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 | Musicians in the Schools | Educational Support


AMFS Honor Ensembles

2022-2023 School Year:  Musical Connections plans are in the works now... Stay tuned for more information!  In the meantime, read about past Musical Connections events below:

All Valley Middle School Honor band last occured on March 4, 2022.  Both All-Valley Middle School Honor Band and All-Valley Honor Choir events were put on hold during COVID restrictions.

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 were 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 again featured top 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade band students from all Valley middle schools, selected based on nominations from band directors.  Repertoire was in part chosen based on school director recommendation to feature music that students were currently studying with their school ensembles.  Professional musicians were hired as principal players/section leaders within each section.  The honor band event concluded with a free concert Wednesday evening in Harris Concert Hall at 7:00pm.  

We look forward to the return of All-Valley Honor Choir and All-Valley Middle School Honor Band in future school years. 


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.

CU Boulder - String Quartet: Ivalas Quartet
(March 14-16, 2022)
The University of Colorado - Boulder Graduate String Quartet in Residence, the Ivalas Quartet, headline the Musicians in the Schools programming with their return 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 and Chamber Music Lab programs.  During their residency, the quartet will also present a performance at the Basalt Regional Library as part of the Music at the Library concert series on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

CU Boulder – Brass Quintet and Wind Quintet
In past school years, the University of Colorado Brass Quintet and Wind Quintet joined us for a joint residency, offering interactive concerts for elementary schools, side-by-side rehearsals, and masterclass opportunities for middle and high school bands.  They also participated as section leaders and sectional coaches for the All-Valley Middle School Honor Band event on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Harris Concert Hall. 

Professional ensemble, brass quintet, and wind quintet residencies may return in the 2022-2023 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.


Significant underwriting of the Musical Connections program is provided by:

Western States Arts Federation


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

To support this program, please contact:
Kat Berg
Donor Stewardship Manager
970 205 5061                                               



Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO