Aspen Music Festival And School

Safety Protocols

This page will be updated daily starting April 8.

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; this page will be updated daily to reflect current conditions.

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

(Updated April 3, 2021)

Protocols for Safe Concert-Going

  • Audience capacity will be reduced to make all seating socially distanced. Masks will be required. All events 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

  • Upon arrival, all AMFS students, staff, and faculty will be appropriately tested. Testing will be repeated at intervals throughout every week of residence in Aspen. Year-round staff will also participate in regular testing.

  • 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.

  • These safety protocols are the result of months of development 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 using this guidance.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO