On this page you will find a logistical overview of how our very first Virtual Chamber Music Festival will take place. We’re journeying into brand new territory and at times it’s felt like our hearts are ready to leap right out of our mouths! We’re doing this and couldn’t dream of not fulfilling our promise to bring the healing and connecting power of music to you to the best of our ability this summer.
We want you to be prepared so check out all of the info below so you know what to expect starting June 21st when the online season starts.
- Concerts will be hosted live by Elizabeth Baker, who will welcome you in real time. Two pre-recorded concerts will be introduced with the background stories and educational info you’ve grown accustomed to.
- Faculty member, Kristopher Tong, will co-host concerts featuring Borromeo Quartet performances.
- Recordings will be presented in video format when available or with sound only.
- Your participation is highly encouraged and we deeply appreciate your willingness to “like”, comment, and share what we’re doing online with your friends and family on Facebook and Youtube.
Where to Find our Livestreams
Concerts will be hosted live and delivered on three platforms. We will provide you links to all three in concert reminder emails.
- Website Livestream
- Tune in by yourself by clicking here.
- Facebook Livestream
- Please be sure to “Like” our Facebook Page first: Click here.
- When viewing on Facebook you will be able to see the “likes” and comments of other attendees watching live with you – we’re looking forward to being able to “see” you there with us and invite you to leave a comments – or at least say “Hello”
- To assure you see our notices in your feed, you can set your preferences to “See First” for our page.
(See how to do it here.)
- YouTube Livestream
- Visit this link for our YouTube Livestream page
- During livestreams, free to comment here there as well
Why three platforms?
We want to give you a choice. If you’re already on Facebook and want to invite your friends to join you wherever they might be in the world, you’ll have the ability to easily do so on Facebook. Another plus – since Facebook is a community centric platform your fellow concert-goers will be able to see your comments and “likes”. Instead of delivering and seeing each concert in a vacuum, we’ll have the next best thing to a in-person concert experience together.
Rest assured that if you’re not familiar with social media, we’ve got you covered. It will be easy to watch on our website as well. And if you want to test the waters and see what’s going on on Facebook and Youtube, there will be links provided for you to determine which place feels most like home.
Access to Live Recordings
If you happen to miss out on the fun happening live, we’ve got you covered. Once the season begins we will make the previous evening’s recordings available for viewing on a special page on our website. Click here to bookmark it.
Email Reminders and Notifications
With 16 concerts spanning 8 weeks, we know it’s a lot to keep track of. You can expect to receive three emails for each concert soon so you don’t miss out on the energy and engagement of a live-hosted experience. We will email you a few days in advance of each concert with links and program details. Another email will be issued the day prior to each concert, and one last time 10 minutes prior to the Livestream starting.
Please do understand that we’re doing our best to keep our audience informed. At the end of the festival we will return to a much lower frequency of email communication and do not want to overwhelm your inboxes.
To recap, here are all the links and resources you will need to enjoy our historic online offering for 2020:
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Thank you for joining us on an exciting adventure as we experiment and learn how to skillfully serve and entertain you in a rapidly changing world.
With every good wish for a bright and safe future,
We always look forward to the next season with the Taos School of Music because it means more beautiful chamber music is coming back to Taos, and it happens every summer! The music each year is a sheer delight, with world-class quartets in residence and master students here to study with them. All of the performances are superb and keep us longing for more!
David & Carol Farmer
TAOS, NEW MEXICO
To experience a performance by the Young Artists of Taos School of Music is to be entranced by the display of talent and exhilarated by the possibilities of joy inherent in beauty. Their focus, discipline musicianship renews our highest hopes for the future of what we value most.
NEW MEXICO AUTHOR
What makes the Taos School of Music so special is its unique blend of youthful energy with exceptional musicianship. I’ve attended many concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, but none of these performances delivered an experience as hopeful, educational and inspiring as the student performances. Taos is so lucky to host such talented musicians. These concerts are not to be missed!
Susan J. Preston
DESIGNER, SANTA FE
Summer would not be summer without attending the Taos School of Music concerts! An evening with music from such impeccable artists is completely transporting. The musicians, with their nuanced, sensitive performances, evoke a full range of emotion and I enjoy hearing both my favorite classical selections as well as the more contemporary numbers with which I am not familiar. I love hearing both faculty and student musicians talk about the music they are playing–it’s always an educational experience. I am so grateful to be able to support this remarkable organization.
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Classical Music for Everyone!
Finding classical music audience members under the age of 50 can be rare. Chamber music sometimes has a reputation of being pretentious, stuffy or elitist and going to a concert may entail getting dressed up and paying a small fortune for a ticket. That is precisely the mold Taos School of Music is breaking. Our concerts are accessible, affordable and welcoming.
On the Cusp of the World Stage
Over 800 alumni have participated in our program and advanced to successful careers in classical music. Alumni of Taos have become founders or members of quartets such as Brentano, St. Lawrence, Jupiter, and Muir to name just a few. They’re members of classical groups such as Eighth Blackbird and A Far Cry and served in all of the major orchestras in the US and abroad. They have also gone on to teach at major music conservatories around the world.
Experience the power of chamber music. Connect and communicate with the musicians in a way that is unattainable with other media. The remarkable faculty perform five concerts throughout the season and the talented young masters charm audiences with eight different performances over the eight weeks.
Taos School of Music performances are accessible to everyone. Where else can one hear the country’s premier string quartets for just $25? Young Masters concerts, $15, are a favorite for audiences because of the vitality and energy the students bring to a piece. Don’t miss the free Hotel St. Bernard concert and seminar series where concerts are performed in an intimate setting the way chamber music should be heard.
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Many take a personal interest in our Young Artists. Help support these young musicians by donating to the Young Artist Scholarship Fund which will go directly to reducing their room and board fees.
“I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wish better to make them better.”
George Frideric Handel
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