20th Anniversary Weekend

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FaMa at Fischoff

Above: the FaMa Quartet, which formed at GMCMF in 2021, performs in the 2023 Fischoff Competition, where they won junior division first prize.

May 16, 2024
Thanks to Amy Lilly at SevenDays for covering the upcoming 20th anniversary weekend!

"Every summer, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival gathers talented young violinists, violists and cellists from around the country on the Saint Michael's College campus in Colchester for four intense weeks of instruction, training and performance. The students, who range from 13 to 30 years old, practice their instruments for hours every day and rehearse with fellow students in quartets to which they were assigned before arriving. They unwind in part by attending professional quartet performances by festival faculty and visiting artists.

Out of that crucible recently emerged a student quartet that won the preeminent U.S. prize for young chamber musicians: the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Its members met at the festival in 2021 and named themselves the FaMa Quartet after an abbreviation for the key of F Major. Violinists Ella Eom and Julie Kim, both from New Jersey, and cellist Ari Peraza-Webb, from Ohio, were 16 at the time; violist Jasper Sewell, from Tennessee, was 17. Two years later, the foursome won the 2023 Fischoff junior division gold medal.

FaMa will reunite for a public performance this Saturday, May 18, at Isham Family Farm in Williston in honor of the festival's upcoming 20th season, which runs from June 23 to July 21. In the spirit of the festival's emphasis on community involvement, the free concert is a benefit for the Williston Community Food Shelf. Audiences are asked to bring monetary or food donations."

Read more here.