Aspen Music Festival And School

Volunteer

 

Interested in becoming more involved with the Aspen Music Festival and School? Join more than 200 dedicated volunteers who help the Festival and the Aspen-Snowmass community grow stronger each year. Volunteer with the AMFS to make friends, make a difference, and earn concert tickets in the process!

The Festival is fortunate to have many volunteers who return year-after-year so there may or may not be openings in the areas below. We contact the prior year's volunteers and begin to have a sense of where openings may exist during the spring. That said, we do keep waiting lists. We contact people on those lists as spots become available.

Please contact each person listed below for more information on each opportunity. For general questions, please contact Office Manager Erich Grueter at egrueter@aspenmusic.org or 970-925-5024 or use the inquiry form, below.

Volunteer Inquiry Form

Ways to Get Involved

* Opportunities at the Benedict Music Tent
* Opportunities with Music Students
* Opportunities at Special Events
* Opportunities Distributing Marketing Materials in Your Community
* Opportunities Giving Tours
* Opportunities at the AMFS Office

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At the Benedict Music Tent

Three volunteer teams are in place during concerts and other AMFS events at the Benedict Music Tent:

  • Gift Kiosk
    Many visitors to the Aspen Music Festival and School want to remember their musical experiences by purchasing a memento. The Gift Kiosk, located just outside the main entrance to the Benedict Music Tent, carries a wide variety of AMFS logo inventory including everything from fleece jackets and t-shirts to season posters. Volunteers help customers and sell merchandise. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Leah Schlein, Marketing Manager, lschlein@aspenmusic.org.
    Commitment: The Gift Kiosk is open during all Benedict Music Tent events. Of the shifts available, volunteers select those that best fit their schedules.
  • Lemonade Stand
    The Lemonade Stand is open before concerts and throughout intermission whenever there are concerts at the Benedict Music Tent. Volunteers set out and sell refreshments to concert-goers who may need a cup of hot coffee on a chilly night or a delicious snack on a sunny afternoon. Proceeds from the Lemonade Stand go toward student scholarship.
    Contact: Before June 1, Erich Grueter, Office Manager, at egrueter@aspenmusic.org at 970-205-5024. From June 1 to August 20, Kim Lamb, eat@eurocataspen.com, or Connie Brown, elfarwin26@yahoo.com or 970-948-9107. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Commitment: The Lemonade Stand is open during all Benedict Music Tent events. Of the shifts available, volunteers select those that best fit their schedules.
  • Music Ambassadors
    These volunteers meet, greet, and assist concertgoers as they arrive at the Benedict Music Tent. Positioned around the grounds and in the Concierge information booth before, during, and after concerts, these well-trained volunteers are the “go-to” people for questions. They are easy to recognize with their royal blue polo shirts and welcoming smiles. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Diane Stine at dstine@aspenmusic.org or 970-205-5074.
    Commitment: The same shift each week for the entire eight-week summer season.

 

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Students

There are a variety of ways to meet and interact with AMFS music students:

  • Student Arrival
    Students arrive in Aspen for a four or eight-week program. They hail from homelands sometimes continents away. Returning students know just what to do when they arrive at the Aspen airport but many students are new, jet-lagged, and confused. Volunteer greeters welcome these students and direct them to the Bucksbaum Campus and to their housing. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Azusa Chapman, Manager of Enrollment and Student Benefits, at achapman@aspenmusic.org.
    Commitment: The week before the Festival starts, students arrive at the Pitkin County airport on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 7:30 am-9:30 pm. In 2017, these dates are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 20-23. Volunteer shifts vary and are usually three to six hours in duration. 
  • Student Registration
    Hundreds of music students arrive in Aspen within a two-day period at the beginning of the summer season. This is an exciting and confusing time for students who must shape their schedules to include auditions, instruction, practice room space, rehearsal time, meal arrangements, performances, and all other activities in their very busy lives at AMFS. Registration volunteers help to channel students through this busy process. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Azusa Chapman, Manager of Enrollment and Student Benefits, at achapman@aspenmusic.org.
    Commitment: For 2017, the dates and times for volunteer helpers will be Wednesday, June 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm and Thursday, June 22 from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Volunteers can work an entire day or either a morning or afternoon.
  • Student Auditions
    Following Registration, students go through an audition process for placement in one of the Festival orchestras. Auditions take place at various locations on the Bucksbaum Campus and volunteers help to ensure that the audition process run smoothly; a wonderful way to meet and get to know students. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Azusa Chapman, Manager of Enrollment and Student Benefits, at achapman@aspenmusic.org.
    Commitment: Orchestra placement auditions take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the week before the Festival starts. In 2017, these dates are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 23-25. Volunteer shifts vary and are usually three or six hours in duration. 
  • Student Dinner Program
    What student hasn’t longed for a home-cooked meal? Our student dinners pair audience members with music students, giving the students the chance for a delicious meal in a warm and friendly setting. Students and audience members alike love this win-win program. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Sylvia Wendrow, lead Student Dinner volunteer, at 970-704-1904.
    Commitment: Volunteers can host one or more dinners throughout the Festival season, it's up to you!

