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Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival: Year 4

Music and Art in the Foothills of the Green Mountains

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Joe Hallman’s five for five

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

Here’s the recording of one of our commissions for this year… Joseph Hallman‘s five for five from the August 1 Town Hall concert.

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Thank you!

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

Our 4th season has now come to a successful close.

Thanks to all of you for your support throughout the year. We’re all already looking forward to next year.

Couple of new happenings on the horizon: We’ll be up in Vermont in the Spring (probably late March) for an educational week with a poetry writing component. At the end of the week, we’ll have a couple of public performances… both at the Latchis in Brattleboro and the Town Hall in Jamaica. 

Next summer (year 5!) we’ll have a singer amongst us, and the world premiere will be a song cycle with mixed instrumentation; the songs will use the poetry created during the Spring week.

So, stay tuned for more details as they develop.

Meanwhile, check out our updated online store. We can send you recordings of both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, as well as merchandise with artist-in-residence Kimberly Culotta’s beautiful depiction of Pikes Falls (pictured). 

Most importantly though, thank you again. We couldn’t do this without you.

Susanna Loewy

Sunday Funday

Posted on August 3, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

The weekend fun continued with a performance at the Jamaica Farmers market Sunday morning. Then kids young and old came out to Bash the Trash, turning junk into musical instruments. And finally, we danced into the night at the Community pot-luck and open mic.  #PFCM2015 #Jamaicavt

Sunday Funday in Jamaica

Posted on August 3, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

The weekend fun continued with a performance at the Jamaica Farmers market Sunday morning. Then kids young and old came out to Bash the Trash, turning junk into musical instruments. And finally, we danced into the night at the Community pot-luck and open mic.  #PFCM2015 #Jamaicavt

Congratulations to PFCM’s performers

Posted on August 3, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

Congratulations to all #PFCM2015 performers. Saturday’s concert was another triumphant victory for #Newmusic. Featuring works by #JuliaAdolphe, #JosephHallman, and #JoanTower. 


Please Play

Posted on August 1, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

Andrew Brehm’s Installation is up and ready for playing!

The rain stopped for our Performance in Jamaica State Park

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

The rain stopped just in time for our performance in Jamaica State Park. A lovely crowd of nature loving families stopped by to enjoy the music in the woods.  

The concert began with Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia Duo for Violin and Viola, followed by the World Premiere of Hallman’s Five Four Five. The performance concluded with Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major.    

If you missed the performance, you’ll get another chance to hear these pieces Saturday evening at the Jamaica Town Hall Concert. 

Concerts Start Today!

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Susanna Loewy
Good morning!
Rehearsals have been going very well; we’re all ready and excited to start performing. Tonight we’re at the Jamaica State Park, tomorrow in Weston at the Vermont Country Store, and then Saturday we have our first Town Hall Concert.
Saturday, August 1 at 7PM in Jamaica, VT’s Town Hall
(come at 6:30 for the pre-concert talk)

Adolphe Veil of Leaves
Handel-Halverson Passacaglia 
Tower Island Prelude
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major
Hallman Five for Five (World Premiere)

All concerts are free. If you’d like to guarantee a seat in the Town Hall, we are offering a limited number of reserved tickets for $10. (Reserve by 4PM of concert day.)

Hope to see you soon!

First Rehearsal

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

All the musicians have arrived and rehearsals are officially under way

Let it Begin!

Posted on July 26, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

The 2015 season has kicked off with Susanna and Julia Biber performing at Jamaica’s Old Home Day on Saturday.  The falls are lovely and swimmable as ever, and we eagerly await the arrival of the rest of the musicians tomorrow!

Funding a Music Festival in 2015

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

I just received this letter from one of our largest donors (after another generous donations), and wanted to share, since it specifically references New Music USA. 


Congratulations on your grant from New Music USA. The grant surely signals a fantastic opportunity for growth at the Pike Falls Chamber Music Festival–even more ways to bring music and art to everyone in the surrounding community.

I can only imagine how hard you and your colleagues work to fund and prepare for the festival every year, but you’re in good company. Mozart struggled to make performances come off. Haydn and Schubert and Mahler and on it goes. But musicians today cannot turn to an Esterhazy or Franz Josef for money and patronage. Today, the public are the patrons, and if we believe that music is important (and I do) then we have an obligation to make music and to support it.

 Pike Falls is a happening that your public should be proud to support. I know I am. I hope my gift helps make this year’s work easier and maybe even puts a little in the tank for next year.


Today, we also received a generous coffee donation from  the Good Karma Cafe, a local coffee shop. (pictured)

The musicians and artists will be well-caffeinated and ready to go!

Festival Schedule

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

We’re all heading up to VT over the next few days to start rehearsals, music making, and art creation. 

Meanwhile, here’s the complete festival schedule:

PFCM 2015: July 30 – August 7
Reserve a Concert Seat

Jamaica State Park Performance: Thursday, July 30 at 6PM
Selections of Festival Repertoire
Weather Permitting
Vermont Country Store (Weston) Performance: Friday, July 31 at 4PM
Selections of Festival Repertoire

West River Farmer’s Market: Saturday, August 1 at Noon
Selections of Festival Repertoire
Weather Permitting

Jamaica Town Hall Opening Concert: Saturday, August 1 at 7PM
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major
Hallman World Premiere for Flute, Oboe, and String Trio
Adolphe Veil of Leaves
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia Duo for Violin and Viola
Tower Island Prelude for Oboe and String Quartet

Pre-Concert Talk at 6:30PM led by Richard Scherbo
Post-Concert Reception

Jamaica Farmer’s Market: Sunday, August 2 at Noon
Selections of Festival Repertoire

