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The 2017 P.A.L.S. application will open on Saturday, March 18. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 3, at 10 pm.

P.A.L.S. 2017

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

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 the P.A.L.S. Program: 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, 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 Children’s Chorus during the 2016-2017 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 1-5 are eligible to apply for the Little P.A.L.S. summer program. Students who have already graduated from high school by the start of the 2017 P.A.L.S. program are not eligible to apply. Instead, students past 12th grade are encouraged to consider taking private lessons through the AMFS’s Roaring Fork Valley Music Lesson Program (see details under “Student Responsibility” below).

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2017

  • Saturday, March 18 – Application Opens
  • Wednesday, May 3, at 10:00pm – Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, May 24 – All applicants will be notified of acceptance status

 

P.A.L.S. Program Offerings

  • P.A.L.S. Program season pass for this summer's Music Festival concerts, running from June 29 through August 20 (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 P.A.L.S. program take 10 private lessons, and 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.
    • Students in the Little P.A.L.S. program take 5 private lessons.
      • 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 in residence July 24 through August 20. 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. program guitar students cannot select a secondary instrument.
  • Other opportunities such as P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience (beginning chamber music instruction), instrument-specific master classes, behind-the-scenes looks at what happens at performances (both backstage and onstage), pre-concert/intermission 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.

 

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, an AMFS P.A.L.S. Program 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)
      • Completing at least one of the following: attend one P.A.L.S. program master class; attend one AMFS master class or studio class with your P.A.L.S. teacher; participate in P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience.
      • Attending at least one P.A.L.S. event (back-stage tour, pre-concert program notes review, recording session, etc.)
      • Attending a minimum of five AMFS concerts/events (orchestra concerts, studio classes, masterclasses, opera dress rehearsals (if available), excerpt classes, Chapel Chamber concerts, Spotlight series, Brass Bash and Wind Bash, etc.)
  • P.A.L.S. Partial Scholarship: Students accepted with a partial scholarship will receive an AMFS P.A.L.S. Program season pass (two tickets per event), access to all P.A.L.S. programming, and access to a series of 10 half-hour private lessons with a dedicated P.A.L.S. teacher. Students are required to pay for the cost of the lessons, at the rate of $20 per half-hour lesson, for a total of $200 for lessons.
    • Students with a P.A.L.S. Partial Scholarship are responsible for:
      • Completing the entire series of 10 half-hour private lessons (5 for guitar)
      • Completing at least one of the following: attend one P.A.L.S. program master class; attend one AMFS master class or studio class with your P.A.L.S. teacher; attend one P.A.L.S. event (backstage tour, pre-concert program notes review, recording session, etc.); participate in P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience
      • Attending a minimum of three AMFS concerts/events (orchestra concerts, studio classes, master classes, opera dress rehearsals (if available), excerpt classes, Chapel Chamber concerts, Spotlight series, Brass Bash and Wind Bash, etc.)
  • P.A.L.S. Acceptance without Scholarship: Students who are accepted into the P.A.L.S. Program without a scholarship are welcome to participate in all P.A.L.S. programming, but are required to pay for the series of 10 half-hour private lessons and an AMFS P.A.L.S. Program season pass. The lesson cost is $20 per half-hour lesson, and the P.A.L.S. Program season pass cost is $50, for a total program cost of $250.
    • Students accepted without scholarship are responsible for:
      • Completing the entire series of 10 half-hour private lessons (5 for guitar)
      • Attending at least one AMFS concert/event (orchestra concerts, studio classes, master classes, opera dress rehearsals (if available), excerpt classes, Chapel Chamber concerts, Spotlight series, Brass Bash and Wind Bash, etc.)
        • There is no P.A.L.S. program event, master class, or P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience requirement for non-aid students, however all students are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

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 into the Little P.A.L.S. Program 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 a minimum of four AMFS concerts/events (orchestra concerts, studio classes, master classes, opera dress rehearsals (if available), excerpt classes, Chapel Chamber concerts, Spotlight series, Brass Bash and Wind Bash, etc.).
        • There is no P.A.L.S. program event, master class, or P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience requirement for Little P.A.L.S. students, however all students are strongly encouraged to attend/participate.
  • Little P.A.L.S. Acceptance without Scholarship: Students who are accepted into the Little P.A.L.S. Program without a scholarship are welcome to participate in all Little P.A.L.S. programming, but 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 $20 per half-hour lesson, and the P.A.L.S. Program season pass cost is $50, for a total program cost of $150.
    • Little P.A.L.S. students accepted without scholarship are responsible for:
      • Completing the entire series of 5 half-hour private lessons
      • Attending a minimum of one AMFS concert/event (orchestra concerts, studio classes, master classes, opera dress rehearsals (if available), excerpt classes, Chapel Chamber concerts, Spotlight series, Brass Bash and Wind Bash, etc.).
        • There is no P.A.L.S. program event, masterclass, or P.A.L.S. Ensemble Experience requirement for Little P.A.L.S. students, however all students are strongly encouraged to attend/participate.

 

*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 Roaring Fork Valley Music Lesson Program (RFVMLP), 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.

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 $20 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 Roaring Fork Valley Music Lesson Program (RFVMLP). Students taking lessons through the RFVMLP are taught by the AMFS students/teachers (the same teachers that teach in the P.A.L.S. program) and pay $25 per half-hour lesson. There is no lesson number requirement through the RFVMLP, nor is there an event or concert attendance requirement.

IMPORTANT: The P.A.L.S. Program lasts eight weeks in the summer (June 26 - August 20, 2017). Students should be in the valley and able to participate in P.A.L.S. programming for at least six of the eight weeks of the program. If you will NOT be in the valley for at least six weeks of the P.A.L.S. Program dates, we recommend purchasing private lessons through the Roaring Fork Valley Music Lesson Program instead of applying for P.A.L.S.

If you have questions or require additional information about the P.A.L.S. Program, please contact
Katie Hone Wiltgen
Director of Education and Community Programming
Aspen Music Festival and School

970 205 5055
khonewiltgen@aspenmusic.org

 

The P.A.L.S. Program is generously underwritten by Les Dames d'Aspen, and Nina McLemore.

 

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO