VMF youth programs for 2016-17 include:

  • A Children’s Concert involving Dr. Seuss’ Sneetches and St. Saens’ Carnival of the Animals was presented to 1,200 VUSD third-graders on October 11th, 2016. The sponsors: John Hammer/ Hammer-Hewson Associates, and Janet & Mark Goldenson.
  • VMF’s Music in the Schools program will serve 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.
  • The Student Jazz Competition’s free public concert will be held on January 22nd, 2pm at The Pierpont. Five talented high school-age musicians will compete live for prize money and a spot in future VMF concerts. (Various individual sponsors plus The Pierpont Inn)
  • A Rising Stars Concert in the Spring–offered free of charge to the community–will feature outstanding young classical, choral and jazz musicians.
  • The VMF Young Artists Fund underwrites the performances of outstanding young musicians in diverse Festival and pre-Festival programs. Some may be young talent lauded locally for whom the appearance is a professional debut. Others may have emerged from important regional or national competitions. Already several have gone on to forge promising careers in concert halls that span the globe.
  • Free or heavily discounted tickets available for all 2016-17 Festival concerts.

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.

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Thank you 2016 Festival-goers!

Save these dates for 2017 now:
July 14-16 & 21-23!

Please join us for the 11th Annual Student Jazz Competition on January 22

Judges will award cash prizes to three of Southern California's best high school jazz musicians as the Ventura Music Festival kicks off the new year with competition performances free and open to the public on
Sunday, January 22, 2 to 3:30 pm
in the Pierpont Pavilion
at the historic Pierpont Inn
550 Sanjon Road in Ventura

No RSVP is required for audience members to attend this 11th annual competition for students.

23rd Festival Line-Up Announced on February 21

Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta will announce the 23rd Ventura Music Festival artist line-up in a special briefing at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, on Tuesday, February 21, from 5 to 6 pm. The public is warmly invited to attend this free admission event with refreshments and entertainment following the presentation. The festival will take place on the July 14-16 and July 21-23 weekends.

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

In the News:

Violinist Nuvi Mehta, friends put talents on display
at Ventura Music Festival


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