Crested Butte Music Festival

The Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) works to promote, present, and preserve live performances of classical and other music genres 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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Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

An unheralded experience for ensemble training and performances! Learn from gypsy jazz masters in Crested Butte, Colorado. Attend the Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp with your existing ensemble or join as an individual guitar, fiddle, or bass player and our gurus will place you within an ensemble. The camp will include warm-ups, plenty of jam time, rhythm guitar, improvisation, a specific workshop on the secrets and riffs of Django Reinhardt's style, participant ensembles, and late-night jam sessions with performers.

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"I attended the Gypsy Jazz Camp. My second time. A great experience with terrific instructors. I will do it again, God willing!"

Singer Songwriter Camp

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

During an unforgettable week, you'll receive daily hands-on instruction from inspiring, acclaimed, and experienced professional musicians. You'll dive into the details of songwriting - poetry, storytelling, chord progressions, and musical character - and learn how to pace a set so that you'll have your audiences on the edge of their seats. At the end of the week, you'll be able to share your newly developed skills in a supportive performance.

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This is a new Camp offering!

Community Enrichment Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
Children (3 -12 years)
Teachers

Description

The Music Festival's commitment to live music has provided joy to so many in our community. Education and enrichment are just as central to CBMF's mission. We are continuing to expand our Community Enrichment by pursuing more initiatives to reach the underserved of our community of all ages and backgrounds.

Education Camps
The Crested Butte Music Festival is committed to providing high-caliber, immersive education in various musical genres. Every one of our programs has unique attributes and have faculty comprised of professional artists who are leaders in their fields.

Our fun, 5-day music camps give participants the opportunity to learn from some of the best musicians playing today. Students learn, rehearse, write songs, explore elective, and advance their individual music skills throughout the week. An exciting culminating student performance takes place at the end of each camp.

Scholarship Program
Our new scholarship program was established to provide young music students an opportunity to attend a summer music camp which they would otherwise not be able to afford. We want to more children to have the opportunity to join us.

Kids Go Free
For many years, CBMF has opened its doors for free to kids aged 7-17 with the purchase of an adult ticket. With your family, you can access world-class musicians and instruments at events throughout the season. CBMF's Kids Go Free program puts kids in performance seats (for free!).

Community School Performances
Each September CBMF brings world-class musical performances and inspiring words to the Gunnison's Valley's music classrooms. These supplementary performances in our local schools help to bridge access to cultural experiences in the Gunnison Valley and serve to mentor the artists of tomorrow.

The Sally Miner Lecture Series
Sally Miner shared her love of music by presenting educational programs about music that helped listeners to understand better the complexities and beauty of the art form. The Crested Butte Music Festival is preserving Sally Miner's legacy of music education by offering a free lecture series each summer that extensively explores a variety of musical topics. The Sally Miner Lecture Series features Dr. Erik Peterson, Co-Artistic Director of the CBMF.

Senior Performances
In 2021, CBMF launched a new free concert series at Gunnison Valley Health Assisted Living Center. This is a special opportunity for many of these residents to experience the uplift of music who would otherwise not be able to travel to a concert hall.

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Scholarship Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (3 -12 years)
Single Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

As a non-profit organization, our tuition charges reflect the costs of running the camp and of gratefully acknowledging the time, effort, and experience our instructors bring. We want more children to have the opportunity to join us.

Our new scholarship program was established to provide young music students an opportunity to attend a summer music camp that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

The CBMF scholarship program is open to new and returning families and youth under 18 years old. Every child is welcome, no matter their family income.

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This Program is new as of 2022!

Bluegrass and Beyond Camp

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Bluegrass and Beyond is an immersive musical experience that welcomes students of all skill levels ages 8-99 on violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Students will learn to make music together in a variety of genres including bluegrass, folk, Americana, and Irish music. Daily activities at our camp will include improvisation, individual and group lessons, and composition. The students will have the opportunity to attend a faculty recital and participate in a final student performance for the Crested Butte Art Festival.

Families, friends, and new friends who haven't met yet will all join one another in a lively camp setting to learn to make music together. Every student will leave with meaningful connections, wonderful memories, and the lifelong gift of music-making.

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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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