Weather Permitting

Art/Music Collaboration for Children and Young Adults: Sunday, August 2 from 12:30-2
Bash The Trash Instrument Creation

Open Rehearsal: Sunday, August 2 from 2-4
Beethoven String Trio Op.9, No. 5 in C Minor
Clarinet Quintet, Op. 39

Collaboration Concert with The Bondville Boys
with Community Pot-Luck and Open Mic led by Jesse Loewy: Sunday, August 2 from 6-9

Jamaica State Park Performance: Wednesday, August 5 at 6PM
Selections of Festival Repertoire
Weather Permitting

West River Valley Concert (Townshend, VT): Thursday, August 6 at 3PM
Selections of Festival Repertoire

Jamaica Town Hall Closing Concert: Friday, August 7 at 7PM
Beethoven String Trio Op.9, No. 5 in C Minor
Lincoln-Decusatis World Premiere for String Trio, Bass, Flute, Clarinet
Ian Clarke Great Train Race
Prokofiev Clarinet Quintet, Op. 39

6:30PM: Pre-Concert Talk led by Richard Scherbo
Post-Concert Reception

All events are free of charge, but donations are welcome.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there! For lodging and travel information, check out our accomodation page.

Last update was missing the picture…

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Susanna Loewy


I get to go wump.

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

I get to go wump!

Thanks, Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis. We’re all curently learning all the 2015 music… 1 week til people start arriving in Philly and we make our way up to Vermont.

Preview Concerts Scheduled!

Posted on July 5, 2015 by Susanna Loewy

This year, PFCM is happy to be playing portions of our Town Hall concerts around Southern Vermont. Before the festival starts, some musicians will be arriving early to play at Jamaica’s Old Home Day.

During the festival, selections from the first concert will be played at the Jamaica Farmers Market, the West River Farmers Market, the Vermont Country Store, and the Jamaica State Park. Then, parts of our second concert will be played at the West River Valley Assisted Living Center, and again at the Jamaica State Park.

For the exact timing and locations, check out our Dates and Events Page.

The countdown to the festival is on… 22 days!


The Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival is now planning its 4th season. 

PFCM in 2015 will have two evening concerts in Jamaica’s Town Hall; the programs will then be taken on the road to nearby towns in Southern Vermont. Preview concerts will be held in the Jamaica State Park, the Jamaica Farmer’s Market, and the West River Farmer’s Market.

PFCM’s programming is eclectic, combining standards of the classical canon with world premieres. This season’s repertoire includes premieres by Joseph Hallman and Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis, and a recent Vermont-inspired string quartet by Julia Adolphe. These new works are paired with selections by Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev, and others. 

The festival will also host an an open rehearsal, a music/art collaboration for children and young adults, a community potluck with an open mic, and a joint concert with The Bondville Boys.

The visual artists are a sculptor/painter, a cinematographer, and a costume artist. The final concert highlights an interdisciplinary event with everyone involved with the festival: musicians wearing costumes related to the themes of the sculptures/paintings displayed in the Town Hall will play an original score to the cinimatographer’s video. The performance will take place on the floor of the Town Hall (instead of on the stage) in order to provide audience-interaction. The costumes bridge the visual art (sculpture/painting/video) to the music.

Admission is free, to enable attendance for everyone interested.

PFCM wants to become a lasting part of Jamaica’s artistic community. Ultimately, the festival’s goals include a 3-week session in the summertime, along with a shorter educational residency in the winter or spring. The educational component would ideally involve a fellowship for young musicians, composers, and visual artists from the area to work alongside PFCM musicians and artists. 

The fesitval is a project of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Richard Scerbo, Inscape is pushing the boundaries of classical music with riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience. With its flexible roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated group of high energy master musicians has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, DC region and beyond. Inscape works joyously and often with emerging American composers and has a commitment to presenting concerts featuring the music of our time. Since its inception, Inscape has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works. Inscape is recorded by Sono Luminus records and is represented internationally by Ellen Beveridge at EB Artists.

Project Media

Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival: Inaugural Year
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Created by Kimberly Culotta, PFCM’s cinematographer, the video briefly documents the 2012 inaugural festival, showing scenes from rehearsals, the music/art collaboration for families, and performances. Music for the video is an excerpt of “The Vermont,” by Joseph Hallman, which was a world premiere written for (and commissioned by) the festival.

PFCM: Lovecraftian elsewheres
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Created during the 2013 festival, this music video of the first movement of Joseph Hallman’s “Lovecraftian elsewheres” was staged, filmed, and edited by PFCM’s cinematographer Kimberly Culotta. The set was created by festival musicians and artists in the barn attached to the festival house, and the piece was played and recorded by Inscape Chamber Orchestra with Sono Luminus Records.

PFCM 2014 Program Book
Features: Susanna Loewy

This program book lists all the 2014 events, along with complete bios of all musicians, artists, and personnel. Program notes and festival vision statements are also included.

Start and End Dates



Jamaica, Vermont

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Flutist Susanna Loewy received a BM and MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a DMA from Rutgers University. Her principal teachers were Jeffrey Khaner, Joshua Smith, Bart Feller, and Philip Dunigan. Susanna is currently the Assistant Professor of Flute at Kutztown University, is a Teaching Artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the Curriculum Coordinator and Lead Teaching Artist…

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One response to “Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival: Year 4”

  1. derrik jordan says:

    HI – I’m a composer based in Brattleboro VT. I’m looking forward to your residency in Jamaica and plan on attending some of your concerts. I am most inspired by world music and have written for the Vermont Symphony and many chamber groups. I mostly work in world fusion/classical and like to bring together different music and musicians to create new styles. I’m looking forward to hearing you and meeting you next week.

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