A Rising Stars Concert on May 12–offered free of charge to the community–will feature outstanding young classical, choral and jazz musicians, including the Ventura College Singers.

VMF’s Music in the Schools program serves upwards of 4,000 elementary school children in both school and after-school settings, including Casa Pacifica and Boys & Girls Clubs. Its sponsors: Aera Energy LLC and Harmony Music Center.

VMF welcomes sponsors of its Young Artists Fund and other youth education and engagement programs. To donate,or for further information, please call Executive Director Susan Scott at 805-648-3146 or email her.

The VMF Young Artists Fund underwrites the performances and often the professional debuts of outstanding young musicians who have emerged from local, regional and national competitions in diverse Festival and pre-Festival programs. Many VMF Young Artists have gone on to forge promising careers in concert halls that span the globe. The VMF Young Artists Fund also offers free or heavily discounted tickets to young artists for all Festival concerts.

Thank you for voting us best festival

Join Us!
at the Ventura Music Festival
Preview of our 23rd Season

The public is warmly invited to attend
this free admission event.
Tuesday, February 21, 5 to 6:30 pm
Ventura City Hall Council Chambers
501 Poli Street, Ventura, CA 93001

Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta will announce the 23rd Ventura Music Festival artist line-up in a special briefing, followed by refreshments and a performance by the 2017 VMF Student Jazz Competition winner, Angelo Velasquez and his trio in the Atrium.

5 finalists from the 2017 Student Jazz Competition

2017 Student Jazz Competition finalists L-R: Ben Farahi, Jonah Goldstein,
Angelo Velasquez (winner), Henry Urschel and Matthew Michalek.
Photo by Derek Gulden.

Meanwhile, enjoy some visual and written thank you notes from some of our youngest Music in the Schools audience members!
Pianist Vadym Kholodenko

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko brings effortless elegance to Ventura Music Festival
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Vadym Kholodenko with Master Class Students

Vadym Kholodenko with Master Class Students

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Nuvi Mehta & Friends

Nuvi Mehta & Friends artists in conversation with audience after the show

Egle Januleviciute, Daiva Navarrette, Jonathan Alvarez and Monica Albrego

Pianist Egle Januleviciute, Honorary Lithuanian Consul Daiva Navarrette,
Mexican Oxnard Consul Jonathan Alvarez and soprano Monica Albrego

Ute Lemper

Ute Lemper

Composers & The Movies

Composers & The Movies

VMF logo art


Freddie & Al Contarino

Sandra & Jordan Laby

Miriam Wille

Hammer-Hewson Associates

Celine Gillibrand for P.W. Gillibrand Co.

Barbara Meister

Montecito Bank & Trust

Schwab Charitable Fund

805 Living

Gloisten Family Charitable Foundation

Pierpont Racquet Club

Ventura Beach Marriott

Dr. Peter Cannon

Harrison Industries

Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Limoneira Limco Del Mar


Aera Energy LLC

Arianna Ashkar, Brett Ashkar, John Ashkar & Family

Community Memorial Health Systems

Janet & Mark Goldenson

Dr. Richard & Lori Reisman

Pacific Western Bank

VC Reporter,Ventana

*as of July 1, 2016


Janet & Mark Goldenson
Janet & Mark Goldenson

Don Gloisten
Don Gloisten