Caroga Lake Music Festival
Presented by Caroga Arts Collective, 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 (NY), Hudson Valley (NY), New York City 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.
The multi-genre programming makes this festival unique and exciting; from classical music to contemporary music and from small ensembles to orchestras. The festival features well-established young instrumentalists as well as vocalists such as Alyson Stoner and Cara Samantha.
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, NY.
Founder & Artistic Director
Kyle Barrett Price, Artistic Director and Founder of the Caroga Lake Music Festival, was named winner in the 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, winner of the Coltman Chamber Music Competition with KASA Quartet, and finalist in the 2015 G. Gershwin International Music Competition. A medalist in the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, Kyle was featured on NPR’s From the Top! radio show and has recorded with artist Alyson Stoner. Kyle has also received acclaim for his composition Requiem in memory of his aunt, cellist Constance E. Barrett and his work, Serenade, premiered by the Calidore String Quartet and the Chamber Music Connection. Kyle completed his Master of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Cellist and founder of the KASA Quartet, he currently serves as principal cellist of Lacrosse Symphony while pursuing a Doctorate of Music under the mentorship of Uri Vardi and as Madison Symphony’s graduate Hunt Quartet fellow.
Kyle founded the Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2012 at the age of 19 and has developed the festival into a noteworthy national music festival bringing in over seventy highly accomplished artists hailing from the U.S. and abroad. Kyle, who grew up in Worthington, Ohio, has vacationed with his family in Caroga Lake at his Grandmother’s lake house (Joyce Barrett) since the young age. He often mentioned the idea of creating a chamber music festival in the area. This idea became a reality in the summer of 2012 when he invited some friends to stay at his grandma’s house and play chamber music.
Inspired by the serene, beautiful area and inviting community, each of the Caroga Lake Music Festival (CLMF) artists is dedicated to presenting chamber music in this relaxed, naturally intimate backdrop of the Adirondacks.
As the best kept secret in Upstate NY, our artists come to the little town of Caroga Lake, NY from across the world. These artists hail from top performance groups and have attended premiere music conservatories including the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music among many others. Caroga Lake Music Festival artists have won various prizes at international solo and chamber music competitions and regularly appear in notable media programs.