Bravo! Vail celebrates inaugural Music Education Month with events throughout October

Haciendo Música students are given opportunities to develop performance skills alongside their peers in an environment outside of the traditional classroom.
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Bravo! The Vail Music Festival (Bravo! Vail) announces its first-ever Music Education Month, featuring a free concert and collaborative learning opportunities in October.

In celebration of Bravo! Vail’s year-round commitment to music education for adults and youth in the community, Music Education Month events include a special performance by Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott; interdisciplinary artistic workshops and talks; Collaboration with Walking Mountains Science Center Avon Campus, Alpine Arts Center and Bookworm of Edwards; and expanded learning and performance opportunities for Bravo! Vail’s music maker Haciendo Musica Students.

“This month-long celebration doesn’t just show Bravo! Vail’s extensive music education program throughout the year, but it also expands these offerings with new music experiences in the Valley, including interdisciplinary arts events,” said Caitlin Murray, executive director of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. “We’re excited to offer members of our community more ways to connect through music.”

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Bravo! Vail Music Education Month events include the following:

• Community concert with Anne-Marie McDermott: 1 October at 1pm (Edwards Interfaith Chapel) – Well done! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott opens Music Education Month with a special community performance at Edwards Interfaith Chapel. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a meet and greet with Ms. McDermott before the concert. Tickets are free, but reservations are required through

Musicians “Haciendo Música” chamber music Saturdays: 1, 8, 15 and 22 October from 9am-12pm (Edwards Interfaith Chapel) – Chamber music Saturdays give Bravo! Vail’s Music Makers “Haciendo Música” offers students the opportunity to develop performance skills alongside their peers in an environment outside of the traditional classroom. As Bravo! Vail’s flagship music education program, Music Makers “Haciendo Música,” provides affordable after-school violin and piano lessons to nearly 300 students in the Eagle and Lake County school districts each year. Music Makers “Haciendo Música” chamber music Saturdays are by invitation only. For more information, please contact Aileen Pagán-Rohwer at [email protected].

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• Mexican Ofrendas (Altars) & Music: 18 Oct at 4 p.m. (Alpine Arts Center) –Ofrendas, or altars, are an integral part of Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico. This family-friendly workshop gives participants the opportunity to create their own ofrenda while learning about Mexican art, music, history and culture from a Bravo! Vail Scholar. Admission is free, but reservation via is required.

• Cocktails & Screen with French Music: 21 Oct at 5:30pm (Alpine Arts Center) – This adult-only event provides art materials and inspiration for attendees to create Impressionist-style paintings while enjoying cocktails and discussions from a Bravo! Vail Scholar of French art, music, history and culture. Admission is free, but reservation via is required. Cocktails are available for purchase.

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• The Art of Letter Writing: Oct. 27 at 6:00 p.m. (The Bookworm of Edwards) – This unique presentation of a Bravo! The Vail grantee explores the art of letter writing and its connection to music. Participants go home with a pack of free note cards to begin their own writing journey, inspired by the music they are listening to. Admission is free, but reservations are required through The Bookworm at 970.926.7323. to follow reception.

• Music Makers “Haciendo Música” Fright at the Museum: October 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon Campus) – Well done! Vail music maker Haciendo Musica Students and staff present a Spooky Concert, a Spooky Forest Walk and a Spooky Sounds Instrument Petting Zoo just in time for Halloween. These family-friendly, interactive events allow attendees to connect the eerie sounds of nature with those of musical instruments. Admission is free, but reservations are required through WalkingMountains.orgwhere a detailed schedule is also available.

Learn more about Bravo! Visit for Vail’s Music Education Month events or websites of participating partners.

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