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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Vermont Mozart Festival provides incredible opportunities for our talented local Vermonters to join world renown artists in a variety of venues. The Winter Concerts in Stowe and Burlington, the ever popular Gilbert and Sullivan performances and the Summer Concert Series are all gems. We are so fortunate to have Bill Metcalf conducting. It is an wonderful organization staffed with truly dedicated volunteers. I can't imagine a summer or winter without the VMF.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

VMF provides Vermonters and visitors from around the globe with wonderfully creative programs that inspire the mind and the ear. VMF is a year-round phenomenon in this small state, and a way to bring together Vermonters in a meaningful, passionate way. It inspires community, discussion, and beauty. It's been a privilege to be able to attend so many VMF events throughout the years.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does a wonderful job of presenting high quality classical music concerts at multiple outdoor venues. The Festival is one of the highlights of the arts in Vermont each year.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending Mozart Festival concerts for 20 years, almost my whole adult life. It provides top quality performances in beautiful settings. The real strength of the Festival, though, is the community that springs up around it. Over the years I've gone with friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, etc. And when I go I know I might see just about anyone I've ever met in Vermont. You can volunteer and go for free, you can pay and sit up front, you can get tickets from friends at the last minute, but no matter how you get there you'll see people from all parts of your life sitting together, enjoying the outdoors and talking. There's really nothing else like it in Vermont. We all get to take a deep breath and remember how nice it is to live here together.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We as Vermonters are truly blessed that organizations such as the Vermont Mozart Festival are committed to bringing the arts to what would otherwise be considered a rural, agricultural state. It is because of them, and others like them, that Vermont is known as culturally rich and beautiful place to visit and to live. As a birthday gift last year my husband bought us tickets and we enjoyed an unforgettable evening in the Coach Barn Courtyard at Shelburne Farms. We had dinner by the lake and then sat in the courtyard and enjoyed the warm breezes, watched birds fly around the courtyard and listened to virtuoso performances of artists who would otherwise not have come to our corner of the world. It was a truly unforgettable evening and one of the best birthday gifts I have, or will ever, receive. We are truly blessed to have this organization in Vermont.