Aspen Music Festival And School

P.A.L.S.

P.A.L.S. 2019

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 Aspen Games for Good, Les Dames d'Aspen, and Nina McLemore.

Who Can Apply

The P.A.L.S. program is designed for local students (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.  The P.A.L.S. program is not for beginning students, as you should already have at least one school year of experience on your instrument before applying to P.A.L.S.  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 (voice students must be entering 8th-grade or above, as the P.A.L.S. program does not offer voice private study to students younger than 8th-grade or must be entering 7th-grade and have sung as a member of Maroon Bel Canto Singers during the 2018-2019 school year).

High school and middle school students (entering grades 6-12) can apply for acceptance into the eight-week P.A.L.S. summer program, and students entering grades 1 through 5 are eligible to apply for the Little P.A.L.S. summer program.  Students who are currently seniors in high school and will have graduated by the start of the 2019 P.A.L.S. program are not eligible for scholarship in P.A.L.S.

IMPORTANT:  The P.A.L.S. Program lasts 8 weeks in the summer (June 24 - August 18, 2019).  Students should be in the Roaring Fork Valley and able to participate in P.A.L.S. programming for at least 6 of the 8 weeks of the program.  If you will NOT be in the Roaring Fork Valley for at least 6 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 2019

  • Thursday, March 19, at noon – Application Opens
  • Tuesday, May 7, at 10:00pm – Application Deadline
  • Friday, May 24 All applicants will be notified of acceptance status

 

The 2019 P.A.L.S. program includes:

  • P.A.L.S. program season pass for this summer's Music Festival concerts, running from June 27 through August 18 (excluding operas and special events, unless specified otherwise).  Each pass contains the P.A.L.S. participant’s photo and entitles the holder to two tickets per concert, so a parent or friend can attend as well. Please note that students in the Little P.A.L.S. program must be accompanied by a parent/adult at every concert and P.A.L.S. event.
     
  • A series of free or discounted 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. program take 5 private lessons.
    • Students in the P.A.L.S. program take 10 private lessons.
      • 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.
      • Please note:  All P.A.L.S. guitar students receive 5 private 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 22 through August 18.  P.A.L.S. guitar lessons will only take place during this time.
         
  • Access to P.A.L.S. Events, planned specifically for P.A.L.S. and Little P.A.L.S. students:  P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience (beginning chamber music instruction), instrument-specific masterclasses, 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


Program Scholarships

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, including students accepted as "No Scholarship" participants.  If you require additional financial support, you can apply for Full or Partial Tuition scholarships.

Additional financial support through scholarships (Full or Partial) may be awarded based on the following categories:

  • Financial need
  • Past involvement in P.A.L.S. or Little P.A.L.S.
  • 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 full scholarship)
  • Recommendation from school music directors and/or private teachers
  • Merit, based on application and recording submitted
     

Students who do not live full-time in the Roaring Fork Valley or do not attend school in the Roaring Fork Valley during the school year are welcome to participate in P.A.L.S., although they are not eligible for Full or Partial scholarship.

Acceptance Categories — P.A.L.S.

Acceptance into the P.A.L.S. program (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 accepted with a full scholarship will receive a series of 10 half-hour private lessons with a dedicated P.A.L.S. teacher (5 for guitar students), an AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass (two tickets per event), and access to all P.A.L.S. programming.
    • Students with a P.A.L.S. Full Scholarship are responsible for:
      • Completing the entire series of 10 half-hour private lessons (5 for guitar)
      • Attending at least 7 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. events (see below) **
    • Students with a P.A.L.S. Full Scholarship are required to pay a $25 non-refundable program reservation fee to secure their spot in the 2019 P.A.L.S. program
       
  • P.A.L.S. Partial Scholarship: Students accepted with a partial scholarship will receive an AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass (two tickets per event), access to all P.A.L.S. programming, and a series of 10 half-hour private lessons with a dedicated P.A.L.S. teacher (5 for guitar students).  Students are required to pay for the cost of the lessons, at the rate of $25 per half-hour lesson, for a total of $250 for lessons.
    • Students with a P.A.L.S. Partial Scholarship are responsible for:
      • Attending at least 4 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. events (see below) **
      • Completing the entire series of 10 half-hour private lessons (5 for guitar)
         
  • P.A.L.S. Acceptance without Scholarship: Students who are accepted into the P.A.L.S. program without a scholarship will receive an AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass (two tickets per event), access to all P.A.L.S. programming, and a series of 10 half-hour private lessons with a dedicated P.A.L.S. teacher (5 for guitar students).  Students are required to pay for the series of 10 half-hour private lessons (5 for guitar students) and an AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass. The lesson cost is $25 per half-hour lesson, and the P.A.L.S. Program season pass cost is $50, for a total program cost of $300.
    • Students accepted into P.A.L.S. without scholarship are responsible for:
      • Completing the entire series of 10 half-hour private lessons (5 for guitar)
      • Attending at least 1 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. event (see below) **
         

Acceptance Categories — Little P.A.L.S. Program

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

  • Little P.A.L.S. Full Scholarship***:  Students accepted with a full scholarship will receive a series of 5 half-hour private lessons with a dedicated P.A.L.S. teacher, an AMFS P.A.L.S. program season pass (two tickets per event), and access to most P.A.L.S. programming. 
    • Students with a Little P.A.L.S. Full Scholarship are responsible for:
      • Completing the entire series of 5 half-hour private lessons
      • Attending at least 4 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. events (see below) **
    • Students with a Little P.A.L.S. Full Scholarship are required to pay a $25 non-refundable program reservation fee to secure their spot in the 2019 P.A.L.S. program
       
  • Little P.A.L.S. Acceptance without Scholarship: Students who are accepted into the Little P.A.L.S. program without a scholarship will receive an AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass (two tickets per event), access to all Little P.A.L.S. programming, and a series of 5 half-hour private lessons with a dedicated P.A.L.S. teacher.  Students are required to pay for the series of 5 half-hour private lessons and an AMFS P.A.L.S. Program season pass. The lesson cost is $25 per half-hour lesson, and the P.A.L.S. Program season pass cost is $50, for a total program cost of $175.
    • Students accepted into Little P.A.L.S. without scholarship are responsible for:
      • Completing the entire series of 5 half-hour private lessons
      • Attending at least 1 summer AMFS or P.A.L.S. events (see below) **

 

*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 AMFS’s Festival Lessons program, which offers private lessons with the same pool of AMFS student-teachers at very low rates..

**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):
    • P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience coachings
    • 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

*** 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.

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.

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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