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February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

While we live primarily in Northern Virginia we own a home in Vermont. We often attend concerts in our nation's capitol and can favorably compare the Vermont Mozart Festival to other concerts we have attended. Our young children also have thoroughly enjoyed the children's concerts and the venues are fabulous. We consider attending the Vermont Mozart Festival one of the our favorite summertime activities.

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

My children have received a world class taste of music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 19, 2010

I was born and raised in Vermont, educated, for the most part, in Vermont, and have chosen to put my roots down in one of our loveliest, and most remote, rural communities. That I can live close to the land and at the same time enjoy live access to first-rate classical musicians, vocalists, and conductors, is one of the true joys of my life in these hills, and is, I believe, a uniquely "Vermont" experience. I am sincerely grateful, year-round, for the love, hard work, and dedication of the Vermont Mozart Festival staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to bring us the highest quality classical music in a variety of diverse and gorgeous venues. Each venue enhances and supports the experience of the music by featuring the shorelines that extend alongside the vast waters of Lake Champlain, the green alpine meadows encircled by dark ridge lines, and the distinct architectural achievements of our churches, meeting halls, and antique barns. I have heard works such as Handel's "Messiah" and Mozart's "Requiem" in full, as well as Bach masterpieces, Vivaldi concertos, and Mozart symphonies for the past twenty-five years. I was twenty-four when my then-born-and raised-in-Vermont boyfriend took me to my first festival performance - opening night at Shelburne Farms, complete with an elegant dressage demonstration. I have rarely missed a summer concert since then, and often, I attend two, sometimes three. Not only have I been able to watch my former, beloved U.V.M. history professor conduct, and hear now-former colleagues sing and play, but I have been exposed to some of the finest musicians, vocalists, and conductors from outside of our state who are attracted to the festival each year. Perhaps best of all, the festival is committed to educating people of all ages about the beauty, relevance, and artistry of classical music, a component of their work that is of vital importance. The Vermont Mozart Festival is a pearl, a wonder, a marvel. I am so thankful for its presence in a place that I know well and love deeply.

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

Eager to please, smiling, friendly, supremely welcoming.

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

Offer programming throughout the year to a wider range of audiences throughout more of the state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 19, 2010

Every summer I look forward to the Vermont Mozart Festival. It has become an annual event for our family and has instilled a love of classical music in my children. The venues are terrific even when rain is threatning...that is what makes Vermont special! My wife, daughter, and my three sons and their families love sharing an evening picnic and a good bottle of wine and visit the many friends we have made over the years.

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

the quality of the Mozart Symphony know one of the founders personally. They have enriched my love of classical music

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 19, 2010

I love the Vermont Mozart Festival---it is one of the highlights of the summer in our area. I attended the Grand Opening at the Inn at Shelburne Farms. The dressage horse show, coupled with classical music, was so moving and so beautiful it made me cry. It is so nice to be able to bring a lovely picnic and nice bottle of wine and enjoy the music in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend it!!!

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

Attending the concerts in a beautiful setting.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 19, 2010

My husband and I have attended many Vermont Mozart Festival Concerts. We usually go to The Grand Opening which also includes the Dressage at The Inn at Shelburne Farms. The Grand Opening concert usually falls on the weekend we celebrate our wedding anniversary; this year it will be 38 years!! We have been coming to the concerts for at least 18 years with family and friends. We love the concert being outside and we usually stay right at the Inn so we don't have to contend with driving home. We live just outside Plattsburgh, NY. The conductors do a wonderful job of explaining the period the music comes from and a little about the composers. The performers are just great and the music filling the warm summer air is delightful.It is the highlight of our summer and something we look forward to all year.

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

the quality of the performers and the planning that goes into creating such a wonderful experience with music.It is affordable and most appreciated.

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

friendly and helpful.Before the concert they greet you and give you bags to take out your garbage to keep the area clean.After the concert they are ready with flashlights and directions to help folks find their way back to their vehicles.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 19, 2010

I love the Vt Mozart Festival and try to support them in every way I can. I have gone to concerts in Stowe, outdoors at Trapp Family Lodge but when the concerts were rained out from being held outside, I was really glad that we had indoor tickets. The music was so mezmerizing that one forgets where they are! I live in the NY/Phl area and have attended many concerts. I was so happy to find that the concerts in VT were just as excellent as in the big cities. I am looking forward to another great season!

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

both outdoor and indoor venues

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 19, 2010

I attended two different nights of the Vermont Mozart Festival last year - one with my parents, who were visiting from out of town, and one with friends. On both occasions, we set up blanets and low chairs and enjoyed a picnic dinner as we listened to fantastic music and enjoyed a wonderful summer evening outdoors at Shelburne Farm. This festival is a great way to connect with family and share music, nature, and one of Vermont's finest music traditions.

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

the way they bring music, nature, community, history, arts, culture all together in one single event. The VT Mozart Festival is truly a multi-dimensional event, and it shows. My favorite part was enjoying the merging of music with the natural landscape.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 19, 2010

My husband and I and many of our friends have shared in the enjoyment of the Mozart Festival for over 20 years! Our favorite location was the Trapp Family Meadow. Many, many nights, we sat and listened to the music and watched the moon rise over Nebraska Valley! Oh, what memories. Unfortunately, my husband passed away almost two years ago. I didn't go to the Festival that year but did go this year with my 3 year old granddaughter to the Children's programs at the Vermont Teddy Bear series. She and I loved it! This year, we will try Stowe again. No matter if it is too advanced for a 4 year old this summer; she still will have gained a further love of music. Her Grampie would have been so pleased!

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

Many locations. They were all exceptional musical experiences.

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

hope that the changes have been made in order to keep this organization in operation for a long time.

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

The staff, volunteers and even the general public are all extremely pleasant at the concerts.

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

Exceptional!

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

expand to the rest of Vermont and be enjoyed by all Vermonters and even our friends in neighboring States!

Ways to make it better...

I could have gone to every one!

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

raising funds to keep the operaion at a level consistent with it's past

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

I probably will try to volunteer this year and help out as much as I can in order for the Mozart Festival to continue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 19, 2010

I've experienced the VT Mozart Festival as a 'concert-goer'--with my 2 daughters--for many years. We have loved all of our experiences with this organization; enough so that I now volunteer to support and enjoy being 'a part' of this great organization. This shows the organizers and performers--as well as the audience-- of my support for the VT Mozart Festival performances. My favorite of course is the opening with the dressage performances since I am an equestrien and dressage rider. Many thanks to everyone who contribute so much with their time and talents to give so much back to the people of Vermont and surrounding communities.

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

both the performances and with members of the organization and with the performers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 19, 2010

I really enjoyed the concerts at the Trapp Family location - it's a beautiful setting, purple mountains in the near distance, everyone so polite with their chairs in the back area while those with just blankets were in front - oh and the cows expressed their love of the music with perfectly timed "moooo's!" I shared the event with friends from NYC (I'm from Boston) - we planned our trip to Stowe around the event - highly recommend it!!! Looking forward to going this summer!

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

how well the events are run

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

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

how well the events are organized

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

friendly, welcoming, appreciative

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

have blankets/sell blankets. keep it simple!

Ways to make it better...

I could've stayed for another concert!

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

getting the word out to visitors how wonderful this series is!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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