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Crested Butte Music Festival

CBMF is a Region 10 Enterprise Zone Project whose work promotes, presents, and preserves live performances of classical and other music with the goal to make this sometimes unfamiliar art available and knowable to listeners in an approachable, casual, and educational atmosphere.

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Crested Butte Opera Studio

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Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Opera Studio is a competitive summer residency program for gifted, early-career singers and pianists that provides a wealth of opportunities for artists to gain important performance experience and ultimately launch their professional careers. Under tutelage of world renowned artists, participants undergo a rigorous training regimen in preparation for the physical demands of operatic performance, vocal and dramatic instruction, and individualized coaching. Students perform all lead roles in the Festival's opera productions, present an evening of cabaret, perform in a vocal chamber and art song recital, and sing in public master classes by visiting faculty. Participation in the program has catapulted the careers of more than 85 alumni.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Studio Artists prepare for leading roles in the mainstage opera, a vital opportunity for emerging professionals to prepare, rehearse, and perform age-appropriate roles in a challenging and supportive professional environment. To further hone their musical and dramatic skills, CBOS participants perform in a gala aria and ensemble concert with the Festival Symphony Orchestra (often the first time they will sing a major operatic aria with a professional symphony orchestra), present a staged cabaret, a concert of art song, and participate in public master classes and community outreach events.

For many young artists, participation in CBOS has proven to be a transformative point in their career development. Their performance experiences translate into preparedness for a professional operatic career, and singers discover new found musical and personal confidence. Younger graduates of our program often matriculate into larger programs like Merola, Wolf Trap and Santa Fe, while older graduates often have made successful regional and national operatic debuts or/and have been signed by agents.

Opera Children's Chorus

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Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

A sister program to the Opera Studio, the Opera Children's Chorus is a three-week intensive for young, talented singers aged 7-18. Participants receive professional level training and experience, including performance opportunities in a showcase recital and even the mainstage opera. Singers enjoy access to Festival performances, masterclasses, and seminars, and the many amenities offered by the Gunnison Valley.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Opera Children's Chorus (OCC), provides a space for younger singers to focus on the building blocks of good singing and musicianship. Students from across the country audition for the 15-20 slots in this program. These budding young singers undergo daily instruction in voice, diction, musical theory and analysis, ear training, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and also work with a director on the basics of stagecraft and dramatic interpretation. Additionally, participants observe CBOS rehearsals and interact with their older peers in both formal and informal settings. The OCC participates in the mainstage opera, presents a staged concert of age-appropriate choral and solo pieces, and participates in several community outreach appearances.

Orchestral Fellows Program

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Education 

Beneficiaries

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Modeled after the Opera Studio and in its first year, the Orchestral Fellows program is open by audition to the highest level conservatory students of all orchestral disciplines preparing for their own musical careers. These young musicians have the distinct opportunity to perform side-by-side with professional orchestral and solo musicians, perform chamber music within the community, and be fully immersed in a nourishing, passionate environment surrounded by artistic peers and future colleagues. Each artist will infuse an exceptional caliber of artistry in the Festival as the initiative develops in the upcoming seasons.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Fellows were highlighted in, among others, BEERoque (with renowned flutist Eugenia Zukerman), the Festival Opera double bill of Offenbach's Island of Tulipatan + Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and the symphony performance entitled "Mothers of Identity" during their three week residency.

Bluegrass Kids Camp

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Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

Young musicians aged 7 to 14 discover the joy of bluegrass music and deepen their knowledge of this traditional American genre with instructors from the renowned Denver-based Swallow Hill Music School. First-time students and intermediate players are engaged in a variety of learning formats with their peers: they play in a cohesive bluegrass ensemble, advance their individual skills in break-out sessions, and learn to express their musical ideas through songwriting. The week-long camp culminates in performances by both individuals and ensembles.

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Evidence of Program's Success

From a parent: "It was a wonderful experience all week long. I think getting to be with other kids who play music - both beginning and advanced levels -- boosted our son's confidence tremendously. The end of week performance in the magical Mirror Palace was icing on the cake! Thank you for providing this one-of-a-kind camp in a beautiful place."

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