Aspen Music Festival And School

P.A.L.S.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the full 2020 session of the Aspen Music Festival and School is canceled. Registration for school-year AfterWorks programs (Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, and Maroon Bel Canto Choirs) will open in August.  2021 summer information and registration for Education and Community summer programming will be available on our website in late winter. 

 

Virtual Private Lessons:
Many local music teachers are now teaching virtually, as are lots of past P.A.L.S. teachers (and some students who had been accepted to attend the AMFS this summer and teach within P.A.L.S.).  Teacher contact info can be found at the following link, with teachers organized by instrument:  P.A.L.S. and Local Teachers - Now Teaching Virtual Private Lessons

 

P.A.L.S. 2020

Passes and Lessons Scholarship Program: 
A summer program of private lessons, chamber music, music education activities, and exclusive access to the Aspen Music Festival and School’s summer season

The P.A.L.S. program is generously underwritten by Les Dames d'Aspen, with corporate support from U.S. Bank.

 

 

Who Can Apply?

Full-time or full-summer residents of the Roaring Fork Valley) who…

  • are currently studying an instrument (including voice) and wish to devote serious focus to this instrument during the summer months. 
    • Instruments of study in P.A.L.S.:  Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Guitar, and Voice.
  • already have at least one school year of experience on their instrument.
  • can complete a series of private lessons in Aspen.
    • P.A.L.S. Division:
      • grades 6-12, plus students entering college as a music major or minor
      • 5 one-hour private lessons
    • Little P.A.L.S. Division: 
      • grades 1-5
      • 5 half-hour private lessons
  • will be in the Roaring Fork Valley and able to participate in P.A.L.S. programming for at least 5 of the 6 weeks of the program (July 13 - August 23, 2020).  
    • If you will NOT be in the Roaring Fork Valley for at least 5 weeks of the P.A.L.S. Program dates, we recommend purchasing private lessons through the Festival Lessons program instead of applying for P.A.L.S.

 

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2020

  • Tuesday, March 17, at noon – Application Opens
  • Thursday, May 14, at 10:00pm – Application Deadline (extension announced 4/1!)
  • Thursday, June 4 – All applicants will be notified of acceptance status

 

 

The 2020 P.A.L.S. program includes:

  • An AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass
    • Good for this summer's Music Festival concerts, running from July 16 through August 23 (excluding operas and special events, unless specified otherwise).
    • Each pass entitles the P.A.L.S. student to two tickets per concert, so a parent or friend can attend as well.   Students in the Little P.A.L.S. division must be accompanied by a parent/adult at every concert and P.A.L.S. event.
  • Private lessons
    • Music lessons in the student's area of study/choice with our top AMFS students who are hand-picked to teach for this program. Lessons are arranged by each student according to his/her and the teacher's schedules.
    • Students in the Little P.A.L.S. division take 5 half-hour private lessons.
    • Students in the P.A.L.S. division take 5 one-hour private lessons. 
      • Please note:  All P.A.L.S. guitar students receive 2.5 hours of lessons on guitar, as guitar is a Half-Session II program at the AMFS.  AMFS Guitar students/P.A.L.S. teachers are only in residence July 27 through August 23.  P.A.L.S. guitar lessons will only take place during this time.
      • P.A.L.S. program guitar students who currently study classical guitar through the AMFS's Lead Guitar program have the option to study an alternate (secondary) instrument for the first four weeks of the program during Half-Session I.  Little P.A.L.S. guitar students cannot select a secondary instrument.
  • Access to P.A.L.S. Events:  
    • P.A.L.S. masterclasses featuring P.A.L.S. students coached by P.A.L.S. teachers, behind-the-scenes looks at what happens at performances (both backstage and onstage), pre-concert chats with Festival conductors and students, pre-concert program notes reviews, a chance to meet Festival guest artists, tours of the world-class performance facilities, and a recording session featuring P.A.L.S. students.
    • P.A.L.S. Events are scheduled throughout the summer to ensure that students can find events that work within their summer schedules.

 

 


Cost and Scholarships

P.A.L.S. Program Cost - Summer 2020

  • P.A.L.S. Division - $300:  (grades 6-12)
  • Little P.A.L.S. Division - $175:  (grades 1-5)

 

The P.A.L.S. program is heavily subsidized by the AMFS and generous donors, and the actual program cost is more than $1,485 per student in P.A.L.S. and $1,285 for Little P.A.L.S.  As such, every student accepted to P.A.L.S. and Little P.A.L.S. is receiving substantial financial support simply by being a participating student of this program.  If you require additional financial support, you can apply for tuition scholarship *.

