Season Pass On Sale Now!

Join us at the lake for an exciting summer season of music, magic, dance and more! While most concerts presented by Caroga Arts Collective are free with donations appreciated, we have some special shows you won’t want to miss! Become a Season Pass holder and get ready for an unforgettable summer.

$80 for admission to all Caroga Arts presented concerts!
$40 Season Passes for children ages 7-12; children 6 and under are free

Single Ticket sales begin on May 16 at

Most Concerts & Events are free with donations greatly appreciated.

SPAC Educational Outreach in Photos

Last week musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble presented a week-long education residency for Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) through its Classical Kids program. Thank you SPAC for hosting us!

Additionally, the musicians visited Wheelerville School in Caroga Lake to work with students from the Band and give a special school performance. The musicians visited seven schools in total!

8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival

40 Community Events & Concerts
100+ World-Class Artists

A Season of Music, Dance, and Magic!

The 8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival will bring new artistic facets to the festival including America’s Got Talent magician Steven Brundage, a Saratoga Springs native, at Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga Lake and a musical dance collaboration with Caroga Arts Ensemble and Utica Dance at The Glove Theatre in Gloversville.

For the first time in 2019, Caroga Lake Music Festival is excited to present the Red, White, Blues & Bluegrass on July 5th in celebration of the country’s Independence at Sherman’s. This free community event will feature Grammy-Award winners Kate Lee & Forest O’Connor, Dealt the Blues, Insolent Willies and Durey Creek Bluegrass Band.

Caroga Arts Ensemble will team up with NBC’s The Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks at Pine Lake Pavilion, as well as Flame the Band from The Lexington Center at Sherman’s. Back by popular demand, jazz piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker and Caroga Arts Ensemble will perform together at the 4th Annual Caroga Arts Collective Gala at Sherman’s on July 27.

The popular Encore! Jazz Sessions will see Taylor Swift’s Music Director and jazz pianist David Cook, the unique “cello goblin” Rushad Eggleston, jazz vocalist-bassist Katie Thiroux praised by Quincy Jones, gypsy jazz Jason Anick Trio, the modern classical band Mr.Chair, and cellist from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Mike Block. Other featured artist include Billboard Hot 100’s Air Traffic Controller at The Barge at Canada Lake and a lineup to be announced later for CLMF’s Americana Music Festival, SAUNDERSFEST.

Over 70 CLMF Resident Artists, which include some of the world’s top artists from across the country, will gather in Caroga Lake for a five week residency to collaborate and engage in the communities across the northeast. The Caroga Chapel Series, a free CLMF Resident Artist concert series, will be held every Friday at 7pm between July 15 – August 18. This season’s program will include Barber Knoxville Summer 1915, Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, Bernstein Serenade, John Williams Schindler’s List, Shostakovich Piano Concerto, and works by major composers spanning from six continents for various sized ensembles.

Concerts coming to you…
Caroga / Gloversville / Johnstown / Little Falls / Cobleskill / Mayfield / Canajoharie / Cooperstown / Ghent / Woodstock / Highland Park

Today in Caroga:

Resident Artists visit Wheelerville School

Spring Resident Artists will visit Wheelerville School in Caroga Lake, NY on May 7 to do a workshop with students from Wheelerville School Band. To conclude the educational outreach, musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble will perform a mini concert from 1:00-1:30pm which is open to the public!

Caroga Arts Ensemble Educational Outreach

This week, musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble will also be in residence at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) to present a week of educational outreaches and performances in the Saratoga Springs area through SPAC’s Classical Kids program. Come hear these musicians at our last Dine, Listen & Learn event on Thursday, May 9, 5:30pm at Pleasant Lake Inn!

New 2019 CLMF Season Poster

Introducing the 2019 CLMF Season Poster

We are excited to release our first ever Caroga Lake Music Festival season poster designed by local artist Linda Hinkle!

Linda Hinkle is one of the founding members of the Micropolis Gallery at the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market in Gloversville, NY, and is very involved in promoting and supporting Fulton County’s local art scene. She is also coordinator of Sacandaga Valley Arts Network‘s Artists’ Gallery at the County Visitor Center in Vails Mills, NY. Linda earned a BFA in Design from the University of Michigan and has worked for over 45 years as a freelance designer. We are grateful to Linda for creating this beautiful design that will be featured throughout the 2019 CLMF Season.

Last Chance to Advertise!

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Reach over 5,000 new customers!

Reserve your Ad Space by Friday, May 10

Recipient of the 2019 Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Partner Award, Caroga Lake Music Festival attracts numerous locals and visitors every year and followers continue to grow. CLMF Program Books are distributed at every CLMF event throughout the five-week music festival season, which makes it a great opportunity for businesses to advertise and supporters to share a personal message!

NEW! In 2019, Program Books will double in size to a 8.5″ x 11″ finish.

Announcing Spring Residency!

Spring is coming!

After a successful Winter Residency, Caroga Arts Collective is excited to introduce another group of dedicated artists from various creative backgrounds to embark on personal, collaborative and community projects while in residence in Caroga Lake, NY.

Community Classes & Showcases

Join us for lunch at Nick Stoner Inn as our Spring Resident Artists present an engaging performance and presentation on creative projects they have been working on during the Spring Residency. Plus an exclusive look at our upcoming 2019 season as Artistic & Executive Director Kyle Price presents the exciting lineup of events coming to Caroga Lake this summer!

Join us for dinner at Vrooman’s Hotel and sing along to your favorite show tunes and film music from the greatest classics to Pixar movies with musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble.
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To close out the Spring Residency, join us for dinner and a “Musical Journey Through Time” as musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble perform a variety of pieces and arrangements from J.S. Bach to the Roaring Twenties to the Beatles and to today’s popular music.

Open Community Classes & Showcases for All

Thursday, May 2 at 10:00am
Eldoa Method: Stretching Class with Minju Kim

Blooming Lotus Yoga & Wellness25 W Main St, Johnstown, NY 12095
Open admission, donations appreciated

Violinist and CLMF Artist Minju Kim presents a class on the Eldoa Method. The Eldoa Method has many unique benefits and an incredible success rate not only for the purposes of rehabilitation but also in the prevention of injuries, improvement of posture, recovery, and overall wellbeing. You may feel immediate relief and lasting results when you integrate the Eldoa Method and techniques into your routine.

Friday, May 3 at 7:00pm
Spring Residency Artist Showcase

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 N Market St, Johnstown, NY 12095
Open admission, donations appreciated

Resident Artists gather in Caroga Lake, NY to collaborate on various creative projects. The results of these projects will be showcased at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Saturday, May 4 at 11:00am
Caroga Arts Collective 2019 Season Preview

Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, 30 N Main St, Gloversville, NY 12078
Open admission, donations appreciated

An exclusive look at our upcoming 2019 season as Artistic Director Kyle Price presents the exciting lineup of events coming to Caroga Lake this summer! Special performance by Twin Pixie, Spring Resident Artists.

Connect with our Artists

Become a Housing or Meal donor for Caroga Lake Music Festival 2019!

Create memories with our artists! Caroga Arts brings more than 100+ world-class artists to reside in Caroga Lake and engage in unique performances, community outreaches, and educational programs in the Southern Adirondacks every year. Our artists are welcomed into the homes of local families and offered meals by our community volunteers. This unique opportunity to give to Caroga Arts creates an extraordinary bond among our artists and communities!

All housing and meal donors receive invitations to special events, recognition in Program Book, and an acknowledgement letter for in-kind donations.

Housing for Artists

If you have a home within 15 minutes of Caroga Lake, your home may be perfect! Our Resident Artists typically travel on Mondays and rotate weekly throughout the festival.

Meals for Artists

We are grateful for any meals or food stock/supplies donated to the festival for our Resident Artists! Our team of volunteers bring prepared meals to the Caroga Arts Hub and are invited to enjoy conversations at the dining table with our artists.

