We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and still hopeful the 2020 Festival will be able to go forward as planned.  In the meantime, we are responding to the immediate needs of artists and audiences through Next Fest Connects. More information is available below. Please join us in creating solutions by making a tax-deductible donation.

Next Fest Connects

As we reach out to our Next Festival family during this turbulent time, we see that many artists and music lovers are hurting – our students, our alumni, our guest artists and our audiences. The Festival has always been about connection, and solutions. Now is no different.

We’re launching an initiative called Next Fest Connects. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, we’re taking immediate steps to: 1) Put money directly (and quickly) into the pockets of artists who need it; 2) Give young artists career and musical guidance in a time of need; and 3) Create connections between artists, and between artists and audiences.

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Join us for our free online seminars!  Register via the Eventbrite links below, and Zoom Conference instructions will be emailed to you.  

Tuesday, April 14, 7 PM ET – “Practical Techniques for Successful Digital Composer/Performer Collaborations” – presented by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti

Thursday, April 16, 7 PM ET – “Your Musician Hero’s Journey: Keys to Moving Forward in Uncertain Times” – presented by Angela Beeching

Tuesday, April 21, 7 PM ET – Video and Career Strategies – presented by Nahre Sol

Upcoming Next Fest Connects online talks and masterclasses will feature Ashley Bathgate, Miranda Cuckson, Ralph Farris, Megan Ihnen, Jeffrey Zeigler, and more to come! Follow us on social media (links in footer) and join our e-news list for the latest info:

Watch Next Fest Connects’ online seminar: Careers in Times of Transition and Uncertainty, featuring Yuka Nagashima (3/27/20)

2020 Season: May 24-June 6

Our 2020 Guest Artist will be cellist Ashley Bathgate, an “eloquent new music interpreter” (The New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). Ashley was a member of the acclaimed sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars for 10 years. She is also a member of the ensemble HOWL, TwoSense with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet.

We will be performing at the Stissing Center for the Arts in Pine Plains, NY and Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT – with other details and venues to be announced.

Behind The Scenes Documentary

Composer/Choreographer Workshop


With Gracious Support From

The Amphion Foundation   •   The Cornwall Foundation  •  The Williamson Foundation