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Caroga Lake Music Festival

a four-piece group with string instruments perform on a boat in an open setting with other people on boats in the water watching them
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2017 Artists

  • David Cook Jazz Trio (including the Music Director for Taylor Swift)
  • Vocalist Chris Jamison (finalist from NBC's The Voice)
  • Cellist Mike Block (Silk Road Ensemble)
  • J-Music Pocket Band ("J-Pop meets jazz", New York City)
  • Jason Anick Trio (gypsy jazz swing)


In addition to the concerts, the festival offers the CLMF Camp at Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville. The three-day program is open to musicians of all ages and abilities. Participants will get to play chamber music, partake in educational workshops, and perform at the finale concert featuring the CLMF artists on July 26th at 3pm at Paul Nigra Center.

CLMF Open House Orchestra

New this year, the festival will host the CLMF Open House Orchestra on August 3rd at St. John's Episcopal Church in Johnstown. Inviting all local instrumentalists of all ages, the CLMF Open House Orchestra is a chance for members of the community to perform alongside the CLMF musicians.

About the Festival

Founded by cellist Kyle Barrett Price in 2012, the Caroga Lake Music Festival, a summer music festival based in Caroga Lake, New York, is a series of performances and community outreaches in the Adirondacks and beyond. Attracting audiences locally and nationwide, Caroga Lake Music Festival is dedicated to increasing accessibility to chamber music, cultivating creative and interactive experiences and showcasing some of the world’s top professional artists from the U.S. and abroad.

Caroga Arts Collective, Inc., presents the 2017 Caroga Lake Music Festival. Events hosted by the Caroga Arts Collective are free with donations gratefully accepted. Donations underwrite travel and various lodging expenses for the seventy world-class musicians from across the world who will perform concerts over a five week period. Donations also support our long-range goal of further developing performance and education programs in the area while also establishing a permanent home for our organization through our 10.5 acre campus located at MyHil, the former Schine property in Caroga Lake.

The festival has performed in renowned venues such as St. John Divine Cathedral (NYC), Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, Caroga Chapel,  St. John’s Episcopal Church – Johnstown and more.

In addition, the musicians engage the community through performing at non-traditional concert venues such as the Canada Lake Store Barge, Wells Nursing Home, Vrooman’s Inn, Nick Stoner Inn and Mettabee Farm among others.

The festival has been showcased by Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) since 2014 and has also performed pre-concerts for Yo-Yo Ma, Keith Lockhart, David Finckel, Wu Han, The Philadelphia Orchestra and more.

Caroga Lake Music Festival also serves a residency at Fulton Montgomery Community College Summer Academy program. Students have the opportunity to learn and play with the festival musicians, and perform a finale concert together on its campus in Johnstown.

Season Concert Schedule

Thursday, July 20th

  • 7pm: Caroga Chapel Series, free
  • 10pm: Encore! Jazz Sessions featuring David Cook Jazz Trio and Nick Stoner Inn, free

Friday, July 21st

  • 6pm: Caroga Arts Gala in West Sand Lake

Saturday, July 22nd

  • 6pm: L.L. Bean's Summer in the Park Series, Freeport, Maine, free
  • 8pm: Nick Stoner Inn, free

Sunday, July 23rd

  • 6pm: The Barge at Canada Lake Marina, free

Wednesday, July 26th

  • 3pm: Finale Concert: CLMF Camp at Paul Nigra Center, free
  • 7pm: Caroga Museum, free

Thursday, July 27th

  • 7pm: Arkell Museum, free

Friday, July 28th

  • 7pm: Caroga Chapel Series

Saturday, July 29th

  • 6pm: Sherman's Revival Series featuring Chris Jamison, finalist from NBC's The Voice, Sherman's Amusement Park, free

Sunday, July 30th

  • 3pm: Mayfield Presbysterian Church presented by SVAN, $12 per person ($10 for SVAN members), and free for children

Thursday, August 3rd

  • 7pm: CLMF Open House Orchestra - Luc Baghdassarian, conductor; St. John's Episcopal Church, Johnstown, free

Friday, August 4th

  • 7pm: Caroga Chapel Series

Saturday, August 5th

  • 6pm: Sherman's Revival Series featuring cellist Mike Block from Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Sherman's Amusement Park, free

Sunday, August 6th

  • 4pm: Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, free

Tuesday, August 8th

  • 7pm: Music on Mainstreet in Canajoharie, free

Wednesday, August 9th

  • 7pm: Proctors Theater, GE Theater, tickets TBD

Thursday, August 10th

  • 7pm: Cobleskill United Methodist Church, free

Friday, August 11th

  • 7pm: Caroga Chapel Series, free
  • 10pm: Encore! Jazz Sessions featuring J-Music Pocket Band, Nick Stoner Inn, free

Saturday, August 12th

  • 6pm: Sherman's Revival Series featuring the Saunders family band and J-Music Pocket Band, Sherman's Amusement Park, free

Sunday, August 13th

  • 6pm: The Barge at Canada Lake Marine featuring the Saunders family with CLMF musicians, free

Tuesday, August 15th

  • 8pm: Venue - Caroga Lake, NY TBD, Jason Anick Trio, Free

Wednesday, August 16th

  • 6pm: Venue - Carogoa lake, NY TBD, Jason Anick Trio

Friday, August 18th

  • 7pm: Caroga Chapel Series, free

Saturday, August 19th

  • 6pm: Sherman's Revival Series featuring Lo Marie and CLMF musicians, Sherman's Amusement Park, free

Sunday, August 20th

  • 11am: Brunch and music at Nigra Center for Creative Arts, tickets are $25 per adult and $15 for kids under 10
  • 6pm: Hawthorne Valley School, Ghent, free

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