Mission: To be a cultural asset for Shenandoah County by presenting well-known, nationally and internationally recognized artists across a variety of genres and to provide, hands-on educational opportunities for local music students led by professional musicians.
Results: For more than 50 years, Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has been a valuable cultural asset to the region, presenting thousands of concerts, featuring the best musicians in music across genres and averaging a total audience of more than 6,000 each concert season. SVMF has also provided valuable music education opportunities to thousands of students in local school districts.
Target demographics: increase the quality of life in Shenandoah County by being a cultural asset for the surrounding community by providing a venue for the performing arts that features nationally and internationally recognized artists across all genres.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 music students, funded two music education programs and raised hundreds of dollars for the local Rotary's Polio eradication fund.
Geographic areas served: Orkney Springs, Va., an underserved, rural area of the Shenandoah Valley
Programs: We present an outdoor summer concert series on the grounds of Shrine Mont, a historic retreat and conference center, listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Its location at the foot of Great North Mountain provides a stunning backdrop to musical performances that range from rock, pop, and country to folk Americana/roots and classical music. Additionally, we sponsor string camps and other music education opportunities in the local public schools and in partnership with a local business provide free concert tickets to music students who participate in summer music programs. We also work with the local Rotary clubs to raise money through ticket sales that goes toward Rotary's mission to eradicate Polio.