60 for 60.
Let’s make this landmark season the best yet. We’ve set an ambitious goal of raising $60k before the end of the season as the School continues to increase its impact.
A version of a famous quote reads, “At 20 you have the face God gave you, at 40 you have the face that life has molded, and at 60 you have the face you deserve.” This season, the Taos School of Music celebrates its 60th anniversary, and I’m happy to report that the School’s face at 60 is one of which to be proud. The School’s impact on the lives of so many – from its 1,000+ alumni who are now artistic leaders found in the world’s leading chamber music ensembles, orchestras, and teaching positions to the thousands of enthusiastic audience members and School patrons who have supported the School (including YOU) – is worthy of celebration!
To celebrate this milestone year, the TSoM has planned an unforgettable season that features its greatest number of featured guest and faculty artists, a stellar cohort of Young Artists, and the introduction of soundingTOGETHER: a Community Education and Engagement Project.
This year’s Young Artist applicant pool was particularly impressive. The 19 accepted Young Artists hail from the country’s leading conservatories, including Juilliard, Curtis Institute of Music, and New England Conservatory. The number of incredible young musicians wanting to attend the School speaks to the reputation of the School as the place to cultivate one’s potential musically and professionally. You can be proud that your support has sustained this life-altering program for generations of musicians.
As a cultural cornerstone of Taos, the School has used this celebratory year to introduce a new program that further impacts the lives of young Taoseños – soundingTOGETHER. The project invites School alumni to teach and perform in Taos’ local schools and community centers. This spring, an alumni string quartet, led by faculty cellist Nina Lee (Brentano Quartet), presented musical programs to over 150 elementary students in Taos and performed free concerts in Taos Ski Valley, the Taos Retirement Village, and in Santa Fe. The feedback from teachers, students, and community members was overwhelming. One student wrote:
“I absolutely loved your music! I have never been that close to a quartet, and your music reminded me of a love story between a knight and princess. I really do wish you would come back!” –5th grade student
Why is your participation in the 60th anniversary so important? As you know, the School has a record of significant impact, and it’s not resting on its 60 years! But, we depend on your financial support to improve the lives of its Young Artists, local elementary students, and the Taos community. Funds from donors like you comprise a majority of the School’s budget and allow the School to provide free tuition and room and board for the Young Artists. The School is an admirably lean and efficient organization, and that means that your donation is a tremendous value and directly impacts lives. Donate, attend performances, and volunteer.
We need your help to make the School’s 60th anniversary the best yet, and together we can make it happen!
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.
“Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.”