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Gerhart Chamber Music Festival

This Year’s Festival Updates

The 2020 Gerhart Chamber Music Festival will be a virtual masterclass on Saturday, October 24th from 1:00-2:30 pm. To connect & watch the masterclass LIVE on Saturday at 1:00 pm Central via Zoom, click this link.

In the meantime, we have provided some fun and education videos to showcase the talent that is so wonderfully orchestrated by the four musicians. Please take some time to listen and share with your friends and family. We hope to see you in person next year for the 2021 50th Annual Gerhart Chamber Music Festival at Snead State Community College!

Violinist Michael Davis shares his background & influence of the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival:

Violinist Michael Davis shares his background & influence of the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival
Michael Davis performing the National Anthem at the Colorado Rockies game
Cellist Bion Tsang’s performance of “Sabre Dance”
Violaist Wayne Roden shares an encouraging story of how he began playing Chamber music.
Pianist Jeffrey Cohen shares a personal Gerhart welcome for 2020.

Enjoy a beautiful piece by cellist Bion Tsang
Violaist Wayne Roden’s collaboration tribute to director Michael Tilson Thomas

About the Music Festival

The Gerhart Chamber Music Series began in 1972 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization called Youth Makes Music. The organization sought to further the performance and appreciation of classical chamber music in North Alabama. Chamber music is a unique form of art that has been referred to as “the music of friends.” The Festival held its first Homecoming Concert on the shores of Lake Guntersville before moving to Indian Springs School, located south of Birmingham. The Festival returned to Marshall County in 1985, when it coined its name after the late Russell Gerhart, the Huntsville Symphony conductor and well-known string teacher. The Gorham’s Bluff Institute later became the host of the annual event with a variety of activities held in Gorham’s Bluff, Hoover, Guntersville and Rainsville. In 2006, Snead State Community College became the host of the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival. In 2013, patrons of the Gerhart Festival enjoyed the concerts in the newly-restored historic Fielder Auditorium, located in the Administration Building on Snead State Community College’s Boaz campus.

The Festival includes concerts, a Master Class, and educational opportunities for Snead State students and students within the local school systems. Admission to all of the Gerhart Festival events is free.

Music Festival Master Class

As part of the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival, Snead State will sponsor a Master Class with the guest artists. The master class is open to string players (violin, viola and cello), pianists, and/or chamber groups. A concert of the student performers will follow. Time limitations will restrict the number of applicants we can accommodate, so please register early. Click this link for the registration packet. To register for the Master Class, contact sdiblasi@snead.edu for a registration packet.

Event Sponsors

If your business would like to sponsor the Gerhart Music Festival by purchase an ad in the Festival program, complete the order form and send it to Lindsey King at PO Box 734, Boaz, AL, 35957, or lking@snead.edu. The deadline to order an ad is Sept. 12, 2019.

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