Aspen Music Festival And School

Safety Protocols

The AMFS continues to closely monitor public health conditions and will always 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 is updated daily to reflect current conditions.

The protocols below reflect the current AMFS safety plans.

(Updated June 6, 2021)

Protocols for Safe Concert-Going

  • AMFS venues have both vaccinated and distanced seating available. (Vaccinated sections will be seated without distance.) 

  • Masking protocols will follow the protocols in place at the time of each event; watch for communications about this closer to events. All concerts will be 60 to 90 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.

  • There will be Lawn pods on the free Karetsky Music Lawn, 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 are continually updated 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 is planned with adherence to this guidance.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO