VMF youth programs for 2016 include:

  • The Student Jazz Competition on March 13th, where five talented young musicians compete live for prize money and a spot in future VMF concerts.
  • A special Rising Stars concert on May 6th to be offered free of charge and featuring the Camerata High School Chorus of the Los Robles Children’s Choir, the winner of the Student Jazz Competition and outstanding young classical musicians.
  • VMF’s Music in the Schools program, which will serve upwards of 4,000 elementary school children in both school and after-school setting. (Including Casa Pacifica and Boys & Girls Clubs)
  • The VMF 2016 Children’s Concert involves two wonderful programs: Sneetches, with the Dr. Seuss text and a relatively new and fun musical work by a Latin composer; and Ogden Nash’s text will accompany Saint-Saens’ fabulous Carnival of the Animals music. We’ll use the versions developed for two pianos, with lively narration supplied by VMF Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta.
  • Free or heavily discounted tickets for all 2016 Festival concerts.

Special thanks to our 2016 youth programs Sponsors:

  • Miriam Wille
  • Hammer-Hewson Associates
  • Janet & Mark Goldenson
  • Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation
  • Kiwanis Club of Ventra
  • Edward Arkin

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Steven Z. Perren Tribute Video

2016 Honoree for outstanding contributions to community & music.
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Festival Accommodations
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Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn
(805) 643-6144 ask for Nicole Peters or Lani Farm

Ventura Beach Marriott
(805) 643-6000

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The Board of the Ventura Music Festival is pleased to announce Susan Scott as their new Executive Director. Scott served as Consultant to the Festival last year and is well known to the arts community having directed the three-year Arts Live project of the Ventura County Community Foundation, among many other arts postings. Scott heads up Festival operations while Nuvi Mehta continues his long run as Artistic Director.


Freddie & Al Contarino

Sandra & Jordan Laby

Miriam Wille

Hammer-Hewson Associates

Celine Gillibrand for P.W. Gillibrand Co.

Barbara Meister

Montecito Bank & Trust

Schwab Charitable Fund

805 Living

Gloisten Family Charitable Foundation

Pierpont Racquet Club

Ventura Beach Marriott

Dr. Peter Cannon

Harrison Industries

Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Limoneira & Limco Del Mar


Aera Energy LLC

Arianna Ashkar, Brett Ashkar, John Ashkar & Family

Community Memorial Health Systems

Janet & Mark Goldenson

Dr. Richard & Lori Reisman

Pacific Western Bank

*as of May 18, 2016