Our Mission

Music in the Mountains inspires and connects people of all ages through extraordinary classical music performances, community engagement, and music education.

Our Philosophy

We make music with conviction, with passion, with intention, and with joy.

Music in the Mountains is a unique organization that marries world-class performance with a deep commitment to music education.  For two weeks in June, SummerFest is a thriving classical music festival in the Sierra Nevada foothills that celebrates music, community, art and culture. Over 100 professional musicians come together to produce over a dozen programs both indoors at the charming “red barn” of the Amaral Center, and outdoors on the great lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Also the home of the Music in the Mountains Chorus, festival repertoire ranges from the powerful masterworks to the here and now. Guest conductors for the 2015 season will include Constantine Kitsopolous, Daniel Stewart, and Florin Parvulescu.

Woven throughout MIM is a deep commitment to music education. Balancing in-depth initiatives such as our nationally recognized Young Composers Project, and broad reach programs such as Carnegie Hall’s Link Up, MIM’s multi-faceted approach touches the lives of over 5,000 students each year. We work closely with school districts, music teachers and parents in advocating for the importance of music education. And where schools cannot provide for lack of budget, MIM steps in to create solutions. Such programs include our Classics for Kids concerts, Take 5 for Music, Link Up, Peers for Peers and Live, all of which bring classical music to school age children.