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

An Inside Look at the Winter Residency

14 artists from various creative backgrounds joined forces in Caroga Lake, NY to embark on personal, collaborative and community projects from Jan 15-20.

Resident Artists presented two educational outreaches at Wheelerville School and Cooperstown Elementary.

The three Dine, Listen & Learn events invited the community to explore the arts and enjoy a meal. Thanks to Pleasant Lake Inn, Pine Lake Lodge & Nick Stoner Inn for hosting

In Gloversville, the Saunders family band presented a sing-a-long “Adirondack Songs” at Mohawk Harvest Co-op. Afterwards, Resident Artists presented their final works to a packed audience at Gloversville Library.

Special thanks to our volunteers, supporters, and donors for making our first Winter Residency a great success!
(Despite the snow storm!)

We look forward to the Spring Residency as we continue to inspire creativity through engaging artists and communities throughout the year.

Save the Date: Caroga Arts Gala 2019!

Save The Date

Join Us at the 4th Annual Caroga Arts Collective Gala!

Enjoy Music, Entertainment, Drinks, Dinner, Silent Auction & Much More Fun!

Creatively and Collectively Reigniting Caroga as a Top Destination!

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Throughout our history, Caroga Lake and its surrounding communities have attracted many artists, scholars, performers, authors, musicians, and nature enthusiasts. They came here to revel in the intense beauty and restorative nature of the lakes nestled among the majestic Adirondack Mountains. The area fueled their passions, sparked their creativity, and ignited a spirit of community and sense of belonging that brought people back year after year!

Today, you can be a part of this mission to reignite the CarogaExperience through interdisciplinary and inter-arts collaborations among musicians, artists, scholars, and our communities. Recipient of the Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Award, Caroga Arts continues to creatively foster Caroga into a top destination and attraction for all.

You, too, can kindle the flame and truly make a difference in our community by joining us at the 4th Annual Caroga Arts Collective Gala on Saturday, July 27, 2019. All tickets, donations, and contributions further the mission of the Caroga Arts Collective and help to enrich the arts in Caroga Lake and in our surrounding communities.

Enjoy spectacular music by some of the most talented musicians in the country, great food, wine and beer, and an amazing silent auction. Plus, gather with people just like you who want to be a part of this incredible vision to build a thriving and sustainable arts community in our area.

Special Moments from last year’s Gala

Photos by Ken Kubota, Edited by Lorie Rosenberg

New Groundbreaking Program!

This Week in Caroga!

New Groundbreaking Program: Winter Residency 2019

Meet the Artists

Other Artists include:
Jah’China De Leon, Visual Art
Nykeira Franks, Spoken Word
Sunshine Martin, Visual Art
Thomas Dunn, Instrument making
Dr. Sam Lee Fielding, Tong Ren
Vatche Jambazian, Piano

Tickets still available – Reserve today!

Announcing Our First Winter Residency!

Winter Residency 2019!

Fifteen Artists coming to Caroga Lake January 15-20

Caroga Arts Collective’s inaugural Winter Residency brings a group of fifteen dedicated artists from various creative backgrounds across the country to embark on personal, collaborative and community projects while in residence in Caroga Lake, NY. Resident Artists will also present an interactive educational workshop at Wheelerville School.

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Community Classes & Showcases for All

Dine, Listen & Learn! Enjoy a meal & discover something new


Dinner + Postcard Poetry & Sounds of Music
Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00pm
Pleasant Lake Inn
View Event page here

Dinner + Visual Art & Instrument Making
Thursday, January 17 at 7:00pm
Pine Lake Lodge
View Event page here

Sunday Brunch & Artist Showcase
Sunday, January 20 at 11:00am
Nick Stoner Inn
View Event page here
Dine, Listen & Learn Tickets
$25 advance tickets/$30 at door

All tickets include Dining Package + Admission

Call 516-712-8494 to reserve advance tickets

Save $10: Buy package for all three events in advance for $65

Open Community Classes & Showcase

Somatic Session with Dr. Sam Lee Fielding
Thursday, January 17 at 9:00am
146 Jung Road (Residential)
View Event Page here

“Adirondack Songs” led by Geoff & Rob Saunders
Saturday, January 19 at 10:00am
Mohawk Harvest Co-op
View Event page here

Winter Residency Artist Showcase
Saturday, January 19 at 1:30pm
Gloversville Library, Carnegie Room
View Event page here

Open admission, donations greatly appreciated

Caroga Arts returns to the beautifully renovated and historic Gloversville Library for its Winter Residency Artist Showcase in the Carnegie Room!

Caroga Lake, a Top Destination in 2019!

Caroga Arts receives Tourism Award!

Adirondacks ranked one of 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019

Caroga Arts Collective is beyond grateful to have received the Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Partner Award from the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will present the Tourism Award, along with seven other awards to local businesses and organizations, at its annual “Cheers to Business!” event on Friday, January 18, 2019.

In the 2018 season, Caroga Arts celebrated its 7th annual Caroga Lake Music Festival and brought 80 world-class artists to reside in Caroga Lake, NY for up to five weeks. These artists came from 22 states and 7 countries and performed a total of 40 performances for 6,500 concert attendees!

Travel & Leisure Magazine recently ranked the Adirondacks as one of 50 Best Places to Travel worldwide in 2019. The popular travel publication has a readership of over 1 million and the Adirondacks was only one of eight sites chosen from the United States.

Caroga Arts is fortunate to call the Adirondacks “home” and look forward to welcoming more visitors to experience the arts and Adirondacks in Caroga Lake, NY!


Presented by Caroga Arts Collective

Workshops for Professional Musicians
Injury Prevention and Musical Expansion

Applications Now Open!

National Summer Cello Institute
May 30 – June 16, 2019
Caroga Lake, NY

Learn more here

Feldenkrais Workshop for Musicians
May 30 – June 5, 2019
Caroga Lake, NY

Learn more here