Aspen Music Festival And School

Inclusive Programming

An important outcome of the AMFS inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) work is a strengthened commitment is to showcasing voices of the traditionally underrepresented, whether performers or composers. The AMFS Artistic Team has been engaged in researching works of art by AMELIA (African, Middle Eastern, Latin, Indigenous, and Asian) composers for more than three years. This has resulted in a curated repertoire list of orchestral, chamber, contemporary, and vocal works to be put to sustained use in future seasons. The team has also continued its efforts to reach out to AMELIA composers and performing artists who are both alumni and new to the Aspen family.

This work led to several debuts in 2021, with a plan for more in future seasons. The 2021 Season began offering these works to Aspen audiences, with 75 percent of our major performances highlighting them.

In 2022, 74 percent of mainstage performances will feature artists of color and/or composers of color. We hope you will make the most of this opportunity to expand your musical horizons—we cherish this opportunity to continue to learn and grow alongside our beloved Aspen community. 

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO