Modeled after the Opera Studio and open by audition, the Orchestral Fellows was comprised of the highest level conservatory students from all orchestral disciplines. They 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.
Crested Butte Chamber Music Intensive
CBMF is proud to offer the only adult chamber music program in Colorado. Catered to serious, amateur musicians, participants were combined to form multiple chamber groups and were coached by professional musicians for a week-long musical and rejuvenating experience.
Works performed included string trios by Beethoven, Schubert and Dohnányl; a Mendelssohn piano trio; a Prokofiev string quartet, and Ravel’s delightful Ma mère l’Oye for four hands.
CBMF Bluegrass Kids Camp
Now in its 7th summer, over 30 young musicians aged 7 to 14 participated in this camp with instructors from the renowned Denver-based Swallow Hill Music School. From playing in bluegrass ensembles to individual lessons, young musicians learned about this traditional American genre in a variety of ways, and even learned to express their musical ideas through songwriting.
“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.”
Crested Butte Opera Studio
This year’s 12 participants won spots from over 550 applicants and received training from renowned artists and creative professionals. Leading roles in the Festival opera and other performance opportunities translate into preparedness for a professional operatic career, new opportunities, and newfound musical and personal confidence.
Participants are also considered for the Excellence Award, selected by the Opera Faculty each summer and awarded to an artist with promising talent; a work and study ethic that maximizes the artist’s own learning; a team ethic approach in contributing to an opera performance; and the understanding that an opera career is a lifelong education.
This year’s winner was tenor John Marzano, whom you may remember in his hilarious and outstanding performance as Hermosa in the Island of Tulipatan, and as Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi.
Opera Children's Chorus
This year’s program had participants aged 10 to 17. The singers studied solfege, musical fundamentals, and diction in their daily schedules, and were able to focus on their musical development for three weeks. The cumulative performance was a collaborative work between the coaches and singers, and featured pieces ranging from Mozart and Delibes to today’s popular Broadway shows like Hamilton and Wicked.
“My heart is so full.”
Frank Vignola Hot Club Dream Camp
Musicians of all levels and ages converged on Crested Butte for a week of gypsy jazz jamming in combos of guitar, fiddle, and bass. Participants encompass nearly every age and background: from talented, passionate teenagers to accomplished teachers and performing musicians, this is one of the most popular programs CBMF offers.
Voxare Meets The Man with the Movie Camera
Davis Contemporary Dance Company
“I thought the Davis Dance company was AMAZING. Their technical skills along with their ability to tell an engrossing story through dance were extremely awesome. Thank you for introducing me to a dance company I will look forward to seeing again, here or in Denver!”