Aspen Music Festival And School

Safety Protocols

The AMFS is closely monitoring public health conditions and will operate following all state and county health orders to safeguard its artists, patrons, artist-faculty, students, staff, and community. Guidelines may change at any time and this page will be updated daily to reflect current conditions.

The protocols below reflect the current direction of AMFS safety plans.

(Updated April 16, 2021)

Protocols for Safe Concert-Going

  • Audience capacity will be reduced to make all seating socially distanced. Masks will be required. All concerts will be 60 to 75 minutes long and will be presented without intermission. See full Concert Protocols HERE.


Venue Safety Protocols

  • The louvers surrounding the Benedict Music Tent will be fully open during all events in all weather for maximum air flow.

  • Lawn pods will be marked and distanced to separate patrons.

  • Sanitization/cleaning has been increased in all AMFS facilities and hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout all patron areas.

  • Restrooms will be limited in capacity and entrance to them will be monitored.


Other Institutional Safety Protocols

  • Appropriate testing procedures will be used upon arrival of every Festival associate and repeated at appropriate intervals throughout every week of residence in Aspen. Year-round staff will participate in regular testing as well.

  • Student numbers have been reduced. Lessons and rehearsals will be conducted with masks and in limited time spans, as determined most safe by an aerosols analysis of each space used.

  • The Bucksbaum Campus will be closed to the public for summer 2021 and only open to staff, students, and artist-faculty.

  • A full educational safety plan for the housing, meals, lessons, rehearsals, and transportation of students and artist-faculty will be in place.

  • All safety protocols have been in development for months by a team of AMFS staff from multiple departments, and will be finalized and maintained in consultation with Pitkin County public health officials and with input from independent specialists in the fields of aerosols and classical music teaching and performance. An independent aerosols specialist was engaged to analyze each AMFS performance space to determine maximum use by capacity, type of use, and time. Every event will be planned with adherence to this guidance.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO