Our Mission:

Promote the appreciation of chamber music in the Methow Valley.

Your Gift Keeps the Music Playing

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 provide nearly half of the Festival's income.

What Your Donations Do for the Community

  • Bring world-class musicians to perform thrilling concerts in a gorgeous venue.
  • Provide free open rehearsals at Signal Hill Ranch and free community concerts throughout the valley during the 10-day Summer Festival.
  • Engage and educate young musicians through our collaboration with the Pipestone School of Music.
  • Provide free Centerstage tickets and free events to the community through partnerships with TwispWorks, local media, businesses and social service organizations.

Thank you for sharing our commitment to keep world-class music affordable and accessible in the Methow Valley.

—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.

By Check

Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
P.O. Box 249
Winthrop, WA 98862

Endowment Fund

The Festival's Endowment Fund is fully operational.   Read more

By Credit Card

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Planned Giving

Be a part of the Festival's long-term financial success. Ask us how to include the Festival in your will.


Businesses can support the Festival with sponsorships and advertisements. Click here for the 2017 ad rates package.

Festival Budget

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 Comes From

piechart showing Festival income comprising Donations, 45%, Ticket sales, 25%, Grants, 19%, and Other income, 11%.

Nearly half of Festival income comes from individual donations.

Where the Money Goes

piechart showing that the lions share of Festival dollars go to support performances, about 1/6th goes to marketing, and only a small slice to staff and other expenses.

The majority of our funds pay for performance-related expenses.

Things We Need

  • $25 pays for one musician welcome bag - given to each performer. We give out 20-25 every 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.
  • $300 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 pays our telephone bill for one year.
  • $1250 pays for one season's worth of printed program guides.
  • $2500 funds one musician for one week, including travel, lodging, and meals.
  • $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.

Violinist Yuri Namkung strikes a high note.

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 info@methowmusicfestival.org. We'll get back to you. More about housing

1951 Ford Country Squire


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.

Kyrie and Howie set a ladder.

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.

Serena McKinney saunters backstage after a ripping performance.

Work Backstage

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.

Patrons contemplate a wall of original art.

Got Art?

Each year our festival gallery sells high-quality visual art. Contact our art coordinator to discuss the details, Robert Nelson (996-3640).

Most seats sell out before the show.

Check Tickets

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.

Cars parked in a grassy lot near the Festival entrance.

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.

Mike pours a cold one for a customer.

Work Concessions

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.

Professional theater lighting makes the show special.

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.

Professional theater lighting makes the show special.

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, President
    Lynn Swan, Vice President
  • Anne Peck, Sec. Treasurer
    Howard Johnson
  • Carolanne Steinebach
    Robin Nelson Wicks
  • Harry Grant
    Kevin Krentz, Artistic Director
  • Liz Johnson, Executive Director
    Rebecca Thomson, Summer Festival Director
  • Jennifer Stephens, Outreach Coordinator