Aspen Music Festival And School

Enrolled Student Information

The information below will help enrolled students prepare for their summer in Aspen. This page will be updated regularly as policies and procedures are confirmed.

The Aspen Music Festival and School is committed to following the most recent and accurate guidelines from the CDC, the state of Colorado, and Pitkin County. As a result, our policies and procedures are subject to change.


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Arrival Procedures

The AMFS is currently working with our medical team to determine the safest process for student arrivals. This will include a combination of testing, staggered check-ins, and possible quarantine. In order to facilitate this process, arrivals will be staggered. Students will be assigned an arrival date within the range listed below. Assigned arrival dates will be sent to you no later than March 15. 

Students in ALL programs are encouraged to delay making travel plans until this information is confirmed on March 15.


Important Dates

Arrival Dates
Full Session Wednesday, June 23 – Thursday, June 24 (as assigned)
Half Session I (ABQS) Wednesday, June 23 – Thursday, June 24 (as assigned)
Center for Advanced Quartet Studies Thursday, July 1
Half Session II (Classical Guitar) Monday, July 26


Departure Dates
Full Session Monday, August 23 by 12 pm                                                
Half Session I (ABQS) Sunday, July 25 by 12 pm
Center for Advanced Quartet Studies Monday, August 2 *
Half Session II (Classical Guitar) Monday, August 23 by 12 pm

* Center for Advanced Quartet Studies participants may choose to stay in their housing until the end of the AMFS
   Full Session (Monday, August 23 by 12 pm).


COVID-19 General Precautions

The AMFS is committed to the safety of its students, staff, faculty, artists, and patrons. Protocols are being established to comply with all rules and best practices of both the CDC and Pitkin County. The success of our plans rely on the continued commitment from all constituencies to comply with our COVID protocols.

A complete document of our COVID-19 policies will be available for all students May 1. You will be asked to sign an agreement to these policies upon registration. The guidelines listed below are in development and subject to change. 


  • Masks are required on school and festival grounds at all times – this includes the Music School campus, Meadows campus, Burlingame housing facility, and Marolt Ranch housing facility.
  • Masks are required for all AMFS activities off AMFS property.
  • Masking rules specific to rehearsals, performances, lessons, master classes, and vocal music will be outlined in more detail when available. 
  • Masks are required outside as well as inside.
  • AMFS will have both reusable and disposable masks available to students, but you are asked to bring your own as well.
  • Masks must meet the following requirements.
    Masks should:
    • Not be buffs or bandanas.
    • Be clean and in good repair.
    • Fit snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face.
    • Be secure.
    • Be positioned so that there is no need to adjust or otherwise touch the face frequently.
    • Include multiple layers of fabric.
    • Allow for breathing without restriction.
    • Cover both nose and mouth.


Symptom Tracking and Contact Tracing

  • Everyone will be required to fill out an online symptom tracker each day via an app on your phone.
  • This will include a daily temperature check. Thermometers will be provided in each dorm room.
  • Symptom Trackers must be completed by 8 am each day
  • Anyone who has not completed a tracker will not be allowed on the property.
  • This app will also use Bluetooth technology for contract tracing. If you have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID test you will be notified immediately.


Testing Upon Arrival

  • Everyone will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival with a Rapid BinaxNow antigen nasal swab test. You must receive a negative test result before you enter an AMFS building, dormitory, or shared housing space. Upon receipt of a negative test result, you will be able to settle into your dormitory. 
  • Within 48 hours of a rapid test, everyone will be tested again with a MicrogenDx saliva PCR test. Any student, staff, or faculty member testing positive for COVID-19 upon arrival will be contacted immediately and required to comply with Pitkin County quarantine guidelines.


Weekly Testing

  • In addition to the testing upon arrival (outlined above) all students, staff, and faculty will be tested for COVID-19 once per week. 
  • Anyone receiving a positive test will be provided quarantine housing and must abide by Pitkin County guidelines for quarantining before returning to scheduled activities. 


Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

Out of the utmost caution, there will be no change to the policies and requirements for those who are vaccinated. Even if you have received a vaccine, you must comply with all testing, distancing, masking, and other requirements. 


Contact the Office of Student Services

For more information, please contact:

Jalen Lee
Manager of Admissions and Student Affairs
970 205 5054

Megan McDevitt
Manager of Enrollment and Student Benefits
970 205 5052

Kathryn Sansone
Dean of Students
970 205 5053

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO