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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music, Symphony Orchestras

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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Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family looks forward to the concerts every year. The talent is always exceptional, and the staff courteous and helpful

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My wife and I enjoyed the experience even in the Vermont rain. We intend to go to the festival again this year as part of a Vermont vacation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What's not to like about Vermont Mozart Festival concerts? My wife and I have attended a few concerts in stunning locations. Enjoying a great picnic dinner and a bottle of wine and watching the orange glow of a gorgeous sunset over the Green Mountains while listening to beautiful classical music is a memory that will stay with us for many years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have only lived in Vermont three years but would not miss the Vermont Mozart Festival. The music is superb, the venues spectacular and the organization of the events excellent. They even have backup for when it rains.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a summer visitor to Vermont for most of my life and was always so happy to be in the state when The Vermont Mozart Festival gave its performances. Now that I live here I'm not only happy to go to the Mozart Festival Concerts every summer, I'm proud of all of us who support such a excellent music festival and proud of the organization that provides us with the talent that makes the Vermont Mozart Festival such a joy.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a native Vermonter of some 50 years. I participated in classical vocals in high school. I participated in production of Gilbert & Sullivan plays in High School. I am so happy that the Mozart Festival keeps G&S alive in the Green Mountain State. Of all the concerts it is the G&S series which I go to. The high quality of the vocal performances under Mr. Metcalf's superb direction have brought much enjoyment to myself and other members of my family. A great cultural wonder for the state.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We loved the Vermont Mozart Festival last year (2009), which was our first time. The organization involved in parking all the cars, guiding the people to the site of the concert, and then (toughest of all) moving the concentrated clump of people leaving in an orderly fashion out was impressive. Beyond that, of course, the concert was fine and the setting superb. We'll be back.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The performances are a highlight of our summer in VT, especially the ones at Trapp Family and the Barre Opera House.