As I sit trapped on my couch with a broken foot [don't walk in high heels unless you've been trained properly], I apologize in advance for the inevitable triteness of this update...
Plans for travel to Chicago and then Paris have been canceled, and my mom will be coming to Philadelphia to help me out within a few days. It's hard for me to be immobile, and while I'm incredibly grateful for the support from my friends and family, I really dislike asking for help.
I'm used to independence and creativity. I look forward to the summer because it's generally the best time of the year for practicing, performing, and passion projects...
So, I'm frustrated and sad to have to cancel plans and back out of jobs for the next 6 weeks or so. I admit a certain tendency toward holding the world's best pity party (while simultaneously acknowledging this is, on that infamous grand scheme, not that big of a deal).
Regardless, Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival and Visual Art Residency will certainly still happen in its entirety. In fact, the accident actually gives me more time to work on the festival for the next month. So, there's your upside, right?
It's a pretty great upside.
Our awesome Managing Director, Kaitlyn Dougher, just spent a few days in Vermont to sort out details. 2018 posters are being created, and all the press releases have been sent out. Organizationally, we're well on our way to the start of Season 7.
However, as far as the fundraising goes, we still have a lot to do. From our $30,000 budget, we've raised $17,000.... so, we need to raise at least $13,000 before the start of the festival.
PFCM has always been a crowdfunded festival; I love that so many people come together to create this yearly celebration of music and art.
As always, anything and everything helps; your support is what makes the festival happen. As this fundraising continues, you can keep track of our progress on the Donate page of the PFCM website. (I anticipate having to send additional requests, so please bear with the updates until our goal has been reached.)
Since I have so much time on my hands while I'm staying off my foot...[insert awkward laugh/groan], I'll be sure keep the other pages on the website up to date with additional news. Check out our Dates and Events page anytime to see the updated guest artists and PFCM concert repertoire. I think the line-up is pretty exciting. I hope you're excited too, and are ready to start planning your trip, and reserving Town Hall concert seats.
It's going to be a great summer, y'all. Just give me a month to get back on my feet [additional awkward laugh/groan], and I promise to be fully recovered by August. Thank you all for your help; I can't wait to be up in Vermont again. It's my favorite place...
We're thrilled to introduce our Guest Artist for the second week of the festival:
Andrea "Fluter Scooter" Fisher.
Here's a little bit of info about Fluter:
A graduate of The Juilliard School as a student of Carol Wincenc, Andrea "Fluterscooter" Fisher has been a sought after speaker at universities and conservatories including The Juilliard School, New York University, Penn State University, West Virginia University, University of Missouri, and the Galway Flute Festival. She was active in the inception of The Juilliard School's recent Entrepreneurship program as one of the first Resident Entrepreneurs. Andrea has been giving lectures, workshops, and private coachings to students and graduates of all arts disciplines for the past 4 years.
We can't wait to host Fluter-Scooter at PFCM this summer! Fluter will bring a wonderful breath of flute to the air. Her performance is Tuesday, August 7 at 7PM, so reserve a seat now!
Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival Repertoire Announced, Personnel Updated, Visual Art Residency Website... and this year's Poster Unveiled!
Spring has officially (and finally!) reached Philadelphia. My neighborhood friends and I welcomed the season last night by sitting on our stoops and rejoicing in the ability to breathe fresh air. There was talk of gardens, races, block parties, and of course... music festivals near and far.
So here we go... the 7th season of the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival.
Please take a few minutes to check out our newly up to date website.
The repertoire is announced, the personnel is updated, and the concert dates are posted. You'll also find a new portion of the website for the expanded Pikes Falls Visual Art Residency.
And of course, we have a 2018 poster...
Happy Spring, all!
I'm proud to officially announce that Kaitlyn Dougher will be our new Managing Director, and will have our new intern Andy Sabol to assist her. Meanwhile, I'll step back into the role of Artistic Director as these two capable and enthusiastic young adults take the reins of the day-to-day operations.
Expect to hear from both Kaitlyn and Andy soon, and of course I'll be in touch too... (and don't forget to check the website; it'll be updated with new concerts and repertoire soon!)
The Pikes Falls Visual Arts Residency is expanding! Two weeks prior to the musicians arriving, artists Natasha Loewy, Andy Brehm, and Jennifer Lauren Smith will be in Jamaica working to create more a formal and fully realized visual art component than in past years. Natasha will write soon about the artist residency details.
Introducing our Composers in Residence:
Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis and Jeremy PodgurskyNathan is a familiar face around PFCM, and by now his music is also well-known in Jamaica. He's creating a beautiful tribute to the Southern Vermont area with visuals by Rebecca Lepkoff. It's sure to be stunning visually and aurally.
Jeremy, our composer in the second week of the festival, will be a new and energetic force to the VT family. I'm positive you're going to love meeting him and hearing his music!
More Guest Artists!
Because the Guest Artist Concerts on Thursday nights were such a success, we're continuing the Thursday night series! We'll have a Baroque Ensemble, and also a more traditional chamber group. (I know everyone loved the NakedEye Ensemble, so don't worry - that incredible group will return for Season 8 in the Summer of 2019!)
Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival Musicians
So many familiar faces will be back in Jamaica! Get ready to see James, Blake, and Sarah with their lyrical violins, Evan's intense clarinet, Ben's bassoon, Marisa and Dana on the viola, and Igancio on the cello. Rich will conduct the World Premieres, and I'll play the flute...
New musicians this summer include Chandra Cervantes on the horn, and Tim McReynolds on the piano!
Partnerships around Southern Vermont
We've already arranged to play at the Jamaica State Park on Wednesdays and Valley Cares on Thursdays. Our Town Hall Concerts will continue on Saturday evenings, and we're working on details of Friday concerts in Brattleboro and other surprises in Jamaica. (Remember those awesome receptions North Country General provided after every Town Hall concert last season? We'll make sure they know how grateful we are!) This is all to say we have a ton of concerts in the works, and it's going to be an amazing summer.
It's a lot!
Each year, I wonder... is this really going to happen? Can we pull it off? But, the answer is always a resounding "Yes!" and that's because of all of you. I'll be in touch with repertoire and concert updates later this month (I just need to solidify a few details before I feel comfortable publicizing), and I'll also make sure to send an introduction to the new PFCM musicians and artists.
Meanwhile, THANK YOU! This festival wouldn't happen without your support: monetary, in-kind, emotional, and every other type of support imaginable. As always, I can't thank you enough, and I can only say I'll continue to give as much as I can to make the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival continue to be the best experience possible.