195 ($120 for Half Session students; $70 for Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute students). Coverage dates are June 22–August 21.



The AMFS Student Health Plan covers visits to the primary care facility at the Aspen Valley Hospital (Aspen Valley Primary Care). Students may consult with Aspen Valley Primary Care about any non-emergency health or sickness concerns at no cost. When scheduling and appointment, students must notify Aspen Valley Primary Care that they are an AMFS student and request to be seen by Rachel Houseal. Students may either request an in-person or telehealth visit, depending on the severity of illness presented. All referrals made by Aspen Valley Primary Care for general health care related to the student’s time in Aspen will be covered by the AMFS Student Health Plan, including psychiatric needs. The AMFS Student Health Plan DOES NOT cover pre-existing conditions, suicide, routine physicals, hernias, dentistry, optical, or pregnancy. It also does not cover referrals for chiropractors, acupuncture, routine eye exams, other non-essential medical treatments, or any kind of testing. Special circumstances may be brought to the Dean of Students. Emergency visits to the Aspen Valley Hospital Emergency Room WILL NOT be covered through the Student Health Plan.

The AMFS Student Health Plan covers up to three visits of physical therapy at Aspen Sports Medicine (ASM) in downtown Aspen. A referral is NOT required; however, Aspen Sports Medicine will conduct a thorough evaluation of each student’s injuries during the first visit which is considered one of the three free visits. When scheduling an appointment, students must notify ASM that they are an AMFS student. After three visits, additional sessions will require either personal health insurance or an out-of-pocket fee of $125/visit. Cancellation: students who no-show or cancel their appointment within less than 24 hours will be responsible for the full $125 appointment fee. When scheduling an appointment, students must notify Aspen Sports Medicine that they are an AMFS student.

The AMFS Student Health Plan also covers unlimited visits to Mind Springs Health, offering exceptional mental health and wellness support. Students may make appointments with counselors at the Mind Springs offices, which are adjacent to Aspen Valley Hospital. Services do not require a referral. While access to Mind Springs is at a student’s request, psychiatric needs do require a referral from Aspen Valley Primary Care.

All students (or a parent/guardian if under the age of 18) must sign the Consent to Medical Treatment form that authorizes immediate medical treatment in the case of emergency.

Direct questions to: Jalen Lee, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Life, at or 970 205 5054.


970 544 1131; 600 East Main Street, Suite 103
Please refer to the Student Handbook (distributed at Registration) for specific hours and additional details on coverage. Appointment required.

970 925 1120; 401 Castle Creek Road (Across Castle Creek Road from Marolt Ranch)
*Dial 9-1-1 in case of a medical emergency

The AMFS Student Health Plan does not cover visits to Aspen Valley Hospital. Medical emergencies will be handled by Aspen Valley Hospital. However, students will need to provide their personal health insurance information at the time of treatment.

970 920 5555; 405 Castle Creek Road, Suite 207
Crisis hotline: 888 207 4004
(Across Castle Creek Road from Marolt Ranch and adjacent to Aspen Valley Hospital)

Other Mental Health Resources


970 925 1808; 616 East Hyman Avenue

970 920 0104; 101 Founders Place, Suite 109
The AMFS Student Health Plan does not cover services offered at Aspen Medical Care. This is a good option should a medical concern arise when Internal Medicine Associates is closed and the issue does not appear to be a hospital emergency. Students will need to present their personal health insurance at the time of treatment. Hours vary. Walk-ins welcome.

970 920 5420; 405 Castle Creek Road
(Across Castle Creek Road from Marolt Ranch and adjacent to Aspen Valley Hospital)
Family Planning-Community Health Services offers low-cost and/or free family planning and counseling including reproductive health education and testing. For paid services, personal health insurance is accepted.


Classes and Performance Opportunities

Students in all programs can attend a wide variety of performances, master classes, lectures, and panels. Students can also become involved in community engagement activities—both teaching and performing opportunities are available. Each instrumental department conducts weekly master classes and repertoire classes. A variety of solo and chamber music performance opportunities are available. For some opportunities, students must submit an application form with teacher signature. Some opportunities require a screening. More information as well as applications will be available at Registration.


Student Work Opportunities


A wide range of employment opportunities are available to students and pay $10-15 per hour and more in some cases, such as: ticket-seller, usher, cafeteria attendant, parking crew attendant, computer lab monitor, library assistant, mail room assistant, private lessons instructor for local youth, and hired performer through our Hire a Musician program. Note that most jobs offer few hours per week and will not provide substantial income. 


Paychecks and Other Financial Reimbursement

Students must present their AMFS ID to the Mail Room to receive paychecks. Paychecks will not be issued to students with a balance due to the AMFS until it has been paid. See the Student Handbook issued at Registration for paycheck and reimbursement dates.


Students may cash personal checks in the amount of $75 or less and student paychecks from the Aspen Music Festival and School in any amount at Alpine Bank (two locations). Alpine Bank requires fingerprinting, an AMFS ID, as well as a government-issued ID for a non-Alpine Bank customer to cash checks. They will not cash second party checks. More detail will be provided in the Student Handbook provided at Registration.


The following banks are located in Aspen. There is not a Bank of America location in Aspen.

  • Alpine Bank
  • American National Bank
  • Bank Midwest
  • Chase Bank 
  • First Colorado National Bank
  • Timberline Bank
  • United Western Bank
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo Bank

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO