Cheer! Vail Celebrates Inaugural Music Education Month with Events Throughout October

Haciendo Música students have the opportunity to develop performance skills alongside their peers in a setting outside of the traditional classroom.
Cheer! Vail Music Festival / Courtesy Photo

Bravo! Vail Music Festival (Bravo! Vail) announces its first-ever Music Education Month, featuring a free concert and collaborative learning opportunities during the month of October.

In honor of Bravo! Vail’s year-round commitment to music education for adults and youth in the community, Music Education Month events include a special performance by Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott; interdisciplinary arts workshops and conferences; collaborations with Walking Mountains Science Center Avon Campus, Alpine Arts Center and Bookworm of Edwards; and expanded learning and performance opportunities for Bravo! Vail Music Makers Haciendo Musica students.

“This month-long celebration not only showcases Bravo! Vail’s extensive music education programming throughout the year, but it also expands those offerings to include new music experiences in the valley, including cross-disciplinary arts events,” said Caitlin Murray, Executive Director of Bravo! Vail Music Festival. “We’re excited to give members of our community more ways to connect through music.”



Cheer! Vail’s Music Education Month events include the following:

• Community concert with Anne-Marie McDermott: October 1 at 1 p.m. (Edwards Interfaith Chapel) – Cheer ! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott kicks off Music Education Month with a special community performance at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel. A pre-concert meeting with Ms. McDermott will take place at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but reservations are required through BravoVail.org.



Music Makers “Haciendo Música” Chamber Music Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Edwards Interfaith Chapel) – Chamber music Saturdays give Bravo! Vail’s Music Makers “Haciendo Música” students have the opportunity to develop performing skills alongside their peers in a setting outside of the traditional classroom setting. Like Bravo! Vail’s flagship music education program, Music Makers “Haciendo Música,” offers low-cost after-school violin and piano lessons to nearly 300 students each year in the Eagle and Lake County school districts. . Music Makers “Haciendo Música” Chamber Music Saturdays are by invitation only. For more information, please contact Aileen Pagán-Rohwer at [email protected].

• Mexican offerings (altars) and music: October 18 at 4 p.m. (Alpine Arts Center) –Ofrendas, or altars, are an essential part of Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico. This family-friendly workshop gives participants the opportunity to create their own ofrenda while learning about Mexican art, music, history and culture from a Bravo! Scholar of Vail. Admission is free, but reservations are required through AlpineArtsCenter.org.

• Cocktails & Canvas with French Music: Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. (Centre des Arts Alpins) – This adult-friendly event provides art materials and inspiration for attendees to create Impressionist-style paintings while enjoying cocktails and talks from a Bravo! Vail researcher on French art, music, history and culture. Admission is free, but reservations are required through AlpineArtsCenter.org. Cocktails are available for purchase.



• The Art of Letter Writing: October 27 at 6 p.m. (The Bookworm of Edwards) – This unique presentation by a Bravo! The Vail Scholar explores the art of letter writing and its connection to music. Participants walk away with a pack of free notecards to begin their own writing journey inspired by the music they hear. Admission is free, but reservations are required through The Bookworm at 970.926.7323. Reception to follow.

• Music Makers “Haciendo Música” Fright at the Museum: October 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon Campus) – Cheer! Vail Music Makers Haciendo Musica students and staff present a Spooky Concert, Spooky Forest Walk and a Spooky Sounds Instrument Petting Zoo just in time for Halloween. Participants can relate the strange sounds heard in nature to those produced by musical instruments during these interactive family events. Admission is free, but reservations are required through WalkingMountains.orgwhere a detailed timetable is also available.

For more information on Bravo! Vail Music Education Month Events, please visit BravoVail.org or participating partner websites.

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