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 Honor Choir: Tuesday, January 17, 2017—The fourth-annual All-Valley Honor Choir will be conducted by Robert Isaacs, director of the Cornell University Glee Club. Mr. Isaacs has conducted Cornell choirs in performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the U.S. Supreme Court, led them on tour in nearly fifty cities across the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala, and prepared them for eight world premieres. Prior to his arrival at Cornell, Robert ran choral programs at Princeton University and the Manhattan School of Music and served as interim director of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
High school choir students from Aspen to Rifle are invited to participate in the ensemble, and students will be chosen based on nominations from choir directors. Repertoire will in part be chosen based on school director recommendation to feature music that students are currently studying with their school ensembles. The students will rehearse during the day on stage in Harris Concert Hall, along with professional musicians hired as section leaders and select members of the Cornell Glee Club. The day will culminate in a free concert Tuesday evening in Harris Concert Hall at 7 pm.
All-Valley Middle School Honor Band: Wednesday, April 5, 2017—On April 5, the talented students of the Roaring Fork Valley’s middle school band programs will be featured on stage in Harris Concert Hall in the third-annual All-Valley Middle School Honor Band, this year conducted by AMFS ACA conductor Norman Huynh. Huynh is currently the associate conductor for the Oregon Symphony and is the former assistant conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) from 2013-2016, where he worked frequently with middle and high school students through the PSO’s outreach programs. A trombone player, Huynh has an extensive background in music education and excels at working with youth orchestras and bands. He will spend Monday, April 3, and Tuesday, April 4, in band classrooms working with students participating in the All-Valley Middle School Honor Band event and also with full middle school band ensembles.
The All-Valley Middle School Honor Band will again feature top sixth, seventh, and eighth-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 within each section, including the five woodwind players of Antero Winds. The day will culminate in a free concert Wednesday evening in Harris Concert Hall at 7:00 pm.
Musicians in the Schools – AMFS Residencies
AMFS works with CU Boulder and professional ensembles to bring residencies to the classrooms of the Roaring Fork Valley. The 2016-2017 school year’s offerings include:
CU Brass Quintet and CU Wind Quintet: (December 5–7, 2016) For the first time ever, both the University of Colorado Brass Quintet and the Wind Quintet will join us for a joint residency, offering interactive concerts for elementary schools, side-by-side rehearsal and master class opportunities for middle and high school bands, and live performances for all schools. During their residency, the brass and woodwind players will present a performance at the Basalt Regional Library as part of the Music at the Library concert series on Monday, December 5, at 5:30 pm.
Cornell University Glee Club and The Hangovers: (January 16 and 17, 2017) *Vocal residency for middle school and high school choirs; see below (April 20–22) for a choral residency for all elementary and middle school students
Founded in 1968, the esteemed Cornell University Glee Club will visit the AMFS on its choir tour in January 2017! Made up of roughly sixty men and conducted by Robert Isaacs, director of choral studies at Cornell University, the Cornell University Glee Club is recognized as one of the premiere collegiate ensembles in the United States. The touring ensemble will work in schools with middle and high school choirs, serve as the clinic choir for the AMFS’s All-Valley Honor Choir event on Tuesday, January 17, and present a full concert in Harris Concert Hall on Monday, January 16, 2017.
Also performing in the Valley and working with high school students is The Hangovers, the official a cappella subset of the Cornell University Glee Club. Founded in 1968, The Hangovers' repertoire consists mainly of popular songs arranged for a cappella performance by members and alumni of the group. From The Hangovers' website: "The group’s name is taken from the name that was given to fifth-year students in Cornell’s five-year architecture and engineering programs of the '60s. After their fourth (senior) year, students in these programs had to hang over an additional year to complete their degrees. The name, of course, has no other real connotations.
Altius Quartet—String Quartet from CU Boulder: (February 7–9, 2017) The Altius Quartet, CU Boulder’s Graduate String Quartet in Residence, returns to the Roaring Fork Valley for the third year in a row to work in schools, especially those that offer the AMFS’s Beginning Strings program. Students are sure to love the four string players’ dynamic energy, brilliant playing, and always amusing and natural presentation skills! 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 Tuesday, February 7, at 5:30 pm.
Antero Winds—Professional Wind Quintet: (April 5–7, 2017) Known for their artistic sensitivity and exuberant stage presence, the five professional woodwind players of Antero Winds return to the Roaring Fork Valley once again to work in Valley schools, offering interactive concerts for elementary schools, side-by-side rehearsal and master class opportunities for middle and high school bands, and live performances for all schools. Middle school band members will have a chance to work with them in-depth, as the quintet will serve as section leaders and woodwind master class teachers during the All-Valley Middle School Honor Band event (see above). During their residency, these exceptionally talented performers and educators will also present a performance at the Basalt Regional Library as part of the Music at the Library concert series on Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 pm.
Colorado Springs Children's Chorale: (April 20–22, 2017) *Vocal residency for elementary and middle school students
Time to get excited, middle school choir directors and elementary music teachers! The fabulous Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale comes to the Roaring Fork Valley to spend two days in schools and classrooms, plus one additional day running a workshop for the singers of the AMFS’s Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus. This ensemble made up of fifth through eighth-grade students will work in schools on Thursday, April 20, and the morning of Friday, April 21. Thirty-minute interactive performances and hour-long workshops or concerts are all possibilities with this ensemble. On Saturday, April 22, all MBCCC singers are invited to participate in a workshop with the CSCS that will culminate in a shared concert.
Our Education Department is happy to assist local music teachers in their classrooms. Contact Katie or Sarah 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:
Vice President for Development
970 205 5060
The Musical Connections. program is supported by the generosity of Alpine Bank, Mary Hugh Scott, and the Colorado Creative Industries Division, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.