Ventura Music Festival – Ventura CA



2019 Honorees
Betsy Chess is being recognized for a lifetime of leadership and service involving numerous groups, including the New West Symphony, Museum of Ventura County, San Buenaventura Foundation for the Arts and the Ventura Music Festival.  For Limoneira, investing in communities has been both policy and practice from founding days on, with $2.5 million to community groups in just the past ten years.

Featured Performer
While being a vocalist is her “first love,” international singing star Lois Mahalia is also an accomplished songwriter and touring musician, proficient on ukulele, guitar and keyboard.

Young Artists Fund
The VMF Young Artists Fund underwrites the participation of outstanding young musicians in diverse Festival programs, such as the annual Student Jazz Competition, Rising Stars and other concerts. It has spotlighted young musicians emerging from national and international competitions who have then gone on to careers in concert halls that span the globe. It also features young talent lauded locally for whom the Festival appearance is a professional debut.