The majority of our funds pay for performance-related expenses.
Presenting world-class music in the beautiful, natural setting of the Methow Valley is our most visible activity, but there is so much more. Your Festival brings the music to valley residents and visitors through open reheasrsals, free community events, and youth educational programs.
We seek to keep ticket prices affordable for patrons living in our small rural community. As a result, ticket prices at our event cover only one-quarter of our operating costs even when we sell out. Your generous gifts make up the difference. We sincerely thank everyone who shares the commitment to keeping fine music affordable and accessible in our area.
—Liz Johnson, Executive Director
Ways to Give
The Methow Chamber Music Festival Association is a 501(c)3 organization. All gifts are tax deductible. Contact your tax advisor for specifics.
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
P.O. Box 249
Winthrop, WA 98862
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How Much to Give
We are a non-profit organization that depends upon annual charitable gifts and donations to achieve our mission. Ticket sales account for only one-quarter of our annual operating budget. Nearly half comes from the generosity of individual and business donors, with the remainder from a combination of private and government grants.
We exist because of the generosity of our friends who believe in the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival and the importance of classical music education and awareness. Thank you for your gifts.
Your gifts are tax deductible.
Where the Money Goes
- $25 pays for one musician welcome bag - given to each performer. We gave 24 last year.
- $50 buys one music stand for rehearsals and performances.
- $50 buys one tank of gas for a musician staying in the area for a week.
- $75 buys post-concert food for the musicians for one night.
- $100 buys 4 good chairs, making the venue more comfortable for the audience. We need 50.
- $250 underwrites free and reduced price tickets for 10 young people.
- $350 provides yellow-jacket treatment - we spray the in May, and again just before the festival, to suppress yellow jackets and flies.
- $500 pays our Internet bill for one year.
- $750 pays for one year of road grading - every year we have the road professionally graded to mitigate damage from the festival audience.
- $1000 buys a good-quality piano dolly, to better protect our rented Steinway pianos
- $1000 pays our telephone bill for one year.
- $1250 pays for one season's worth of printed program guides.
- $2000 funds one musician for one week, including travel, lodging, and meals.
- $25,000 creates a permanent stage with a professional acoustic canopy.
- $40,000 creates a permanent endowment for one musician, increasing the size of our performing orchestra by one member in perpetuity.
We encourage everyone to get involved with music. The people, the excitement of putting on a show, and, of course, the musicians, make it all worthwhile. Here's what you can do.
House an artist
Get to know an artist, up close and personal, when they stay at your home. The host family provides housing, some meals, and a welcoming spirit. If you would like to host a musician, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get back to you. More about housing
Our musicians need to buzz around, constantly, going to rehearsals, performances, dinners, and social engagements. Since many come from out-of-town and cannot bring their own cars, we ask our volunteers to loan us vehicles for the Festival week. If you have a car that might appreciate being handled with care by a mature, responsible driver please know that such a gift would help our Festival enormously. We also occasionally need people to pick up artists arriving mid-week at the Wenatchee airport.
Maintain the Venue
If you can plant a flower, or just want to hang out and drink some lemonade, come lend your spirit to our next work party at the Festival grounds. We'll be setting up the stage, chairs, dressing up the yard, cleaning everything, and generally preparing for another fabulous performance season.
There is plenty to do before, during, and after each festival. Work backstage and witness the show from a completely different perspective. Meet the artists. Get to know our staff.
Each year our festival gallery sells high-quality visual art. Contact our art coordinator to discuss the details, Robert Nelson (996-3640).
You'll have the most important seat in the house, at the front door, where you greet everyone who comes to the Festival and make them feel welcome. Ours is more than a concert, it's a community event.
Help with Parking
Those car's didn't park themselves! Our volunteers direct every car to a good spot and orient first-time visitors. We have spaces for handicapped, large vehicles, and RV's.
Everybody likes a cold drink on a warm day. You can pour cold ones for your friends and neighbors before the show, at intermission, and afterwards.
Learn Technical Stage Craft
Each year we recruit one technical intern who wishes to gain experience running lights and sound in a professional theater environment.
Join the Board
Our board is filled with people who appreciate fine music and like bringing it to our community. We welcome your participation.
Our volunteer coordinator is Liz Johnson 509-997-5000. Contact her with questions about any of these activities.
Board of Directors
- Jane Orme, PresidentDave Chantler, Vice President
- Anne Peck, TreasurerHoward Johnson
- Carolanne SteinebachLynn Swan
- Robin Nelson WicksKevin Krentz, Artistic Director
- Liz Johnson, Executive DirectorRebecca Thomson, Summer Festival Director
- Jennifer Stephens, Outreach Coordinator