Community Outreach

Music in the Schools

The Breckenridge Music Festival’s educational outreach program, Music In the Schools, offers students in Summit, Lake and Park counties classical and traditional performing arts experiences to expand and enrich the arts curriculum in the schools.

Music In the Schools works to support arts education as a critical component of educational excellence for children pre-K through 12. Musical participation has been proven to nourish the creative process in learning and add to many creative problem-solving skills that transfer into all areas of learning and living. Arts enrichment familiarizes students with our cultural heritage in our various arts disciplines.


Music In the Schools has several focus areas:

Performing Artists in Music in Schoolsthe Schools: regional elementary schools are provided with school-wide assembly performances and related workshop sessions during the school year. Jazz, opera, dance and many other performing arts experiences are represented in these assemblies.

Artist in Residence: performing artists are in-residence at a school for a block of time. Working closely with teachers to enhance the programs already offered in the schools, the residency provides enriching arts experiences for each student. A final performance for parents and the community allows the students to share what they have created with the resident artist.

Winter Concert Series Master Classes: visiting artists performing in the Winter Concert Series provide workshops for students in the band, orchestra, choral and musical theatre classes at the middle schools and high schools in the three counties.

Through the Music In the Schools program, the Breckenridge Music Festival works to cultivate the next generation of music audiences and arts patrons.

Music In the Schools is supported by grants from The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier-Williams Advised Fund.

Free Family Concert

The Breckenridge Music Festival offers outreach concerts for the entire family as part of its annual Summer Festival. These concerts feature our Festival Orchestra in a program designed especially with the young listener in mind. Reaching young audiences and their families is central to our mission of music performance and education, and is an essential ingredient to maintaining a strong arts presence as part of a vibrant community.

Arts-engaged children enjoy significant advantages in their personal and academic development, and they are also the essential building block of our future audiences. Creating performances tailored to the interests of young audiences is an important aspect of engaging children in the arts. Many adult concert attendees can describe in detail the childhood field trip to a civic orchestra performance that first introduced them to the exciting sound of a symphony orchestra.

The BMF partners with the Breckenridge Recreation Department to maximize the Family Concert’s benefit to the community, pairing the Family Concert with a Music Week at the Rec Center’s summer day camp for children. For four days of the week leading up to the Friday Family Concert, ensembles of brass, strings, woodwinds and the harpist from the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra join campers to share music and information about their instruments, and other highlights that will capture the children’s interest and prepare them for the upcoming concert.

Stay tuned for more information on the Summer Festival 2016 Free Family Concert!