Music from Angel Fire was founded in 1983 by a group of chamber music-loving friends and families in Angel Fire and Taos who were inspired to bring chamber music to the region on an annual basis. In 1984, Ida Kavafian was invited to serve as Artistic Director, a position she maintained through September 2019. Under Kavafian’s tenure, Music from Angel Fire has won a place on the national stage with its Composer-in-Residence Program (1988), Young Composer-in Residence (2005), Music in Schools (2000), and a visual artists program that brings the places and spaces of New Mexico to the annual festival.
In 2020, the Board of Music from Angel Fire selected flutist Tara Helen O’Connor and violinist Daniel Phillips as the new Artistic Directors to lead Music from Angel Fire. Both artists have been members of the Music from Angel community for more than two decades.
In 2021, Music from Angel Fire continues its composer-in-residence program with a new work by Paul Wiancko sponsored by the Bruce and Hilde Howden Memorial Trust. The relationship with visual arts continues with “Autumn in Northern New Mexico” by Taos artist, Teruko Wilde.
Since 1999, young musicians from the Curtis Institute have come to Music from Angel Fire to perform with the professional musicians and provide in-school programs for K-12 students. In 2021, the program expands with new groups of musicians from Colburn School (California) and Juilliard School (New York). It promises to be an exciting season!