10 DAYS UNTIL SAUNDERSFEST!

Countdown to SAUNDERSFEST!

Watch LIVE on the Caroga Arts YouTube & Facebook Page

Praised by Alison Krauss, Tennessee-bred virtuoso mandolinist Sierra Hull made her first national appearance at the young age of 10 and made a surprise appearance at CLMF’s Caroga Chapel concert in 2019. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will make her first appearance at SAUNDERSFEST this year. 

From Rochester, NY, The Crooked North is an acoustic band inspired by the energy of progressive bluegrass, the gritty soul of Americana, and the Rust Belt ethos of their Western New York home. The Crooked North made their appearance at Caroga Lake Music Festival at SAUNDERSFEST 2018.

Guitarist and pianist Amos Rose rocked the show at last year’s SAUNDERSFEST as a member of Mama Juke, a New Orleans influenced blues, blue-eyed soul, funk, and folk band. 

A local favorite, the Saunders Family Band from Canada Lake will be joined by fellow musical friends for a classic SAUNDERSFEST celebration! The multi-instrumentalist family band include Luann, Clark, Robert, Geoff, and Richard Saunders.

*The duo O’Connor Lee, who were originally scheduled for this event, is unfortunately unable to perform. We are grateful to The Crooked North who have stepped in to perform


Last chance, only a few remaining!

Offering 20, 40, and 60 minute personal concerts on eight lakes

August 13 (3-8p)
Mountain Lake

August 14 (3-8p)
Stoner Lake & Pine Lake

SOLD OUT! August 15 (12-6p)
Canada Lake & Green Lake

2 LEFT! August 16 (12-6p)
Pecks Lake

SOLD OUT! August 22 (12-4p)
Stewarts Landing & Canada Lake

SOLD OUT! August 23 (2-7p)
East & West Caroga Lakes


Caroga Arts Ensemble Rebroadcast on WFMT

Aug 17 Bernstein’s Songfest from Ravinia Festival

Tune in to WFMT Chicago on Monday, August 17 at 8pm CDT for a rebroadcast of Caroga Arts Ensemble’s performance of Bernstein’s Songfest at Ravinia Festival in 2019.

Announcing Caroga Arts Boat Tour!

Book a personal concert to enjoy from your dock!

We’re using boats as stages to safely bring the live intimate performance experience back to the lakes. 

The Caroga Arts Boat Tour offers 20, 40, and 60 minute concerts and will take place August 13-16 and 22-23. Only a limited number of concerts are available – book now before we sell out!

Caroga Arts Boat Tour Schedule:

August 13 (3-8p)
Mountain Lake

August 14 (3-8p)
Stoner Lake & Pine Lake

August 15 (12-6p)
Canada Lake & Green Lake

August 16 (12-6p)
Pecks Lake

August 22 (12-4p)
Stewarts Landing & Canada Lake

August 23 (2-7p)
East & West Caroga Lakes


Upstate Rockstars Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
Live Virtual Show

Hailing from Fort Plains, NY, the blues-rock sibling duo Jocelyn and Chris Arndt was originally scheduled to make their Caroga Lake Music Festival debut at Sherman’s this summer. Nevertheless, we’re excited to welcome them to our “virtual stage” aka Facebook Takeover!

Thursday, August 6 at 6pm EDT
Caroga Arts Facebook

Sponsored by Hyman Hayes Associates


Caroga Arts with SPAC’s Learning Library

When the pandemic began, Saratoga Performing Arts Center launched its “Learning Library” to continue to engage and inspire its young audiences. Caroga Arts is excited to share with you our String Quartet Sing-a-long lesson video featuring KASA Quartet for SPAC’s Learning Library.  Learn about string quartets with your little ones and sing-a-long with KASA! 

Music Today Interview with Kyle Price

Artistic & Executive Director Kyle Price was recently interviewed by Keitaro Harada, a renowned Japanese conductor and Music Director of Savannah Philharmonic, on the weekly live stream series Music Today. Watch the broadcast on YouTube below.


Coming up this month


Caroga Arts is grateful to the following Golf Outing Sponsors


New Mural Unveiled at Sherman’s

New Mural Brings Joy To Sherman’s

We’re so excited to unveil our new beautiful mural by artist Erica Harney on the main building of Sherman’s! Make sure to stop by Sherman’s to enjoy the artwork and take a photo with the mural (physically-distanced style) to share with us by tagging @carogaartscollective! 

Artist Erica Harney, who has roots in upstate New York, is a fine artist, curator, scenic painter and educator based in Philadelphia. Erica has worked collaboratively with visual artists, musicians, writers, and choreographers on a wide range of creative projects. She is affiliated with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and has worked as a muralist and restoration artist in and around Philadelphia. Most significantly, Erica works professionally as a scenic painter for theatre, ballet, opera and television for production companies such as Opera Philadelphia, Opera Delaware, First State Ballet, the Fulton Theatre, and most recently, HBO.
Click here to visit her website.


