Vermont Mozart Festival

Rating: 4.88 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 3 Main Street, Suite 217 Burlington VT 05401 USA

Mission: In 1974, the festival’s founders recognized an underserved niche in Vermont’s cultural landscape. Struck by the similarity of Vermont’s beauty to that of Mozart’s Austria, they were inspired to create a music festival in the European model: a series of interrelated classical events in a variety of gorgeous settings.Since its first season, the Vermont Mozart Festival has been dedicated to enriching people’s lives through beautiful music in special Vermont places. The festival hosts approximately 20 concerts in more than ten scenic and historic locations each year.
Geographic areas served: Vermont

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I love the VT Mozart Fest! No matter who you are, but especially if you are visiting VT, you should attend a VT Mozart Fest concert during the summer. VT at its best! I have attended about 5 Mozart concerts. My favorite venue is Shelburne Farms; down by the lake on the gorgeous property of the Vanderbilt's farm. Bring your picnic basket full of yummy foods; wine, beer, cheese, bread, fruit, salad, etc even put in a pair of candlesticks for your picnic blanket. What could be more romantic and enjoyable? And I haven't even mentioned the beautiful music. Somehow the music is even more wonderful (if that's possible) under the evening sky. I go to the Mozart Festival for the whole experience; the music, the amazing surroundings, the food, and the drink. You must go...you don't know what you are missing!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the picture perfect surroundings on opening night at the VT Mozart Festival on the grounds of Shelburne Farms.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more money coming into it; to insure it will be around for a long time. I would also find better rain venues.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high quality entertainment. Great music and great venues.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all friendly, helpful, well informed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get better rain venues. Ones that are the same caliber as the outdoor venues.

Ways to make it better...

the weather in VT always cooperated and if the rain venues were of a higher caliber (as pleasing or almost as pleasing as the outdoor venues).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the VT weather. If we continue having wet summers like we have the past 2 or 3 years people will not be so interested in buying tickets. VT Mozart Fest needs better indoor venues!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love the Mozart Festival. No matter the weather I always go to the opening at Shelburne Farms. I am willing to take the risk of the weather for the potential of such a wonderful experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My husband Ted and I have attended Mozart Festival concerts for many years and have loved them -- especially those at the Shelburne Inn, where we sit on the glorious Inn lawns, looking out to the sun setting over Lake Champlain, having enjoyed a luscious picnic, and listen closely to the beauty of these well-chosen programs and excellent performers. Also much-loved are their concerts in the Trapp Family Lodge meadows. Deborah Alexander, Calgary, Canada, who summers in Johnson VT.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have not been a volunteer, but I have been a very satisfied consumer over many years!

Ways to make it better...

My only suggestion for improvement, especially at Shelburne, would be some further innovations to make the exit from the parking less onerous. The busses have helped but it is still difficult.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The Vermont Mozart Festival is truly a highlight of our summers in Vermont. Hearing and watching these world-class musicians perform in a variety of spectacular outdoor sites is always a magical experience. Picnicing before the performances, and then sitting in the stillness with the beauty of the surrounding music as night falls is always a special and memorable occasion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the pure enjoyment of attending six or seven performances each summer

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

bringing family and neighbors to enjoy performances with me

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always helpful, and truly dedicated to the success of the Festival

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to bring the best of musicians and not always feel threatened that it cannot continue to exist

Ways to make it better...

There were a better 'rain venue'

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

obtaining the necessary financial backing necessary to fund the festival

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a cross-state, cross-cultural event that brings people together and allows everyone the opportunity and privilege to be exposed to this exceptional cultural event

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been attending Vermont Mozart Festival (VMF) events for over 20 years. The VMF is a Vermont treasure. It captures the essence of what is special about summer in Vermont. These include world-class musicians performing in spectacular settings. We especially enjoy the outdoor concerts and look forward each year to picnicking with friends before the concert begins. It is a quintessential Vermont experience that we are so thankful the VMF nurtures and produces year after year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending 30 or more of its events

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high quality performances and the spectacular venues.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, well informed and efficient

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create an endowment, provide lots of low cost tickets for low income Vermonters, line up spectacular back-up venues for when rain requires events to move inside

Ways to make it better...

Only negative experience is when weather requires a change of venue.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

dealing with the consequences of summer weather that appears to be wetter and wetter each year

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

My wife and I have made it a tradition to go each season. We enjoy the settings and music very much. We exspecially enjoy the outdoor concerts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Have all been very friendly and helful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I love the Vermont Mozart Festival and look forward to it each summer. It provides wonderful music in beautiful settings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great music in beautiful venues. It's great to relax, watch the sun set, and listen to wonderful music.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and friendly, and I usually see volunteers I know.

Ways to make it better...

it hadn't rained for the last two grand finales, but no one has control over the weather, and the rain site was great.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances and weather. When the weather isn't good, the people who buy tickets at the last minute don't do so.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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11 people found this review helpful

As an audience member, I can attest to the profound enjoyment of the musical offerings provided by the Vermont Mozart Festival, consistently, each year. As a classically trained musician, I can attest to the high quality and professionalism of the musicians, sound technicians, musical directors, and other professionals who are involved with this festival--many of whom have long and distinguished careers. As a native Vermonter, I can attest to the strong cultural contributions that the Festival makes by combining the arts with the profound natural beauty and historical venues in which this music takes place. The Vermont Mozart Festival is a "jewel in the Vermont crown" that I hope will continue to endure and improve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several concerts during the years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the technical staff, especially sound technicians.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its highly professional performances and contributions to the culture of the state.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a permanent contribution to the culture of Vermont.

Ways to make it better...

there was a way to encourage audience members at outdoor performances to be aware that the concerts are not intended as backdrops to their conversations.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the relative lack of government support for the arts.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this festival is one of the cultural highlights of the Summer season in Vermont.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have regularly attended concerts throughout the three weeks of the festival for well over a decade. Experiencing excellently programmed and performed music by world traveled musicians at these amazing, naturally beautiful and treasured places in Vermont are indescribable. So please join us in experiencing the festival in person! Plan a vacation during the festival, explore the state and then relax with a picnic at a concert watching the sun set and listening to a sonorous evening of music.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching regular concert goers become part of the festival involvement, volunteering at concerts or on the board and seeing them return year after year. It is the growth of community itself.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very interested in the experience that all concert goers have. It is obvious they care a great deal for each other and the festival. They set the wonderful tone for the entire experience. Great Job!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

We are relative newcomers to summers in Stowe. When we first arrived friends invited us to picnic with them and enjoy the concert. We were bowled over and now consider the concerts the highlight of our summer. In fact we have started arriving earlier so we can hear as many as possible - and our invitation to houseguests is based on the music.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping support the concerts

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I feel that my voice is heard

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

thru email

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to change the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I attended a concert as part of the Festival in the summer of 2007. Our experience at the Vermont Mozart Festival concert in the 2007 summer was truly amazing and unforgetable. This festival is a great example of the kind of artistic, community activities that bring people together and promote culture and the arts. I highly reccommend to those who consider checking the festival out or donating to support the festival going forward.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Stowe, Vermont.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The professionalism and quality of their work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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