2023 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival

Rachel Lee Priday, violinist, warming up backstage

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival’s Mission
Promote the appreciation of chamber music in the Methow Valley.

The Festival brings world-class professional musicians to the Methow Valley. Sharing the love of classical music with the area’s residents and visitors, the Festival supports the local economy, collaborates with other community organizations, educates our audience, and enhances the appreciation of our cultural heritage. We do that with concerts, free community performances, lectures, open rehearsals and the personal contact that naturally occurs between the audience and artists at these events.

The annual Summer Concert Series comprises ten days of music, including six major concerts. No two are alike. Each performance features music that is familiar, mixed with a little that is new, all accentuated with the virtuosic fireworks of first-class, dazzling performances by musicians from all over the world, including the best of the Northwest. Artistic director Kevin Krentz creates musical programs that are both powerful and elegant, resonating with audience members on a very personal level.

Join us at the Methow Valley Community Center in the beautiful Methow Valley this summer for an evening rich with superb music. Concertgoers will be able to dine at one of our fine Valley restaurants or picnic in the Center’s newly landscaped and tented garden area. Local beer, wine, cider, and desserts will be available for purchase. The grounds open early for picnicking and socializing

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival dates for 2023 are June 15, 16, 17, & 22, 23 and 24. Tickets will go on sale in April 2023.

Kevin Krentz is the Festival’s Artistic Director. He is a career chamber musician, teacher at Seattle University, and founder of Krentz StringWorks and the Seattle Cello Academy. He has performed internationally and won prizes in the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and the Greenlake National Chamber Music Competition. He is passionate in his support of the arts and is a dedicated and sought-after cello instructor in Seattle. Kevin brings an experience rich in chamber music and community collaboration.

Kathy Podmayer has taken on the role of Executive Director for the 2023 Festival. She brings extensive business and operational experience to the Festival and an appreciation for chamber music.

Jenny Beste has served as the Administrative Assistant for the last five years. Her skill in keeping track of all tasks that need to be done to deliver the Festival is phenomenal.