Additional financial support through tuition scholarship may be awarded based on:

  • Financial need
  • Past involvement in P.A.L.S. or Little P.A.L.S.
  • Current or past involvement in AMFS AfterWorks programming (Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, and Maroon Bel Canto Choirs)
  • Number of accepted students per family (multiple students from the same family are not likely to all receive scholarship)
  • Recommendation from school music directors and/or private teachers
  • Merit, based on application and recording submitted

 

Please note:

  • Scholarship is only available to students who attended school in the Roaring Fork Valley during the 2019-2020 school year AND who live in the Roaring Fork Valley on a full-time basis.
  • In order to receive a full or partial scholarship, students must be in good standing with the Aspen Music Festival and School and not have an outstanding balance from participation in any prior AMFS programs.
  • Students who are currently seniors in high school and will have graduated by the start of the 2020 P.A.L.S. program are only eligible for scholarship in P.A.L.S. if they are entering college in the fall of the 2020-2021 school year as an accepted music major or minor.
  • Because the P.A.L.S. program has become so popular, and because we want to serve as many students as possible through participation in P.A.L.S. and Little P.A.L.S. this summer, we are not able to offer full scholarships to all deserving students.  Full scholarship priority will go to students who demonstrate significant financial need.

 

 

Acceptance Categories

Acceptance Categories – P.A.L.S.
Acceptance into the P.A.L.S. division (students entering grades 6 through 12) falls into three categories:  full scholarship, partial scholarship, and acceptance without scholarship. *

  • P.A.L.S. Full Scholarship students are responsible for: 
    • Completing the series of 5 one-hour private lessons (2.5 hours of lessons for guitar)
    • Attending at least 5 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. events (see below) ***
    • Paying a $25 non-refundable program reservation fee to secure their spot in the 2020 P.A.L.S. program
  • P.A.L.S. Partial Scholarship students are responsible for:
    • Completing the series of 5 one-hour private lessons (2.5 hours of lessons for guitar)
    • Attending at least 3 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. events (see below) ***
    • Paying for the series of private lessons ($250)
  • P.A.L.S. students accepted without additional scholarship are responsible for:
    • Completing the series of 5 one-hour private lessons (2.5 hours of lessons for guitar)
    • Attending at least 1 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. event (see below) ***
    • Paying for the series of private lessons and an AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass ($300)

 

Acceptance Categories – Little P.A.L.S.
Acceptance into the Little P.A.L.S division (students entering grades 1 through 5) falls into two categories:  full scholarship and acceptance without scholarship. *

  • Little P.A.L.S. Full Scholarship students are responsible for:   **
    • Completing the series of 5 half-hour private lessons
    • Attending at least 4 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. events (see below) ***
    • Paying a $25 non-refundable program reservation fee to secure their spot in the 2020 P.A.L.S. program
  • Little P.A.L.S. students accepted without additional scholarship are responsible for:
    • Completing the series of 5 half-hour private lessons
    • Attending at least 1 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. events (see below) ***
    • Paying for the series of private lessons and an AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass ($175)

 

* Because the demand for placement in the P.A.L.S./Little P.A.L.S. program is quite high, we are unable to accept all applicants into the program.  Students who are not accepted into the P.A.L.S. Program are welcome to take advantage of the AMFSs Festival Lessons program, which offers private lessons with the same pool of AMFS student-teachers at very low rates.

** Preference for Little P.A.L.S. full scholarship spots will be given to elementary students enrolled in the AMFS’s Beginning Strings program during the current school year.

*** AMFS Events and P.A.L.S. Events That Fulfill P.A.L.S. and Little P.A.L.S. Attendance Requirements

  • AMFS Events - Anything included on the AMFS Season Calendar
    Possibilities include (but are not limited to): 
    • AMFS orchestral concert (Aspen Chamber Symphony, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra) – there are typically four orchestra concerts per week
    • AMFS recital – there are typically four to seven recitals per week
    • AMFS masterclass
    • AMFS studio class WITH your P.A.L.S. teacher
    • Aspen Opera Center production (staged or semi-staged), including open dress rehearsals
    • AMFS Opera Scenes Master Class
    • AMFS chamber music
    • AMFS Convocation
       
  • P.A.L.S. Events – Possibilities include (but are not limited to):
    • Pre-concert program notes session
    • Pre-concert chat with AMFS students
    • P.A.L.S. recording session
    • P.A.L.S. masterclass
    • Backstage tour
    • Campus tour

 

Student Responsibility

Please pay close attention to the Student Responsibility listings above within each Acceptance category. Please only apply to the Acceptance category at which you will be able to commit to the level of student responsibility required. It is important that students apply for the P.A.L.S. and Little P.A.L.S. programs only if they are able to fully complete the program requirements.  Students who do not complete the program requirements may be responsible for paying for the cost of the unfulfilled program requirements, at the rate of $25 per lesson and/or event.

If you are concerned that you may not be able to complete the entire series of private lessons required by the P.A.L.S. or Little P.A.L.S. programs, please consider instead taking private lessons through the AMFS’s Festival Lessons program. Students taking lessons through Festival Lessons are taught by the AMFS students/teachers (the same teachers that teach in the P.A.L.S. program) and pay $30 per half-hour lesson. There is no lesson number requirement through Festival Lessons, nor is there an event or concert attendance requirement.

 

The P.A.L.S. program is generously underwritten by Les Dames d'Aspen, with corporate support from U.S. Bank.

 

 

Questions? 
Contact Katie Hone Wiltgen

Director of Education and Community Programming
khonewiltgen@aspenmusic.org
970-205-5055

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO