Impact the lives of many.

From the world’s most exciting Young Artists to audiences who travel to Taos from around the country to be inspired by TSoM performances, we hear repeatedly of the impact the TSoM has. That impact depends on you. 

A Message from the Executive Director

I’ve been dwelling frequently on the principle of sharing – thoughts that inevitably return to summers spent with the Taos School of Music. Why? Because the School’s unique culture and mission embodies sharing; it’s a precept vital for it to have touched the lives of so many. Members of the TSoM family share their time, energy, expertise, and financial resources to further the School’s mission, and it’s inspiring both to observe and work within that milieu of commitment. 

Despite having only been with the TSoM for a relatively short time (especially next to Artistic Director Robert McDonald, who will be returning this summer for his 42st season!), I’m thrilled to see members of the two cohorts I’ve overseen already achieve professional success of the highest order. Recently, the Balourdet Quartet, three-fourths TSoM alumni and who performed an unforgettable concert to open our 60th anniversary season, was awarded Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award. This honor is amongst the most prestigious in the musical world, and we couldn’t be more proud and excited for them. And, two other cohort members have won auditions to join prestigious orchestras, and both have credited their time at the TSoM with their success. 

One member of the TSoM family particularly embodies the spirit of generosity, and I’d like to share his message with you:

My name is Robert Anemone, and I am a proud alumnus of the Taos School of Music 2013 and 2014 Young Artist programs. Since 2020, I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for the School of Music.

In the decade since my summers spent studying at the TSoM, my career has taken me on many adventures, leading me most recently to my appointment nearly four years ago to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. With so much change in a relatively short period of time, many of my memories from ten years ago can feel like the distant past—but somehow my memories of being a Young Artist in the Taos Ski Valley remain just as vivid as they did at the close of those two magical summers. This is due in part to the fact that the lessons I learned, the artistic and personal growth I underwent, and the friendships and musical connections I made there remain just as relevant and useful now as they did then; it is also due to the fact that in my professional life now, virtually all of the most artistically gratifying situations I find myself in tend to come back to Taos in some way. I have worked and played now with more fellow alumni than I can count, some of whom I missed at Taos by just a summer or two, some of whom I missed by decades, but all of whom share the same fondness and high regard for the School of Music as me and who have all inspired me as I continue on my own journey.

The Taos School of Music has had a profound impact on me personally, and I can attest firsthand to the impact it has had on the wider music world as well. I consider it an honor to be able to support it both financially and with my time and energy so that it can continue to do so for future generations. 

As you can see, the TSOM is more than just a summer music program. It is a community where young musicians can grow and thrive, both artistically and personally. They learn from the best, they are challenged to reach their full potential, and they develop a professional network rooted in friendships that will last a lifetime.

The TSOM depends on the generosity of donors like you to make all of this possible. Your gift will help us to provide tuition-free education that impacts for a lifetime those young musicians embarking on their intimidating career journeys. No matter what size your gift, it will make a real difference in the lives of our young musicians. 

With gratitude,

Dr. Erik Christian Peterson, Executive Director

Here is how your gift impact the lives of our Young Artists

  • $25 – Dinner for a Young Artist
  • $250 – Transportation for a Young Artist
  • $2,500 – Two weeks of tuition for a Young Artist
  • $25,000 – Fully underwrite tuition, room & board for one Young Artist

Giving Benefits

In addition to your contribution directly impacting the lives of so many stakeholders – from Young Artists to the Taos Community – you’ll also receive great benefits. Check out the chart below for exciting opportunities that you’ll have to engage with the TSoM.

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“Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.”

Malcolm Arnold