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March 8, 2010

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March 8, 2010

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!

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

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

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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...

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

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.

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

several concerts during the years.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the technical staff, especially sound technicians.

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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

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

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.

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

helping support the concerts

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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

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

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

Stowe, Vermont.

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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

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

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

the summer concert series brings family members from near and far to join us in the celebration of music.

Ways to make it better...

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...

being in beautiful outdoor settings, listening to beautiful music.

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

continue to be a draw for talented musicians, lower it's ticket prices and remain the treasure that it is here in VT.

Ways to make it better...

we could control the weather.

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

funding.

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

why wouldn't you want to play music in this beautiful state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

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.

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

continue to bring internationally-renowned artists to Vermont while still fostering local talent in a creative way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

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.

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

High quality music at very special outdoor venues. Well organized.

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

Ensure continued community access to the high quality music at the Festival each year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

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

sitting outdoors letting the day wash away and listening to beautiful music.

Ways to make it better...

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

pay the musicians better.

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

how much joy they spread, through the music and through the people involved.

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

kind, helpful men and women organizing traffic and taking tickets.

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

pay the musicians better, hire more permanent staff.

Ways to make it better...

you could keep it from raining in VT in the evenings.

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

financial. I think they are doing a lot with a litte, and in this economy could use more funds.

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

I hope they continue bringing music to Vermont for years to come.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

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.

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

bring this experience to more Vermonters.

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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