Impact & financials

Sun Valley Music Festival—a transformative, inspiring force in Sun Valley—and beyond

Throughout the past year, the Sun Valley Music Festival brought free, world-class music to children and families throughout the Wood River Valley. For the first time, Festival musicians visited every school (public and private) in Blaine County, demonstrating their instruments and performing fun pieces with 4th and 5th graders, helping local teachers continue to inspire their students to enjoy–and perhaps pick up an instrument and play–classical music. Their visits in previous years have had an impact, as the Music Institute now has its first woodwind and brass students!

During the Winter Season, 21 percussion and brass musicians from the Festival Orchestra filled the Argyros with a rollicking (and loud!) rendition of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. They also filled the Wood River Middle School’s gymnasium with excerpts from this as well as film tunes, in a performance for all Middle School students.

The Summer Season featured the return of many beloved guest artists, including Sasha Cooke, Yefim Bronfman, Orli Shaham, and Augustin Hadelich. The Festival broke all attendance records with guest conductor Stéphane Denève’s Pops Night performance of the Music of John Williams. And, the orchestra delivered a few blockbusters on its own as well, including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It was a wonderful year of music-making! Learn more about how your support impacts the community in this year’s annual report.

*Economic impact statistics courtesy of Sun Valley Economic Development

2023 Annual Report


Statistics from the year

More statistics available in the Annual Report booklet above

More than 54,000 people participated
in Festival concerts, education programs, and events this year.

1,367 people
enjoyed winter programming including three performances at the Argyros and one at Wood River Middle School.

Over 51,500 people
enjoyed Festival concerts this summer.

11,131 people
attended the Pops Night performance making it the Festival’s largest attendance for a single concert ever.

412 students
participated in the Festival’s summer and year-round education programs.

Thank you!
Of course, the concerts and education programs exist only because of Festival supporters who value bringing free music into the lives of children and adults in the community. It’s an orchestrated effort! Concertgoers, volunteers, Housing Hosts, donors, and more make the music come alive each year.

To access the Sun Valley Music Festival’s financial statements, please click on the links below:

2019 Form 990
2020 Form 990
2021 Form 990
2022 Form 990
2023 Form 990


October 31, 2019 Audited Financial Statements
October 31, 2020 Audited Financial Statements
October 31, 2021 Audited Financial Statements
October 31, 2022 Audited Financial Statements
October 31, 2023 Audited Financial Statements