Aspen Music Festival And School

Maroon Bel Canto Choirs

Maroon Bel Canto Choirs are BACK!!!

Sing with students from all over the Roaring Fork Valley in a choir designed just for you!

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus:
for upper elementary school students

Maroon Bel Canto Singers:
for middle school students

Schools  |  Cost and Scholarship


Program Information

Maroon Bel Canto Choirs are finally back and more joyful than ever!  We can't wait to return to the JOY of ensemble singing this school year!

With two choir divisions for the 2022-2023 school year, Maroon Bel Canto Choirs (MBCC) offers beginning and intermediate singing opportunities for all:  Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus (for upper elementary school students - see grades below, by school) and Maroon Bel Canto Singers (for middle school students).

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus (MBCCC) gives students in upper elementary school the chance to participate in a traditional children’s choir with other young singers and learn the foundation of choral singing in a fun, supportive, high-energy environment. Singers rehearse weekly at their chosen MBCCC school site and then join with singers from across the valley in a mass rehearsal and a performance. No prior music or vocal experience required.

Maroon Bel Canto Singers (MBCS) is a smaller, more select ensemble for older students, with or without prior choral experience. In this choir for middle school students, singers rehearse weekly at their chosen MBCS school, sing with students from other schools in a mass rehearsal, act as section leaders for younger students, and perform a concert in March. With the focus squarely on older middle-school singers, we’ll learn fun and challenging repertoire, develop sight-reading skills, and build strong vocal technique!  

This year, Maroon Bel Canto Choirs rehearsals begin at the start of November and end in mid-March (before Spring Break), allowing students to sing in the ensemble and still participate in other after-school activities and athletics, including Girls on the Run/Heart and Sole, Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, and fall and spring sports.

Maroon Bel Canto Choir Schools

All Roaring Fork Valley students (regardless of what school they attend during the school year) are welcome to sing in an MBCCC or MBCS ensemble at any participating school.

Meet the AfterWorks Teachers

Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus:
For upper elementary school students

Basalt Elementary School

  • Grades 3-4, with 2nd graders admitted by director invite only
  • Mondays, starting November 7
  • 3:45-4:45 pm
  • Directed by Maureen Hinkle
    • 11/4/22:  The BES ensemble is now full... Register to be added to the Wait List!

Crystal River Elementary School

  • Grades 3-4, with 2nd graders admitted by director approval only
  • Mondays, starting November 7
  • 3:20-4:20 pm
  • Directed by Christina Wenning


Glenwood Springs Elementary School

  • Grades 3-5, with 2nd graders admitted by director invite only
  • Tuesdays, starting November 1
  • 3:45-5:00 pm
  • Directed by Emma Leake


Sopris Elementary School

  • Grades 4-5, with 3rd graders accepted with director approval only
  • Thursdays, starting November 3
  • 3:45-4:45 pm
  • Directed by David Parker


Maroon Bel Canto Singers:
For middle school students

Basalt Middle School

  • Grades 5-8
  • Tuesdays, starting November 1
  • 3:45-4:45 pm
  • Directed by Katie Hone Wiltgen


Carbondale Middle School

  • Grades 5-8
  • Tuesdays, starting November 1
  • 3:20-4:20 pm
  • Directed by Christina Wenning


Glenwood Springs Middle School & Two Rivers Community School

  • Grades 5-8
  • Mondays, starting November 7
  • 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Rehearsals at Glenwood Springs Middle School
  • Directed by Shanti Gruber and Cailey Arensman



Combined Rehearsal and Performance - March 22, 2023

A pillar of the MBCC program is the opportunity for students from all participating schools to come together and sing as a large ensemble in an all-choir workshop format.  Because singing is always more fun with a large group, the MBCC Workshop allows students from both choir divisions to sing for each other AND with each other. Led by MBCC conductors and school-based directors, and supported by the older students of Maroon Bel Canto Singers division, the MBCC Workshop takes place at Harris Concert Hall in Aspen on March 22 and is immediately followed by the MBCC Showcase Concert, featuring students from all MBCC schools and both choir divisions performing together on stage in Harris Concert Hall. Additional performances may take place at individual MBCCC/MBCS schools, as determined by MBCC directors.

Transportation to Aspen is provided for the MBCC Workshop for students at all participating schools. Parents: You will drive your singer home after the Showcase Concert. If you do not plan to attend the concert, please make carpool arrangements for your child with the parents of other singers prior to the concert day.

After-School Program Cost: $175

Cost includes all rehearsals and concerts (see above), snacks during the MBCC Workshop, bus transportation (on school district buses) to the MBCC Workshop, a music binder, all music, and a MBCCC/MBCS uniform shirt.

This program is heavily subsidized by the AMFS and generous donors, and the actual program cost is more than $400 per student.

Please note that this program runs from November through mid-March and that students should commit to the entire series of rehearsals and performances. Obviously, some conflicts could arise, but in order for students to be a contributing member of a choral ensemble, they need to be in rehearsal as much as possible. If space allows at a particular school, mid-year enrollment will be permitted; the tuition amount remains the same.

The AfterWorks Refund Policy is as follows:

Once a student has registered for an AfterWorks program (Beginning Strings, Chamber Music Lab, Lead Guitar, or Maroon Bel Canto Choirs), the following policy will apply to tuition refunds if that student chooses to leave the AfterWorks program:

  • Before first class/rehearsal: full tuition refund
  • Between first and third class/rehearsal: half tuition refund
  • After third class/rehearsal: no refund


Late Registration Fee: $25

Students who complete the Maroon Bel Canto Choirs registration form after 8 AM Thursday, November 3 may be assessed a Late Registration Fee of $25 to cover late application processing and ordering of additional student supplies. 


A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to students who demonstrate significant financial need.

Payment Plan

Payment plans for Maroon Bel Canto Choirs tuition are available, if necessary, and can be requested during the acceptance process.

How to Register

Registration for Maroon Bel Canto Choirs opens on Thursday, August 18 at noon and closes on Thursday, November 3.


About AfterWorks

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s AfterWorks program offers after-school, in-school and summer programming, in collaboration with Valley schools, to support music education. These programs are designed to complement the quality music instruction students receive from schools and private instructors.


To learn more, please contact:
Katie Hone Wiltgen
Dean of Education and Community
970 205 5055


Significant underwriting of the AfterWorks program is provided through generous contributions from:

The Meinig Family Foundation

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO