2016 Festival Collage The Mission of Arizona Musicfest is

• To engage, stimulate and delight audiences, from near and far,

as an important destination music festival;

• To educate and inspire young and old through music enrichment programs;

• To cultivate, support and promote aspiring young musicians through
performance opportunities, competitions and scholarships; and

• To foster an organizational culture that values professionalism,
volunteerism, patronage, and a sense of family.     (480) 488-0806
P.O. Box 25455  Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Arizona Musicfest is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization


Performances so close…that take you so far

Arizona Musicfest annually presents top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, Broadway, country, blues, opera, bluegrass, and pop music in exceptional programs at venues throughout Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona.  Recent and upcoming Festival guest artists include Chris Botti, Al Jarreau, Joshua Bell, Mavis Staples, Judy Collins, Rosanne Cash, Midori, Andre Watts, The Manhattan Transfer, Chris Brubeck, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, Keb Mo, Denyce Graves, Ricardo Morales, John Pizzarelli, Chris Thile, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Michael Martin Murphy, Storm Large, Jonathan Biss, Steep Canyon Rangers, Orli Shaham, Jake Shimabukuro, Esteban, the Dukes of Dixieland and Conrad Tao among others.

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At the heart of each annual Festival is the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Robert Moody, and comprised of musicians from America's finest orchestras, including; the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and many others. These superlative players, many of whom return to Musicfest year after year, come to Arizona for a one week residency to perform four symphonic programs for capacity crowds.  In addition, the Festival features the 100-voice Arizona Musicfest Chorus, one of the region’s top choral ensembles.

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The Arizona Republic recently recognized Arizona Musicfest as "The Best Classical Music Festival", and regularly promotes Musicfest concerts as a “Best Bet”.   Phoenix Magazine frequently features Musicfest concerts in the publication’s “Top Ten” lists. 

Enhancing Accessibility and Expanding the Musicfest Footprint

Between 2013 and 2016 Arizona Musicfest made significant advancements in its marketing initiatives and patron services. These enhancements, coupled with dynamic and engaging concert programming, resulted in record attendance, drawing from the greater Scottsdale and Phoenix area, as well as patrons from across the country, many of whom make Arizona Musicfest an annual national destination. The 2016 Festival’s attendance of over 15,000 represented a record-breaking 95% increase in ticket sales since 2013.

Making a Commitment to Our Area’s Youth 

While the Musicfest spotlight shines brightest on each Festival season, our efforts continue to illuminate the community, all year long, through our acclaimed music education programs in area schools and youth performance opportunities for young musicians from throughout the State of Arizona.  

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Each year, Arizona Musicfest's youth and music education programs touch thousands of Arizona students. Starting in elementary school, children experience their first exposure to classical music through Musicfest Minutes, a daily curriculum-based music lesson in local classrooms. Utilizing the emerging trend of teaching ukulele and guitar to introduce the fundamentals of music, Musicfest Strummers and Stinger Guitar provide free instruments to thousands of 3rd through 8th graders in area schools. This unique program has become nationally recognized for its advancements in teaching hands-on music education. Also at the primary level, Musicfest Music Makers introduces 3rd and 4th graders to string, wind and brass instruments through live performances featuring Arizona-based professional musicians. Through the Festival's popular Musicfest Jazz Program, local elementary students are provided with unique exposure to the Jazz repertoire, history and performance practice. The Arizona Musicfest Orchestra Outreach Program provides master classes for promising high school music students and music education forums for full-school assemblies. Each year, Musicfest also introduces students to the exciting experience of hearing a live orchestra, up close and personal, through free attendance at a Festival Orchestra open rehearsal, as well as through attendance at our Phoenix Youth Symphonette concert. Additionally, Arizona Musicfest maintains a vitally-important Instrument Loan Program, providing instruments for low income children at low or no cost.

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Beyond Arizona Musicfest’s presence in area classrooms, the organization is also dedicated to providing performance opportunities and financial assistance to aspiring young musicians. This commitment is achieved through our popular Young Musicians Competitions (Piano, Orchestral instruments & Voice), which annually attract competitors from throughout the State, as well as through our college-level Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Program, which awards generous financial aid to Arizona's college-bound (and currently enrolled) university students pursuing degrees in instrumental music performance.  Anna Han, of Chandler, AZ, was the 2014 Arizona Musicfest Scholarship recipient.  The winner of the 2014 Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition, Ms. Han is currently pursuing a degree in piano performance at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. Other scholarship recipients currently attend the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Biola University, Arizona State University, and USC’s Thornton School of Music.  In a new initiative, which began in the 2014-2015 season, Arizona Musicfest annually presents three Young Musicians Concerts in partnership with the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).

Invest in Musicfest, for today and tomorrow

Over the last 25 years, Arizona Musicfest has played a vital role in our community by providing accessible, affordable and entertaining world-class performances to area audiences, and by ensuring that thousands upon thousands of our area's youth receive quality access to music education and performance opportunities. 

This is an exciting time at Arizona Musicfest.  Both on-stage and off, the organization is evolving and expanding.  From concert to concert, and classroom to classroom, Arizona Musicfest is investing in its future, as well as in the future of our community.  With a strong history as one of the region’s cultural destinations and educational treasures, matched with tremendous current growth, Arizona Musicfest is poised for great things, for today and tomorrow.

 Capacity crowds enjoying Arizona Musicfest Performances

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