Saratoga Arts awards $125,010 for Community Arts

Caroga Arts in The Daily Gazette

Caroga Arts Collective is honored to have been awarded $5,000 in support for the Caroga Lake Music Festival.


Caroga Lake musicians reunited in Columbus, OH this past weekend and performed a sold-out show at a popular restaurant and live music venue. CLMF Artists included:
David Wong, violin (’13-’19)
Aaron Schwartz, violin (’12, ’14-’19)
Stephanie Price-Wong, viola (’12-’19)
Kyle Price, cello (’12-’19)
Geoff Saunders (’15-’19)

Don’t miss! Katie Thiroux at CLMF

Jazz Singer-Bassist Katie Thiroux
First appearance in Caroga!

It’s the first day of Spring (hooray!) and we’re springing towards the CarogaLake Music Festival season. Start making your summer plans and mark your calendar for Encore! Jazz Sessions with special guest artist, Katie Thiroux Trio!

Encore! Jazz Sessions
Katie Thiroux Trio
August 14, 2019 at 8pm
Caroga Lake, NY

Katie Thiroux has become a bold standard-bearer for the emerging generation of jazz singer/instrumentalists. Following her prodigious beginnings on bass at age 8 and studies under renowned vocalist Tierney Sutton at 12, Thiroux was mentored by the legendary bassist John Clayton and was awarded a Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music while gaining experience on the bandstand with artists including Terrell Safford, Terri Lyne Carrington, Branford Marsalis, Larry Fuller, Jeff Clayton, Patti Austin, Geri Allen, Helen Sung, Charles McPherson, and dozens of others.

“A multitasking talent who swings her bass with a Mack-truck-powered lilt that would make her hero Ray Brown proud, and who transforms her voice into a thing of delight” – The New Yorker

She was a finalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition, and her debut release as a bandleader from the same year, Introducing Katie Thiroux, received accolades from All About Jazz, the Huffington Post, the Jazz Journalists Association, and NPR Jazz, who listed the release among their Top 5 Debut Records of the Year. She was named “Rising Star” bassist in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll, is a traveling clinician for the Monterey Jazz Festival in the Schools program, and performed a three-month residency at Quincy Jones’ Dubai jazz club in 2017. Thiroux’s newest album with her quartet, Off Beat, was produced by eminent drummer Jeff Hamilton and made DownBeat’s list of Best Albums of 2017.

For this date, Thiroux will be joined by her excellent working trio including drummer Matt Witek and pianist Glenn Zaleski, who appeared at CLMF’s Encore! Jazz Sessions in 2018!

Caroga Arts Collective is honored to have been a top tier recipient of the 2019 Community Arts Grants from Saratoga Arts in support of the 8th Annual CarogaLake Music Festival which will be held from July 15 – August 18. Thank you for your continuing support!


Congratulations to CLMF Artist Eliza Wong (’17 Switzerland, ’16 CLMF), National Winner of the 2019 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition! A senior at Vanderbilt University, Eliza was chosen as the Strings finalist in the Southern Division and competed against six other division finalists from across the U.S.

Caroga Arts makes Ravinia debut!

Just Announced!
Caroga Arts Ensemble debut at Ravinia Festival

America’s oldest music festival, Ravinia, was once an amusement park and is now one of the largest arts organizations, presenting over 140 different events throughout the summer in the Chicagoland area.

The 2019 Ravinia season continues to celebrate the great American composer Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. Caroga Arts Ensemble will perform Bernstein’s Songfest on June 20 at 7:30pm in Martin Theatre with Alexander Platt as conductor, Singers from the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and Poets selected by The Poetry Foundation.

Caroga Arts Ensemble is honored to be part of a world-class line up that include performers like Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Sting, Tony Bennett, Pentatonix, Itzahk Perlman, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many more. See the full 2019 Ravinia schedule!