Watch Glenn Zaleski LIVE this Thursday!

On Thursday, July 30 at 6pm EDT, the sought-after NYC-based jazz pianist Glenn Zaleski will take over the Caroga Arts Facebook page for a live virtual show! This Facebook Takeover is sponsored by Caroga Historical Association & Museum


Caroga Arts is grateful to the following Golf Outing Sponsors

Last Day, Early Bird Registration! + Matthew Whitaker LIVE

TODAY: Last Day for Early Bird Discount!

Prices for tournament registration and hole/flag sponsorship will increase after July 20.

Only 3 more Team slots remaining!!

Support Caroga Arts and play to win a 2020 Ford Escape lease, up to $400 cash prize and more! August 9, 2020 at Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course, open to all.


Become a Golf Outing Sponsor!

Show your support for Caroga Arts and become a hole or flag sponsor – and promote your business. Last day for Early Bird Discount is TODAY!

Only 3 Hole Sponsorship remaining!


Matthew Whitaker Live virtual show

This Wednesday teen jazz sensation Matthew Whitaker (CLMF ’18 & ’19) will take over the Caroga Arts Facebook page for a live virtual show!


And Stay Tuned for…

Sawyer live virtual show; Early Bird deadline approaching!

Last Chance to Register for Early Bird!

Take advantage of our Early Bird discounts and register by July 20 to compete in the tournament or become a sponsor! Cash prizes and more, plus a chance to win a two year lease from Brown’s Ford Johnstown for a Hole In One!

Individual Player: $75 / $52 (course member) includes cart
($85 / $62 per player after July 20)

All registered players receive a favor bag with wrap sandwich, drink chip from Nick Stoner Inn, and Caroga Arts swag!


Sawyer Fredericks “returns” to Caroga!

Don’t miss a live virtual show by NBC’s The Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks! Tune in to the Caroga Arts Facebook page this Friday, July 17 at 5pm EDT.

Sawyer Fredericks made his Caroga Lake Music Festival debut in 2018 at Sherman’s Amusement Park bringing in more than 1,800 people, as part of the Sherman’s Revival Series. In 2019 Sawyer performed with Caorga Arts Ensemble at Pine Lake Pavilion (Pictured).


Become a Golf Outing Sponsor!

Show your support for Caroga Arts and register to become a hole or flag sponsor by July 20 for Early Bird discount and additional promotion!

Hole Sponsor: $200 ($225 after July 20)

  • Logo on tee box signage (top billing)
  • Logo on publicity materials
  • Logo on website
  • Option to include item in favor bag
  • Full page ad in WinterFest program
  • Enter drawing for private dock/yard concert

Flag Sponsor: $100 ($125 after July 20)

  • Name on tee box signage
  • Name on publicity materials
  • Name on website
  • Option to include item in favor bag
  • Half page ad in WinterFest program
  • Enter drawing for private dock/yard concert

Photos from 2019 Caroga Arts Golf Outing


You’re Invited! Golf Outing + The “Cello Goblin” live on Facebook

Register by July 20 for Early Bird Discount

Support Caroga Arts and join us for a fun day of golf at the beautiful Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course! The Caroga Arts Golf Outing is our only onsite fundraising event in the 2020 Season. Help Caroga Arts continue its mission to reignite the Caroga Experience while enjoying a round of golf or participating in the putting contest!

Player Registration

Individual Player: $75 / $52 (course member) includes cart
($85 / $62 per player after July 20)

All registered players receive a favor bag with wrap sandwich, drink chip from Nick Stoner Inn, and Caroga Arts swag!

Hole Sponsor: $200 ($225 after July 20)

  • Logo on tee box signage (top billing)
  • Logo on publicity materials
  • Logo on website
  • Option to include item in favor bag
  • Full page ad in WinterFest program
  • Enter drawing for private dock/yard concert

Flag Sponsor: $100 ($125 after July 20)

  • Name on tee box signage
  • Name on publicity materials
  • Name on website
  • Option to include item in favor bag
  • Half page ad in WinterFest program
  • Enter drawing for private dock/yard concert

JUST ANNOUNCED!

We’re excited to present a live virtual show by Rushad Eggleston aka the “Cello Goblin”! Tune in to the Caroga Arts Facebook page this Thursday, July 9 at 6pm EDT.


We had a fantastic night at Backyard Music Festival, our first ever virtual concert celebrating the Fourth of July in support of Caroga Arts! Over 100 viewers across the country tuned in at 5pm last Friday to watch live and we currently have almost 2,000 views combined on YouTube and Facebook! We are beyond grateful for your continuing support for Caroga Arts. Even though we are physically apart, this event has shown us that the Caroga Arts family is strongly connected through music and community support.

