Aspen Music Festival And School

Coronavirus Advisory and Updates

Last updated: April 14, 12:57 pm
This page will be updated regularly with relevant information for the public and AMFS participants.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMFS has announced a season delay of two weeks, shortening the season to six weeks from eight. The new dates are July 16 to August 23.

Most programming July 2 to 15 has been canceled; some events have moved. See all program updates here. All are also noted in the online calendar.

See below for a message from President and CEO Alan Fletcher.


April 1, 2020

Dear friends,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to delay the 2020 Aspen Music Festival and School summer season by two weeks, moving the opening day from July 2 to July 16 and shortening the season to six weeks. Our hope is this extra time will make travel more possible, and our belief is that we can, together, still create a superb educational experience and season of performances in this abridged time.

While uncertainty still rules the day, this delay reflects our ability, nearly four months out, to plan effectively and remain flexible in a dynamic situation. We will be actively monitoring developments, and we will revisit this in mid-May to be more certain of the feasibility of the plan.

We made this decision with equal parts realism and optimism. Our first priority is the health and safety of all Festival participants and our community. But we do not forget that our work is important, and if this summer we can safely bring performances to the stage, foster growth in the next generation of musicians, and together forge meaning through music, we will.

I am proud to be standing with such an extraordinary group of people at this time--our inspiring artist-faculty and guest artists, our stalwart Board and donors, our passionate audience, and our devoted staff. I thank each one of you for your belief and your commitment.


Alan Fletcher
President and CEO
Aspen Music Festival and School

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO