Mission: Friends of Music at Guilford, Inc., founded in rural Guilford, Vermont in 1966, was incorporated in 1971 to own and maintain an 1897 "tracker-action" pipe organ in a barn. The instrument is still heard on the annual Labor Day Weekend Festival, which begins each season. From this beginning, Friends of Music became a year-round, community-based music organization, performing choral, chamber, orchestral and music theater programs, with a largely admission-free policy and an emphasis on neglected classical repertoire and works by living composers, particularly from Vermont and the greater New England region.
Target demographics: make music -- especially new and underperformed classical works -- accessible to folks regardless of economic means
Direct beneficiaries per year: ≠1,200 audience members at 11 concert events, ≠150 elementary students, ≠100 elders
Geographic areas served: Guilford, Brattleboro, and further afield in Windham County and beyond
Programs: concerts of choral and/or instrumental music by our Chamber Singers & Players or guest artists, two annual concerts featuring our c. 1897 Tracker Organ (often with supporting vocalists and instrumentalists), occasional stage projects (revues, musical theater and opera productions), and school residencies with a percussion and World Music focus