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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

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11

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!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband Ted and I have attended Mozart Festival concerts for many years and have loved them -- especially those at the Shelburne Inn, where we sit on the glorious Inn lawns, looking out to the sun setting over Lake Champlain, having enjoyed a luscious picnic, and listen closely to the beauty of these well-chosen programs and excellent performers. Also much-loved are their concerts in the Trapp Family Lodge meadows. Deborah Alexander, Calgary, Canada, who summers in Johnson VT.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

The Vermont Mozart Festival is truly a highlight of our summers in Vermont. Hearing and watching these world-class musicians perform in a variety of spectacular outdoor sites is always a magical experience. Picnicing before the performances, and then sitting in the stillness with the beauty of the surrounding music as night falls is always a special and memorable occasion.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been attending Vermont Mozart Festival (VMF) events for over 20 years. The VMF is a Vermont treasure. It captures the essence of what is special about summer in Vermont. These include world-class musicians performing in spectacular settings. We especially enjoy the outdoor concerts and look forward each year to picnicking with friends before the concert begins. It is a quintessential Vermont experience that we are so thankful the VMF nurtures and produces year after year.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have made it a tradition to go each season. We enjoy the settings and music very much. We exspecially enjoy the outdoor concerts.

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.

11

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.

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have regularly attended concerts throughout the three weeks of the festival for well over a decade. Experiencing excellently programmed and performed music by world traveled musicians at these amazing, naturally beautiful and treasured places in Vermont are indescribable. So please join us in experiencing the festival in person! Plan a vacation during the festival, explore the state and then relax with a picnic at a concert watching the sun set and listening to a sonorous evening of music.

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family looks forward to the concerts every year. The talent is always exceptional, and the staff courteous and helpful

5

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.

4

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

We've attended the VT Mozart Festival concerts since the first year of their existence and cannot imagine a Vermont summer without it. The Festival is well run, has top notch artists and high quality music all of which adds to the cultural fabric of this community.

9

Client Served

Rating: 4

My wife and I enjoyed the experience even in the Vermont rain. We intend to go to the festival again this year as part of a Vermont vacation.

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

What's not to like about Vermont Mozart Festival concerts? My wife and I have attended a few concerts in stunning locations. Enjoying a great picnic dinner and a bottle of wine and watching the orange glow of a gorgeous sunset over the Green Mountains while listening to beautiful classical music is a memory that will stay with us for many years.

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.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have only lived in Vermont three years but would not miss the Vermont Mozart Festival. The music is superb, the venues spectacular and the organization of the events excellent. They even have backup for when it rains.

10

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.

