In 2008, the Glacier Symphony and Chorale (GSC) was planning the first ever full-week classical music festival called “Festival Amadeus” to be held in Whitefish during the first week of August 2008. The GSC developed a collaborative effort with the North Valley Music School (NVMS), which already had significant youth music education programs in Whitefish, including a summer string camp for youth. After a years worth of planning, Festival Amadeus 2008, along with Camp Festival Amadeus 2008 were held simultaneously with great success for both organizations. The two events have now been held for three years in a row, and plans are underway for Festival Amadeus and Camp Festival Amadeus from July 31 – Aug. 6, 2011. Some of the benefits are:
o Many orchestra and chamber music players and performers for Festival Amadeus are also teachers and coaches at Camp Festival Amadeus. By both organizations being able to pay them for their services, it makes it feasible for them to be in Whitefish for the week.
o NVMS performs their final camp concert in space that is already rented by the GSC for Festival Amadeus.
o The GSC utilizes space rented by NVMS for orchestra rehearsals.
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o Families of students at Camp Festival Amadeus come to Whitefish for the week, or to pick up their kids and attend concerts at Festival Amadeus.
o Many players in the Festival Amadeus orchestra and guest artists are music teachers and as time goes on will send students to participate in Camp Festival Amadeus.
The collaboration between the GSC and NVMS has been very beneficial to both organizations as Festival Amadeus and Camp Festival Amadeus get established. One never knows what things will grow into, or when they need to be shifted to another direction, but certainly this collaboration has helped create a unique and beneficial event to both organizations.