2019 Gala with Branford Marsalis

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Instilling a lifelong love of classical music…

Through inspiring, admission-free, performances in a spectacular setting—in tandem with tuition-free education programs that propel young musicians—Sun Valley Music Festival encourages and provides opportunities for people from all walks of life to listen, learn, and play.

Where music and nature enhance each other—gloriously

For thirty-five years, the Sun Valley Music Festival has presented must-see, must-hear, musical performances in a spectacular setting. Led by dynamic Music Director Alasdair Neale, and comprised of the best musicians from America’s leading orchestras, the Festival attracts internationally-renowned soloists and 50,000 concert-goers annually to winter and summer concert series.

Inspiring the next generation of music lovers

The Festival’s year-round Music Institute advances the skills and personal development of young people. Through the Institute’s summer programs, students at all levels interact with professional musicians and guest artists and meet peers who share their passion for classical music. Year-round programs engage string, piano, and voice students through high school years, in partnership with the local school district.

A cultural and social treasure supported by the community

Through the generosity of hundreds of donors, patrons, and volunteers, Sun Valley Music Festival thrives as the largest admission-free symphony in the country. Financial contributions large and small, countless volunteer hours, and the hospitality of the many families who host musicians in their homes, all come together to make the Festival a vibrant, shared, community enterprise.

Share in supporting your Festival

From its inception, dedicated, enthusiastic donors have made it possible for the Sun Valley Music Festival to stay true to its goal of instilling a lifelong love of classical music through the highest quality musical experiences and education—free of charge. Your support helps attract the best musicians from around the country, as well as guest artists from around the world, and funds expanding, innovative programming—accessible to all. Donors also enjoy an array of valued benefits.

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“Join me for our exciting 35th season

For this anniversary season, I’m delighted to be able to bring so many outstanding guest artists to Sun Valley. I’m especially grateful that they will spend time here, mingling with our patrons and with students in our Music Institute programs. As always, we will continue our tradition of presenting new pieces while also performing some of the best-loved works in the repertoire."

—Alasdair Neale, Music Director

Alasdair Neale