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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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.

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

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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.

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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  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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

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

Courteous and helpful

Ways to make it better...

they produced more concerts

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?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Excellent Chamber Music outdoors. A Vermont spin to what they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

stunning mountain venues.

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

Ways to make it better...

Mother Nature hadn't produced torrential rain for one concert forcing the concert inside.

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?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the high quality of music and the beautiful locations of the concerts

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

friendly and helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Summer concerts in Stowe and in Shelburne, VT.

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

I do not know the organization well enough to suggest changes in the structure or personnel. As far as its connection to its constituency is concerned, there is nothing I would change.

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

....the dazzling talent of the performers and the beauty of the natural settings where they are held.

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

...were all helpful and kind.

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

I can't answer this question because I don't know the workings of the organization, but I'm sure, like most non-profits, the Vermont Mozart Festival could find many ways to use more money. Hiring more music "stars" might be one way.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of another way to make the experience better.

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

....continuing to raise enough money to continue the high level of performance of the concert event.

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

Part of the charm of summer in Vermont is the Vermont Mozart Festival. I think that it adds luster to the many reasons people spend their summer vacations in the state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Focus less on wine, cheese and crackers and more on high quality venues and performances. Make sure there is enough seating and plan for slight over sales.

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

The caliber of the vocal performances.

Ways to make it better...

The venues had more discipline on how hors d'ouvres were dispersed. At times it seems that they are not evenly distributed. In one case, members of my party could not cut through the crowd (without being rude) ending up with little prior to performance.

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

The economy and the population of the state. Making the performances affordable while expanding the audience exposure. Introduce more common folk to great music.

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?

2000-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the smooth running of the event in all its aspects

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

uniformly well-informed and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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

VT by attending performances

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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