Aspen Music Festival And School

Musical Connections

The Musical Connections program brings support to the music educators and music students of the Roaring Fork Valley by offering in-school enrichment and programming designed for students involved in their school music programs. Through programs such as AMFS Honor Ensembles, Musicians in Schools, Educational Support, and Musical Connections Concerts, teachers are able to enhance their core curriculum with quality music experiences for all involved students.

AMFS Honor Ensembles

All-Valley Middle School Honor Band
March 4, 2020
On March 4, the talented students of the Roaring Fork Valley’s middle school band programs will be featured on stage in Harris Concert Hall in the fifth-annual All-Valley Middle School Honor Band, conducted by Dr. Matthew Forte of the University of Toledo.

The All-Valley Middle School Honor Band will again feature top 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade band students from all Valley middle schools, selected based on nominations from band directors.  Repertoire will in part be chosen based on school director recommendation to feature music that students are currently studying with their school ensembles.  Professional musicians will be hired as principal players/section leaders within each section.  The day will commence in a free concert Wednesday evening in Harris Concert Hall at 7:00pm.  

All-Valley Honor Choir will return in the 2020-2021 school year.

Musicians in the Schools – AMFS Residencies

The AMFS works with the University of Colorado – Boulder College of Music and professional chamber ensembles to bring residency performance opportunities to Roaring Fork Valley classrooms. The 2019-2020 school year’s offerings include:

CU Boulder - String Quartet: Ivalas Quartet
(February 3-5, 2020)
The University of Colorado - Boulder Graduate String Quartet in Residence, the Ivalas Quartet, kicks off the Musicians in the Schools programming with their residency visit to the Roaring Fork Valley.  They will work with students in elementary schools across the area and with students enrolled in the AMFS Beginning Strings program.  During their residency, the quartet will present a performance at the Basalt Regional Library as part of the Music at the Library concert series on Monday, February 3 at 5:30pm.

CU Boulder – Brass Quintet and Wind Quintet
(March 3-5, 2020)
The University of Colorado Brass Quintet and Wind Quintet will join us for a joint residency, offering interactive concerts for elementary schools, side-by-side rehearsal and masterclass opportunities for middle and high school bands.  They will also participate as section leaders and sectional coaches for the All-Valley Middle School Honor Band event on Wednesday, March 4 at Harris Concert Hall. 

A professional ensemble residency will return to the AMFS in the 2020-21 school year. 

Educational Support: Our Education Department is happy to assist local music teachers in their classrooms. Contact Katie Hone Wiltgen or Heather Kendrick to set up an appointment.


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

To support this program, please contact:
Steve Haddad
Vice President for Advancement
970 205 5060                                                 

Significant underwriting of the Musical Connections program is provided through a generous contribution from Mary Hugh Scott.



Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO