Thank you, Caroga!

Through our community, Caroga Lake Music Festival grows, and local partners benefit

Heartfelt thanks to our volunteers, local businesses, and community

We look back with warmhearted gratitude at the 8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival. Our homegrown festival has become one of the fastest growing in the northeast. We were thrilled to feature a wide variety of unique performances with top artists in a welcoming environment. We also expanded learning opportunities in our educational work with students in schools and camps. We aspire to make our  concerts accessible and enjoyable for all children, families, and the community!

As your community organization, Caroga Arts aims to help revitalize local business, culture, and life. Since 2014, we have worked hard toward developing a valuable shared community arts and education campus for our town. In 2017 we launched the groundbreaking Sherman’s Revival Series. These special events open to the community laid out a path for bringing Sherman’s back to life in the heart of our larger Town Center area. We gladly paid the Town for the use of the grounds. Our local volunteers also gave time to tend the gardens, add blooming flowers, mow the lawns, do some painting, and address other fix-up jobs. To our joy, others who used the property also started to leave the site better than they found it. We celebrate this summer’s growth with hugely successful performances, learning, recreation, and memory making. We remain deeply grateful to work with you to reignite Sherman’s as a great family destination!

We thank the entire community. We also give special thanks to those who actively participated in our year-round programs. Thousands of people came out to join the fun. More than a hundred performers shared their talents. More than twenty different regional venues opened their doors for events. Hundreds of people took part in our annual fund campaign. Many also donated housing, meals, goods, and services. We welcomed back and added to our advertising partnerships. We worked with numerous for-profit businesses and non-profit community organizations. We partnered with others to help them raise money and/or carry out their programs—including the Town of Caroga Summer Youth Program, Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Wheelerville School, Caroga Lake Volleyball Club, Micropolis Cooperative Inc, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, Stump City Brewery, Caroga Historical Museum, Gloversville Library, The Glove Theatre, Saratoga Performing Arts Center Classical Kids Program among many others. In our ongoing circle of giving and growth, we look forward to more participation and more partnerships in the future.

While we now host year-round events, we especially enjoy all the music under the summer skies at the Caroga Lake Music Festival. The Caroga Arts family sincerely thanks you for joining us to be part of this inspiring community experience!

Thank you to our volunteers!

Caroga Arts is grateful for the support from our volunteers who join forces to help make Caroga Lake Music Festival a great success. Thank you!

Caroga Arts Ensemble in the News

On August 24, Caroga Arts Ensemble was invited back to the historic Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY to perform Mahler, arr. Schoenberg: The Song of the Earth with conductor Alexander Platt and singers from The Metropolitan Opera, Elizabeth Bishop and Barry Banks.

Opening Week In Caroga!


It’s Opening Week in Caroga Lake and we’re thrilled to begin the summer season with two special events! Renowned cellist Mike Block from Silk Road Ensemble returns this Tuesday. On Saturday, MyHil Film Series presents a film screening of “Strangers on the Earth” and talk with Film Director Tristan Cook, plus a special performance by National Summer Cello Institute fellows.

Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm
Pine Lake Lodge
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Saturday, June 8 at 7pm
Caroga Chapel
Free! Donations appreciated
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Buy a Season Pass for access to all Caroga Arts events!

$80 for admission to all Caroga Arts presented concerts! (Up to $115 value)

Season Posters Now Available!

We heard your voices! And we are happy to share that the 2019 CLMF Season poster, designed by local artist Linda Hinkle, are available for purchase!

Remembering Richard Clark Veghte

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Richard Veghte, a life-long aficionado of opera and classical music. Richard was active in supporting the mission of Caroga Arts and with his brother, Bruce Veghte, donated the MyHil Property to Caroga Arts in 2016. We celebrate Richard’s spirit and continue to commemorate his impact through our music making this summer and beyond.

First Summer Program Starts Thursday!

National Summer Cello Institute returns to Caroga

On May 30, the National Summer Cello Institute and Feldenkrais for Musicians return to Caroga, bringing some of the top cellists from across the country and abroad. The Cello Institute will feature renowned cellists Uri Vardi (Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison), Timothy Eddy (Professor at Juilliard School), Daniel Grosgurin (Switzerland), and Mike Block.

Don’t miss our Opening Night!

Returning to Caroga Lake for the third year in a row, cellist Mike Block from Silk Road Ensemble is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century.”

The Sale of Sherman’s to Caroga Arts

Town of Caroga Attorney Gregory Dunn discussed the legal and financial reasoning behind the board’s support of selling the town owned Sherman’s property to the Caroga Arts Collective at the Town Meeting on May 22.

The Leader-Herald published a two-part article detailing the conversations from the meeting. Learn more in the articles below!

The Sherman’s property as seen Wednesday evening. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

Single Tickets On Sale Now!

2019 CLMF Tickets On Sale!

Get ready for another season of music under the summer skies! We have some very special guest artists coming to Caroga that you won’t want to miss!

Sunday, August 11 at 6pm, Pine Lake Pavilion
$20 online/$25 at door/$10 children 7-12 years (6 & under free)
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The price of a movie ticket!

Tickets are only $12 online/$15 at door for all shows listed below
$5 for children 7-12 years (6 & under free)

Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm
Pine Lake Lodge

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Returning to Caroga Lake for the third year in a row, cellist Mike Block from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator.

Wednesday, July 17 at 8pm
The Outdoorsman

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The renowned jazz pianist and Taylor Swift’s Music Director David Cook is returning to Caroga Lake once again, after a sold out show in 2017, with his trio for this season’s opening Encore! Jazz Sessions.

Wednesday, July 17 at 8pm
The Outdoorsman

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Rushad Eggleston aka the “Cello Goblin” is one of the most impressive alternative cello players, a kazoo player, a wild jazz vocalist, and an inventor of his own language both verbally and musically. 

Wednesday, July 31 at 8pm
The Outdoorsman

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Based in Madison, WI, Mr. Chair is a true “multi-genre” musical. Known for blending musical genres, they play rock, jazz, modern classical, and contemporary improv-based styles through original compositions.

Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Sherman’s Amusement Park

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America’s Got Talent finalistand Saratoga Springs native Steven Brundage shocked judges including Simon Cowell with his remarkable Rubik’s Cube magic. 

Wednesday, August 14 at 8pm
The Outdoorsman

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In the words of music icon Quincy Jones, “This girl is IT!” Jazz bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux brings her multi-talent with her trio to the season’s final Encore! Jazz Sessions.


MyHil Film Series: “Strangers On The Earth”
Film Screening and Q&A with Director Tristan Cook
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:00PM
Caroga Chapel
Free, donations appreciated
Special performance by National Summer Cello Institute fellows!

Dane Johansen, an American cellist who ventured to walk the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way.

CLMF Artist News

On May 19, CLMF Artist and clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson (CLMF ’16-’19) appeared as a speaker at TEDx Oaklawn with musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble which included violinists Nathan Olson (co-concertmaster, Dallas Symphony) and Christabel Lin (Austin Opera), violist Lydia Umlauf (Dallas Symphony), and cellist Kyle Price (CLMF Artistic & Executive Director). Graeme’s topic was “Music about Nothing: Seinfield and the Classical Style.”

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!

Advertise your business, share a personal message
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.