Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Ltd.

Santa Fe, NM   |  http://www.sfcmf.org

Mission

The mission of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is to bring together the world's finest musicians to perform chamber music in all its forms; to build a broad and knowledgeable audience of all ages; to be an advocate for contemporary music through performances and commissions; to provide diverse educational opportunities; and to enhance the cultural environment of Santa Fe and New Mexico.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Mr. Steven Ovitsky

Artistic Director

Mr. Marc Neikrug

Main address

P.O. Box 2227

Santa Fe, NM 87504-2227 USA

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EIN

85-0224461

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Performing Arts (A60)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Festival provides its large summer audiences with classical chamber music concerts performed at the highest possible level. It brings together artists from around the world to collaborate on repertoire that ranges from beloved masters such as Beethoven and Mozart to living composers that are speaking directly to a new generation of listener. The city of Santa Fe is well known for its dedication to the arts and audiences will travel from around the US to hear the international-level performances that Festival artists provide. As for our Education & Outreach Programs, The majority of students in northern New Mexico are in poverty, with limited access to a full, rich education in music. Along with the obvious necessity of an education in language, sciences, and humanities, a comprehensive education in music is essential for all, indispensable for many.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Festival Summer Sesaon

For six weeks each summer, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents over forty chamber music concerts performed by nearly eighty national and international artists. Each season features a remarkably wide range of chamber music that includes traditional repertory favorites, more rare works by well-known Classical and Romantic composers, exciting new works by today's leading composers, as well as indigenous music from around the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

While the primary activity of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is presenting world-class chamber music concerts, it takes seriously its role as music educator and provides various enriching education and outreach programs.  Through its Music in Our Schools program, the Festival provides three different interactive concerts each year at various elementary schools.  As part of this program, music teachers at each school are provided CDs and preparatory material to incorporate into their own curriculum and prepare students for the series of performance throughout the year.  This, combined with the live performances, provides students with an enriching experience that they otherwise would not likely have.  Over the course of the last 10 years, the Festival has reached over 16,000 students with this program.

 

The Festival also sponsors Strings in Our School, which is a program that gives elementary school students hands-on experience at music making by providing 60 students with violins and weekly violin instruction at selected Santa Fe Public Schools.  Through music making, this program offers at-risk students an opportunity to build their self-esteem, as well as their excitement for and involvement in school.

 

For over 20 years, the Festival has also offered a series of free Youth Concerts during the Festival's summer season.  These concerts, which feature performers and programming of the summer Festival, remain a popular event for families to attend year after year. 

 

The Festival also has a commitment to encouraging young talented artists through its Disitinguished Yougn Artists mentoring program.  Each summer, the Festival engages young emerging concert artists at the beginning of their careers.  These artists participate in the Festival alongside well-established artists, and are given the rare opportunity of participating in master classes with the most renowned musicians in the world.

 

The Festival also makes its music accessible to the wider community through its various adult outreach programs including Open Rehearsals, Master Classes, and the Teacher Discount Policy.  The daily open rehearsals allow the entire community to enjoy the Festival's music most everday for six weeks completely free.  The Festival offers Master Classes led by some of the master teachers performing during the season, which are free for hte public to observe.  The Festival also provides a special discount ticket offer to Santa Fe Public School teachers, which give them the opportunity to hear many performances each summer at hte low rate of $10 per ticket.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

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Total number of works commissioned

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Related Program

Festival Summer Sesaon

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are dedicated to serving the art of chamber music, fostering our thriving audience by providing performances of the highest quality, by presenting both established and emerging artists from around the world, and by supporting the future of the genre through its extensive commissioning of new works. Artistic Director Marc Neikrug has nurtured one of the most enthusiastic chamber music audiences in the nation by maintaining the highest possible standards of programming, presenting performances of thrilling virtuosity, and consistently demonstrating the tremendous depth and breadth of the classical music repertoire.

As for our Education Programs, in schools already providing music education for their students, we fill out those programs through enhanced, intensive musical experiences, experiences those schools would not have the resources to provide. Programs such as lessons in violin or guitar at the elementary level; live concerts with world class musicians, paired with accompanying curriculum to heighten and deepen understanding of those performances; private lessons at the middle and high school level for serious students of music.

Where a school or institution does not provide music, we seek to provide the same as above, however we also provide direct instruction in order to convey basic concepts and skills in music to these students.

The Festival will be able to maintain its international standard of excellence by:
- Continuing to attract the finest artists in the world to come to Santa Fe to collaborate and perform together by paying them competitive fees and maintaining our standards of presenting high quality repertoire
- Searching out young and emerging artists and putting them together with the elder statesmen of the genre, thereby supporting the ongoing transmission of performance technique and interpretation in a highly professional setting
- Educating our audiences by consistently presenting the highest quality repertoire and performances
- Continuing to commission new works by both established and emerging composers

We have four key programs we place in schools:

Strings in Our Schools – providing elementary level violin instruction at four elementary schools. We serve nearly 90 students.

Music in Our Schools – providing in-school chamber music concerts, three times yearly, at fourteen schools in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico, with accompanying curriculum for students as well as teacher training.

Guitar in Our Schools – providing elementary level guitar instruction at one elementary school. We currently serve 30 students.

Dream Big Private Lesson Program – providing weekly private lessons to serious music students at the high school level. Lessons take place at school. We currently serve 31 students.

Through the decades of dedicated effort by Artistic Director Marc Neikrug, the Festival enjoys an international reputation in the classical music world. We must continue to be competitive in our artist and commissioning fees; we must continue to attract experienced staff leadership, and we must be able to meet the costs of concert production.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has a full time Director of Education who administers and develops all programs. Attention to appropriate curriculum, infrastructure and supportive programming is given to all programs. Specialists and artists are contracted to perform and teach in schools.

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has created a center for artistic excellence in the southwest—a well-established gathering place for classical music listeners and performers. From here we must continue to be at the forefront of thoughtful programming, maintain our standards, and continue to foster young artists and composers, as well as future audiences.

Music in Our Schools is a well-established program and operates successfully. We serve nearly 5000 students. Plans are underway to digitize and publish curriculum, making it available to rural and underserved schools in New Mexico and through the country.

Dream Big is in its first year. We plan to expand the program within its current locale of Capital High School, serving more students there. We also plan to add feeder middle schools to Capital High – Ortiz Middle School, Nina Otero Community School, and El Camino Real Academy. Our immediate goals to are support students who wish to perform in high level honor ensembles through NM Music Educators Association All State Conference and Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and support students who wish to audition as music majors in college.

Guitar and Strings in Our Schools continues to develop and support new guitarists at Santa Clara Pueblo as well as new violinists at four elementary schools in Santa Fe and Pecos. Immediate next steps include participation in relevant professional development for instructors and the adoption of updated curriculum and student progress assessment practices.

Financials

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Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Ltd.

Board of directors
as of 08/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Everett

No affiliation

Term: 2018 -

Barbara Balser

Beth Beloff

John Berghoff

Carole Brown

Robert Clarke

Ralph Craviso

David Frank

Peter Frank

Diane Grob

John Hart

Michael Hindus

Robert Hull

Hervey Juris

Ronald Lushing

Kenneth Marvel

Elizabeth McGown

David Muck

Jay Oppenheimer

Barry Ramo, M.D.

Crennan Ray

Louisa Sarofim

Heman Siegelaar

Nat Sloane

Cheryl Willman, M.D.

Paul King

Bessie Hanahan

Anna-Marie Baca

Elisbeth Challener

Brett Bachman

Benjamin Allison

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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