Vermont's greenery and mountain air make it an ideal host for summer festivals where like-minded folks can gather to learn from each other and share their talents. Musicians are no exception, and there's no better place than southern Vermont to catch them trading solos, weaving harmonies, and wowing audiences of all ages.
If you're thinking music plus mountains equals banjo and that's not exactly your taste, think again. Summer concerts in Vermont cover all styles of music, from orchestral to jazz to jam bands and everything in between. Of course, there's still plenty of bluegrass to be found for the clawhammer connoisseurs among us.
Summer Concerts for the Classically-Inclined
Just twenty minutes from Wilmington, almost a hundred extremely-talented musicians spend most of their summer rehearsing intensely during Marlboro Music at Marlboro College (pictured above). They collaborate to form highly-polished chamber ensembles, and after three weeks of rehearsals, give public performances at the college's Pearson Hall. Tickets to their concerts sell quickly because Vermont locals know this is a place for truly top-notch music. Arranged in string quartets, piano trios, small woodwind ensembles, and more, Marlboro Music's summer students bring city-quality musicianship to an intimate southern Vermont setting.
Bennington's annual Chamber Music Conference also draws student instrumentalists from across the country for week-long workshops at Bennington College. Meanwhile, the faculty give concerts weekly in the summer, performing chamber music from the Classical period to the present. This award-winning performance series is free and open to the public.
A Little Bit Louder Now
As it turns out, ski resorts make great summer concert venues. A weekend concert series at Stratton Mountain Resort are packed with great bands and fun activities for the whole family. Evening barbecue specials and music down in the village give way to searing jams from favorite bands like Twiddle at the base of the lifts in the evening.
Located in Brattleboro, the Vermont Jazz Center provides workshops, educational opportunities, and, you guessed it, summer concerts. If you can't survive too far from tapped hi-hats and upbeat brass, be sure to check out their lineup of performers which often features famous jazz musicians.
For a musician, it's a rare treat not to have to travel a long distance right after a show. For a summer concert goer, that kind of convenience is a must. Luckily, all of these great Vermont music experiences are located within easy driving distance of beautiful vacation rental homes at Chimney Hill.