Bravo! Vail Music Festival

A nonprofit organization

$60,242 raised by 90 donors

100% complete

$60,000 Goal

Today, there is a considerable lack of high-quality classical music education and programming for families and individuals to enjoy. Bravo! Vail  works to fill this need by providing year-round access to classical music programming and education, thus enriching the lives and fostering connection amongst our community members through the joy and power of music. Your generous donation will empower Bravo! Vail to expand and enhance classical music programming during our annual summer festival and increase the number of after-school music education programs for students grades 2 - 12 throughout the school year.

Will you donate today and directly support classical music education and programming in our community? 

Since our incorporation in 1987, Bravo! Vail Music Festival has evolved from a small chamber music series to an international music festival with more than 80 performances and events throughout the Vail Valley community. Through extraordinary performances, dedicated leadership, and generous support from the community, Bravo! Vail has established its place as one of the best music classical music festivals in the world.

Bravo! Vail touches the lives of tens of thousands of people each year, from local residents to visitors from around the globe. Each summer Bravo! Vail brings together four highly renowned orchestras, as well as multiple acclaimed chamber ensembles, and dozens of talented solo artists to perform for six weeks in the beauty of the Colorado Rockies. 

Bravo! Vail fully embraces our mission through our year-round Education & Engagement Programs, including enrichment activities for people of all ages, free Community Concerts, collaborations with local organizations, and an after-school piano and violin instruction program, Music Makers Haciendo Música, in partnership with Eagle and Lake County School Districts. 

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Bravo! Vail's MISSION: Bravo! Vail presents extraordinary music, accessible to all. We provide extensive music education throughout our community, connect musicians and listeners, and celebrate the evolving world of classical music.

Bravo! Vail's VISION: Enriching lives through the joy and power of music.

Bravo! Vail's VALUES: Artistic passion and dedication to quality. Making music education accessible. Collaboration and connection based in integrity and respect. Ensuring the success and legacy of our Festival.

Background Statement

In 1987, founding executive director John Giovando and founding artistic director Ida Kavafian established Bravo! Vail as public 501 (c) 3 Colorado non-profit corporation. Since then, Bravo! Vail has evolved from a small three-concert chamber music series to an international music festival with dozens of performances throughout the Vail valley, and summer home to the world's greatest musicians and orchestras. Bravo! Vail has proven to be an economic driver in Vail while enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

The first orchestras to be added to Bravo! Vail's music series were the National Repertory Orchestra and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1989,the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra brought national recognition to Bravo! Vail with a summer residency that lasted for 19 years. In 1995, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra joined what would eventually become an international roster of orchestras.

Eugenia Zukerman joined Bravo! Vail as artistic director in 1998. The following year, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra was added to the orchestral line-up. With a clear vision to become the most renowned orchestral festival in the country, Bravo! Vail celebrated the arrival of the New York Philharmonic in 2003 and The Philadelphia Orchestra four years later which solidified the current festival format of top-tier resident orchestras interwoven with a world class chamber music series.

In 2011, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott became the third artistic director in Bravo! Vail's history. Ms. McDermott brings fresh perspective and a return to Bravo! Vail's chamber music roots, working tirelessly to assemble exceptional music-making that includes an eclectic combination of classical favorites and new works, a great deal of fun, and an environment that is inclusive, friendly and accessible to all audiences.

London's acclaimed Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, was added to the orchestral roster in 2016, making Bravo! Vail a four-orchestra festival. The Academy was both the first international and the first chamber orchestra residency in Bravo's history. In 2019, Chamber Orchestra of Vienna - Berlin opened the Bravo! Vail season in their North American debut.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bravo! Vail's traditional season was cancelled. However, as conditions in Eagle County improved it became clear that many patrons were eager to return to live, in-person performances with a limited capacity and strong adherence to all health and safety guidance and precautions. As a result, the Bravo! Vail board and staff sprang into action to find new ways to fulfill Bravo's mission of enriching people's lives through the power of music. The result was a three-week long season featuring free outdoor concerts, free live streams, a mobile performance stage - the Bravo! Vail Music Box, and virtual Education and Engagement Programs.

In 2021, Bravo! Vail Music Festival produced a full season with residencies from Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, as well as The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Vail debut. Audiences heard new orchestra pieces by living composers like Valerie Coleman, Carlos Simon, and Bruce Adolphe. The Immersive Experiences Series showcased composer Béla Bartók's complete string quartets in concert with Escher Quartet, allowing those interested a rare immersion into the live of a great composer.

Through extraordinary performances, dedicated leadership, and generous support from the community, Bravo! Vail has grown from a handful of attendees to one of the world's premier music festivals. During the summer months, Bravo! Vail touches the lives of thousands of people, both residents and seasonal visitors who come to the area specifically to hear great music in the natural beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Organization Data


Organization name

Bravo! Vail Music Festival

other names

Bravo! Vail

Year Established


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Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, Public & Societal Benefit, Youth Development

Organization Size

Large Organization


2271 North Frontage Road West, Suite C
Vail, CO 81657

Service areas

Eagle County, CO, US





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