A little bit of background
Good afternoon, Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival Community -
Once again, we’re so thrilled that we will be back in Vermont this summer. After two years spent weaving in and out of pandemic panic, and evaluating how the festival can best serve the community, I am excited to announce that the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival will be returning this August! This year’s festival will hold concerts from August 10-12 with concerts in Grafton, Townshend, and (of course) Jamaica.
In the summer of 2019, Jamaica, VT hosted both the 8th season of the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival and 2 weeks later, my wedding. It was a busy time, for sure, but I have never felt more at home in Jamaica. I had every expectation of returning each summer with a growing family, and the PFCM crew had already started plotting ideas for Year 10.
And then, of course, the pandemic. It would be easy to just blame the pandemic and say life stopped, and so did PFCM. There is certainly an element of truth to that. But, there’s more. I now have two little boys, Asher and Eden, and I admit to having trouble merging my professional life with motherhood. I’ve recently realized, though, that I want my children to know me as a mother who follows her passion, who works hard at what she does, and who creates music and musical programs that contribute good to the world.
So here we are, in 2023. I’m not sure if it’s the 9th season of PFCM, the 11th season, or something in-between. No matter how you want to count it, we’re so happy to return to beautiful Southern Vermont to once again create something special with you.
I want to pause to thank you for your patience and support. Without it, PFCM wouldn’t be possible. I am so excited to reconnect with Vermont and center this year’s festival around ‘hearing our passion.’ We’ll be back in an area we absolutely love, playing pieces that inspire passion and creativity.
Please join us this summer and consider donating to help us reach our fundraising goal of $20,000 for this year’s festival.
- Online donation
- Or, mail a check made out to Inscape:
4637 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19139
With passion, thank you for hearing,
Founder & Executive Director
PS: Want to see what I’m up to this month? Check out the livestream of my Faculty Spotlight Recital at Rowan University next Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30pm. Or, if you live in the NJ/Philly area, come check it out in-person. I’d love to see you there.
We're back for 2023!
Good afternoon, PFCM Community -
We're thrilled to announce that we'll be back in Vermont this summer!
The festival will be held from August 9-12, with concerts in Grafton, Manchester, Townshend, and (of course) Jamaica.
We'll have a complete update with repertoire, concert dates, and more by the end of the week, but for now I just wanted to say... WE'RE BACK! I've had a huge smile on my face (and in my heart) since this decision a couple of weeks ago.
Thank you to everyone who encouraged this return, and we can't wait to be up in Vermont again!
PS: Of course, fundraising and development is always a large part of PFCM's planning process, and this year we're starting from scratch. We'll send direct pleas very soon, but in the meantime, if you want to help out, we'd love your support.
Good afternoon, PFCM Friends and Family -
It has certainly been way too long since I've sent an update. I've been thinking for months now about how to word this message, and have realized there are no perfect words. As we all know, the world has turned upside down over the past couple of years. Life has marched on, but certainly not without significant change.
Within the context of this ongoing pandemic, my family welcomed Asher Sphere in April of 2020 (now almost 2!), moved to West Philadelphia in October of 2020, and now we're thrilled to be expecting second baby boy this coming July.
This is to say, I'll have a newborn when the festival was supposed to be taking place, so I regret that we're going to have to hold off one more year until we bring PFCM back to its full glory in Jamaica, Grafton, Manchester, Townshend, and Brattleboro. We all miss Southern Vermont (and making music and art there!) so much, and I regret that the timing worked out as it did... but I look forward to the summer of 2023, when the festival can return for an official 10th season, and I'll have both little boys in tow.
I thank you all for your support since the inception of the festival in 2022, and I promise -- we're not done yet!
Sending peace and tranquility whenever possible,