Aspen Music Festival And School


P.A.L.S. - Summer 2022


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.




Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Monday, March 14, 2022 at 10:00am – Application Opens

  • Monday, May 2, 2022  at 10:00pm – Application Deadline

  • All applicants will be notified of acceptance status by Saturday, May 21, 2022


Who Can Apply?

All music students, grades 1-12 in the 2022-2023 school year, plus students entering college as a music major or minor, 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.

    • 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 the majority of the AMFS summer season (June 30 - August 21).  
    • 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.


The 2022 P.A.L.S. program includes:

  • An AMFS P.A.L.S. season pass

    • Good for up to twenty AMFS concerts in summer 2022, running from June 30 through August 21 (excluding operas and special events, unless specified otherwise) - all subject to availability according to current COVID-19 precautions in Pitkin County and AMFS ticketing protocols (TBD).

      • If P.A.L.S. students attend twenty concerts and wish to attend more, additional youth tickets can be purchased for just $5 each!

    • Each pass entitles the P.A.L.S. student to two tickets per concert, so a parent/guardian 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 and take place on the AMFS's Bucksbaum Campus (off Castle Creek Road, Aspen).

      • Please note:  All P.A.L.S. classical 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 25 through August 21.  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.

      • Voice students must be entering at least 5th grade.  Voice study in P.A.L.S. is not available to students in 4th grade and younger.

    • 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.

    • In an effort to keep the AMFS student body healthy and safe, P.A.L.S. students are asked to mask in lessons while not playing.  P.A.L.S. teachers are required to be masked in lessons whenever they are not playing.

  • Access to P.A.L.S. Events:  

    • Choose to attend events just for P.A.L.S. students, like P.A.L.S. performance classes 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 studies in kid-friendly language, a chance to meet Festival guest artists, tours of the world-class performance facilities, and a recording session featuring P.A.L.S. students - all subject to availability according to current COVID-19 precautions in Pitkin County.

    • 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 Scholarship

P.A.L.S. Program Cost - Summer 2022

  • P.A.L.S. division - Grades 6-12:  $300

  • Little P.A.L.S. division - Grades 1-5:  $175

A limited number of scholarships are available.

Please Note:

  • Scholarship is only available to students who attended school in the Roaring Fork Valley during the 2021-2022 school year AND who live in the Roaring Fork Valley on a full-time basis.

  • In order to receive a 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 2022 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 2022-2023 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. this summer, we are not able to offer scholarships to all deserving students. Scholarship priority will go to students who demonstrate significant financial need.

  • The cost of the program for P.A.L.S. division classical guitar students who do NOT select a secondary instrument for study during Half Session I is $175.





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



Contact Katie Hone Wiltgen

Dean of Education and Community

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO