Aspen Music Festival And School

Where Dreams Begin Campaign Newsletter March 2015

March 2015

A Note From
Alan Fletcher

At the very heart of what makes our Festival and School distinctive are the students and artist-faculty from the world's finest orchestras and conservatories who come to learn and teach in Aspen. From a festival standpoint, these performing artists captivate our audiences time and time again at our cherished concert venues.  From a school perspective, the hard work of teaching, learning, and practicing takes place off-stage at our Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Campus.

Proudly, this week, along with our partners at Aspen Country Day School, we confirmed we have the financial support needed to move forward on Phase II of construction of the teaching campus.

 It's invigorating to know we have such a supportive and philanthropic base. We would not be able to accomplish any of what we do each and every summer without the growing number of members of our Festival family.


Together, we can continue to build on a 67-year legacy of teaching, learning, and sharing the beauty of classical music. Please join our many campaign donors in helping us finish the capital portion of the Campaign or investing in the growth of our endowment. With your help we can continue providing unique experiences for all who take part in the work of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Gifts of any size are welcomed and appreciated.

With thanks,  

Alan Fletcher

President and CEO

How to Give
 to make a contribution today.
To discuss this opportunity further, please contact Alexander Brose, AMFS Vice President for Development, at (970) 205-5060, or

Campaign Progress

As of March 2015 the Where Dreams Begin Campaign has received $63,705,340 in support of the $75 million goal, which is split between revitalizing our campus and strengthening our endowment for students, faculty, and programs.


For more information on the campaign, and how you can contribute, please contact Alexander Brose, Vice President for Development, at


Contact Us
225 Music School Road
Aspen, CO 81611
970-925-3254 administration
970-925-9042 box office

Committed to Moving Forward!

Due to the support of numerous people devoted to the future of classical music and education, we have reached a major benchmark in the Where Dreams Begin Campaign. This week, along with our partners at Aspen Country Day School, we confirmed we have the financial commitments needed to move forward on Phase II of construction, which will complete the teaching campus. This benchmark looked at pledges and commitments made for both organizations. On behalf of the students and artist-faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, thank you to all who have partnered with us thus far.


And to those of you considering partnering with us, we're not done yet! Though we've met our fundraising marker to move forward with the final phase of construction, there is still approximately $3 million to raise to fund the total costs of construction. The AMFS needs your help in completing a world-class campus to complement the talent of our students and artist-faculty each Festival season. 


Further, as we approach the final phase of construction, building our endowment will become more of a focus. The AMFS endowment is the primary source of funding for providing significant financial aid for students, enticing the world's best musicians to perform and teach as artist-faculty each summer, and continuing important programs
year-round. A gift to the endowment offers to future generations the promise of transformative experiences for young musicians, artist-faculty, and audience members alike. 


Gifts at any level to our Campus and the endowment will assist us in reaching our Campaign goals and support our work in perpetuity. To discuss giving opportunities, please contact Alexander Brose, AMFS Vice President for Development,
at (970) 205-5060, 

The Opportunity To Make Your Mark 
Help complete the final construction of the Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Campus with your gift! Naming opportunities provide a chance for the AMFS to thank our steadfast donors publicly for years to come. Pledge payments on gifts of any amount may be paid over five years. To discuss these opportunities, please contact Alexander Brose, AMFS Vice President for Development, at (970) 205-5060, or

The following naming opportunities are available:

Gifts of $5,000 to $25,000

Students enjoying the outdoor
paths throughout campus
  • Steps in Entry Commons
  • Benches throughout Campus
  • Trees throughout Campus

Gifts of $50,000

  • Practice Rooms 

Gifts from $75,000 to $150,000

  • Walking Path throughout Campus
  • Outdoor gathering spots
  • Orchestra Ensemble Music Library
  • Executive Office Suites 
Building 7 will provide many teaching studios on campus

Gifts from $250,000 to $500,000

  • Studio classrooms
    throughout Campus
  • Percussion Room
  • Plaza between rehearsal halls and the Music Library


Gifts of $1 Million and Above

  • One of two idyllic ponds in the center of Campus
  • New bridge across Castle Creek on the South end of Campus

Sustain The Quality Of The Festival 
Click here to view the magic of the AMFS

The Where Dreams Begin Campaign includes a $40 million endowment goal to preserve the life-changing learning opportunities for our students year after year. Check out our video that captures the unique environment of this learning campus. 

The student experience is unparalleled and we hope you'll join us in supporting students with a gift to the endowment. Giving opportunities include:

 Student Financial Aid

To attract and retain the most talented students, we need to offer competitive financial aid packages and increase our ability to recruit and retain the best students. Gifts can be made to current scholarships or new funds can be established in your name.

  • Named full scholarships (room, board, and tuition) - $150,000
  • Named tuition scholarships (merit-based financial aid) - $75,000

Harris Concert Hall 20th Anniversary Fund 

Joan Harris and the Irving Harris Foundation have a $1 million matching grant to support, in perpetuity, continued improvement of the performance quality and comfort of Harris Concert Hall, as well as endowing a fund in support of the Winter Music series in Aspen. Help us match their grant and preserve this iconic performance hall!

  • Named in perpetuity as a Winter Music supporter - $50,000
  • Name a seat in the Harris Concert Hall - $10,000
  • Listing on the donor plaque in Harris Concert Hall - $5,000

Faculty Support

The strength of our artist-faculty is the top reason why most students come to our summer Festival. We wish to celebrate these magnificent artists with Endowed Chair positions for either teaching or performing artists.

  • Aspen Festival Orchestra Chair - $500,000
  • Aspen Chamber Symphony Chair - $500,000
  • Performing or Teaching Chair Positions $500,000
  • Full scholarship named in honor of artist-faculty - $150,000
  • Teaching Chair in all instruments - $100,000
  • Support of an existing financial aid fund named for legendary past artist-faculty members - any amount

Recent Supporters
The Aspen Music Festival and School is thankful to all supporters of the 

Where Dreams Begin Campaign for the development of the Bucksbaum Campus, additional student scholarships, artist-faculty support, and the ability to pursue transformation artistic experiences.

Special thanks to our recent supporters of the 

Where Dreams Begin Campaign:


AMFS Faculty Fund

Anonymous Donor

Natalie Barr

Kathleen Berg

Shelley and Stewart Braunstein

Alexander Brose and Carmen Busch

Emily Burr

Azusa Chapman

Stephen Drimmer
The DuBrul Family 

Estate of Duane and Margaret Johnson

Donna Genet
Fritz Grueter 

Kristen Henry

Kaylee Janes

Jennifer Johnston

Sean Kehoe

Audrey Kwong

Lenor and Patrick Leeds

Mimi and Don Leslie

Barbara Lish

Jennifer A. McDonough
Nancy and Peter Meinig 

Lana Mione

Alissa Owsley

Andrew Ralston

Brandon Robbins
Kathryn Sansone 

Asadour A. Santourian

Lori Schiff

Harriet Silverman
Steve Slaff 

Linda and Lee Spiegelman

Diane and John Stine

Katie Stookesberry

Janice Szabo Conniff

Tamara Vallejos
Carrie and Joe Wells 



The above is a list of gifts received between January 7, 2015 and March 4, 2015. Click here for a complete listing of contributors to the Where Dreams Begin campaign.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO