Music in Our Schools and Community Outreach

The MFAF Summer Festival is late in August and coincides with the beginning of the school year in New Mexico. Young Artist’s go into the rural schools of Northern N.M, often being the first live classical music exposure for these lesser served children and communities. These free concerts are brought to the schools, parks, churches, retirement communities in 5 counties. Our goal… reaching out in new directions, making music accessible to all.


School Residency

MFAF hosts a residency, bringing in premier college students to support, teach, perform and mentor budding instrumental musicians in rural, Northern NM.

Eagle Nest El School Concert

Young Artist Program

Since 1988, MFAF has cultivated and nurtured 10-14 pre-professional musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music to study, mentor and perform side by side with the most elite professional chamber musicians in the country.  Gaining invaluable experience, building professional relationships and learning the importance of community, this exclusive relationship between a music festival and a premiere conservatory is unprecedented and has launched many students to prestigious positions in the classical music world.

Commissioning Program

MFAF commissions a new work by a student composer from the Curtis Institute every year. They have their works premiered, performed and recorded by top talent. They participate in the Young Artist program, go into the schools and community outreach performances, get up close and personal with a young, living composer!

Lifelong Learning: Chambermusic 101/ Closer Encounters

Discover the story behind the music, historical context and an in-depth look at the composer’s life with these informal, engaging and highly entertaining talks with Jonathan Coopersmith.