7

Donor

Rating: 4

While we live primarily in Northern Virginia we own a home in Vermont. We often attend concerts in our nation's capitol and can favorably compare the Vermont Mozart Festival to other concerts we have attended. Our young children also have thoroughly enjoyed the children's concerts and the venues are fabulous. We consider attending the Vermont Mozart Festival one of the our favorite summertime activities.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was born and raised in Vermont, educated, for the most part, in Vermont, and have chosen to put my roots down in one of our loveliest, and most remote, rural communities. That I can live close to the land and at the same time enjoy live access to first-rate classical musicians, vocalists, and conductors, is one of the true joys of my life in these hills, and is, I believe, a uniquely "Vermont" experience. I am sincerely grateful, year-round, for the love, hard work, and dedication of the Vermont Mozart Festival staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to bring us the highest quality classical music in a variety of diverse and gorgeous venues. Each venue enhances and supports the experience of the music by featuring the shorelines that extend alongside the vast waters of Lake Champlain, the green alpine meadows encircled by dark ridge lines, and the distinct architectural achievements of our churches, meeting halls, and antique barns. I have heard works such as Handel's "Messiah" and Mozart's "Requiem" in full, as well as Bach masterpieces, Vivaldi concertos, and Mozart symphonies for the past twenty-five years. I was twenty-four when my then-born-and raised-in-Vermont boyfriend took me to my first festival performance - opening night at Shelburne Farms, complete with an elegant dressage demonstration. I have rarely missed a summer concert since then, and often, I attend two, sometimes three. Not only have I been able to watch my former, beloved U.V.M. history professor conduct, and hear now-former colleagues sing and play, but I have been exposed to some of the finest musicians, vocalists, and conductors from outside of our state who are attracted to the festival each year. Perhaps best of all, the festival is committed to educating people of all ages about the beauty, relevance, and artistry of classical music, a component of their work that is of vital importance. The Vermont Mozart Festival is a pearl, a wonder, a marvel. I am so thankful for its presence in a place that I know well and love deeply.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Every summer I look forward to the Vermont Mozart Festival. It has become an annual event for our family and has instilled a love of classical music in my children. The venues are terrific even when rain is threatning...that is what makes Vermont special! My wife, daughter, and my three sons and their families love sharing an evening picnic and a good bottle of wine and visit the many friends we have made over the years.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Vermont Mozart Festival---it is one of the highlights of the summer in our area. I attended the Grand Opening at the Inn at Shelburne Farms. The dressage horse show, coupled with classical music, was so moving and so beautiful it made me cry. It is so nice to be able to bring a lovely picnic and nice bottle of wine and enjoy the music in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend it!!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have attended many Vermont Mozart Festival Concerts. We usually go to The Grand Opening which also includes the Dressage at The Inn at Shelburne Farms. The Grand Opening concert usually falls on the weekend we celebrate our wedding anniversary; this year it will be 38 years!! We have been coming to the concerts for at least 18 years with family and friends. We love the concert being outside and we usually stay right at the Inn so we don't have to contend with driving home. We live just outside Plattsburgh, NY. The conductors do a wonderful job of explaining the period the music comes from and a little about the composers. The performers are just great and the music filling the warm summer air is delightful.It is the highlight of our summer and something we look forward to all year.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Vt Mozart Festival and try to support them in every way I can. I have gone to concerts in Stowe, outdoors at Trapp Family Lodge but when the concerts were rained out from being held outside, I was really glad that we had indoor tickets. The music was so mezmerizing that one forgets where they are! I live in the NY/Phl area and have attended many concerts. I was so happy to find that the concerts in VT were just as excellent as in the big cities. I am looking forward to another great season!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended two different nights of the Vermont Mozart Festival last year - one with my parents, who were visiting from out of town, and one with friends. On both occasions, we set up blanets and low chairs and enjoyed a picnic dinner as we listened to fantastic music and enjoyed a wonderful summer evening outdoors at Shelburne Farm. This festival is a great way to connect with family and share music, nature, and one of Vermont's finest music traditions.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I and many of our friends have shared in the enjoyment of the Mozart Festival for over 20 years! Our favorite location was the Trapp Family Meadow. Many, many nights, we sat and listened to the music and watched the moon rise over Nebraska Valley! Oh, what memories. Unfortunately, my husband passed away almost two years ago. I didn't go to the Festival that year but did go this year with my 3 year old granddaughter to the Children's programs at the Vermont Teddy Bear series. She and I loved it! This year, we will try Stowe again. No matter if it is too advanced for a 4 year old this summer; she still will have gained a further love of music. Her Grampie would have been so pleased!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've experienced the VT Mozart Festival as a 'concert-goer'--with my 2 daughters--for many years. We have loved all of our experiences with this organization; enough so that I now volunteer to support and enjoy being 'a part' of this great organization. This shows the organizers and performers--as well as the audience-- of my support for the VT Mozart Festival performances. My favorite of course is the opening with the dressage performances since I am an equestrien and dressage rider. Many thanks to everyone who contribute so much with their time and talents to give so much back to the people of Vermont and surrounding communities.

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed the concerts at the Trapp Family location - it's a beautiful setting, purple mountains in the near distance, everyone so polite with their chairs in the back area while those with just blankets were in front - oh and the cows expressed their love of the music with perfectly timed "moooo's!" I shared the event with friends from NYC (I'm from Boston) - we planned our trip to Stowe around the event - highly recommend it!!! Looking forward to going this summer!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a summer visitor to Vermont for most of my life and was always so happy to be in the state when The Vermont Mozart Festival gave its performances. Now that I live here I'm not only happy to go to the Mozart Festival Concerts every summer, I'm proud of all of us who support such a excellent music festival and proud of the organization that provides us with the talent that makes the Vermont Mozart Festival such a joy.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Year after year, VMF has maintained excellence in the face of unruly weather, problem venues, and a myriad of other challenges to bring to the Vermont public a varied, dynamic and invariably excellent series. I build my summer around the schedule of the Festival, and have come to recognize certain concert as critical benchmarks in my year. My life is so much richer because of VMF.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a terrific organization. We missed last year after attending regularly for years, and we really missed it a lot. We won't make the same mistake this year. Terrific value, tremendous music in gorgeous settings. What more could one ask for?

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

go to concerts at shelburne farms. This is something I do with my daughters in their twenties. It is awesome and memorable. We play occasionally in local orchestras and really appreciate the concerts especially at Shelburne Farms

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Vermont Music Festival is a highlight of the summer season. The music is varied with something for just about ever taste, and the childrens concerts are a wonder to behold. The staff is very friendly and visible, ready to welcome suggestions, and just well organized. We can only hope for many more summers of these wonderful settings.

