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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

Mission: The Festival's mission is to entertain, inspire and educate through performances and educational activities of the finest quality. It brings top artists to a rural area, and provides many unique, free programs.

Target demographics: people enjoy and learn about music

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25 chamber camp students and approximately 50 singers

Geographic areas served: the Green Lake & Ripon area

Programs: a two-week chamber music camp for pre-college, college, or graduate students of violin, viola, cello or piano, a four-day choral institute for high school and adult singers, and a summer music concert series in the historic Thrasher Opera House, Demmer Recital Hall, Ripon College, and a rural rustic barn.

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Rating: 5

The Green Lake Festival of Music defines my summer, gives it immense cultural and social enrichment, and enlarges my appreciation for and understanding of chamber, choral, and piano performance. Over the past twenty-eight years, I have been privileged to serve on the Board on three different occasions, attended twenty choral concerts conducted by the internationally renowned Sir David Wilcox, heard numerous artists who have gone on to major professional careers, and bonded with members of both the Mirrecourt Trio and the magnificent Amelia Trio, currently with us every summer. Best of all is witnessing the growth and inspiration provided young people who attend the two-week Chamber Music Workshop every year. The final Chamber concert, in which the students perform on the last night of camp, is one of my favorites each year--awesome, breathtaking, and so promising for this nation's musical future. Stephen Alltop, the current choral conductor, is a genius in program planning and conducting, also a brilliant organist, harpsichordist, and pianist and utilizes all these talents during the four-day vocal workshop. On alternating years we hear the winners of the Hilton Head and Cleveland piano competitions, and this year were spellbound by a winner of the Van Cliburn competition. The atmosphere at concerts is always welcoming, beginning with delightful pre-concert interviews with the artists and a post-concert reception where one can meet and greet the evening's artists. Taking friends to concerts is a very special pleasure for me, especially since the quality of performance is so first-rate. Overall, my life is infinitely richer because of my immersion in all this astonishing Festival has to offer.