Watch Backyard Music Festival

If you missed the show (or want to watch again), don’t worry, you can still watch it on both platforms! Just note there are “previews” at the opening (jump ahead to 16:50 on YouTube and 5:50 on Facebook to skip previews).

2 Days until Backyard Music Festival!

Watch Trailer for July 3

Performances featuring jazz, ragtime, classical, Sousa marches, folk and of course the 1812 Overture (with a surprise ending!) to kick off the Independence Day weekend!

Sherman’s drone footage by Kevin Chamberlain
Music by Empire Wild (CLMF ’19)

When + Where to Watch: The 4th of July Virtual Concert is premiering this Friday, July 3 at 5pm EDT LIVE on the Caroga Arts YouTube channel and Caroga Arts Facebook Page.


Last Chance Today!
Reserve your Backyard Party Box

July 1 is the last day to reserve your Backyard Party Box for July 3. Only a few left!

Support local businesses and organizations with a donation towards the Backyard Party Box. Your donation will be doubled thanks to a generous $10,000 matching gift from Pat Lowry & Jim Hopkins.


Bring the festival to YOUR backyard on July 3!


As we begin to spend more time outside this summer, please continue to take safety measures and follow public health guidelines. The community’s health and safety is our top priority and we encourage you to continue to practice physical distancing, wear a face covering in public settings around others, and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. To learn more, visit www.cdc.gov.


The Loon Call:
Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk Highlights Part 1

The Countdown Begins!

Premiering in 15 days!

Get your grill on for the 2020 Backyard Music Festival! Caroga Arts is excited to bring you the Caroga Lake Music Festival experience to YOUR backyard in celebration of Independence Day! 

The Fourth of July Virtual Concert will feature a variety of world-class artists and musical selections from jazz to classical to ragtime to folk – and of course some classic July Fourth music!

The “Virtual” Caroga Arts Ensemble 

For the first time ever, thirty musicians from Caroga Arts Ensemble will perform virtually together to play the iconic Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, arranged by Caroga Arts artist Josh Henderson, and “Echoes Ring”, a piece commissioned in honor of MLK50 and composed by our very own Artistic Director Kyle Barrett Price. See who’s playing here!

Save the Date! Backyard Music Festival July 3 @5pm EDT

1812 Overture is in the works! Hear 30 CLMF Artists perform 1812 arranged by Josh Henderson (CLMF ‘18,’19) and conducted by Jacob Joyce (CLMF ‘19), Associate Conductor of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! Learn more Carogaarts.org/bmf

Posted by Caroga Arts Collective: Caroga Lake Music Festival on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Making-of 1812 Overture: Watch how 30 musicians are playing virtually together

World-class Jazz & Ragtime Pianists

Taylor Swift’s Music Director and renowned jazz pianist David Cook will perform a jazz segment during the virtual concert. David has music directed notable artists including Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, *NSYNC, KESHA, Halsey and Emmy/Oscar/Tony winner Ben Platt.

Making his first Caroga Arts appearance, Ethan Uslan is a ragtime pianist and 3-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest! As a little sneak peak of what’s coming to Sherman’s in 2021, Ethan will play some music by Scott Joplin in celebration of the Sherman’s Centennial next year. 

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Vocal Quartet made up of CLMF Artists and opera singers Nicole Heinen, Logan Contreras, Jazimina MacNeil, and Armando Contreras will sing a heavenly arrangement of “America the Beautiful.”

Longtime CLMF Artists Andy Liang and Aaron Schwartz are taking the challenge of playing the notoriously difficult Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” for two violins arranged by B. Dukov. 

The talented vocalists and multi-instrumentalists of the Saunders Family Band from Canada Lake will also join for a performance of “This Land Is Your Land.” 

Help us reach our $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

The Backyard Music Festival is a fundraising event to support Caroga Arts’ continued efforts to revitalize local culture, business, and life by providing unique experiences through collaborative performances, community engagement and education. All donations made to Caroga Arts between now and September 30, 2020 will be DOUBLED, thanks to a generous matching gift of up to $10,000 from Pat Lowry and Jim Hopkins.


Watch Caroga Arts on CBS 6 Albany

If you missed the Caroga Arts spotlight on CBS 6 Albany News last week, watch the feature here!


Lakeside Classics

We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.

“Contrasts” by Brian Shank (World Premiere)
Brian Shank, conductor; Eva Ding, flute; Kai-Ju Ho, clarinet; Aaron Schwartz, violin; Deborah Barrett Price, viola; Erica Gailing, viola; Ken Kubota, cello

GINASTERA: Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 (I. Allegro violento ed agitato)
Caroga Arts Ensemble