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a native Vermonter of some 50 years. I participated in classical vocals in high school. I participated in production of Gilbert & Sullivan plays in High School. I am so happy that the Mozart Festival keeps G&S alive in the Green Mountain State. Of all the concerts it is the G&S series which I go to. The high quality of the vocal performances under Mr. Metcalf's superb direction have brought much enjoyment to myself and other members of my family. A great cultural wonder for the state.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been attending VT Mozart Festival performances for 25 years. The artistry is consistently first-rate, featuring a combination of old favorites and more challenging programming. The ambience is delightful, with friendly and respectful audiences. The venues, beginning with the lakeside concerts at Shelburne Farms are nothing short of spectacularly beautiful. The Festival is the highpoint of a Vermont summer.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While living in Europe for over twenty years and now in Vancouver, we have often visited Vermont in the summer and we always make a point of fitting in at least one Vermont Mozart Festival concert, often inviting local friends. Why? No matter which venue we choose, we are always assured of a superb musical experience. The efficient management and the beautiful and diverse venues are added advantages for visitors from afar. Thank you for these memorable highlights of our summers in Vermont.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Last summer was my first Mozart, took a friend and I will continue to attend. Wonderful time at the 2 venues I attended. The barn in Richmond could do without the 80 dollar ticket, food was so-so.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in the Boston area and every summer I vacation in Vermont. We make it a point to attend the VT Mozart Festival usually at the Von Trapp Lodge. It is a highlight on my vacation. It is wonderful, accessable. The setting is gorgeous and relaxing. What more could one ask for? Good weather I guess.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been attending VT Mozart festivals for 7 years. The outdoor settings are marvelous. The organizing meticulous. The staff friendly and courteous. The sound amplification is well done. Many other the orchestra members and guest performers have been exceptional.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nancy and I spent our last two anniversaries picnic-ing at the Mozart Festival Performance held in August at the Shelburne Inn. The first of these, a rain-out, had all the potential of a disaster but turned out to be a most beautifully unique evening of music, food and wine in a brick building at the Essex Fairgrounds (their cover set). Last year's event, with the opera company along, was a perfect evening, with a perfect sunset and lush music on the lawn of the Shelburne Inn and could not have been better. We will be spending every anniversary from here on in with the Vermont Mozart Festival as we have created a tradition with only two visits. Thanks so much to the organizers of this wonderful musical event!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We loved the Vermont Mozart Festival last year (2009), which was our first time. The organization involved in parking all the cars, guiding the people to the site of the concert, and then (toughest of all) moving the concentrated clump of people leaving in an orderly fashion out was impressive. Beyond that, of course, the concert was fine and the setting superb. We'll be back.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The performances are a highlight of our summer in VT, especially the ones at Trapp Family and the Barre Opera House.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being away from N.E. for over 20 years, we moved back, settleing in Morrisville and attended one of their concerts in the meadow at the Trapp Family Lodge. Families had come together on the mountain to picnic and listen to the wonderful music that filled the air as the mountains wrapped their arms around everyone. It was wonderful to see multi-generaltional families together along with friends and strangers in such a peaceful way...

3

Donor

Rating: 4

Love it I travel with my kids from Georia every ummer to see at least one show. We love to make a picnic an dsoend the day at Shelburne Farms

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife, another couple and I attended our first Mozart Festival late this past summer. Wow! What a wonderful experience we all enjoyed so much. The concert, ambience, and setting. What a way to take in such fine musicians and enjoy the wonderful Champlain Valley of Vermont. We'll be back many times for sure!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I'm another DC-to-VT summer person, and I attended 3 Mozart Festival events last summer. The highlight was on the lawn at Shelburne Farms, with the sun setting over the lake and the Haydn "Creation Oratorio" on the porch. Absolutely magical.

4

Donor

Rating: 4

Living and working hard in the Washington, DC region I always long for my regular trips to Vermont to unwind and take in a little music. My wife and I always ensure at least one of our summer trips coincides with an concert with the Vermont Mozart Festival, preferably up on Luce Hill in that natural outdoor ampitheater. We take in the music, the air, and regenerate and repower.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Vermont Mozart Festival always puts on a wonderful show, despite recent weather challenges! Outdoor venues in the summer are incredible, the events are well-run and the music is beautiful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Never disappointing! The performances by the Vermont Mozart Festival are always excellent. My favorite venue is the south porch at Shelburne Farms, but the Trapp Family meadow also makes a spectacular location. Everything is beautifully run too.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I began attending the Vermont Mozart Festival when I was a child and was mesmerized by the entire experience back then. It built a foundation of musical appreciation that has lasted throughout my life. I have traveled a lot of the world and there is still nothing so special as attending a concert at Shelburne Farms, listening to world class musicians while watching the sun set over Lake Champlain. I took my father to opening night last summer and you could see how the music transported him to almost a magical place. It was a wonderful evening, surrounded by friends and the sounds of the Mozart. A truly great evening.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I had the privilege of attending two concerts last year... each was special, both for the consistency of great performances and for the unique atmosphere of each venue. I only wish more people could come to Vermont to enjoy this uplifting experience.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is always a wonderful show, I highly recommend taking the time to attend! Bring your dinner, some wine and a chair or blanket and enjoy the music!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Oh, what a wonderful night we had last year at one of the shows at the Shelburne Farm. Its just all around a great event. Beautiful music, ability to bring food and wine and sit under the stars and hear music. Love it! And great for families of all kinds!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Vermont Mozart Festival is a tremendous asset to the Vermont community. Attending one of their concerts is an amazing opportunity to hear world class musicians playing world class music...while sitting on a picnic blanket, drinking a glass of wine. Add to this a celebration of the historic and scenic venues of Vermont, and you can truly say there is really no other musical experience like this. The festival is the highlight of my summer, and preparing a picnic feast to attend the Grand Opening with a group of friends has become an annual event.