June 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL

Bernstein’s Songfest
Caroga Arts Ensemble
Alexander Platt, conductor
Singers from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute
Poets from The Poetry Foundation

Come see us at Ravinia! Tickets on sale May 7
Tickets: $35 / $25
Lawn: $10

Matthew Whitaker to perform at Gala!

Music & Merriment in Caroga!

4th Annual Caroga Arts Collective Gala
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Sherman’s Amusement Park, Caroga Lake, NY

Returns to Caroga

Matthew Whitaker Quartet & CLMF Orchestra, 2018 Sherman’s Revival Series

“He has quickly identified the buttons that resonate with a crowd looking for a good time.” – Los Angeles Times

Born in 2001, Matthew Whitaker’s love for playing music first began at the young age of three, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At age nine, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at age fifteen, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.

Now 17 years old, Matthew has already extensively toured the U.S. and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations and on other world renowned stages including Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain and Morocco.

Matthew was the 1st place winner at Showtime at the Apollo with Steve Harvey on FOX TV in 2016. He has been featured on national and international radio and television, including the TODAY ShowHarry Connick Jr Talk Show and The Ellen Show!

If you are interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor for this highly anticipated event, please contact

For more information regarding attending the Gala, please visit our website in the coming weeks.

Become an Artist or Concert Sponsor

How to Become an Artist or Concert Sponsor

Individuals and Businesses have the unique opportunity to sponsor an Artist or Concert at Caroga Lake Music Festival. Sponsorships will be recognized from the stage, in the concert program, and on the event site.

For Individuals

Caroga Arts Collective is dedicated to increasing accessibility to the arts, cultivating creative and interactive experiences and showcasing top professional artists from the U.S. and abroad. Caroga Arts relies on your generous gifts to continue presenting a variety of accessible world-class performances and events to the community.

Caroga Arts offers individuals the opportunity to become an Artist or Concert sponsor at the following levels:
*Opportunity to Present a CLMF Concert

$7,000 – $9,999 NAVIGATOR LEVEL
*Opportunity to Sponsor a CLMF Concert

$3,000 – $6,999 EXPLORER LEVEL
*Opportunity to Sponsor an Artist

Learn more about Donation Levels


Corporate Sponsorships

Caroga Arts Collective’s corporate sponsorships offer tremendous visibility, promotion and access. Corporate gifts and sponsorships play a major role in supporting the programs of Caroga Arts Collective while offering exclusive partnerships and various benefits for your business and organization.

Among other benefits, Caroga Arts offers businesses the opportunity to sponsor an Artist or Concert at the following levels:

*Opportunity to Present a Concert

*Opportunity to Sponsor a Concert

*Opportunity to Sponsor an Artist

Learn more about Corporate Sponsorships

Caroga Arts welcomes NBT Bank as a new sponsor

Become a sponsor today and join NBT Bank in supporting the future of Caroga Arts Collective!


CLMF Artists: Where are they today?

Portugese singer-songwriter MARO (CLMF 2018) joined forces with musical phenomenon and Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier and is currently on tour in Europe and the U.S. See if they’re performing near you!

Violinist Zenas Hsu (CLMF 2016, 2017) became a member of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, based in Boston. He also recently performed as guest concertmaster for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations Zenas on your achievements!14

Summer Internship Opportunities

Work With Us!

Caroga Lake Music Festival is hiring Summer Interns!

Are you a college student or a recent graduate looking for a meaningful summer work experience?

Caroga Arts Collective is hiring summer interns for the 2019 Caroga Lake Music Festival season! CLMF interns have the extraordinary opportunity to work firsthand at an award-winning music festival presenting over 150 world-class artists at more than 40 performances every summer in the serene, beautiful area of the Southern Adirondacks. Featuring a wide range of music genres at some of the most unique venues, Caroga Lake Music Festival offers an excellent experience for interns interested in the music and non-profit fields.

Summer 2019 Available Positions

Operations Intern

Marketing & Development Intern

Sound & Production Intern

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019