 

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Special Events

The Development Department uses volunteers in a variety of ways to help execute many donor-related events each summer. Volunteers sometimes assemble materials prior to an event, help monitor silent auctions, register guests, and/or serve food and drinks at benefits and receptions.

  • Encore Receptions
    Encore receptions are post-concert donor receptions that take place in the Meadows Hospitality Tent following some Sunday afternon performances. Volunteers welcome attendees and help serve food and drinks throughout the event. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Jenny McDonough, Events Manager, at jmcdonough@aspenmusic.org or 970-205-5063.
    Commitment: Volunteers are called prior to each Encore. Work those that fit your schedule.
  • Ice Cream Social
    This is an annual event that takes place on the Benedict Music Tent grounds. It is very popular and happens only once each summer, preceding a selected Sunday afternoon concert. Volunteers help serve the ice cream, thus contributing to the festive atmosphere of the event. In 2017, this event is on August 13. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Jenny McDonough, Events Manager, at jmcdonough@aspenmusic.org or 970-205-5063.
    Commitment: One hour prior to the event through the start of the concert.
  • Program Book Inserts
    From time to time, concert-related information needs to be placed inside each of the program books for the audience members. Volunteers assist house management staff with this at the Benedict Music Tent prior to the performance.
    Contact: Lenor Leeds, Assistant Director of Development at lleeds@aspenmusic.org or 970-205-5062
    Commitment: Inserts are usually placed in program books every Sunday afternoon from 2-3 pm. Volunteers work with house management on an as-needed basis.

 

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Poster Distribution

The Marketing department relies on volunteers to get help get the word out by distributing posters, flyers, and tearsheets from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.

  • Poster Distribution
    Distributing beautiful posters throughout the Roaring Fork Valley is an important way for the Festival to promote upcoming events. This is a great way to meet people, be out and about, and let locals and visitors alike know about the tremendous musical productions that are available to them throughout the year. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Christina Thompson, Communications Assistant, cthompson@aspenmusic.org.
    Commitment: This position is year-round. Posters are distributed eight to ten times in the winter and once a week on Mondays during the summer Festival season. Volunteers cover routes in Aspen, the Airport Business Center, Snowmass Village, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. For routes outside Aspen, a car is needed.
  • Tearsheet Distribution
    Each week the Festival produces the ever-popular Tearsheets. These one-page sheets allow visitors and locals alike to see the most complete and current schedule of events for each day of the week. Volunteers distribute Tearsheets throughout town, the Airport Business Center, Snowmass Village, and mid-valley locations along designated routes. It’s a great way to be out and about, talking with people about the Festival. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
    Contact: Christina Thompson, Communications Assistant, cthompson@aspenmusic.org.
    Commitment: Volunteers cover routes in Aspen, the Airport Business Center, Snowmass Village, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. Each volunteer is responsible for one community and distributes once a week on Thursdays. For routes outside Aspen, a car is needed.

 

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Guided Tours

The Aspen Music Festival and School offers three guided tours:

  • Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Campus Tours
    The Bucksbaum Campus is located on an old silver mine site. Guided tours incorporate interesting tidbits about Aspen’s silver mining era, history of the Campus, details about the recent redevelopment of the site to a world-class site for the study of music. One-hour tour every Monday morning, 10:15-11:15 am. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
  • Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall Backstage Tours
    This tour offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of both performance venues and view them from audience, musician, and backstage vantage points. Harris Concert Hall, located 30 feet below ground, is connected to the Benedict Music Tent by an underground tunnel which is included in the tour. One-hour tour every Monday, noon - 1 pm. Note these positions are filled for 2017.
  • Walking Tours to the Tent
    These guided tours begin at the Hotel Jerome, meander through the historic West End neighborhood, and wind up at the Benedict Music Tent. During the tour, guides share details about Aspen’s history, the charming Victorian architecture, and the area’s geology. One-hour tour every Sunday, 2-3 pm. Note these positions are filled for 2017.

Contact: For all tours: Diane Stine at dstine@aspenmusic.org or 970-205-5074.
Commitment: The same shift each week for the entire eight-week summer season.

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Office Volunteers

Working in the main room of the Hardy Administrative Building on the Bucksbaum Campus (where miners once took their meals, their recreation, and their lodging). Volunteers work together on various mailings, packet assemblies, and special projects. It’s a great place to spot famous musicians arriving to conduct Festival business.

Contact: info@aspenmusic.org
Commitment: This is a year-round opportunity. Volunteers are called whenever there is a project requiring their assistance. Work the projects that fit your schedule.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO